The Nashville office of real estate company Compass has announced the addition of Erin Krueger.

Krueger (pictured) is bringing to Compass a team of nine, which includes six licensed agents, according to a press release. The team is comprised of MBA grads, brokers and marketers.

Formerly of Synergy Realty Network, Krueger has sold more than 400 homes year-to-date representing $110 million in sales volume. She has been ranked the top real estate agent in Tennessee by REAL Trends’ The Thousand. She was also named the 2016 and  2017 Top Selling Agent for a Team by the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors.

Krueger’s addition comes six weeks after Compass’ launch in Nashville. Since then, the local team has grown to 37 agents and 10 full-time employees.

Founded in 2012, Compass has grown to service more than 8,000 agents across 165 offices in more than 80 cities nationwide. The company is valued at $4.4 billion and has raised $1.2 billion to-date, the release notes.

“The way Compass thinks about agents as CEOs of their own business aligns with how I’ve managed my team for years,” Krueger said in the release. "Our core values are aligned with those of Compass.”

Waller adds eight

Law firm Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis has made a number of hires in Nashville and Birmingham.

Bethany Blair, Trip Conrad, Kierstin Jodway, Ignacio Del Huerta, Joshua Porte, Maggie Sandwith, Briant Shumard and Elliott G. Smith have joined in Nashville. Chris Thompson has joined the firm's Birmingham office.

"The collective experience of these attorneys adds depth to our team across a number of key areas and strengthens the firm's ability to serve our clients' needs," Waller chairman Matt Burnstein said in the release. "We're excited to add their considerable talents to the firm."

Blair assists both lenders and borrowers in negotiating, structuring and closing senior credit facilities — including acquisition, financing, development financing and working capital lines of credit. Prior to joining Waller, Blair worked at a boutique law firm in Atlanta. She also served as a Legal Fellow to the Hon. Christopher J. McFadden of the Court of Appeals of Georgia.

Conrad defends employers against allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful discharge brought under federal and state laws. Prior to joining Waller, Conrad served as a judicial law clerk in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. Additionally, Conrad was a labor and employment associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Jodway represents employers in the health care, retail, hospitality and manufacturing industries in labor and employment matters, including allegations of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful discharge. She also assists clients in developing employee policies and handbooks. In addition to her employment practice, Jodway has experience advising and representing educational institutions on Title IX and Clery Act matters. Prior to joining Waller, she was as an assistant attorney general in the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General where she served as lead counsel in complex employment and education lawsuits.

De la Huerta focuses on transactional matters in the health care, manufacturing and technology sectors. He joined Waller with more than a decade of experience in strategic corporate transactions gained both in-house, representing General Motors in various global transactions, and at international law firms. As a senior associate with Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Huerta was a member of legal teams involved in transactions such as the $2.3 billion acquisition of Hostess Brands. Huerta began his career as an associate in the New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Porte advises publicly traded and privately held companies on various issues that arise as part of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint venture agreements and other strategic business transactions. His practice focuses on the health care industry, and he provides counsel to dental support organizations and outpatient services providers. Prior to joining Waller, Porte was a corporate associate with Dickinson Wright in Nashville and Fredrikson & Byron in Minneapolis. Additionally, he served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Priscilla R. Owen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Austin.

Sandwith assists real estate developers, owners, investors and management companies with the financing, development, acquisition, disposition and leasing of commercial real estate. Her practice focuses on mixed-use projects, retail space and shopping centers, health care facilities and multi-family residential complexes. Prior to joining Waller, Sandwith served as assistant legal counsel at a privately owned and operated commercial real estate company.

Shumard focuses his practice on construction transactions and disputes and environmental enforcement actions and litigation. He represents owners, developers, architects and design professionals in construction disputes involving issues related to contract interpretation, project delay, breach of contract, payment failure and surety bond claims. Since joining Waller from the Atlanta office of Troutman Sanders, Shumard has assisted in the representation of oil and gas companies, energy producers, mining companies and manufacturers in environmental litigation and enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state agencies.

Smith assists clients in mergers and acquisitions, corporate dispositions, securities offerings and periodic reporting required by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. He works with health care organizations including hospitals and health systems, dental support organizations, ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient services companies, private equity firms and other healthcare investors. Prior to joining Waller, Smith served as a law clerk to the Honorable William R. Sawyer of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Additionally, Smith was an internal auditor at Coleman World Group before attending law school.


FirstBank welcomes financial center manager

Nashville native Mary-Grace Robb has joined FirstBank as the financial center manager in Brentwood.

Robb will oversee branch operations, build relationships with customers and businesses, and help grow the Nashville and Brentwood markets.

Before joining FirstBank, Robb served as a client service advisor, branch manager and client service manager at various financial institutions in Nashville, according to a press release.

“Mary-Grace’s community ties, extensive banking background and experience are outstanding assets for our team,” Tim Douglas, FirstBank’s Nashville market president, said in the release. “Her commitment to the community will help us continue to grow in the market and provide first rate service to our customers.”

FirstBank’s Brentwood branch is located at 5029 Harpeth Drive.

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