HORTON FRANK JOINS NEWLY-NAMED LUNA LAW GROUP, PLLC

Veteran Nashville litigation and intellectual property attorney Horton Frank has joined the newly-named Luna Law Group, PLLC as of September 1, 2009, founding member J.W. Luna announced.

Luna Law Group, PLLC, which was Farmer & Luna, PLLC until former member William H. Farmer departed as of August 31, 2009, now has four equity holders: J. W. Luna, Horton Frank, Mike Pearigen and Jennifer Brundige.

Since 2002, Frank had been a partner at the Nashville firm of Stewart, Estes & Donnell, PLC, and then at Dickinson Wright, PLLC, a Michigan-based firm which acquired it earlier this year. Previously, he practiced locally in several other law firms, including Frank & Frank, PLLC, which he co-founded with his father Richard Frank, Jr.

Frank represents many business and music industry clients and has been involved in a number of high-profile cases involving trademarks, copyrights, royalties, and composers’ and performing artists’ estates.

The other attorneys at Luna Law Group, PLLC have focused on state and local government, environmental, and various regulatory matters since the firm was founded in 2002.

“Horton brings a wealth of experience with a successful legal career spanning almost 30 years. He has wide and deep roots in this community, and we are thrilled he has decided to join with us,” Luna said.

Frank graduated from the University of the South in 1977 before earning his law degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1980. He is married to Kim Frank, and they have a daughter, Sarah, who attends the University of Georgia.


LUNA LAW GROUP, PLLC MEMBER MIKE PEARIGEN SERVES ON NASHVILLE MAYOR’s GREEN RIBBON COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Luna Law Group, PLLC member Mike Pearigen was appointed by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean on June 19, 2008 to the Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County’s Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability, created by Executive Order 33. The Green Ribbon Committee was charged with developing recommendations “that will enable Nashville to become a leader in environmental quality and livability in the United States”, including the establishment of energy use and waste reduction goals and measures to create economic benefits and enhance the stewardship of the area’s natural resources and protection of the environment.

The Green Ribbon Committee and its four subcommittees spent several months gathering public input (including holding five public workshops throughout the city), receiving presentations and information from numerous experts, and undertaking other fact-finding and analysis. Pearigen served on the Committee’s Energy & Building Subcommittee.

On July 14, 2009, the Green Ribbon Committee released its final Report to the Mayor (the Report and other information regarding the Green Ribbon Committee can be found on the Mayor’s webpage at www.nashville.gov/mayor/green_ribbon ). The Green Ribbon Committee’s Report contains 16 goals and 71 recommendations and proposes a comprehensive and coordinated program to advance Nashville’s environmental sustainability.


FARMER & LUNA, PLLC MEMBER JENNIFER BRUNDIGE APPOINTED TO TENNESSEE STATE BOARD OF ACCOUNTANCY AND TO METROPOLITAN NASHVILLE TRANSPORTATION AND LICENSING COMMISSION

On January 4, 2008, Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen announced his appointment of Farmer & Luna member Jennifer Brundige to the State Board of Accountancy. The Board, created by legislative enactment in 1925, is composed of eleven members. It's stated purpose is "to protect the public interest by ensuring that persons professing special competence in accountancy or those offering assurance regarding financial statement presentation have demonstrated their qualifications to do so."

Previously, Brundige was appointed by then-Mayor Bill Purcell to the Metropolitan Nashville Transportation and Licensing Commission. Her appointment to the Commission for a term expiring October 10, 2008 was unanimously confirmed by the Metro Council on August 7, 2007.


FARMER & LUNA, PLLC ATTORNEY JASON HOLLEMAN ELECTED TO METROPOLITAN COUNCIL

Farmer & Luna, PLLC attorney Jason Holleman was elected on September 11, 2007 to the Metropolitan Council for Nashville and Davidson County for a 4-year term representing Metro Council District 24. The Metro Council is the legislative body for Metro Government. Holleman received 60% of the vote in the September 11 Metro Council District 24 runoff election.


