Stites & Harbison adds Taylor
Veteran health care regulatory attorney Jerry W. Taylor  has joined the health care service group of Stites & Harbison as a member in the firm’s Nashville office.
Taylor has 25 years of experience focusing his practice in the areas of health care, administrative law, government law and commercial real estate finance. Previously with Farris Bobango, Taylor has the highest peer review rating from Martindale Hubbell.
“We are extremely pleased to add someone of Jerry’s caliber to our health care practice,” Stephen Price, executive member for the Stites & Harbison Nashville office, said in a release. “Jerry’s experience in the industry will be a great asset to our clients in Nashville and firm wide.”
Taylor obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Memphis and his J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee. He was an assistant state attorney general from 1987 to 1992 and general counsel to the Tennessee Health Facilities Commission from 1992 to 1994.
Taylor is a member of the Nashville, Tennessee and American bar associations and the American Health Lawyers Association.
Avondale names Tipton as managing director
Avondale Partners has named Waymon Tipton  to serve as managing director of the Nashville-based firm’s wealth management group.
Tipton, who was formerly a vice president in the Nashville office of Stephens Inc., will oversee growth of the Avondale Partners’ wealth management business, both in terms of new advisor recruitment and assets under management. He will also serve as a member of the firm’s operating committee.
Tipton brings more than 30 years experience in financial and corporate management. He began his career as a bond trader at First American (now Regions) and moved to wealth management in 1990 when he joined Robinson Humphrey (now SunTrust Robinson Humphrey).
Tipton holds an M.B.A. from the Owen Graduate School of Management of Vanderbilt University and a bachelor’s degree, also from Vanderbilt.
Graves, Hardcastle join Pinnacle
Wendy Graves and Robin Hardcastle have joined Nashville-based Pinnacle Financial Partners as service specialists in Murfreesboro.
Graves brings more than seven years of experience to her role at Pinnacle’s Memorial Boulevard office. She comes from SunTrust Bank, where she was a customer service specialist. Before her stint at SunTrust, Graves served as a senior teller for AmSouth Bank.
Hardcastle joins Pinnacle’s College Street office. She brings 10 years of experience from Regions Bank, where she most recently served as a branch service leader.