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Stevan L. Black

Attorney Black
Stevan L. Black
Founding Member
Email: sblack@blackmclaw.com
Stevan L. Black practices in the areas of federal and state civil litigation, family law and personal injury litigation. He has been admitted to practice before all courts of the state of Tennessee; U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi; U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; U.S. Claims Court; and U.S. Supreme Court. He is also a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed Family Mediator.
Mr. Black received a B.S. in Chemistry from Mississippi State University in 1970. He earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1973. While in law school, Mr. Black was a member of the Tennessee Law Review.
Mr. Black has received numerous awards and recognition including:
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year Family Law Memphis, 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1999-present
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV rating since 1990
  • Super Lawyers, Mid-South, 2006-2009, 2011 - 2018 - first family lawyer practitioner to be selected
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Nation’s Top One Percent, 2015
  • Orpheus Award awarded by the Memphis Development Foundation (the Orpheum Theatre), 2012
  • Distinguished Service Award, Mississippi State University Alumni Association, 2003
Presentations:
“Family Case Law Update,” Memphis Bar Association Bench Bar Conference, Destin, Florida, May, 2011
“Tax Considerations in Family Law Cases,” Memphis Estate Planning Council, Memphis, Tennessee, 2008
“Family Law Tax Issues,” Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants Federal Tax Conference, Franklin, Tennessee, 2004
“Tax Law for the Rest of Us – Family Law Tax Issues,” Tennessee Bar Association, Memphis and Nashville, 2004
“The Significance of Relative Fault in Property Division and Alimony: A Survey,” Law Education Institute, Aspen, Colorado, 2003
“Divorce – Alimony and Property Issues,” Memphis Bar Association Bench Bar Conference, Destin, Florida, May 2001
“Tax Issues in Family Law Cases,” Memphis Bar Association, 1999
“Making the Record on Appeal,” Memphis Bar Association Bench Bar Conference, Destin, Florida, 1999
“Making Tax Laws Work for Your Client,” Tennessee Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1994
“Hedonic Damages: The Pleasure Principle,” Law Education Institute, Vail Colorado, 1990 and 1992, Orlando, Florida, 1991
“Summary Judgment After Celotex,” Vail, Colorado, 1991
Reported Cases:
Hyneman v Hyneman, 152 S. W. 3d 549 (Tenn. Ct. App.
2003); Honeycutt v Honeycutt, 152 S.W. 3rd 556 (Tenn. App. 2003); Burlew v. Burlew, 40 S.W.3d 465 (Tenn. 2001); Goodman v. Goodman, 8 S.W.3d 289 (Tenn. Ct. App. 1999); Dellinger v. Dellinger, 958 S.W.2d 778 (Tenn. App. 1997); Herrera v. Herrera, 944 S.W.2d 379 (Tenn. App. 1996); Black v. Blount, 938 S.W.2d 394 (Tenn. 1996); Culp v. Culp, 917 S.W.2d 233 (Tenn. App. 1995); Malone v. Malone, 842 S.W.2d 621 (Tenn. App. 1992); Halloran v. Kostka, 778 S.W.2d 454 (Tenn. App. 1988); Seessel v. Seessel, 748 S.W.2d 422 (Tenn. 1988).

Michael G. McLaren

Attorney McLaren
Michael G. McLaren
Member
Email: mmclaren@blackmclaw.com
Mike McLaren handles federal and state litigation, commercial litigation, professional liability, insurance coverage, vaccine injury litigation, environmental law, construction law, fidelity and surety law, and creditors rights. Mr. McLaren is a member of the Tennessee Bar, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Claims Court, U.S. District Court for the Western and Middle Districts of Tennessee, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi and U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit and Federal Circuit.
A native of Joliet, Illinois, Mr. McLaren received a B.A. at Yale University in 1972 where he also was a three year letterman on the basketball team. He earned his J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago in 1976.  Mr. McLaren was Executive Vice-President and General Counsel at Wright Medical Technology, Inc., in 1998 while maintaining his private practice. He is a frequent lecturer on litigation topics.  In addition to his legal career, Mr. McLaren has appeared in A Time to Kill, The Firm, The People v. Larry Flynt, and other feature films.
Mike is a member of many charitable boards and also a member of the National Congressional Advisory Committee on Childhood Vaccines, 1998-2001; Memphis and Tennessee Bar Associations; and a faculty member at the International Association of Defense Counsel, Trial Academy, 1997.  Mr. McLaren is listed in The Best Lawyers of America, 2015-2018; and has been selected “Mid-South Super Lawyer”, 2016-2018.

