In the 2016 edition of the Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has been recognized for its outstanding legal work as three of its attorneys are on the list of Super Lawyers and one Rising Star: David Proctor and Rhett Owens of the Birmingham, AL office; Jennifer Harrison of the Memphis, TN office and Karl Braun of the Nashville, TN office. The list recognizes outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers recognizes no more than five percent of attorneys in each state.
HBS would like to congratulate the recipients of this year’s Super Lawyer and Rising Star awards. These honors recognize the outstanding legal work performed by HBS attorneys and bolster the firm’s reputation as one of the leading law firms in the Southeast.
Birmingham Partner David Proctor was recognized as a Super Lawyer for his outstanding work in personal injury medical malpractice defense. He has received this recognition since 2009. Mr. Proctor has over 30 years of trial experience, including defending physicians in medical malpractice actions, breach of warranty and fraud defense on behalf of automobile manufacturers, complex products liability cases, defending management in employment discrimination cases and EEOC matters, and consumer finance arbitration work in the financial services industry. He has tried dozens of jury trials to verdict in various state and federal courts in Alabama.
Memphis Partner Jennifer Harrison was also recognized as a Super Lawyer for her outstanding work in personal injury medical malpractice defense. Ms. Harrison's medical background, serving as a cardiovascular ICU nurse and health and safety nurse, allows her to apply her personal experience to defense work in the healthcare field. With over 10 years of medical malpractice defense experience, she passionately represents healthcare practitioners. Ms. Harrison is a zealous and staunch advocate for healthcare practitioners.
Nashville Partner Karl Braun was recognized as a Super Lawyer for his exceptional work in intellectual property. He opened the Nashville office of HBS in 2002, developed the first entertainment practice at the firm, and now represents record companies, publishing companies, film and video production companies, entertainment conglomerates, artists, songwriters, producers, managers, agents, entertainment entrepreneurs and investors in all aspects of the entertainment industry. With deep knowledge of music catalogue acquisitions, Mr. Braun advises industry clients in all aspects of valuation, purchasing and exploiting music catalogues including through bankruptcy proceedings. He offers intellectual property valuation services for estate and gift tax planning purposes as well. Mr. Braun's practice includes advising clients regarding the establishment and maintenance of various entities, including corporations, LLCs and partnerships. He represents artists in all facets of career development, nurturing and fostering independent sustainability.
Rhett Owens was recognized as a Rising Star for his work in securities litigation. He has focused his practice on the representation of corporate and individual clients in a wide variety of general litigation matters. In particular, Mr. Owens has expertise in securities-related litigation, matters involving the preservation and production of electronically-stored information, estate administration and probate litigation, and matters involving allegations of trade secret protection and misappropriation and employee raiding, including seeking, and defending against requests for, temporary restraining orders and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief. Mr. Owens also has extensive experience in representing governmental clients in cases involving alleged constitutional violations, including alleged violations of 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
Hall Booth Smith P.C. is a full-service law firm with 12 regional offices in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Since 1989, HBS has delivered quality legal services with a mission “to ethically and professionally serve our clients by providing the highest quality legal representation in a personally satisfying firm environment.” With over 200 attorneys and staff members, HBS provides the highest quality legal services to individuals, governmental bodies and agencies, and businesses of all sizes.