Brian S. Faughnan

Brian S. Faughnan is a shareholder and practices in the firm’s Memphis office.  Brian also serves as Lewis Thomason’s Associate General Counsel and works in conjunction with the firm’s president in all ethics and professional responsibility matters within the firm. In addition to the area of lawyer ethics and professional responsibility, Mr. Faughnan’s practice is focused on commercial litigation, appellate litigation, and media law.  Mr. Faughnan is a frequent author and speaker on ethics and professional responsibility issues.  He shares his thoughts on ethics and lawyering at his blog, Faughnan on Ethics.  He is a co-author of the book “Professional Responsibility in Litigation” and “Professional Responsibility in Litigation, Second Edition” published by the ABA.

Click here to access Mr. Faughnan’s blog which was a 2018 ABA Journal Web 100 Honoree: Faughnan on Ethics.

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Memphis Bar Association
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Secretary of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers for a term running from 2019-2020
  • Treasurer, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, 2018
  • Selected by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell as Elite Lawyer of the South (2017)
  • Best Lawyers ® 2017 Appellate Practice “Lawyer of the Year” in Memphis
  • Inducted by the Tennessee Bar Foundation as a Fellow 2014
  • Received the highest rating, AV, from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America©, Appellate Practice, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2011-2019
  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 2010
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2009 – 2015
  • Leadership Memphis – Fast Track, Fall, 2008
  • “Top 40 Under 40,” Memphis Business Journal, 2007

Education

Rhodes College, B.A., 1995
University of Memphis, J.D., magna cum laude, 1998

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 1998

Jason Susser

Jason Susser is an attorney in the Memphis office of Siskind Susser PC, where his practice focuses exclusively on immigration and nationality law. Mr. Susser represents businesses and individuals in several areas of immigration law including employment-based immigration, family-based immigration, naturalization, and humanitarian cases. Mr. Susser works extensively with foreign investors and entrepreneurs, as well as members of the foreign media. More specifically, Mr. Susser assists a variety of clients with the following immigration matters:

  • E-2 visas for treaty investor and E-1 treaty traders
  • EB-5 investor visas
  • H-1B visas for specialty occupation professionals
  • L-1 visas for intra-company transfers
  • O-1 visas for foreign nationals of extraordinary ability
  • H-2B visas for temporary non-agricultural workers
  • TN visas for NAFTA professionals
  • I visas for representatives of the foreign media
  • EB-1 petitions for foreign nationals of extraordinary ability
  • National interest waiver petitions
  • PERM Labor Certifications
  • Family based immigration
  • Humanitarian cases

Mr. Susser graduated from the University of Memphis with a focus on Accounting and Religious Studies. While in college, he spent two years working as a full-time paralegal at Siskind Susser’s Memphis office where he assisted attorneys in filing Labor Certifications, H-1B visas for specialty occupation professionals, H-2B visas for Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers, L-1 visas for intra-company transfers, and EB-5 Investor Visas.

Mr. Susser went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. During law school, he worked at the firm on a part-time basis focusing on EB-1 petitions for foreign nationals of extraordinary ability, EB-2 national interest waiver petitions, and O-1 visas for foreign nationals of extraordinary ability. While in law school, he also assisted in pro bono cases involving U-visas for victims of crimes and humanitarian cases.

Mr. Susser is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), American Bar Association, and the Memphis Bar Association. He is licensed and admitted to practice law in Tennessee. Mr. Susser can be reached by e-mail at JSUSSER@VISALAW.COM

FIRM DESCRIPTION

Siskind Susser PC is one of the largest immigration law firms in North America, and its attorneys have experience handling all aspects of American immigration and nationality law. Because U.S. immigration laws are federal in nature (i.e. no state or provincial law is involved), the attorneys at Siskind Susser are capable of providing legal services to clients in the United States and abroad, having clients in every U.S. state as well as countries all over the world. The firm’s clients include several of the largest hospital systems in the U.S., the world’s largest paper manufacturer, one of the world’s best-known entertainment companies, and one of the largest international nurse staffing companies in the United States.

Siskind Susser lawyers provide consultations to corporations and individuals on immigration law issues and handle cases before the government. Siskind Susser also assists clients with immigration matters outside the United States. The firm is a co-founder of Visalaw International – the Global Immigration Law Alliance and works with many of the world’s top immigration specialists assisting companies and individuals relocate and do business anywhere in the world.