PAULA FLOWERS RETURNS TO FARMER & LUNA, PLLC, AS A MEMBER AFTER SERVING FOUR YEARS AS COMMISSIONER OF THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE & INSURANCE

Paula Flowers has rejoined Farmer & Luna, PLLC, as a member as of January 19, 2007. She returns to the firm after serving since January 2003 as the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance during Governor Phil Bredesen’s first term of office. Flowers co-founded Farmer & Luna in January 2002.

"Paula is an outstanding regulatory attorney and litigator," said J. W. Luna, a founding member of Farmer & Luna and a former Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation and Commissioner of Personnel in then-Governor Ned McWherter’s Administration. "Her depth of experience and knowledge of administrative and insurance law and public policy make her a tremendous asset to our clients and the other attorneys of our firm."

While in private practice before joining Governor Bredesen's cabinet, Flowers served as special counsel to the Department of Commerce & Insurance in insurance company receiverships. Prior to her government service and legal career, she worked as an environmental compliance engineer for Lockheed Martin Energy Systems in Oak Ridge. She will focus her practice at Farmer & Luna on various regulatory areas, including insurance industry and environmental issues, as well as governmental relations.

"Paula is a skilled lawyer, and the experience she gained inside state government will serve our clients well,” added Bill Farmer, another founding member of the firm. “We are very happy to be reunited with her."

While serving as Commissioner of Commerce & Insurance, Flowers also served as a member of the Workers' Compensation Advisory Committee, the State Insurance Plan Committee, and the Tennessee Health Services Development Agency.  As Commissioner, she chaired the Receivership and Insolvency Task Force and the Earthquake and Seismic Activity subcommittee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).  As a former insurance industry regulator, she plans to continue to be active in NAIC affairs.

Flowers received her bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 1990 and her master's degree in civil engineering from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La., in 1991.  She received her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1997.


GOVERNOR BREDESEN APPOINTS FARMER & LUNA, PLLC MEMBER LESLIE NEWMAN AS INCOMING COMMISSIONER OF COMMERCE AND INSURANCE

On January 8, 2007, Governor Phil Bredesen announced his appointment of Leslie Newman, a member of Farmer & Luna, PLLC, to become the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance as the Governor begins his second term of office on January 20th. Ms. Newman will take the oath of office during the Governor's Inaugural ceremonies in Nashville.

Ms. Newman joined Farmer & Luna as a member in early 2003, where her practice has focused on regulatory issues involving land use, zoning, urban and municipal law, as well as governmental relations and insurance company receiverships. In March 2004, she was appointed by the Governor to the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR). She previously worked with Governor Bredesen during his tenure as Mayor of Nashville, at which time she was Associate Metropolitan Attorney with the Metropolitan Nashville Department of Law, where her duties included supervising the Law Department's approximately 25-attorney staff.

To view a copy of the Governor's press release announcing Newman's appointment, click here.

To view a copy of Newman's Farmer & Luna biography, click here


FARMER & LUNA, PLLC "OF COUNSEL" JIM HALL NAMED TO UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Governor Phil Bredesen announced on October 26, 2006 that he has appointed Jim Hall, who is of counsel to Farmer & Luna, PLLC, to represent the Third Congressional District on the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees for a six-year term. The UT system, governed by the Board of Trustees, enrolls approximately 42,000 college students across the State. Following his appointment, Mr. Hall was quoted in the Chattanooga Times Free Press as stating: "I'm very honored that Governor Bredesen would select me. UT was instrumental in my career and my life experience, and I look forward to maintaining its reputation as an outstanding academic institution."

Mr. Hall received a Baccalaureate of Legal Letters degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1967. He is also the Managing Partner of Hall & Associates, LLC, a consulting firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and Chattanooga that specializes in transportation safety and security issues, crisis communication and management, and U.S. and international regulatory and governmental affairs.