Vickie Hardy Jones

Attorney Hardy Jones
Vickie Hardy Jones
Member
Vickie Hardy Jones is an experienced lawyer and a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed Family Mediator whose practice focuses on Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Civil Litigation. She has been admitted to practice law in all courts of the state of Tennessee; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; and U.S. Supreme Court.
EDUCATION
  • Rhodes College, English Literature (B.A., 1993)
  • University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (J.D., 1996)
PROFESSIONAL HONORS AND ACTIVITIES
  • Super Lawyers, Mid-South, 2018
  • The Memphis ADR Inn of Court, 2018
  • Member, Memphis Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association and American Bar Association
  • Fellow, Memphis Bar Foundation, 2014
  • Leo Bearman, Sr. Chapter, American Inns of Court, (Barrister 2003-2005, Associate, 1997-1998, and Pupil, 1995-1996)
  • Attended International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy (2000)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert L. Childers, 30th Judicial District Court, Memphis, TN
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
  • Leadership Memphis, Executive Program 2017
  • Board of Directors of Hannah’s Hope Adoption and Pregnancy Counseling Services (Member, 2011-2014, Chair, 2012-2013)
  • University of Memphis Law Alumni Board (President, 2014-2015, President-Elect, 2013-2014, Secretary-Treasurer, 2012-2013, Member, 2010-Present)
LAW SCHOOL HONORS AND ACTIVITIES
  • Member and Associate Justice, Moot Court Board
  • Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence in the Study of Trial Advocacy
  • Joe A. Moore Award for Outstanding Achievement in Oral Advocacy
REPORTED CASES
  • Spears v. Weatherall, 385 S.W.3d 547 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2012)
  • Regions Financial Corporation, a Successor to Union Planters Corporation and Subsidiaries v. Marsh USA, Inc., et al., 310 S.W.3d 382 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2009)
  • Fickle v. Fickle, 287 S.W.3d 723 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2008)
  • Union Planters Bank, N.A. v. Cont’l Cas. Co., 478 F. 3rd 759 (6th Cir. 2007)
  • Honeycutt v. Honeycutt, 152 S.W. 3rd 556 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2003)
  • Hyneman v. Hyneman, 152 S.W.3d 549 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2003)
  • Blackard v. Memphis Area Med. Ctr. for Women, Inc., 262 F.3d 568 (6th Cir. 2001)
  • Burlew v. Burlew, 40 S.W.3d 465 (Tenn. 2001)
  • Goodman v. Goodman, 8 S.W.3d 289 (Tenn. Ct. App. 1999)
OTHER APPELLATE OPINIONS
  • S.A.M.D. v J.P.D., W2014-01015-COA-R3-CV, 2015 Tenn. App. LEXIS 491 (Tenn. Ct. App. June 23, 2015)
  • S.A.M.D. v J.P.D., W2013-00314-COA-R3-CV, 2013 Tenn. App. LEXIS 650 (Tenn. Ct. App. Sept. 30, 2013)
  • S.A.M.D. v. J.P.D., No. W2011-01256-COA-R3-CV, 2012 Tenn. App. LEXIS 737 (Tenn. Ct. App. Oct. 25, 2012)
  • Kline v. Club 616, Inc., No. W2009-01599-COA-R3-CV, 2010 Tenn. App. LEXIS 728 (Tenn. Ct. App. Nov. 23, 2010)
  • Rafieetary v. Rafieetary, No. W2003-00121-COA-R3-CV, 2004 Tenn. App. LEXIS 301 (Tenn. Ct. App. Apr. 29, 2004)
  • McAlexander v. McAlexander, No. W2001-02550-COA-R3-CV, 2003 Tenn. App. LEXIS 681 (Tenn. Ct. App. Sept. 15, 2003)
  • In re Guardianship of Tatum, No. W2001-00859-COA-R3-CV, 2002 Tenn. App. LEXIS 100 (Feb. 4, 2002)
  • Day v. Day, No. M2001-01624-COA-R9-CV, 2002 Tenn. App. LEXIS 4 (Tenn. Ct. App. Jan.4, 2002)
  • Berger v. O’Brien, W1999-00861-COA-R3-CV, 2001 Tenn. App. LEXIS 493 (Tenn. Ct. App. Jul.11, 2001), costs and fees proceeding at Berger v. O’Brien, 2003 Tenn. App. LEXIS 880 (Tenn. Ct. App., Dec. 8, 2003)
  • Totty v. Totty, W1999-02426-COA-R3-CV, 2000 Tenn. App. LEXIS 294 (Tenn. Ct. App. May 2, 2000)
  • McDonald v. Cowan, W1998-00730-COA-R3-CV, 2000 Tenn. App. LEXIS 26 (Tenn. Ct. App. Jan. 19, 2000)

