Bradley is pleased to announce that six attorneys in the firm’s Nashville office have been recognized by the Tennessee Supreme Court as 2019 “Attorneys for Justice.” The firm’s 2019 honorees are Brandon Bundren, Timothy L. Capria, Edmund S. Sauer, Jeffrey W. Sheehan, Caroline Dare Spore, and David K. Taylor.
This marks the sixth consecutive year that the Tennessee Supreme Court has recognized “Attorneys for Justice,” which the court defines as lawyers who work a minimum of 50 pro bono hours annually to provide legal services to those who cannot afford the costs. The goal of the recognition program is to increase to 50 percent the total statewide participation by attorneys and law offices providing pro bono services.
“We are extremely proud of our Nashville attorneys who generously donate significant time each year to helping ensure that those with limited resources can afford legal services they need,” said Tiffany Graves, Bradley’s pro bono counsel. “We congratulate Brandon, Tim, Edmund, Jeff, Caroline and David for this recognition from the Tennessee Supreme Court for their contributions.”
Mr. Bundren is counsel and a member of Bradley’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. He focuses on intellectual property and competitive practices litigation, including complex litigation involving non-compete, trade secrets and unfair competition matters. He has experience appearing before state and federal courts in Texas and Tennessee. In addition, he has significant experience handling a variety of other types of complex commercial cases, including employment, products liability, securities and real estate matters.
An associate and also a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, Mr. Capria focuses on acquiring intellectual property, patent opinion practice, and enforcing intellectual property rights. His experience includes prosecuting patents domestically and internationally and conducting freedom to operate opinions and invalidity opinions applicable to the United States and other countries. He primarily prosecutes patents in the life sciences and medical device fields and provides trademark counsel for clients operating in diverse sectors.
A partner and member of Bradley’s Litigation Practice Group, Mr. Sauer has handled hundreds of appeals for clients throughout the country, particularly in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He handles a broad array of complex and high-stakes litigation matters. In addition, he regularly advises clients and trial counsel on litigation strategy to maximize the prospects of success in federal and state trial courts.
Mr. Sheehan is an associate and member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. He 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.
Ms. Spore is an associate and member of Bradley’s Appellate Practice Group. She previously clerked for Judge Julia Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Previously, she worked in Washington University’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, assisting clients involved in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service.
Mr. Taylor is a partner and chair of the firm’s Construction Practice Group in Bradley’s Nashville office. He has more than three decades of experience as a commercial litigator with an emphasis on construction and real estate dispute resolution. With a national construction practice, he has been recognized as one of the leading construction lawyers in Tennessee and the Southeast and has tried cases and disputes for clients in more than 25 states. He also has a national "neutrals" practice and has been chosen more than 350 times by lawyers throughout the country to help them either settle their clients’ disputes through mediation or to render binding decisions as an arbitrator.
Through Bradley’s pro bono programs covering all of the firm’s offices, Bradley attorneys devote a significant amount of time to pro bono work and community service each year. In 2018, the firm’s attorneys and staff performed more than 19,800 hours of pro bono service valued at more than $7 million. The firm also donated more than $900,000 to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations last year.