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News and other items of interest about Butler, Vines and Babb and the practice of law are posted here. Check back often for updates.

Items of Interest At Butler, Vines and Babb:

February 2016 - Butler, Vines and Babb attorney Weldon Patterson and his wife Mary recently attended the Southern Trial Lawyers Association meeting held in New Orleans. Here Weldon and Mary pose with former STLA President Randy Hall and Board Member Mattie Hall at the annual War Horse Dinner:

WP & MP at STLA War Horse Dinner

L to R: Randy Hall, Mattie Hall, Mary Patterson, Weldon Patterson

October 2015 - Butler, Vines and Babb was proud to host its 10th Annual Big Orange Tailgate Party this past weekend, cheering the Vols on to victory over Georgia! It was another outstanding success as we welcomed well over 300 guests. To see some wonderful photos of the event, courtesy of our friends at Temple Photography, visit the Temple Photography website and gallery (free downloads of the photos if you see yourself!).

August 2015 - We are pleased to announce that Butler, Vines and Babb attorneys          Edward U. Babb, Weldon E. Patterson and William D. Vines, III have been admitted to the Tennessee Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the most prestigious legal organization in the nation. Every ABOTA member has the highest degree of integrity, ethics and trial skills. Congratulations Ned, Weldon and Bill! ABOTA

June 2015 - William D. Vines III, Ronald C. Koksal, James C. Wright, Donna R. Davis and      James Kelly Giffen have been selected as 2015 Mid-South Super Lawyers.  Mr. Wright has also been selected for the Business Edition of Super Lawyers.

The announcement from Super Lawyers states: Because you have demonstrated excellence in the practice of law, you are receiving an honor that is limited to no more than five percent of the attorneys within your state.  Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice.  Our patented selection process is rigorous and results in third-party validation of your professional accomplishments.

Super Lawyers

April 2014 - Butler, Vines and Babb attorney Darren Berg seeks to change laws regarding prison sentencing and parole guidelines for multiple DUI offenders. Mr. Berg represents the family Ben Woodruff, killed by a multiple DUI offender in August of 2013. Also severely injured in the crash was his seven year old son and five others. Five time convicted DUI offender Scott Spangler accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide. In the deal, he was sentenced to 20 years behind bars, but under current law he is eligible for parole after serving just 30 percent of his sentence. The family members of victim Ben Woodruff say they fear Spangler may get out of jail in six years and get behind the wheel intoxicated again. Mr. Berg and the Woodruff family have been in touch with lawmakers asking for a bill to be introduced that will give the judge more discretion to decide on a case by case basis the proper length of time an inmate should serve before being eligible for parole. See the full story as reported by WATE News - Knoxville.

March 2014 - Butler, Vines and Babb attorney Weldon Patterson recently attended the Southern Trial Lawyers Association annual convention in New Orleans. During the convention, Weldon was elected to the Board of Governors! Pictured below are Weldon and his wife Mary at the event, along with a photo of Weldon and Mary with Randy Hall, outgoing president of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association and attorney Mattie Taylor, both of the Law Offices of Gary Green, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Weldon and Mary Weldon, Mary, Randy Hall and Mattie Taylor

Links to Articles in News Publications:

June 2008 - Jury awards nearly $6 million judgment in Medical Malpractice Case - Originally published in Grand Rapids Press, June 8, 2008.

May 2008 - Butler, Vines and Babb obtains nearly $3 million Judgment in Medical Malpractice Case - Originally published in the Knoxville News Sentinel, May 20, 2008.

March 2003 - Butler, Vines and Babb obtains $1.1 million Judgment in Drunk Driver Case - Originally published in the Knoxville News Sentinel, March 4, 2003.

August 1994 - Watts Bar Lake resort owners agree to settle suit against plants' operators - Originally published in the Knoxville News Sentinel, August 5, 1994.

October 1987 - Cancer Victim Wins Malpractice Suit - Originally published in the Knoxville Journal, October 29, 1987.