Two Bradley Attorneys Elected as Tennessee Bar Foundation Fellows

Accolade, Firm News

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP Nashville partners William L. Norton, III and Todd Presnell have been elected as Fellows of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, an association of 818 attorneys from across the state. Membership is considered to be a position of honor. The Board of Trustees extended invitations to 30 attorneys this year. The introduction of new Fellows took place this month at the annual Fellows' Dinner in Nashville.

“We congratulate Bill and Todd on this prestigious honor,” said Nashville Managing Partner Lela Hollabaugh. “Both attorneys have rightfully earned the respect of their clients and colleagues for demonstrating an unwavering dedication to integrity and the highest caliber of ethical practice. We are pleased to have them represent the firm in this manner.”

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 $20,000,000 to law-related, public interest projects throughout Tennessee.

Mr. Norton focuses his practice in the business bankruptcy area, dealing in all aspects of bankruptcy cases, creditor rights and insolvency. With more than 30 years of practice of bankruptcy and insolvency law, he has represented a full range of client interests. He now primarily focuses on Chapter 11 business cases representing debtors, secured creditors, unsecured creditors, committees and trustees. Mr. Norton is the managing editor of Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice 3d and the co-author of Norton Creditors’ Rights Handbook, both of which are published by Thomson Reuters.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt Law School, and a frequent speaker at seminars on bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, real property foreclosure and the Uniform Commercial Code. Mr. Norton has been recognized by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Business Tennessee, Nashville Business Journal and Lawdragon 3000. He earned his B.A. and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University.

Mr. Presnell is a trial lawyer licensed in Georgia and Tennessee who represents major corporations, small businesses, governmental entities, tax-exempt organizations, and individuals in their litigation-related needs. He has served as lead counsel in federal and state courts across the country. He has handled numerous bench and jury trials, argued before the Sixth, Seventh, and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals, the Tennessee Court of Appeals, and briefed cases before the United States Supreme Court and the Tennessee Supreme Court. In addition to his trial and appellate work, Mr. Presnell is a recognized expert in the area of evidentiary privileges, and provides audit-related and training services to in-house legal departments in establishing and maintaining the corporate attorney-client privilege.

Mr. Presnell has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, the Nashville Business Journal and The Nashville Post. He earned his J.D. from The University of Memphis and his B.S. from the University of Tennessee.

Contact: Vivian Hood