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Baker Donelson Continues Nashville Office Growth with Two New Attorneys

Former Army Officer Martha L. Boyd, Global Business Lawyer John M. Scannapieco Join as Shareholders

(Nashville, Tennessee /October 10, 2012)  Martha L. Boyd and John M. Scannapieco have joined the Nashville office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC.  Ms. Boyd and Mr. Scannapieco, who join as shareholders, were both previously with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

"We're pleased to welcome Martha and John as we continue to grow our Nashville office to meet the needs of our clients," said Scott D. Carey, managing shareholder of Baker Donelson's Nashville office. "John, who brings leadership and experience in international law along with strong connections in Washington, D.C., will co-lead the Firm's global practice and will be working closely with our clients who do business around the world. Martha brings a strong background in counseling companies in employment and ERISA issues as well as a growing government contracting and defense practice."

Mr. Scannapieco, who was the leader of Bradley Arant's China practice team joins the office as co-leader of the Firm's Global practice team. His focus on international law includes working with a variety of U.S.-based companies in connection with their business activities in China, Japan, Europe, the Americas and Africa. He is counsel to the Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce's International Business Council. Mr. Scannapieco, who has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the area of ERISA litigation, and also handles all types of ERISA disputes and will continue to work with clients throughout the United States on their ERISA matters.

Ms. Boyd concentrates her practice in labor and employment law and employee benefits litigation. She has represented employers in all types of litigation in state and federal courts and assists employers in assessing and reducing risk associated with personnel decisions and policy implementation. After serving in the U.S. Army for six years on active duty as a Military Intelligence officer, Ms. Boyd continued her service in the Reserves, serving as a Civil Affairs officer with the 350th Civil Affairs Command in Baghdad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2010, she was appointed by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen to the Governor's Council on Service Members, Veterans & Their Families.

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