Staff Photo by Dan Henry / The Chattanooga Times Free Press- 2/13/15. Prosecutor Lance Pope gives his closing arguments to the jury during Stephen Mobley's murder trial in Division 1 Criminal Court on Friday, February 13, 2015. Mobley is charged with murder and attempted murder in the 2012 shooting death of Gregory Watkins at a Brainerd gas station.

Lance Pope joins Patrick, Beard firm

Lance W. Pope will be joining the Chattanooga law firm of firm of Patrick, Beard, Schulman and Jacoway PC in June as an associate attorney.

Pope will work within the firm on general civil litigation matters as well as representing clients in criminal defense among other things.

Lance graduated law school from the University of Memphis in 2005 after completing the joint J.D. / M.B.A. program. While in law school, Lance was a member of the Moot Court Board, served as president of the Environmental Law Council and earned the award of Best Oral Advocate for his section. Lance also clerked for Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Robert Childers during law school.

Pope has worked as a trial attorney for 10 years at the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office where he most recently served as executive assistant District Attorney.


Tyler Hand joins Waller law firm

R. Tyler Hand, a veteran transactional attorney with extensive middle-market experience, has joined Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP in Chattanooga.

Hand joins Waller's Chattanooga office which opened in March 2018 with the arrival of a prominent team for M&A, private equity and mezzanine finance.

Hand earned his J.D. in 2003 from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University where he served as executive editor of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy and was recognized as a Scholar of Merit. He earned an MBA concurrently from Samford University, and earned his LL.M. in Taxation in 2004 from Northwestern University School of Law. He is the former president of the Chattanooga Tax Practitioners, a nonprofit association of accountants, attorneys, insurance professionals and trust officers dedicated to the study of taxation.

Hand represents sponsors and investors in fund formation activities involving private equity, venture capital and hedge funds and advises fund managers and investment advisors on evolving financial and securities regulations and related tax issues.

"Clients benefit from Tyler's unique combination of legal, tax and business experience," Waller Chairman Matt Burnstein said.


CWLI names Shumpert as executive director

Kim Shumpert, the former development director at Bethel Bible Village has been named executive director of the Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute (CWLI). Shumpert, who succeeded Holly Ashley on May 1 as head of the 22-year-old nonprofit agency, will help lead the 680 members of CWLI in leadership training, mentoring programs and networking opportunities.

Since moving back to her hometown of Chattanooga in 2016, Shumpert has served on the board of directors for the Southeastern Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals and has worked on several local fundraising initiatives. She has worked in a variety of roles for nonprofit groups over the past 20 years.

"I want (CWLI) to be the premier resource for preparing talented women to enter, re-enter or advance their careers and grow into the leaders our workforce needs," she said. "A common thread over my career has involved equipping individuals. There is no better feeling than watching people reach their fullest potential."


Rushing, two others promoted at NDP agency

The advertising and public relations firm of firm of ndp has promoted three employees at its Chattanooga office.

Denise Rushing was named executive vice president of client services; James Colvin was promoted to director of analytics, and Jonathan Ariail was appointed digital project manager.

Founded in 1984, ndp operates four offices in the Southeast.


Adams, Wayne join Chambliss law firm

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C. has added two new attorneys – Stephen Adams and Matt Wayne — in the firm's intellectual property and labor and employment practice areas, which were recently ranked by the 2018 Chambers USA Guide: America's Leading Lawyers for Business report.

Adams, a registered patent attorney and mechanical engineer, has more than six years of experience with another law firm. He represents individuals, startups, corporations, governmental entities and universities on patents, trademarks, and copyrights in industries ranging from food and beverage to tourism, sports and wellness. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Tennessee (UT).

Wayne brings a variety of litigation experience to the firm's labor and employment section, counseling clients on employment disputes and advising them on federal and state workplace laws and regulations.

Wayne works with clients primarily in the education, food and beverage, manufacturing and service industries. In addition to representing and defending clients before governmental agencies, he proactively counsels employers on hiring, firing, discipline, leave, wage and hour laws and reasonable accommodations.

Wayne received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and his law degree from the UT College of Law. Wayne is a Chattanooga Bar Association Young Lawyers Division board member, member of the UTC GOLD Council and local Rotaract Club and a volunteer for the Lookout Mountain Conservancy.