Siskind Susser is a law firm committed to providing quality and efficient service, striving to constantly monitor developments in immigration law and use state-of-the-art technology for research, client communications, and case management. The firm also doesn’t passively react to changes in the law which affect our clients. The firm has played a leading role lobbying for numerous immigration-related bills over the last several years, drafting key sections of immigration laws, and assisting state and federal agencies in designing immigration-related regulations and guidelines. Widely recognized as one of the top immigration law firms in the United States, Siskind Susser is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and is included in U.S. World and News Report and Best Lawyers 2018 Best Law Firms rankings.

Molly Glover

Serving as lead counsel in numerous trials in state and federal courts, Molly Glover is skilled in complex matters involving domestic relations, products liability, premises liability, breach of contract, sexual harassment and bad faith. She has significant experience in defense litigation, including toxic tort, pollution coverage and asbestos claims, and often provides counsel to medical, legal and insurance professionals. Ms. Glover has appeared before the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Tennessee Supreme Court, and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 2013. She has been listed by the Tennessee Supreme Court as a Rule 31 mediator and was selected by her peers to the list of Mid-South Super Lawyers.  Ms. Glover is also an active member of the Leo Bearman, Sr. Chapter of the American Inns of Court.

Education

  • University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (J.D., 1993)
  • Middle Tennessee State University (B.S., Political Science, 1988)

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Member, Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Member, Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association (TDLA)
  • Fellow, Memphis Bar Foundation
  • Named to the Mid-South Super Lawyers list (2012- 2013, 2017)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert L. Childers, 30th Judicial District Court, Memphis, Tennessee

THINKING FORWARD. BY TRADITION.

For over 100 years, the lawyers of Burch, Porter & Johnson have approached the practice of law as a calling, continuing our founders’ forward-thinking philosophy. This history of Thinking Forward is ingrained in our culture – as alive today as it has been for more than 100 years.

Our philosophy is simple: provide innovative, practical solutions to obtain the best result for our clients. This philosophy is built on three core values:

Commitment to Client-Service. We recognize that accessibility, attention to detail and proactive communication are the hallmarks of a successful client-attorney relationship. That is why clients continue to rely upon our firm to handle sensitive and complex matters, as they have for more than 100 years.

Practical, Innovative Solutions. Our attorneys strive to anticipate what others may miss, focus on strategic solutions that aid in the efficient and cost-effective resolution of legal issues, and collaborate with clients to form future-focused plans. We concentrate on building and maintaining long-term relationships.

Tradition of Leadership and Integrity.  Community leadership is a foundation of the firm, evidenced by our involvement in matters of national and regional importance, in the past– representing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the landmark sanitation workers’ strike, and fighting to preserve our city’s Overton Park green space before the United States Supreme Court and in the present– working to forge a new direction for public education in Memphis and Shelby County, and devising innovative structures to protect our valuable public resources such as Shelby Farms. Our lawyers remain dedicated to public service, and currently play meaningful roles in over 40 local civic and non-profit organizations.

COMPREHENSIVE PRACTICE. DECISIVE COUNSEL. SERVICE PHILOSOPHY.

Burch, Porter & Johnson provides comprehensive legal services across a wide range of litigation, business and transactional practice.  The firm’s clients span a broad spectrum:  from multi-million dollar corporations seeking counsel to negotiate complex transactions to individuals dealing with the most sensitive personal issues.

From its inception, the firm’s focus has been on client service – providing specialized expertise, value, responsiveness and practical solutions to address our clients’ needs. Clients have counted on the firm’s experience, its commitment to service, and its tradition as a leader in business and community affairs for more than a century.

Thinking Forward. By Tradition. 

RECOGNITION & AFFILIATIONS

Burch, Porter & Johnson attorneys are consistently recognized as leaders in their fields.  Many lawyers in the firm are listed in the Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Mid-South Super Lawyers and Business Tennessee. The firm is a member of ALFA International, a legal network with 145 member firms located throughout the United States and around the world.  ALFA International is the premier global network of independent law firms whose success is driven by broad, deep, local relationships all over the world. More information is available at www.alfainternational.com.

The firm has also been recognized as the #1 “Bet-the-Company Litigation” law firm in Tennessee by the publication Best Lawyers in America©. This accolade acknowledges what the Memphis community has known for over a century — clients turn to Burch, Porter & Johnson when the stakes are high and results are critical.

Curtis R. Harrington

Curtis R. Harrington II is a founding partner of Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter, PLLC; his practices focuses on working with individuals and small businesses in the areas of litigation, alternative dispute resolution, alcoholic beverage law and licensing, contract negotiation, business formation, personal injury and toxic tort actions, debt restructuring, and both routine and complex entertainment-related matters, such as copyright registration, infringement, copyright recapturing, trademark, licensing, negotiation of recording agreements, media appearance agreements, management agreements, and publishing deals.