NASHVILLE "BEST OF BAR" ATTORNEYS NAME FARMER & LUNA, PLLC MEMBERS J. W. LUNA AND JENNIFER BRUNDIGE AS THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL LAWYERS OF CHOICE IN NASHVILLE BUSINESS JOURNAL's 2006 SURVEY

The Nashville Business Journal announced the 2006 recipients of its annual "Best of the Bar" survey in its August 18, 2006 edition and also reported the results of a separate poll taken of those named in its "Best of the Bar" listing. The editors explain their second survey in "Where the '06 Best of the Bar Turn in Case of Emergency", Nashville Business Journal, page 12A (Aug. 18, 2006): "As we did in 2005, we asked this year's Best of the Bar where they would refer a client in the event of a conflict." Farmer & Luna, PLLC members J. W. Luna and Jennifer Brundige were two of the three Nashville attorneys named in the 2006 "Environmental" category.


JENNIFER BRUNDIGE NAMED MEMBER AT FARMER & LUNA, PLLC

Jennifer Brundige has been named as a member of Farmer & Luna, PLLC, effective January 1, 2006. Brundige joined Farmer & Luna as an associate in 2003. She focuses her practice in the areas of regulatory and environmental law, governmental relations and litigation.

“Jennifer is an outstanding lawyer,” said J.W. Luna, founding member. “Her intelligence, ability, and experience have already proved invaluable to our clients and the other members of our firm.” Added Bill Farmer, founding member, “Jennifer’s keen mind, disciplined work ethic, and absolute loyalty to our clients have earned her and us this opportunity. We at Farmer & Luna are fortunate that someone with her talent and commitment would join us.”

Prior to beginning her private legal practice in 2001, Brundige served as a law clerk to the Honorable James D. Todd, Chief Judge of the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

Brundige serves as president of the Board of Directors of Generation TN. She is a member of the Harry Phillips Chapter of the American Inns of Court and is a past chair of the Nashville Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Vanderbilt University in 1993 and her Juris Doctorate degree, with highest honors, from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2000. While at the University of Tennessee, she was research editor for The Tennessee Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif.

Founded in 2002, Farmer & Luna, PLLC focuses on state and local government and regulatory issues and state and federal civil and criminal litigation. The firm is located on the historical site of President Andrew Jackson’s and Judge John Overton’s law office in downtown Nashville.



TENNESSEE SUPREME COURT ISSUES DECISION IN SOLID WASTE LANDFILL EXPANSION CASE--ADOPTS MEANING OF JACKSON LAW' s CHANCERY COURT "DE NOVO REVIEW" STATUTE ADVOCATED BY FARMER & LUNA, PLLC ATTORNEYS 

In a case involving a Farmer & Luna client's efforts to expand an existing construction and demolition waste landfill in Loudon County, Tennessee, the Tennessee Supreme Court issued a landmark decision on March 18, 2005 which clarifies the standard of judicial review to be applied by a Chancery Court when reviewing a local government's decision under the state "Jackson Law" (which authorizes certain local governing bodies to approve certain solid waste landfill construction). In Tennessee Waste Movers, Inc., v. Loudon County, et al., No. E2002-02490-SC-R11-CV (Tenn. S. Ct. March 18, 2005), the Supreme Court held that "the de novo review contemplated in Tennessee Code Annotated section 68-211-704(c)(1996) [the Jackson Law] requires the trial court to conduct an independent evaluation of all the evidence before it", that in doing so the Chancery Court is "unrestricted by any deference to the county commission's decision", and that the Chancery Court is to make "an independent determination that is untainted by the county commission's prior decision". To view a copy of the Supreme Court's Judgment and Opinion, click here.
 
The Supreme Court's Tennessee Waste Movers decision adopted the position advocated by Farmer & Luna attorneys Bill Farmer, Mike Pearigen, and Jennifer Brundige on behalf of Tennessee Waste Movers, Inc.  Pearigen participated in the litigation from its inception in 2001 to its conclusion this year; Farmer and Brundige both participated in briefing and arguing the case before the Supreme Court. They were assisted at various stages of the litigation by Rockwood attorney J. Polk Cooley.
 
The Supreme Court's March 18, 2005 decision overruled a prior decision of the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Tucker v. Humphreys County, 944 S.W.2d 613 (Tenn. Ct. App. 1996), reversed the decisions of the Court of Appeals and the Loudon County Chancery Court below, and remanded the case to the Loudon County Chancery Court for further proceedings. The parties subsequently entered into a Consent Order which was approved by the Loudon County Chancery Court on August 1, 2005, according to which judgment was entered for Tennessee Waste Movers, Inc. "in favor of its application for the landfill in issue...".
 
