Service of Process: Just Like in Hollywood (Part 2)

It’s a strange day when legal procedural issues get top billing on the Today Show… As you may have seen, Jason Sudeikis served his ex-Olivia Wilde with legal papers while she was, literally, on a public stage talking about her upcoming movie. The photos from the event show her, in real time, opening the packet and … Continue reading “Service of Process: Just Like in Hollywood (Part 2)”

Davidson County Election Picks from a Nashville Lawyer

Last night, I hosted a neighborhood “meet and greet” for a judicial candidate, and one of my neighbors told me something I didn’t know: We all watch your front yard, to see which candidate signs you have. At the party, I saw this in real time, as neighbors showed up with pens, the Davidson County … Continue reading “Davidson County Election Picks from a Nashville Lawyer”

New Tennessee Court of Appeals Resolves Ten-Year Old Question about Post-Judgment Interest Rate

For nearly a decade, I’ve been writing about the Tennessee post-judgment interest statute, Tenn. Code Ann. § 47-14-121, which was amended in 2012 to change from the long-standing fixed rate of 10% to a variable rate that changes every 6 months. I say “writing,” but others may say “complaining.” They’d probably cite this post: What … Continue reading “New Tennessee Court of Appeals Resolves Ten-Year Old Question about Post-Judgment Interest Rate”

Tennessee Judgments Always Incur Post-Judgment Interest

A good rule of thumb for prevailing parties in litigation is this: If you want something, be sure to include that in the court order. Well, duh. The Judge can’t give it to you if it’s not expressly written in the order. A recent opinion from the Tennessee Court of Appeals (Hartigan v. Brush, No. … Continue reading “Tennessee Judgments Always Incur Post-Judgment Interest”

Ukraine Fundraising: I raised $1,950 for World Central Kitchen

I’ll skip to the Tl;dr part: On March 10, I donated all of my 6.5 billable hours to support Ukraine and, at $300.00 an hour, I raised $1,950.00 for World Central Kitchen’s refugee relief efforts. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not much, but, to my little firm, a day’s worth of revenues is … Continue reading “Ukraine Fundraising: I raised $1,950 for World Central Kitchen”

We are Supporting World Central Kitchen on March 10, and We hope you will too

As some of you saw in my post from last week, my little law firm will be donating all revenue generated on March 10, 2022 to support Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees. The initial decision was based on the terrible early images from the War and, in the past week, things have only gotten worse, as … Continue reading “We are Supporting World Central Kitchen on March 10, and We hope you will too”

On Ukraine: Tweets are Cheap, but Billable Hours Aren’t

Before law school, I majored in English, not Political Science. So, as I see the news about the war in Ukraine, I don’t understand the politics behind the invasion (probably because there’s no just reason for this), but I absolutely see the tragedy. The fathers saying goodbye to their families. The injured and scared kids. … Continue reading “On Ukraine: Tweets are Cheap, but Billable Hours Aren’t”

The Red River Bankruptcy, COVID, and Nashville’s Garbage

What a time for Nashville’s curbside recycling to get disrupted. I’m not sure I bought any Christmas gifts in-person this season. Instead, I relied on Santa’s elves, dressed in FedEx and UPS uniforms, to deliver the gifts in cardboard boxes. It’s something I’ve been doing since March 2020, when COVID first disrupted everything. And, based … Continue reading “The Red River Bankruptcy, COVID, and Nashville’s Garbage”

2021 in Review: New Lawsuits in Davidson Circuit and General Session Courts were also Down

Last week, I wrote about how Bankruptcy Court debtor filings were at an all-time low in the Middle District of Tennessee. A few of you asked if there was a corresponding drop in Chancery, Circuit, and General Sessions filings. Maybe that’s why people weren’t running to file bankruptcy. Given the numbers in Bankruptcy Court, it’d … Continue reading “2021 in Review: New Lawsuits in Davidson Circuit and General Session Courts were also Down”

Year In Review: Is Anybody Filing Bankruptcy in Nashville?

A few days ago, a lawyer from Oklahoma City called to refer me a new case, and, at the end of the call, he asked “Is anybody filing bankruptcy in Nashville? There’s just nothing going on here. Are you hearing anything about when it’s coming back?” It’s a conversation I’ve had about 100 times over … Continue reading “Year In Review: Is Anybody Filing Bankruptcy in Nashville?”