Mr. Harrington divides his practice between litigation and matters which never see the inside of a courtroom. Since his admission to the bar, he has represented alcoholic beverage manufacturers, wholesalers, importers and distributors, construction companies, local banks, homeowners and landowners, bankruptcy creditors and debtors, software development companies, and entertainment artists, songwriters, managers, and other rights holders.

Mr. Harrington prides himself in his ability to take a calculated, cost-based approach to every matter, large or small. Whether opening or winding-up a business, protecting assets against future unknowns, or obtaining maximum recovery for an individual or business involved in a dispute, he keeps the client’s objectives and resources in mind while leveraging the firm’s resources for the client’s advantage.

Food and Drug Law Practice:

Our attorneys routinely represent businesses, trade groups, and individuals before regulatory boards and other administrative bodies. We also advise clients regarding compliance matters in a wide range of practice areas, including alcoholic beverage licensing, crowdfunding, marketing and advertising, charitable giving, and games of chance.

Our attorneys assist clients in all components of the alcohol industry, including licensing at the federal, state and local level, tax compliance, agreements that relate to distribution, storage, manufacturing, franchise registration and protection, trade practices and compliance, branding, enforcement related issues, and business structuring and formation.

Pharmacists and pharmacies face unprecedented challenges and scrutiny in today’s highly regulated environment. Compounding pharmacies have been the subject of much public discussion and significant legislative and regulatory activity in recent years. Multiple agencies at the federal and state level, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and state boards of pharmacy have all adopted new regulations and enforcement policies, sometimes conflicting, affecting the practice of pharmacy.

We can help pharmacists navigate these uncharted waters and deal with the multiple challenges that confront the profession. From professional licensure to sterile compounding, from dispensing controlled substances to understanding the language and interpretation of the federal Drug Quality and Security Act and USP 797, we provide advice to pharmacists and pharmacies to manage their practices in compliance with these new requirements. When pharmacies are subject to recalls, licensure proceedings, or other regulatory action or litigation, we stand ready to provide the full range of legal services and advice necessary to meet the challenge.

Joseph B. Walker

Joe is an AV-Rated attorney in our Tax and Business Services Groups. With extensive background in estate and trust planning and tax, he was named (1 of 3 Tennessee Lawyers) in J.K. Lasser’s book, Estate Planning for Baby Boomers and Retirees.

Wealth Transfer, Trust and Estate Planning Experience:

  • Representation of taxpayers of high net worth in consideration, creation and implementation of sophisticated Death
    Tax and Gift Tax saving mechanisms, including charitable planning.
  • Representation of individuals to address complicated family and personal matters, including special needs children, special beneficiary relationships, artificial reproduction babies and business exit planning.
  • Representation of individuals with unique assets as to valuations and transfer, from song writers and visual artists, to small business owners and owners of assets in foreign countries.
  • Representation of those in need of asset protection during life with special Tennessee Trusts.

The Estate & Trust Law Practice:

Our attorneys work closely with clients to understand the unique details of each individual’s situation and assist in accomplishing their planning goals and objectives including advising clients on strategies to help protect and preserve their family’s wealth.

Our attorneys also work with fiduciaries to guide them through the probate or administration process and routinely handle all aspects of trust administration. In addition to advising on the probate and administration process, our attorneys also have experience representing fiduciaries in litigated matters.

Butler Snow:

With over 300 attorneys in offices in Atlanta and Macon Georgia; Jackson, Gulfport and Oxford, Mississippi; Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee; New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama; Bethlehem and Ft. Washington, Pennsylvania; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Denver, Colorado; New York, New York; Singapore, Hong Kong, and London, England. Butler Snow is a team of talented legal professionals who share a commitment to serve clients – from Fortune 1000 firms to emerging-technology start-ups. Surveys by respected national consultants consistently rank Butler Snow among the best nationwide in client service – in anticipating needs, in a commitment to help, in providing value, in client satisfaction. With that standard to guide us, Butler Snow has grown from a regional firm to one with national scope.

Butler Snow’s practice areas include the full range of business law and litigation services. Our team approach means we call on resources from across the firm to match legal experience with your needs. As a result, clients benefit from our strategic counsel, efficient execution and innovative solutions to complex challenges.

Our attorneys come from diverse legal, business and governmental backgrounds, bringing real-world experience and practical knowledge to each client they represent. We have represented clients in all 50 states and in the District of Columbia, as well as internationally in more than 20 countries.

J. Randall Patterson

J. Randall Patterson, shareholder in the Knoxville, Tennessee office, represents employers before the EEOC and other state and federal agencies, and advises employers on many topics including policies and procedures, reductions in force, wage and hour issues, employee handbooks, drug testing and employment contracts.

