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Baker Donelson adds two local associates

The law firm of Baker Donelson has added two associates to its Chattanooga office. Attorneys Hanna Burnett and Allyson Lumpkin are among 18 associates who recently joined Baker Donelson.

Burnett joins the firm's advocacy department, where she concentrates her practice on general business-related litigation matters. A 2016 summa cum laude graduate of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, she served as a member of the Loyola Law Review.

Lumpkin is also a member of Baker Donelson's advocacy department and assists clients in general business-related litigation matters. She is a 2015 graduate of the Emory University School of Law. Prior to joining the Firm, Lumpkin clerked for the Honorable Abdul K. Kallon, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama and the Southeast Regional Office of the Federal Trade Commission.

NACS names Vigil chief operating officer

North American Credit Services, in conjunction with Medical Services, Inc., has promoted Dusty M. (Bunton) Vigil to chief operating officer for the Chattanooga-based company.

Vigil, who joined NACS in 1999, has been serving as vice president after working in various divisions and departments throughout the company. She is a 2006 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and previously taught high school English and public speaking. Upon returning to the company in 2010, she worked in the accounting department, which led to her promotion in 2012 as director for the Medical Services Early Out division.

"I'm deeply honored to be trusted with this responsibility. I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve our employees, clients and community in the role of COO," Vigil said. "It is an exciting time to work in our industry, and I look forward to providing leadership throughout the years ahead."

Polsinelli law firm adds Fleischmann

The law firm of Polsinelli has added corporate and transactional attorney James Fleischmann to its Chattanooga office.

As a member of the corporate and transactional practice, Fleischmann will work with Polsinelli's team of transactional attorneys on matters for clients in Chattanooga and across the country.

"We're excited to be welcoming James to our Corporate and Transactional team here at Polsinelli," said Polsinelli shareholder Gregory Leitner, who leads the firm's Chattanooga office.

Fleischmann received his juris doctor degree from the University of Alabama School of Law and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, graduating with summa cum laude honors.

Polsinelli's corporate and transactional practice offers a wide array of services, including antitrust, bankruptcy and financial restructuring, board committee special representation, commercial contracts and transactions, corporate governance, exit strategies and succession planning, franchises and distributors, international trade, joint ventures and strategic alliances, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, outside general counsel, planning, choice of entity and formation, private equity, venture capital and more.

U.S. Xpress names Phillips senior VP

U.S. Xpress, Inc., a leading provider of transportation services throughout North America, has appointed Steve Phillips as senior vice president of over-the-road operations. Phillips comes to U.S. Xpress with a wealth of experience, as he has served in nearly every aspect of the transportation industry during his 27-year career.

Phillips has held numerous leadership roles in marketing, sales and operations. In his prior roles at Werner Enterprises, Phillips was vice president of customer service, vice president of the van division, senior vice president of operations and senior vice president of fleet resource. He also worked as senior vice president of sales at TruStar Energy.

Phillips has been actively involved in the trucking community and has served on the board of directors of the North American Council for Freight Efficiencies, as well as the Trucking Profitability Strategies Advisory Board at the University of Georgia.

"We are proud to have Steve join U.S. Xpress," said Eric Fuller, president and chief operating officer. "I believe that his experience and vast transportation knowledge will further strengthen our operations divisions."

Gerregano to head state revenue agency

Gov. Bill Haslam has named a 19-year, top-ranking state Revenue Department veteran as the agency's new commissioner, effective Dec. 3.

Deputy Commissioner David Gerregano will succeed Commissioner Richard Roberts, who announced his planned departure earlier in November.

"David is a true public servant who has spent nearly two decades with the state and knows the Department of Revenue inside and out," Haslam said. "He has been a part of major departmental initiatives since the start of this administration that have improved services and benefited Tennessee taxpayers, and he will help continue the good work being done at the department."

As deputy commissioner since 2011, Gerregano has helped oversee various departmental functions, including the audit division, enforcement and taxpayer services.

Since starting with the department in 1997 as tax counsel, he has held multiple legal and legislative positions such as administrative hearing officer, general counsel and assistant commissioner.

Gerregano received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1995 and clerked for the Chancery Court of Rutherford County until 1997 before joining the Department of Revenue as tax counsel. He ultimately became assistant commissioner in 2010 and then deputy commissioner in 2011.

Watkins Trucking grows in Chattanooga

Watkins Trucking Co. has opened an operation in Chattanooga headed by Steve Belk, a transportation industry veteran.

Watkins Trucking is a family-owned flatbed trucking company located in Birmingham. The company, which operates 85 late-model tractors and nearly 150 trailers, is managed by Wayne Watkins, who is also chairman of the Alabama Trucking Association.

Belk previously served as a sales manager for Noble Trucking after retiring as a railroad engineer for Norfolk Southern Co.

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