Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP announced that Connie Lewis Lensing has been selected to Corporate Counsel’s 2021 Women, Influence and Power in Law Awards as an honoree in the Lifetime Achievement – Law Firm category.

The Women, Influence and Power in Law Awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the empowerment of women in law, while the Lifetime Achievement award recognizes women who have made a lasting mark on the legal profession throughout their years of hard work. The honorees will be recognized as part of Corporate Counsel’s Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference in Washington, D.C. in October.

Lensing is a member of Bradley’s Nashville office and is a nationally recognized litigator. She is the vice chair of the Board of Director and chair of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform, the organization’s primary policy advocacy body. She is also a member of the boards of directors and executive committees for Lawyers for Civil Justice and for the National Civil Rights Museum.

Prior to joining Bradley, Ms. Lensing worked for almost 30 years for FedEx Express as a senior vice president responsible for U.S. litigation and led the company’s Environmental, Risk Management and Compliance groups within the legal department. She pioneered the “in-housing” of all litigation and trial responsibility for corporate legal departments and was recognized for her corporate innovation during her tenure with the company.


Ascend Federal Credit Union announced that credit union Board Chairman Patrick D. Eagan has been inducted into the Tennessee Credit Union League’s Hall of Fame.

The award recognizes Eagan’s impact on Ascend during his 18 years of volunteer service, serving eight of those years on Ascend’s Board of Directors, which he chairs today. Eagan received the honor during the Tennessee Credit Union awards dinner, part of the 2021 Tennessee Credit Union League Convention and Expo held Aug. 18-21 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

A 30-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force who has held squadron and group commander assignments, Eagan has been an Ascend member since 2000 and first became involved as a volunteer with the credit union in 2003 when he joined the board’s development committee, which is tasked with finding and developing future members of the Board of Directors. Because of his leadership skills and keen perspective on the credit union industry, Eagan was asked to assume several leadership roles on Ascend’s board.

During his 18-year volunteer association with Ascend, Eagan has served as chairman (2020 to present), vice chairman (2019-2020), treasurer (2018-2019), secretary (2017-2018), and as a member of the supervisory committee (2008-2014, and chairman of the committee from 2010-2014).

The Tennessee Credit Union Hall of Fame was created to honor and recognize the commitment, leadership and dedication that deserving individuals have made to the credit union movement.

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