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Todd Moore, J.D.

Todd Moore, J.D.

Todd Moore, J.D.

Email: Todd@CoolSpringsLawFirm.com | Direct Line: (615) 290-5355

Founder and manager of the firm, Todd Moore has been dedicated to the practice of law since 1992 with concentrations in municipal law, including land use, zoning and eminent domain (condemnation), business law, wills, trust and estate planning, and mediation. Todd serves as the attorney for the municipalities of the City of Oak Hill, the Town of Thompson’s Station and the Town of Chapel Hill. Other representative clients include the City of Brentwood, The Pool (formerly the TML Risk Management Pool) and the TMA Group. Todd grew up in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis (B.A. History, 1989), and the University of Tennessee College of Law (J.D., 1992). He lives in Brentwood with his wife Christie and their two children, Jim and Mollie.

Wills, Trusts and Probate

Pre-planning your estate not only ensures that your property and other assets will be distributed on your terms, but also goes a long way toward easing stress and confusion for your family during an already emotional time. Estate planning does not have to be complex and may be as basic as a “simple will” and a review of how your assets are titled. However, many of our clients want a slightly more detailed plan, including a living trust or provisions for trusts for minor children.

State and Local Government

Cool Springs Law Firm provides professional services to municipalities and local governmental units on a variety of legal matters. Todd Moore is a former legal consultant with the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service (UT-MTAS) and currently serves at City Attorney for the Town of Chapel Hill and Town of Thompson’s Station. Other representative clients include The Pool (formerly the TML Risk Management Pool) and the City of Brentwood, Tennessee.

Land Use and Zoning

Land use and zoning laws affect residential and commercial land developmentsubdivision of property, changes to existing structures, business uses and other matters involving real property rights. Most of these matters require approval and permission from local governments and may involve municipal, state, and federal law. Our attorneys have experience in all areas of land use regulation in Tennessee, both in representing governmental planning commissionsboards of zoning appeals and local governing bodies and on behalf of developers and private property owners.

Business and Contract Law

Professional legal services are crucial at the inception of a business venture and trusted counsel should be available at all times. The advice and expertise of our legal team may mean the difference between success and failure. We work closely with clients to provide superior business law representation in several areas of practice, as well as serve many of our clients as outside “general counsel” on a wide range of other issues.

Cool Springs Law Firm Delivers Winning Defense for Chapel Hill in Utility Tap Lawsuit

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—April 21, 2014—Franklin-based Cool Springs Law Firm has successfully defended the Town of Chapel Hill in a developer-brought lawsuit over the reallocation of water and sewer taps.

In an opinion handed down April 15, 2014, the Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld an earlier ruling by the Marshall County Circuit Court in the case of Ronald Lampley, et al v. Town of Chapel Hill, Tennessee, et al.

Real estate developer Lampley purchased taps for public water and sewer utilities from Chapel Hill and, per the same agreement, the town extended the sewer line to the project site. However, Lampley lost the property to foreclosure before any development occurred. When the land was later purchased by a third party, the town transferred the associated taps to the new owners. Lampley sued for $250,000 in damages—the full amount he had initially paid—claiming the taps were still his to use elsewhere.

Attorneys Todd Moore and Matthew Crigger effectively argued the municipality’s position that the water and sewer taps allocated for a certain project were tied to the land—not to the developer.

The higher court affirmed that position, finding that the initial agreement between the town and the developer sufficiently “evidences the parties’ intention that the sewer and water taps were to be used in connection with the development of the property the developer owned when the agreement was executed.”

The opinion further states: “When the developer lost the property through foreclosure, the developer had no more interest in the taps.”

Lampley has 60 days to file an appeal to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

The win for Chapel Hill means thousands of taxpayer dollars saved.

Moore, who serves as Town Attorney, said he appreciates the opportunity to represent the municipality’s interest. “We are very pleased to have achieved a favorable outcome in this case, which amounts to a significant savings of public resources.”

About Cool Springs Law Firm:

Established in 1999 and formerly known as Todd Moore PLC, Cool Springs Law Firm is a full-service law firm offering legal services and expertise for individuals, businesses and governments. Areas of practice include contract law, family law, land use and zoning, estate planning, and criminal defense. Offices are located in Brentwood, Tennessee at 1612 Westgate Circle, Suite #218. The firm serves clients throughout the state of Tennessee. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call (615) 290-5354 or visit www.CoolSpringsLawFirm.com.

Cool Springs Law Firm Helps Close Final Piece of Brentwood's Smith Park

BRENTWOOD, Tenn.—February 24, 2014—The City of Brentwood closed Monday on the final 80-acre tract of its Marcella Vivrette Smith Park.

Master Plan Marcella Vivrette Smith Park

Master Plan for Brentwood’s Marcella Vivrette Smith Park (from Brentwood-tn.org)

The closing was handled by Todd Moore of Cool Springs Law Firm, Bryan Smith of Pietrangelo Cook, PLC and City Attorney Roger Horner. Todd Moore, a Brentwood resident, said “we feel privileged to represent Brentwood in this historic transaction. The Marcella Vivrette Smith Park represents an invaluable asset to the City and its citizens.” Marking the city’s largest-ever land buy, Brentwood Commissioners voted in 2010 to purchase 320 acres of the Smith family farm, including the 1825 Ravenswood home and several outbuildings. Toward the end of 2013, the Commission unanimously voted to exercise an option to purchase an additional 80 acres. The total 400-acre park expands the passive and active recreation opportunities available to residents while establishing a central “crown jewel” of green space and ensuring its preservation for posterity. More information about the park, including a Master Plan, is available at www.Brentwood-TN.org.

