Bradley is pleased to announce that the Tennessee Supreme Court has named Jeffrey L. Allen, Jeffrey W. Sheehan and Fritz Spainhour, attorneys in the firm’s Nashville office, as “Attorneys for Justice” in recognition of their pro bono service in 2016.
The award honors licensed Tennessee attorneys who provide at least 50 hours of pro bono services annually to those who cannot afford legal costs.
“The firm congratulates Jeff, Jeff and Fritz on this well-deserved recognition from the Tennessee Supreme Court for their dedication to the legal profession and their service to the people of Tennessee through their pro bono work,” said Bradley’s Nashville Office Managing Partner Lela Hollabaugh.
Most of Mr. Allen’s pro bono work is through the Arts & Business Council’s Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts (VLPA) program. Through VLPA, Mr. Allen assists singer-songwriters and other artists with various legal needs, including contract negotiation and resolving disputes.
A member of Bradley’s Intellectual Property Group, Mr. Allen focuses his practice on entertainment and intellectual property litigation, as well as entertainment transactional matters. He has also served as legal counsel on all stages of an independent film production and frequently works with clients in the television and sports industries. Mr. Allen earned his J.D. (cum laude) from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude) from Vanderbilt University. He is the co-chair of the Nashville Bar Association’s Entertainment, Sports & Media Law Committee and the immediate past chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Entertainment and Sports Law Section.
As a part of Bradley’s pro bono practice, Mr. Sheehan has briefed and prepared colleagues to argue in front of the Sixth Circuit on a range of habeas cases.
A member of Bradley’s Litigation Practice Group, Mr. Sheehan has helped defend judgments in state and federal proceedings addressing product liability, financial services and employment cases involving complex issues of state and federal law. In addition to his appellate practice, he has assisted with complex multi-district litigation and high-stakes business disputes. He earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. He also holds a Ph.D., Master of Arts and B.Mus. (magna cum laude), all from Vanderbilt University.
Through his active pro bono practice, Mr. Spainhour has first-chaired both jury and bench trials in federal court on behalf of prisoners alleging civil rights violations. He also serves as post-conviction counsel for a death row inmate.
A member of Bradley’s Litigation Practice Group, Mr. Spainhour represents clients in a variety of industries, including many national and global life sciences and healthcare companies. He has extensive experience defending product liability cases and has been involved in all aspects of defending mass litigation as a member of multiple MDL national counsel teams for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. Mr. Spainhour also represents clients facing allegations by the U.S. Department of Justice and qui tam relators, including in False Claims Act cases and related investigations. He earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) from Wake Forest University.