John C. Ryland

Attorney Ryland
John C. Ryland
Member
John C. Ryland practices in the areas of family law, personal injury, criminal defense, civil litigation, medical malpractice defense, and commercial litigation. He was admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee in 1994, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 2000.
A native of Dyersburg, Tennessee, Mr. Ryland received a B.A. from the University of Tennessee in 1990. He earned a J.D. with honors from the University of Memphis in 1994. While in law school, Mr. Ryland was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence, Criminal Law, Debtor-Creditor, Business Organizations II and the West Award in Secured Transactions, Business Organizations II. He also was a member of the University of Memphis Law Review in 1992-1994. Mr. Ryland is the author of legal articles, including “When Policies Collide: The Conflict Between CERCLA and the Bankruptcy Code” 24 Memphis St. L. Rev. (1994).
Mr. Ryland has received numerous awards and recognition including:
  • Super Lawyers, Mid-South, 2015-2018
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, Top 10 Award for Excellence in Family Law, 2015 - 2018
  • National Advocates, Top 100 Lawyers, 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Highest Rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards, 2016-2018 
  • Fellow, Memphis Bar Foundation
Mr. Ryland is a member of the Memphis Bar Association; the Tennessee Bar Association; the American Bar Associations; Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court, 1999-2001; and the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, 2001.

Mark Griffee

Attorney Ryland
Mark Griffee
Member
Mark Griffee concentrates his practice in the areas of general civil litigation, including business, commercial, construction and personal injury litigation; insurance defense and coverage counsel, including general liability, employment, life, professional liability, reinsurance, ERISA and workers’ compensation (claims and premium dispute resolution); as well as computer intellectual property and health care service transactions and litigation. Mr. Griffee is licensed to practice law in both Tennessee and Arkansas. He has been admitted to the Tennessee Supreme Court, Sixth and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeals, U.S. Court of Claims and United States District Courts for the Western and Middle Districts of Tennessee.
A veteran litigator, AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, Mr. Griffee directs the firm’s employment law practice as lead counsel in matters with the NLRB, EEOC, Tennessee Human Rights Commission and litigation in both federal and state courts in Tennessee and Arkansas and with the firm’s other attorneys licensed in Mississippi, Missouri and throughout the entire Mid-South Region.
Since 1997, he has been listed as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator in Civil cases and serves on the mediation panel of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.
Mr. Griffee’s experience, particularly with regard to reinsurance, is international in scope, including discovery proceedings both in England and on the European continent. He was recognized in the 1994 prior editions of International Who’s Who. He has represented both local government and private business entities with regard to the acquisition of multi-million dollar purchases of computer hardware and software. He has also represented home health agencies and medical provider groups with regard to acquisitions, mergers and sales of practice groups, hospitals and related entities.
Mr. Griffee received his B.A. degree, with honors and distinction, in 1977 from Rhodes College and his J.D. degree in 1980 from Vanderbilt University School of Law.  He has been selected  for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Commerical - Litigation, 2018 and is a member of the American, Tennessee and Memphis Bar Associations. He also serves as President of the Memphis East Rotary Club, 2017-2018. 

William E. Cochran, Jr.

