BMJRG Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers in America for 2022.

Did you know that BMJRG has seven attorneys who made Best Lawyers in America for 2022? We are honored to have each one of these individuals as part of our team.

Stevan Black – Family Law

Mike McLaren – Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

Vickie Jones – Family Law

John Ryland - Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

Mark Griffee – Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Construction and Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

Will Cochran – Litigation – Insurance / Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

Jana Lamanna – Commercial Litigation

Posted by Shannon Briggs at Monday, October 18, 2021

Jana Lamanna honored as a "Trailblazing Fertility Law Advocate" in Style Blueprint Memphis

"With more than 16 years of practicing law under her belt, Jana Lamanna has worked in family law, estate planning, medical malpractice, divorce, probate law, and more. But it took a personal journey in completing her own family to find her true passion: helping others fulfill their dreams of becoming parents through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). Today Jana is one of only a few fertility law practitioners in the Mid-South region and is the head of the Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, P.C. (BMJRG) fertility law group." 

Click here to read the full feature on Jana Lamanna in Style BluePrint Memphis. 

Posted by Shannon Briggs at Monday, June 21, 2021

Chris Webb Spoke with Bloomberg Law on Vaccine Injury

Chris Webb recently spoke with Bloomberg Law about injury payments for the COVID-19 vaccine. Chris is quoted in his opinion on legislation that will speed these payments up. According to the article, "Covid-19 shots could find their way into a decades-old injury compensation program intended mostly for children’s vaccines under bipartisan legislation announced by House lawmakers."

 Click here to read the full article. 

at Thursday, June 10, 2021

Holly Renken, Amy Worrell Sterling, and Charles Mitchell recently became Fellows of the Memphis Bar Foundation

We are thrilled to share that Holly Renken, Amy Worrell Sterling, and Charles Mitchell recently became Fellows of the Memphis Bar Foundation! Each year the Foundation nominates a small class of new Fellows in recognition of their commitment to the highest standards of professional ethics and personal conduct and their service to the legal profession and community. Congratulations to these hard-working attorneys, we are honored to have you on staff at BMJRG. Learn more about the Memphis Bar Foundation here:

Posted by Shannon Briggs at Monday, June 7, 2021

Jana Lamanna Presents at Memphis Bar Association Family Law Mid-Year CLE

On May 19, 2021, Jana Lamanna presented a one-hour CLE on Embryo Disposition at the Memphis Bar Association Family Law Mid-Year CLE. Jana’s CLE presentation discussed a long line of family law cases that revolved around disputes over frozen embryos. The first case developed in Tennessee in 1992, and the cases have continued to the present date through appellate courts to state supreme courts. The CLE included a short discussion on the inheritance rights of children conceived through Assisted Reproductive Technology after one of the two progenitors of genetic material dies.

at Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Mike McLaren Named 2021 Memphis Magazine Power Player

Congratulations to BMJRG attorney Mike McLaren on his recent recognition as a 2021 Memphis Magazine Power Player in Business Litigation. According to the publication, Power Players are "the people who get things done in and around Memphis, from top executives to specialists in a variety of areas required to keep our economy healthy." 

In the business litigation sector, Mike focuses on federal and state litigation, professional liability, insurance coverage, environmental law, construction law, and fidelity & surety law. 

at Thursday, April 8, 2021

Jana Lamanna Spoke with Action News 5 on Amending Surrogacy Contracts in Light of the Pandemic

Jana Lamanna recently spoke with Action News 5 on the ways COVID-19 has impacted fertility treatments. According to the article, “We continue to get a better picture of the far-reaching effects the COVID-19 will have or is having on people. Whether it’s making someone sick or causing loss of income, there isn’t a sector of life this outbreak isn’t affecting. That includes those trying to become parents. Many of the patients walking into Fertility Associates of Memphis have lost hope before when trying to become parents." Read about attorney Jana's thoughts on surrogacy and the pandemic here

at Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Bloomberg Law Article on COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Payments

BMJRG Attorney Chris Webb recently did an interview with Bloomberg Law regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and its potential to be added to the federal vaccine injury payment table. 

According to the article:

The Biden administration is taking the final steps toward dropping a Trump-era policy hindering people injured by vaccines from seeking federal compensation.

The decision has implications either way for the effort to immunize all Americans against Covid-19, but the Department of Health and Human Services said Friday that any changes to the vaccine injury program “could have a negative impact on vaccine administrators” and be at odds with the administration’s massive push to get all U.S. adults vaccinated this summer.

Biden initially paused the rule until April 23. Late last week, however, the administration proposed axing it, citing the coronavirus pandemic and the Trump administration’s hasty finalization of a change that traditionally would take several years.

Covid-19 vaccines aren’t now among those in which associated injuries are eligible for compensation under the program, but they could be added in the future. The Trump rule, which would complicate the addition of new vaccines to the injury list, was finalized shortly after the first Covid-19 shots became available. Disallowing potential claims of injury could dissuade some people from getting vaccinated, injury lawyers argue.

In regards to injuries, Chris Webb was quoted:

“People are going to have reactions. There are going to be injuries,” said Chris Webb, shareholder and attorney at Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee PC. And word would quickly get around if there was no way to get compensation, which would make people “worried about getting vaccinated” even more reluctant.

