Adams and Reese is pleased to announce that three of the firm’s partners have been named by Business TN Magazine to their “150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee” list for 2008. The attorneys named include: Charles F. Gay, Jr., Cynthia M. Barnett, (Nashville) and Lucian T. Pera (Memphis).
As a “150 Best Lawyer in Tennessee” for 2008, Gay, Barnett, and Pera will be featured in the January 2008 issue of Business TN Magazine (Tennessee’s only statewide business monthly). The list is the result of hundreds of editorial interviews conducted and carefully considered by Business TN editors who ask other respected local lawyers, judges, top clients and corporate directors who they would use in specific practice areas, and this list is their answer. Lawyers appear on this list, not because the pay to be considered or pay for profiles, but because they are the most respected and best legal minds in their respective practice areas – their reputations and case histories speak for themselves.
Charles F. Gay, Jr. is a partner with the Nashville office. He is a member of the firm’s Pharmaceuticals and Products Liability Team of the Litigation Practice Group, and also works extensively with the Health Care Litigation Group. Gay is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a member of the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel where he served as co-chairman of the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Biotechnology Committee. He is a member of Lawyers for Civil Justice and served as chairman of the Committee on Medicaid Recovery Efforts. He is a fellow in the International Society of Barristers and a member of Who's Who of International Lawyers. He has been a frequent lecturer in the areas of trial practice and personal injury litigation. He is listed in The Best Lawyers® in America (Personal Injury Litigation).
Cynthia Mitchell Barnett serves as Partner in Charge of the Nashville office, and is a member of the Public Finance Team. Her practice concentrates on public finance transactions, and she regularly serves as bond counsel and issuer's counsel. Known for her work in the area of multifamily housing, her experience encompasses virtually every type of tax-exempt structure utilized in the financial markets for every type of institution, including revenue and tax municipal bonds, certificates of participation, credit enhancement vehicles, multi-model rate structures, pooled transactions, health and educational tax-exempt organizations, refunding issues, aviation, corrections, industrial development and pilot leases, sports and convention facilities, derivative products and housing. Barnett regularly works with domestic and foreign financial institutions that provide credit and liquidity facilities to support municipal obligations. She has served as a member of the State Department of Human Services Advisory Council, Juvenile Court Pro Bono Program and the Board of Directors for St. Patrick's Homeless Shelter. She is a Fellow of the Nashville Bar Association, and a member of the Tennessee and American Bar Associations, the Lawyer's Association for Women and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. She also serves as a member of the Funding Board for the Music City Center 2008 Project.
Lucian T. Pera is a partner and member of the Litigation Practice Group, practicing primarily in the civil trial area, including a wide variety of commercial, media, intellectual property and personal injury litigation. He is a member of the Ethics Practice Team and the Commercial Disputes Practice Team. Pera has represented a number of major media outlets in significant litigation concerning public and media access to public records, open meetings, and court proceedings. These cases include a landmark Tennessee Supreme Court decision granting public and media access to the records of a troubled nonprofit government contractor administering tens of millions of dollars in public money in assistance to low-income mothers. He is an active member of the Media Law Resource Center’s Defense Counsel Section, serving as chair of its ethics committee and as co-author of chapters in two of its national surveys of law relating to the media. He speaks and writes annually on media law issues, both in Tennessee and nationally.
Adams and Reese has attorneys and advisors located in Baton Rouge, LA; Birmingham, AL; Houston, TX; Jackson, MS; Memphis, TN; Mobile, AL; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA and Washington, DC. American Lawyer Magazine includes Adams and Reese on its distinguished list of the nation’s top 200 firms - “The AmLaw 200.” The National Law Journal also lists the firm on the “NLJ 250” of the nation’s largest law firms.