Attorney Cochran
William E. Cochran, Jr.
Member
Will Cochran concentrates his practice in the areas of  medical malpractice defense, personal injury and vaccine litigation, and business and commercial litigation. He is admitted to practice law in all courts of the State of Tennessee, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, all courts of the State of Mississippi, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, and U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
A native of Kosciusko, Mississippi, Mr. Cochran received a B.A. in biology from the University of Mississippi in 1996. He earned a J.D. from the University of Memphis in 2001. While in law school, Mr. Cochran was a member of the University of Memphis Law Review and a two year recipient of the Cecil C. Humphreys Law Fellowship, through which he was awarded a full scholarship and served as a research assistant for the dean of the law school.
Mr. Cochran is a graduate of the 2005 International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy and the 2004-2005 Memphis Bar Association Leadership Forum. Will Cochran has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Medical Malpractice Law-Defendents since 2018.  Memberships include the Memphis, Tennessee and American Bar Associations, and the Mississippi Bar Association
Presentations:
"Damages Issues in Personal Injury Cases," Memphis Bar Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2017
“Damages in Personal Injury,” NBI, Memphis, Tennessee 2015
“Direct Examination of Expert Witnesses,” MBA Trial Academy, Memphis, Tennessee, 2013
“Medical Causation,” TennBarU webcast, Nashville, Tennessee, 2011
Publications:
“Fiduciary Fraud:  An Invitation to Sue Banks,” 45 Tenn. B.J. 21, Nov. 2009
Published Cases:
Cellular South Real Estate, Inc. v. City of Germantown, No. 2:12-cv-02888, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 80416 (W.D. Tenn., June 22, 2015); Neal v. First Alliance Bank, No. 13-2522, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 151451 (W.D. Tenn., Oct. 22, 2013); Hollis v. Travelers Indem. Co., No. 08-2350, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26395 (W.D. Tenn., March 19, 2010); Urlaub v Eberle, 2011 Tenn. App. LEXIS 15 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2010); Richardson’s Brentwood Homes v Town of Collierville, 2006 Tenn. App. LEXIS 323 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2006); and Southern Sec. Fed. Credit Union v Cumis Ins. Soc’y, Inc., 2005 Tenn. App. LEXIS 815 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2005).

Jana D. Lamanna

Attorney Lamanna
Jana Davis Lamanna
Member
Jana Davis Lamanna practices in the areas of family law, civil and commercial litigation, probate, wills/estates, conservatorships/guardianships, medical malpractice defense, fidelity and surety law and employment law. She was admitted to the state bar of Tennessee in 2004 and the state bar of Missouri in 2005.
A native of New Madrid, Missouri, Ms. Lamanna received a B.A. in English from the University of Mississippi, a M.B.A. from Christian Brothers University, and her Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law, while completing one year of law school as a visiting student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. While in law school Ms. Lamanna was a member of the Mississippi College School of Law Moot Court Board, Women’s Bar Association, and University of Missouri-Kansas City Trial Team.
Ms. Lamanna has been selected  for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Commerical - Litigation, 2018, and has been inducted into the Memphis Bar Foundation 2018 Class of Fellows.  She was also selected  as  a “Rising Star” in Family Law in the Mid-South by “Super Lawyers” and was named as Top 40 under 40, by the Memphis Business Journal in 2008, as well as being a Memphis Leadership Academy Fellows Graduate. Ms. Lamanna has served on the Board of Directors for the Memphis Bar Association and the Junior League of Memphis.  She has served on the Board of Directors for Playhouse on the Square, Dress For Success, and Family Services of the MidSouth. In addition, Ms. Lamanna is the former President of the Litigation Section of the Memphis Bar Association and is a member of the American, Tennessee, Missouri, and Memphis Bar Associations.
Ms. Lamanna was published in The Young Lawyer by the American Bar Association in “Litigation 101: How to Take a Telephonic Deposition” and has presented on various topics, including “Updates in the Notice and Good Faith Requirements under the TMMA,” at the 2011 Memphis Bar Association, Litigation Section’s Annual Meeting in 2011.

Chris J. Webb

Attorney Webb
Chris J. Webb
Member
Chris Webb practices primarily in federal civil litigation in the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., focusing on vaccine injury law.  He also focuses on Tennessee state law cases in business and commercial litigation, insurance coverage and defense litigation, health care liability (medical malpractice) litigation defense, and collection law.  He also provides general counsel and advice regarding best practices to several local area businesses.  Mr. Webb was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 2007.  He has been admitted to practice law in all courts of the state of Tennessee, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.
Mr. Webb received his B.B.A. in Business Economics, summa cum laude, from The University of Memphis in 2004 and his J.D. from The University of Memphis in 2007.  While in law school, Mr. Webb was a member of the University of Memphis Law Review.  After graduation, he served as the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Diane K. Vescovo, Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.  Mr. Webb is a member of the Memphis, Tennessee, Court of Federal Claims, and American Bar Associations.  He was selected as "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers in 2017 and 2018. 
Mr. Webb resides, and was born and raised, in Memphis, Tennessee.  He is married to his wife Allison and has two children, Davis (his son) and Brittan (his daughter).  He enjoys golf and swimming, and he is an avid sports fan. 