Read the full article at Bloomberg Law here.

at Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Welcome Jenna McDonald Nichols to the BMJRG Team

Please join us in welcoming our newest Associate Jenna McDonald Nichols to the BMJRG team! We are excited to have her on board.

Jenna concentrates her practice in the areas of divorce and separation, child custody, child support, juvenile law, paternity/parentage, and adoption. Specially trained in collaborative divorce, she is a strong advocate for mediation and other alternative dispute resolution methods.

As a native Memphian and third generation lawyer, Jenna graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts in history in 2011 and from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law with her Juris Doctorate in 2014.

Jenna has served in the University of Memphis Child and Family Litigation Clinic, where she was appointed as Guardian ad Litem to represent the best interests of children in juvenile dependency and neglect proceedings.

She was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 2014. She is a board member of the Association for Women Attorneys (Memphis Chapter), serving as President Elect in 2020. She is a member of the Memphis Bar Association (Family Law Section and Young Lawyer’s Division) and a member of the Memphis Collaborative Alliance.

Read her full bio here.

at Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Jana Lamanna Honored as AAAA Fellow

Congratulations to BMJRG Partner Jana Lamanna on her recent acceptance to the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA).

AAAA is the largest professional organization of its kind, committed to the highest standards of competency, experience, and ethics in the legal practice of adoption and assisted reproductive technologies. The organization advocates for laws and policies to protect the best interests of children, the legal status of families formed through adoption and ART, and the rights of all interested parties in these situations, such as birth parents, adoptive parents, surrogates, donors, and intended parents.

Admission to AAAA as a Fellow is a highly selective process that requires minimum five years legal practice, at least fifty adoption or ART matters, a referral from a current member, and a rigorous ethical and competency review by the Board of Trustees.

AAAA is an international organization, currently with 470 highly vetted and experienced attorneys, law professors, and judges.

Learn more about AAAA here.

at Monday, February 22, 2021

NPR Interview on COVID-19 Orders of Protection

BMJRG Attorney Charles Mitchell recently did an interview with NPR Nashville's Natasha Senjanovic regarding the COVID-19 orders of protection in early December. 

According to the article, regarding domestic abuse:

A preferred option for seeking help, for many people, is the Family Safety Center. But that too has become more complicated in the pandemic.

The Family Safety Center’s Topinka said they’ve been open throughout the pandemic and are not turning anyone away, nor is the YWCA domestic violence shelter, to which the Center makes most of its referrals. Yet due to COVID, walk-ins are temporarily suspended at the Center. Clients can only come by appointment — and alone, without their children even.

That concerns attorney Charles Mitchell, who over the years has worked with many victims of chronic abuse.

“When people finally get the nerve to (say), ‘I’m done with it, he’s hit me for the last time,’ and they’ve shared that experience with maybe a girlfriend, a cousin or an aunt, that person says, ‘I’ll go with you, and I’ll be there by your side.’ (Now) the Family Safety Center will not allow support,” Mitchell said.

For anyone with children, particularly women, “that’s just another hurdle,’’ Mitchell said “If they can’t take their kids with them, what do they do? Leave them with the abuser?”

Yet another obstacle to staying safe is obtaining an order of protection, which Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich knows “is not the magic safety vest, by any stretch of the imagination. We’ve all as prosecutors handled too many cases where there was an order of protection in place and yet the worst thing happened. But it’s helpful in some instances.”

Read the full article at NPR Nashville here.

See the corresponding Daily Memphian article here.

at Friday, January 22, 2021

2021 Best Lawyers in America

Congratulations to Stevan Black, who was recently named the 2021 Lawyer of the Year in Family Law for Memphis from Best Lawyers!

Widely regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence, Best Lawyers provides lists of outstanding lawyers in a variety of practice areas each year. All nominations are submitted and reviewed by their peers, making this recognition a true honor.

Congratulations to our other shareholders who were also honored in the 2021 Best Lawyers in America:

  • Will Cochran, Medical Malpractice - Defense
  • Mike McLaren, Medical Malpractice - Defense
  • Mark Griffee, Commercial Litigation, Construction, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Jana Davis Lamanna, Commercial Litigation

Full List:

Posted by Sherry Fearon at Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Congratulations to Jana Lamanna

Congratulations to Jana Lamanna, recently accepted as a member of the SOCIETY FOR ETHICS IN EGG DONATION AND SURROGACY (SEEDS). As the head of BMJRG’s fertility law group, Jana joins this important non-profit group, whose purpose is to define and promote ethical behavior for everyone involved in third party reproduction.

at Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Congratulations to Amy Worrell Sterling

Congratulations to Amy Worrell Sterling, the latest BMJRG attorney to be selected as a Barrister in the Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Courts, a prestigious association of legal professionals who share a passion for professional excellence. Dedicated to ethics and civility, the American Inns of Court inspire members through example, education, and mentoring. Amy joins colleagues and current or former Inn of Court members for this high honor: Chris Williams, Jana Lamanna, John Ryland, Megan Arthur, Mike McLaren, Stevan Black, and Vickie Hardy Jones.

at Monday, December 14, 2020