 
FARMER & LUNA, PLLC MEMBER MIKE PEARIGEN RECOGNIZED IN NASHVILLE BUSINESS JOURNAL SURVEY
 
The August 19, 2005 issue of the Nashville Business Journal included its annual "'Best of the Bar,' a listing of the region's top attorneys...". Apart from its "Best of the Bar" listing, the Nashville Business Journal compiled a separate attorneys' list described as follows: "To round out this year's 'Best of the Bar' listing, the Business Journal polled the managing partners of the region's largest firms. We asked them to list the attorneys they considered to be tops in their field locally. We also asked this year's 'Best of the Bar' honorees to tell us whom they would turn to if they weren't...able to take a case". Farmer & Luna, PLLC member Mike Pearigen was singled out for the "Environmental" category in this listing. "Point the Finger: Best of the Bar, Firm Leaders Name Top Peers", Nashville Business Journal, page 13A (Aug. 19, 2005). 
 

FARMER & LUNA, PLLC MEMBERS APPOINTED TO STATE AND LOCAL POSITIONS
On December 9, 2004, Tennessee House of Representatives Speaker Jimmy Naifeh re-appointed Farmer & Luna member Bill Farmer to the Tennessee Judicial Selection Commission for a new, six-year term. Mr. Farmer was initially appointed to the Commission in 1994 and is a past Chairman of the Commission.

Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen appointed Farmer & Luna member Leslie Shechter to the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) on March 18, 2004. In January 2005, Ms. Shechter was engaged by the City of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee in Wilson County to act as its City Attorney.


NEW METRO NASHVILLE POLICE CHIEF NAMED FOLLOWING SELECTION COMMITTEE PROCESS CHAIRED BY FARMER & LUNA MEMBER WILLIAM H. FARMER
A new police chief to head the Metro Nashville Police Department was named by Mayor Bill Purcell on January 5, 2004, following a national search conducted by a selection committee chaired by Farmer & Luna member William H. Farmer.  New Chief of Police Ronal W. Serpas formerly headed the Washington State Patrol.  Farmer also serves as Chairman of the Metro Nashville Civil Service Commission and is a member of the Tennessee Judicial Selection Commission.


FARMER & LUNA ASSOCIATE JENNIFER L. BRUNDIGE CHAIRS NASHVILLE BAR ASSOCIATION'S 2004
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW COMMITTEE
For the second year in a row, the Nashville Bar Association's Environmental Law Committee is being chaired by a Farmer & Luna associate.  Jennifer Brundige chairs the NBA's 2004 Environmental Law Committee, succeeding Farmer & Luna associate Jason Holleman who served as the Committee's Chair in 2003.


JONATHAN P. FARMER JOINS FARMER & LUNA AS NEW ASSOCIATE
Nashville attorney Jonathan P. Farmer has joined the law firm of Farmer & Luna, PLLC as an associate as of September 1, 2003.  "Jonathan will be a solid addition to our firm," partner J. W. Luna said. His extensive experience in criminal litigation and strong ties to the Nashville community will benefit our clients and help us develop new business opportunities."


FARMER & LUNA, PLLC ADDS FORMER NTSB CHAIRMAN JIM HALL AS OF COUNSEL, LESLIE F. SHECHTER AS NEW MEMBER & JENNIFER L. BRUNDIGE AS NEW ASSOCIATE
Farmer & Luna, PLLC announced on February 14, 2003 that former National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Jim Hall has affiliated with the firm on an of-counsel basis.