Brice M. Timmons

Attorney Timmons
Brice M. Timmons
Member
Brice Timmons practices in the areas of general civil litigation, family law, civil rights litigation, Title IX and student rights law and commercial litigation. He has been admitted to practice before all courts of the state of Tennessee.  
Mr. Timmons received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Memphis in 2007. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2010. Mr. Timmons has served as a member of the Graduate Faculty of the Department of Political Science at the University of Memphis. Mr. Timmons is a member of the Memphis Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, and American Bar Association.
Mr. Timmons served in the 173rd Airborne Brigade of the United States Army. He focuses his pro bono practice on representing victims of domestic violence.

Charles S. Mitchell

Charles Mitchell
Charles S. Mitchell
Associate
Charles S. Mitchell is an experienced trial lawyer whose practice focuses on Federal and Civil Litigation; Criminal Defense; Family Law; and White Collar matters including tax fraud, protected computer intrusions and matters before the SEC. He has been admitted to all courts of the state of Tennessee; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He is an approved criminal defense attorney under the Federal Criminal Justice Act (CJA) and Tennessee has certified him for Death Penalty Defense Counsel.  

EDUCATION

  • Rhodes College, History (B.A., 1993)

  • University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphrey School of Law (J.D., 2003)

LAW SCHOOL HONORS AND PUBLICATIONS

  • Member, University of Memphis Law Review (2001 – 2003)

  • American Jurisprudence Awards (Contracts) (2001)

  • ERISA: Does Independent Medical Review of Benefit Denials Clear the ERISA Preemption Hurdle in the Sixth Circuit? , University of Memphis Law Review Vol. 34 (2004)

Christopher Williams

Christopher M. Williams
Christopher M. Williams
Associate
Email:  cwilliams@blackmclaw.com
Originally from Missouri, Christopher Williams graduated from Missouri S&T with a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering.  In 2017, he received his Juris Doctorate with academic honors from Washington University in St. Louis and was admitted to practice law in all courts of the state of Tennessee.   During law school, Chris interned for two federal judges, the Honorable Jon Phipps McCalla and the Honorable Stephen C. Williams. Additionally, Chris was a staff editor for the Wash. U. Jurisprudence Review, competed on the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Team and worked in the Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property Legal Clinic.  Chris also spent a semester in New York City working as a legal intern at the global headquarters of Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Young Lawyer’s Division of the Memphis Bar Association.
Chris moved to Memphis in 2011 to work as a manufacturing engineer, first working for Parker Hannifin and later for Olympus Surgical Technologies America. It was during this time he met his future wife, Sarah Pazar Williams, and decided that Memphis would become home. Now with a J.D. in hand, Chris is looking forward to establishing more local roots and engaging the Memphis community. Chris is a St. Louis Cardinals fan and is a proud Grizzlies season ticket holder.

Megan E. Arthur

Megan E. Arthur
Megan E. Arthur
Megan Arthur’s practice includes a wide range of complex litigation in state and federal courts with a significant concentration in family law, including divorce, child custody, parentage, paternity, adoption, child support, alimony and prenuptial agreements.  Ms. Arthur understands the life-altering situations her clients face and is dedicated to personally guiding her clients through the legal process with the primary goal being a reasonable, practical and equitable solution to domestic disputes.  Ms. Arthur has a stellar reputation in the legal community and is a formidable opponent in the courtroom should your dispute become adversarial.
A native of Memphis and a graduate of The Hutchison School, Ms. Arthur earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in 2000.  After graduation, she served three years as a broker’s assistant to multiple senior investment executives at a national financial planning corporation before earning her Juris Doctorate degree in 2006 from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law where she earned many accolades, including awards for Best Legal Memorandum and Best Appellate Brief.  She also served as a member and published author on the University of Memphis Law Review.
Ms. Arthur is proud to be an active member of the local legal community.  Since her admission to practice law in Tennessee in 2006, Ms. Arthur served three terms on the Memphis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors from 2008-2010, served three terms as a member of the steering committee for the Young Lawyers Section of the Memphis Area Legal Services Access to Justice Fundraising Campaign, and served as Vice-President of the Family Law Section of the Memphis Bar Association in 2014 and as President of the Family Law Section in 2015.  Ms. Arthur has also served on other community boards and programs, including a three-year term as a member of the board of directors of the Downtown Memphis Commission (formerly the Center City Commission) for Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee (2010-2013).  Ms. Arthur is a graduate of Leadership Memphis’s 2011 civic leadership class as well as a graduate of the Tennessee Bar Association’s 2012 Law Leadership Class. 
Ms. Arthur is a member of the American Bar Association, the Memphis Bar Association, and the Tennessee Bar Association.  For six consecutive years, from 2013-2018, she has been selected as a “Rising Star” in Family Law in the Mid-South by “Super Lawyers”.  In 2015, was nominated and elected as a Barrister Member of the Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court.  In 2017 she was selected and inducted as a Fellow into the Memphis Bar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Memphis Bar that advocates public awareness of the legal system and encourages and recognizes professionalism among members of the Bar, and most recently in 2018 she completed a three-year term as a nominated and elected member of the Board of Directors for the Memphis Bar Association.  

