Bradley’s appellate attorneys address issues relevant to Tennessee litigators, in-house counsel, judges, law clerks, and others interested in appellate matters. Our appellate team has significant experience in complex business and commercial disputes, state and local tax, banking and financial services, bankruptcy, construction, insurance coverage, intellectual property, civil rights, class action, ERISA, employment, and environmental matters, among others. We have successfully represented clients at every level of the state and federal appellate courts, as well as administrative tribunals.
Meet our Blog Contributors
Nicholas A. DanellaEmail
Nick Danella concentrates his practice on high-stakes and appellate litigation throughout the federal and state court systems. In particular, he focuses on legal writing and strategy, motion practice and appeals.
Nick was named one of the “Top 40 under 40” by the Birmingham Business Journal, and was listed as a “Rising Star” in Appellate by Mid-South Super Lawyers.
Nick joined Bradley after several years of litigation experience at Skadden Arps in New York and Los Angeles. He also served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Brian R. Epling615.252.2340Email
Brian Epling primarily assists clients with financial services litigation in Kentucky and Tennessee. Prior to joining Bradley, Brian clerked for the Honorable Joseph H. McKinley, Jr., in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, and the Honorable Eugene E. Siler, Jr., in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Because of his prior experience, Brian has not only had the opportunity to work on many issues during critical stages of litigation, but he has also seen how decisions made in the trial court directly impact the outcome of an appeal.
Lela Hollabaugh has served as the lead trial lawyer in more than a dozen jury trials, as well as more than two dozen bench trials, arbitrations and administrative hearings. She advises leading natural gas pipeline companies and other infrastructure clients on issues involving location, land acquisition, construction and operations. Lela is currently advising on several large scale pipeline projects in the east. She also represents leading pharmaceutical, medical device and other manufacturers in matters ranging from individual lawsuits to mass tort cases. She is actively involved in products liability and mass tort matters around the country.
Kimberly M. Ingram615.252.3592Email
Kimberly Ingram focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and appellate matters. She has represented clients as appellants, appellees, and amicus curiae in the Sixth Circuit, the Federal Circuit, and the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Kimberly received awards for oral and written advocacy from Vanderbilt Law School, where she was Senior Notes Editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review and a member of the Vanderbilt Appellate Litigation Clinic.
Kristina Allen Reliford615.252.3573Email
Kristina’s experience includes serving as lead associate on a trial team representing an Indian consulting firm in federal court litigation alleging trade secret misappropriation, including taking and defending depositions, preparing trial witnesses, drafting motions in limine and arguing pre-trial motions. She also represented a global health information technology corporation in federal court litigation alleging trade secret misappropriation and false advertising, as well as successfully negotiated a patent invalidity declaratory judgment matters in federal court.
Angela M. Schaefer205.517.5114Email
Angela Schaefer joined the firm’s Huntsville office as an associate in the Appellate Practice Group after clerking for Judge John M. Rogers on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Lexington, Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law, where she was an executive editor of the Alabama Law Review and a member of the American Bar Association National Moot Court Team, as well as the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board. While attending law school, Angela coauthored an article on the Second Amendment, published in the Harvard Journal on Legislation.
Jeffrey W. Sheehan615.252.2392Email
Jeff Sheehan joined Bradley’s Appellate Practice Group from a clerkship in Nashville with the Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Prior to his clerkship, he interned with the Honorable William C. Koch, Jr., of the Tennessee Supreme Court and spent a year with the Vanderbilt Appellate Clinic. Now Jeff collaborates with attorneys across the litigation group to help protect clients’ interests from the initial stages of conflicts through the final resolutions of appeals.
Caroline Dare Spore615.252.3806Email
Caroline Spore is as an associate in the firm’s Appellate Practice Group. Caroline previously clerked for the Hon. Julia Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She graduated (summa cum laude) from Washington University School of Law, where she was senior executive editor of the Washington University Law Review.