Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that Thor Y. Urness, a partner in the firm’s Nashville office, has been elected as a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation.
The Foundation honors distinguished lawyers from across Tennessee by electing them to membership as Fellows “in recognition of devotion to the legal profession, adherence to the highest standards of professional ethics, exemplary personal conduct and distinguished service rendered in the administration of justice.” The introduction of new Fellows, including Mr. Urness, took place in January at the annual Fellows' Dinner in Nashville.
“We congratulate Thor on his election as a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, honoring his accomplishments and service to the legal profession,” said Bradley’s Nashville Office Managing Partner Lela Hollabaugh.
Mr. Urness practices complex business and intellectual property litigation and related counseling, representing businesses and individuals in disputes in Tennessee and other states.
Mr. Urness has chaired the boards of the Nashville Pro Bono Program and the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville and served on the boards of the FiftyForward Endowment, Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and Senior Citizens, Inc. He served as the first Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section, Chair of the Nashville Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Committee, led the initiative for Tennessee’s adoption of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Nashville Bar Foundation. Mr. Urness earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Indiana University.
In addition to honoring distinguished attorneys, the mission of the Tennessee Bar Foundation is to administer a grant-making program, supported by contributions from Fellows, which has awarded grants in excess of $21 million to law-related, public interest projects throughout Tennessee.