About Cool Springs Law Firm:

Established in 1999 and formerly known as Todd Moore PLC, Cool Springs Law Firm is a full-service law firm offering legal services and expertise for individuals, businesses and governments. Areas of practice include contract law, family law, land use and zoning, estate planning, and criminal defense. Offices are located in Brentwood, Tennessee at 1612 Westgate Circle, Suite #218. The firm serves clients throughout the state of Tennessee. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call (615) 290-5354. For more legal and community news, insights and commentary, keep up with the firm blog here at www.LegalNonfiction.com.

About Pietrangelo Cook, PLC:

Pietrangelo Cook PLC was founded in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1997 by Anthony Pietrangelo and John Cook.  Offering a unique blend of legal, business, technological, and financial knowledge, Pietrangelo Cook provides complete legal advice across diverse industries and businesses. Bryan K. Smith concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial and residential real estate, real estate development and finance, secured transactions, and opinion letters. For more information on Pietrangelo Cook, PLC call (901) 685-2662 or visit www.firmpc.com

Matthew J. Crigger, J.D.

matthew_webEmail: Matthew@CoolSpringsLawFirm.com | Direct Line: (615) 372-0277

Matthew Crigger, a native of middle Tennessee, joined the firm as an associate in 2012 after clerking for the circuit judges of the 21st Judicial District, Judge Robbie Beal, Judge Tim Easter, Judge Jim Martin, and Judge Derek Smith.

Matthew graduated magna cum laude from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in May 2011, where he served as a Notes Editor on the Law Review Editorial Board and was an award-winning mock trial participant and moot court participant.  After his second year of law school, Matthew gained invaluable experience in the field of criminal law while interning with the Kim Helper and the 21st Judicial District’s District Attorney’s Office.  After taking the bar examination, Matthew interned with the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility before beginning his clerkship with the 21st District’s judges.

Matthew’s areas of practice include criminal defense and civil litigation.  Matthew also represents clients in family-related matters, including divorce and juvenile criminal defense.  Matthew represents clients in trial courts across middle Tennessee and in the Court of Criminal Appeals.  Matthew has tried cases in general sessions court, circuit court, and juvenile court.   

When not in court or at the office, Matthew enjoys the outdoors, running, and following baseball.  Matthew lives in Nolensville, Tennessee and volunteers his time with the Brentwood Historic Commission.

Kristi Ransom, J.D. - Of Counsel

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Email: Kristi@KristiRansomLaw.com | Direct line: 615-224-8084

Kristi Ransom is Of Counsel to Todd Moore PLC. Kristi’s specialization in land use law provides her clients with strategic counsel in what has become a highly regulated and intensely political arena. While this field has endured unprecedented change over the past decade, Kristi has maintained a close watch on the legislative and regulatory developments of state and local governments. Her knowledge of land use lawplanning/zoning lawlocal government lawenvironment law, and eminent domain law is respected by private landowners and sought after by governing bodies charged with administering federal, state and local laws. Many of her clients are responsible for establishing land policies managed within the realm of the public trust.

Kristi’s keen understanding of the complexities of land use law stems from several years serving as counsel to key areas of Williamson County government. This county, one of Tennessee’s fastest growing communities, is currently retaining her to represent the public’s interest on multiple planning and zoning issues. While her legal practice has focused closely on the public sector, she has a track record of advising the private sector as well. Business professionals seeking to acquire, develop, and market land strictly for commercial use have tapped into her expertise. Kristi’s thorough understanding of the state and local laws surrounding land use provides large and small companies with the insight needed to properly execute their business plan.

Kristi received her doctorate of jurisprudence from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, University of Memphis, attaining the academic standing of cum laude. Shortly thereafter she was admitted to practice law before the United States District Court, Middle Tennessee District of Tennessee, and the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.

During law school, Kristi received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence in Land Use and Environmental Law. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 1994, also graduating cum laude. While attending law school she served on the editorial board of the University of Memphis Law Review and was also a member of the Moot Court Board.

Please contact Kristi to schedule an appointment. Her office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monika B. Ridley, J.D. - Of Counsel

monika_webMonika B. Ridley is a graduate of the Nashville School of Law. While attending law school, Monika worked full-time as Domestic Violence Coordinator for the District Attorney’s office in Franklin, Tennessee, gaining invaluable experience in the criminal justice system. 

Prior to that, Monika worked as a law clerk/paralegal for several prominent family law attorneys in the Nashville, Tennessee area. In 2003, Monika graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with degree in Public Relations with minors in Political Science and Marketing.

On February 1, 2012 Monika B. Ridley announced the opening of her law office in La Vergne, Tennessee. 

Monika focuses her practice on all aspects of family law, including divorcechild supportcustody,adoptionsjuvenile law, including unruly and delinquent, dependent and neglect, probate and wills, andcriminal defense.

To contact Monika, click here.