Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP partner Lela M. Hollabaugh has recently been elected a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, an association of 730 attorneys across the state. Invitations to membership, which is a position of honor, were extended to 35 attorneys this year by the Board of Trustees. The introduction of new Fellows took place at the annual Fellows' Dinner in Nashville.
“We congratulate Lela on this achievement,” said Firm Chairman Beau Grenier. “This is a distinct honor and recognizes the leading role she plays in the Tennessee legal community.”
The Bar Foundation's purpose is two-fold: to honor attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the profession and to administer a grant-making program. That project, known by its acronym “IOLTA” (Interest On Lawyers' Trust Accounts), has awarded grants in excess of $17,000,000 to law-related, public interest projects throughout Tennessee.
Hollabaugh, a leading litigator, focuses on the representation of natural gas pipeline companies, as well as pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. She has served as the lead trial lawyer in more than a dozen jury trials, as well as more than two dozen bench trials, arbitrations and administrative hearings. Hollabaugh advises leading natural gas pipeline companies on issues involving location, land acquisition, construction and operations. She serves as lead counsel for several pipeline projects in the southeast involving more than 200 lawsuits. Hollabaugh also represents leading pharmaceutical, medical device and other manufacturers in matters ranging from individual lawsuits to mass tort cases.
Hollabaugh has served in several leadership positions in legal, industry and government organizations. She is a past-president of the Nashville Bar Association and is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Board of Directors. She was recently appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to be the Chairman of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. Hollabaugh holds a J.D. and B.S. (with honors) from the University of Tennessee.