JASON HOLLEMAN NAMED CHAIRMAN OF THE NASHVILLE BAR ASSOCIATION’S ENVIRONMENTAL LAW COMMITTEE
Jason Holleman, an associate with Farmer & Luna, PLLC, has been named by Nashville Bar Association President Dewees Berry as Chairman of the Environmental Law Committee


FORMER FARMER & LUNA MEMBER PAULA FLOWERS TAKES OFFICE AS TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE & INSURANCE COMMISSIONER
Governor Phil Bredesen has appointed former Farmer & Luna, PLLC member Paula A. Flowers to serve in his new administration as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI).  TDCI regulates more than 1600 insurance companies


BILL FARMER OF FARMER & LUNA, PLLC INCLUDED IN THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA
Farmer & Luna, PLLC member Bill Farmer was recently named as one of the nation’s premiere criminal attorneys by The Best Lawyers in America, a publication widely regarded as the preeminent referral guide to the legal profession in the United States.  The Best Lawyers in America profiles 30 specialties in all 50 states and Washington, D.C...


TWO FARMER & LUNA, PLLC MEMBERS INCLUDED IN LIST OF “100 Best Lawyers in Nashville”
Farmer & Luna, PLLC members Bill Farmer and J.W. Luna were named among the “100 Best Lawyers in Nashville” in the January 2003 edition of the Nashville Post...


FARMER & LUNA, PLLC MEMBER BILL FARMER ACCOMPANIES STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL DELEGATION ON TOUR OF BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE’S WARREN COUNTY PLANT
As reported in the Bridgestone/Firestone Americas Holding, Inc. newsletter, Network (Dec. 2002 Vol. 13, No. 8), Farmer & Luna, PLLC member Bill Farmer accompanied a delegation representing the country’s State Attorneys General on a tour...


FARMER & LUNA, PLLC MEMBER PAULA FLOWERS APPOINTED AS SPECIAL DEPUTY RECEIVER OF XANTUS HEALTHPLAN OF TENNESSEE, INC.
Paula A. Flowers, a founding member of Farmer & Luna, PLLC, has been appointed Special Deputy Receiver (Rehabilitator) of Xantus Healthplan of Tennessee, Inc., a TennCare managed care organization that is responsible for the managed health care of approximately 150,000 Tennesseans...


Farmer & Luna's Bill Farmer Chairs Nashville's First-Ever St. Patrick's Day Parade
Rainy skies on March 17, 2002 did not deter hundreds of enthusiastic spectators from turning out and lining several blocks of Elliston Place for Nashville’s first-ever St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Nashville’s Mayor, Bill Purcell...


Gubernatorial Candidates Discuss Conservation and Environmental Issues at Tennessee Conservation League's Annual Meeting Chaired by Mike Pearigen of Farmer & Luna.
Conservation and environmental topics were the issues of the day on April 13, 2002, as four gubernatorial candidates participated in the Candidates Forum sponsored by the Tennessee Conservation League during its 56th Annual Meeting...


Farmer & Luna Celebrates First Quarter with Associate Hiring.
Farmer & Luna PLLC marked the first quarter of its inaugural year by hiring its first associate, Jason D. Holleman, as of April 15.  He joins Farmer & Luna members Bill Farmer, J. W. Luna, Mike Pearigen and Paula Flowers...


NASHVILLE BUSINESS JOURNAL FEATURES FARMER & LUNA, PLLC
The June 14-20, 2002 edition of the Nashville Business Journal includes an article concerning Farmer & Luna, PLLC as one of Nashville’s small premier law firms.  The article includes portions of an interview of the firm’s founding partners, Bill Farmer and J. W. Luna.  To review the Nashville Business Journal article, click on the headline above.


FARMER & LUNA, PLLC MAKES ART HISTORY
A portrait of President Andrew Jackson by Neale Farmer, son of Farmer & Luna’s Bill Farmer, has drawn admirers and turned heads. The painting, which hangs in a small conference room in the firm’s offices overlooking the intersection of 4th and Union in the heart of downtown Nashville, was featured by the Nashville Business Journal in its June 21-27, 2002 edition. To review the Nashville Business Journal article, click on the headline above.


2002 GREETED BY FORMATION OF NEW LAW FIRM OF FARMER & LUNA, PLLC
The beginning of the New Year also marked the formation of Nashville's first new law firm of 2002, with Farmer & Luna, PLLC opening its doors on January 2, 2002. The firm was founded by William H. Farmer, J. W. Luna, Michael D. Pearigen and Paula A. Flowers, with plans to focus on regulatory and government issues and litigation....