10.0Megan Elizabeth Arthur
Super Lawyers

Amy Worrell Sterling

Amy Sterling
Amy Worrell Sterling
Amy Sterling is an experienced lawyer who primarily focuses her practice on representing brokerage firms, financial institutions, and registered representatives in securities litigation, arbitration, and regulatory matters. A significant amount of her practice has been devoted to defending customer complaints and FINRA arbitration claims related to sales practices, product failure disputes, and fraud and failure to supervise allegations. She also advises and represents clients with respect to regulatory inquiries and proceedings by the SEC, FINRA, and state regulators. Amy has negotiated settlements and employee transition matters and has counseled clients on compliance issues.
In addition, Amy has general business litigation experience, having represented clients in state and federal court on matters involving commercial lease disputes, breach of contract disputes, business torts, consumer protection, ERISA and employment issues, and other business disputes. She is skilled in coordinating and overseeing discovery and large-scale document collection, organization and production, having served as the discovery team lead on more than 300 related arbitrations handled by the firm.
Outside of the office, Amy formerly served as a board member of the University of Memphis Law Alumni board of directors, and also as a board member of the Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association. She has volunteered as a tutor at a public elementary school in the Memphis area and as a big sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis.
Education
University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law - J.D., 2006 cum laude
Belmont University - B.B.A.,1999 cum laude
Admissions
Tennessee, 2006
U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee, 2006
Memberships
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) ­Compliance & Legal Society
Memphis Bar Association — Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors (2008-2009)
University of Memphis Law Alumni — Board of Directors (2007­2010)
Representative Experience
Success in Defending $5.8 Million FINRA Arbitration Claim
Successful defense of LPL Financial in $5.8 million FINRA arbitration claim
Client Type: Public Company
Defense of Product Failure Cases
Represented Morgan Keegan in defense of more than 300 customer-initiated arbitrations in the wake of the failure of a family of mutual funds
Client Type: Public Company
Publications
Beware Loss of Registration by Agents Who Have Failed to Pay Tennessee's Professional Privilege Tax
November 18, 2015
2015 FINRA and SEC Priorities Identify Regulators' Focus  Areas
February 6, 2015
Second Circuit Provides a Clear Definition of "Customer" for Purposes of Mandatory FINRA Arbitration
August 6, 2014
Past Events
FINRA Arbitrator Panel Selection: Practical Considerations
October 25, 2016 I Audio Call
ABA Section of Litigation Roundtable
Tennessee Securities Division: Initiatives,  Trends and Hot  Topics
July 19, 2016 I Knoxville, Tennessee Bass, Berry & Sims
Accolades
University of Memphis Law Review — Senior Notes and Comments Editor (2005-2006)
University of Memphis Advanced Moot Court Competition ­Champion and Best Brief (2004)
Dean's Award for Academic Excellence in Legal Methods — Best Oral Advocate (2004)

Of Counsel

Lynda Wray Black

Attorney Wray Black
Lynda Wray Black
Attorney of Counsel
Lynda Wray Black practices in the areas of estate and gift taxation, estate planning, probate, fidelity and surety law, and family law. She was admitted to the state bar of New York in 1990 and the state bar of Tennessee in 1996.
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Ms. Black received a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Memphis in 1986. She earned a J.D. from Yale University in 1989. Ms. Black is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. In 2000-2001, she was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Memphis School of Law, where she taught courses in business organizations, secured transactions, and estate planning.
Memberships include the Memphis and American Bar Associations, including sections on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, and Family Law.
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