Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that Lela Hollabaugh has been appointed managing partner of the firm’s Nashville office. Ms. Hollabaugh succeeds partner Robert S. Patterson in leading the Nashville office. She will also continue serving as practice team leader for the firm’s Business Litigation Team.
“Serving as managing partner has been one of the greatest honors of my career. The journey has been both enriching and challenging,” said Mr. Patterson. “The time has come to turn my role over, and I can think of no candidate more highly suited than Lela, who is both a distinguished attorney and poised leader. I am confident her direction will reinforce the firm’s client-centric initiatives, build upon our 100-year heritage of service to our clients and community, and continue to build our presence in Nashville and across the nation.”
“The Bradley Arant Boult Cummings family is indebted to Bob for his years of excellent, fruitful leadership in Nashville,” said firm Chairman Beau Grenier. “We are thankful for his trusted service in molding the office into what it is today, and thus excited to see Lela carry on this momentum. Lela has served Bradley Arant in many leadership capacities and is exceedingly qualified for this new role. We congratulate Lela on her appointment.”
As the Nashville office managing partner, Ms. Hollabaugh will guide and help advance the short- and long-term goals of the firm in Nashville and the region. Her leadership underlines Bradley Arant’s commitment to fostering a work environment that helps women to excel in their legal careers.
“As a native of Nashville, daughter of a Nashville attorney, and a former president of the Nashville Bar Association, I am proud to carry on the legacy of leadership established by this firm,” said Ms. Hollabaugh. “I am excited about leading this firm’s fine group of lawyers who are all dedicated to professional and personal excellence. I look forward to building on the firm’s legacy of service to Nashville by assuring that all of our clients benefit from the incredible depth and breadth of talent from our nearly 500 attorneys across our eight offices.”
Ms. Hollabaugh has served as the lead trial attorney in more than a dozen jury trials, as well as more than two dozen bench trials, arbitrations and administrative hearings. She advises leading natural gas pipeline companies on issues involving location, land acquisition, construction and operations, and is currently advising on several large-scale pipeline projects in the southeast. Ms. Hollabaugh also represents leading pharmaceutical, medical device and other manufacturers in matters ranging from individual lawsuits to mass tort cases. She is actively involved in several mass tort matters around the county.
Ms. Hollabaugh has served in several leadership positions in legal, industry, and government organizations. She is general counsel to the Nashville Bar Association and a trustee of the Nashville Bar Foundation. She is a past-president of the Nashville Bar Association and is a past member of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Board of Directors. As a former chair of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, Ms. Hollabaugh is also listed on the American Arbitration Association’s (AAA) Roster of Neutrals for Commercial Litigation. She holds a J.D. and B.S. ( with honors) from the University of Tennessee.
Contact: Vivian Hood