Meridian Law attorneys attended the NBA’s Law Day Luncheon on May 3, 2019. Congratulations to Judge Joe P. Binkley, Jr., Mariah A. Wooten, and the other award winners!
Meridian Law attorney, Rob Martin, joined other volunteers across Nashville for “Read Me Month,” a month-long event promoting the importance and joy of reading. Rob visited Haywood Elementary School in Nashville on March 1, 2019, and read The Boy Who Cried Ninja by Alex Latimer to a class of first graders.
Rob is a strong advocate for youth literacy and serves as an intern on the Board of Directors of Book’em, a Nashville non-profit dedicated to promoting book ownership for children throughout the city. Each year Book’em sponsors Read Me Day, which in 2019 became Read Me Month, a special celebration of reading in one of the schools it serves, to raise awareness of the importance of providing literary services to Nashville’s youth.
Team Meridian was one question away from taking home the hardware but fumbled the “Super Bowl” round question on which NFL team was the first to win five Super Bowls. We guessed the Steelers (which is admirable since that’s our Managing Partner’s favorite team), but it was the 49’ers. (sigh) While it was tough to lose on a sports question…about football…we enjoyed some great food and drink and had fun catching up with other members of the Bar!
Meridian Law is pleased to announce that Eric C. Lyons has joined its team. Eric is a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School, where he served on the Vanderbilt Law Review and as a board member of the Vanderbilt Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review. Before joining Meridian, Eric served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Gilbert S. Merritt, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Eric has experience working for both corporate and individual clients in insurance defense, breach of contract and non-compete disputes, and other commercial litigation.
In law school, Eric received the Scholastic Excellence Award in Law of Cyberspace. In 2017, he was named a Law Student for Justice by the Tennessee Supreme Court for his dedication to pro bono work. During law school, Eric participated in the Vanderbilt Law School Immigration clinic, externed at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and prosecuted criminal cases as an intern at the Metro Nashville District Attorney’s Office.
Before attending law school, Eric received a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.A. in English with honors (magna cum laude) from Vanderbilt University, where he served as the Opinion Editor of the student newspaper and assisted in coaching the undergraduate debate team. Outside of the office, Eric is a hobbyist painter and writer and apathetic Vanderbilt sports fan.
Super Lawyers has named Meridian Law attorney, Robert D. Martin, as a 2018 Rising Star in Civil Litigation!
Rob has been an Associate Attorney at Meridian Law since 2016. He has represented individual and corporate clients from across Tennessee and throughout the United States in employment litigation, including wage and hour defense, discrimination, retaliation, and non-compete matters. His practice areas also include insurance defense, breach of contract, and probate law. Rob is a member of the Young Leaders Council Class 71, an organization that trains young professionals in Middle Tennessee to give back to their community through non-profit service. He is a graduate of Belmont University College of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Rising Stars is an exclusive list of top-rated attorneys in specific practice areas who were chosen after thorough evaluation of numerous criteria. For the Mid-South Rising Star listing, no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the region are chosen by the research team annually.
On October 29, 2018, Tom Shumate, from Meridian Law, and David Johnson, from Butler Snow, gave a Halloween themed presentation sponsored by the Nashville Bar Association called, “Non-Compete Agreements: Tricks or Treats?” The presentation covered the “nuts and bolts” of the law surrounding non-compete agreements in Tennessee, the Tennessee healthcare non-compete statute, the injunctive relief process, drafting tips from the employer and employee perspective, tortious interference and inducement of breach of contract, and more.
Meridian Law attorney and self-proclaimed puppy lawyer Robert Martin recently published an article in the Nashville Bar Journal, titled “Puppy Warranties and Lemon Laws: Tightening the Leash on Breeders and Retail Pet Stores.” In the article, Robert addresses the legal issues that often accompany purchasing a high end puppy from breeders or boutique pet stores. You can read the article here.
Tom Shumate was honored to speak at the Tennessee Bar Association's "I am SOLO" event. He provided insight to solo and small firm attorneys on how and when to grow your law practice. He drew on his experience growing Meridian Law from one attorney to four attorneys, one paralegal, and one administrator in just over three years and discussed the business methods he used to expand the firm.
Team Meridian, a/k/a "We will win, because we are so smart", didn't win the Nashville Bar Association's Trivia Night. So I guess we're not as smart as we thought. (Or just not as knowledgeable about 2017 pop culture and all things Ed Sheeran.) But if eating Southwestern egg rolls and drinking beer were an Olympic event, we would have filled the podium. We look forward to competing again next year. Until then, we will have to be satisfied with making the cover of the NBA's tweet about the event.