In employment litigation, Mr. Patterson has experience in a full range of employment related claims including: sexual harassment; age, race and disability discrimination, FLSA collective actions; retaliatory discharge and employment related defamation claims. Mr. Patterson has litigation experience in ERISA litigation cases involving the denial of employee benefits, breach of fiduciary duties and related claims, and in antitrust and white collar criminal defense.

The Employment Law Practice:

Our labor and employment attorneys offer litigation defense services for administrative and court proceedings at the federal and state level, advice on pre-litigation strategies to reduce legal risks, policy analysis and drafting, compliance audits, management training and labor negotiation.

The lawyers on Baker Donelson’s labor and employment team work strategically with companies of all sizes. Our focus is on collaboration and building long-term relationships with our clients – understanding your staffing and workforce goals and helping you achieve them. Many of our clients have relied on our labor and employment team for more than 25 years. We know their needs, their culture, and the changes and challenges their businesses face.

We have advised clients in a wide variety of industries and sectors, and we bring that industry and sector knowledge to the labor and employment advice we provide. In addition, we work hard to understand the position of your company in your industry, the competitive pressures you face and what a successful HR, staffing or workforce outcome should look like for your company.

Our labor and employment team advises clients throughout the United States and on international employment matters. We have in-depth knowledge of both federal labor and employment law and state law.

We offer advice on a full range of employment law issues, but our unique strength is in providing strategic advice for our clients. Our attorneys use their knowledge of labor and employment law, and workplace management to help clients develop and implement strategic leadership plans and employee, staffing and workplace strategies.

To deepen the value of our strategic counsel, we offer customized training for management personnel. Training teaches practices and procedures to prevent harassment, discrimination and retaliation. With such practices and procedures in place, clients are better able to defend themselves in the event of litigation.

Baker Donelson:

For 130 years, Baker Donelson has built a reputation for achieving results for our clients, both nationally and internationally, on a wide range of legal matters. While providing legal services is our focus, it is how we deliver them that sets us apart. Our goal is to provide clients with more than what they have come to expect from a law firm.

Baker Donelson commits to a deep understanding of a client’s business, to enable us to anticipate clients’ needs and assist in their decision-making processes. Because we offer consistent, knowledgeable guidance based on their specific goals and objectives, clients view us as a valued business partner. This allows them to focus on the growth and success of their businesses, confident their legal issues will be handled by an attentive, responsive team.

Our unique approach to providing legal and policy services is enabled by our extensive support structure. As the 57th largest law firm in the U.S., Baker Donelson gives clients access to a team of more than 750 attorneys and public policy advisors representing more than 30 practice areas, all seamlessly connected across 22 offices to serve virtually any legal and policy need. We provide to our clients a global network of local counsel and other professionals, and have helped our clients take advantage of global opportunities in more than 90 countries spanning six continents. Clients receive informed guidance from experienced, multi-disciplined industry and client service teams. Our federal and state public policy groups provide sound policy advice and comprehensive tracking services, keeping clients up-to-date on critical legislative and regulatory developments. Our diversity and women’s initiatives ensure a welcoming and inclusive environment for our people, perspectives and experiences. Technology helps us operate more effectively and efficiently by providing instant access to client-specific information and other key resources.

Robert J. Walker

Robert J. Walker has been practicing trial law continuously since 1968. He has experience in prosecuting and defending product liability, medical malpractice, and aviation lawsuits.

For the past 25 years, Mr. Walker has focused primarily on commercial and business litigation, including securities and corporate governance lawsuits, shareholder and hostile takeover suits, anti-trust, consumer protection, business fraud suits, proxy challenges, and director and officer liability claims. He has experience in most of these suits from both the prosecution and defense perspective, and has a great deal of recent experience in class action litigation involving business as well as product liability claims.

Mr. Walker was born and raised in Monterey, Tennessee. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1962. Following graduation from Vanderbilt, he served as a naval officer on a destroyer. Mr. Walker returned to Vanderbilt and graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 1968. While in law school, he served as the Articles Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Mr. Walker served as President of the Nashville Bar Association in 1981; and in 1986 he was elected a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and served as Chairman for Tennessee from 1995 to 1997. Mr. Walker is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in several categories. He has been a principal in, and has served as an officer and director of, a variety of businesses. In 1986, Mr. Walker was elected a Fellow in the Society of International Business Fellows, an organization dedicated to development of international business in the southeastern United States, where he maintained fellowship for over ten years. He is also a licensed and active pilot with current ASMEL(I) ratings.