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Stevan L. Black

Attorney Black
Stevan L. Black
Stevan Black Memphis AttorneyFounding Member
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, 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 is listed in The Best Lawyers of America, Family Law, 2001-2017; was selected for membership in the National Association of Distinguished Counsel “Top One Percent”, 2015; and has been selected  “Mid-South Super Lawyer” in Family Law, 2006-2016.
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.

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
  • 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
  • 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., 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 Fort Knox, Kentucky, 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 received The National Advocates “Top 100 Lawyers” Award, 2017; was awarded the AV Preeminent Highest Possible Rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards from Martindale Hubble, 2016; and received the “Top 10” Award for Excellence in Family Law from the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2015 – 2016.
Top Ten Ryland
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 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 business and commercial litigation, medical malpractice defense, personal injury and vaccine litigation and insurance defense and coverage 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. Memberships include the Memphis, Tennessee and American Bar Associations, and the Mississippi Bar Association
Presentations:
“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
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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 “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 currently serves 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
Associate
Chris Webb practices in the areas of general state and federal civil litigation, business and commercial litigation, insurance coverage and defense litigation, health care liability (medical malpractice) litigation defense, collection law, and vaccination injury litigation.  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.
A native of Memphis, 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.

Brice M. Timmons

Attorney Timmons
Brice M. Timmons
Associate
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.

Kristine E. Nelson

Attorney Nelson
Kristine E. Nelson
Kristine E. Nelson practices in state and federal courts focusing on commercial litigation, family law, medical malpractice defense, and employment law.
Prior to joining Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, Ms. Nelson worked in the Washington D.C. offices of two international law firms.  From 2004 to 2008, Ms. Nelson’s practice focused primarily on representing and counseling a federally-funded captive insurer concerning matters relating to World Trade Center debris removal liability claims.  From 2008 to 2013, Ms. Nelson’s practice centered on counseling and representing insurance carriers in insurance coverage litigation involving long-tail exposure, including asbestos and environmental claims.  During this time, Ms. Nelson also focused on litigating and arbitrating property/casualty reinsurance disputes.
Ms. Nelson is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Virginia School of Law.  While in law school, Ms. Nelson was a member of the Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, and served on the editorial board and subsequently as production editor.
Ms. Nelson has been admitted to practice law before all courts of the State of Tennessee; the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee; all courts within the Commonwealth of Virginia; the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; all courts within the District of Columbia; and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Ms. Nelson is a member of the Memphis and Tennessee Bar Associations, the Virginia State Bar Association, and the District of Columbia Bar Association.

Sheerin Mehdian

Attorney Mehdian
Sheerin Mehdian
Sheerin Mehdian - Black McLawAssociate
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Sheerin Mehdian was admitted to practice law in all courts of the state of Tennessee in 2015. Her areas of practice include Civil Litigation, Healthcare Liability, Contract Disputes, Probate, and Family Law. Ms. Mehdian is a member of the Memphis Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association.
In her free time, Ms. Mehdian enjoys swimming, hiking, and is an avid world traveler.
EDUCATION
Rhodes College, International Studies, French minor, cum laude (B.A. 2012)
University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, (J.D. 2015)
LAW SCHOOL HONORS AND ACTIVITIES
Notes Editor, The University of Memphis Law Review
Humphreys Fellowship
Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee Judicial Endowment
Dean’s Distinguished Platinum Pro Bono Award for 400+ hrs of pro bono service
Research Assistant for Professor Lynda Black
Judicial Intern for the The Honorable Charles E. Pazar and The Honorable Rebecca L. Holt, Immigration Judges, Memphis Immigration Court
Judicial Extern for the The Honorable Tu M. Pham, United States Magistrate Judge, Western District of Tennessee
Student Attorney in the Elder Health Law Advocacy Legal Clinic

Warren Campbell

Attorney Campbell
Warren Campbell
Warren Campbell personal pageAssociate
Email:  wcampbell@blackmclaw.com
Warren Campbell practices in the areas of divorce, child custody, child support, adoption, child welfare, civil and commercial litigation, contracts, business law and criminal law.
A native of Virginia, Mr. Campbell received his B. A. in Political Science from Rhodes College.  While attending Rhodes, Mr. Campbell was selected to complete a semester in Washington, D.C. where he attended Georgetown University.  During this time he worked for a Washington based think-tank as well as the Rutherford Institute, under the direction of John Whitehead, researching and writing about legal issues surrounding human rights and civil liberties.
Mr. Campbell attended the University of Memphis, Cecil Humphreys School of Law and received his Juris Doctorate in 2011.  During law school he was a judicial extern for the Honorable Magistrate Diane Vescovo at the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.  Warren also competed in moot court and mock trial while attending law school as well as participated in Advanced Moot Court.   Mr. Campbell is a member of the Memphis, Tennessee and American Bar Associations.  Mr. Campbell has been admitted to practice in all courts of the state of Tennessee, including the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.
Mr. Campbell was selected as one of Memphis’ Finest Young Professionals in 2012 and was selected to participate in the Leo Bearman American Inn of Court as an associate.
Appellate Cases:
Bernard Frazier vs. State of Tennessee, W2013-00187-CCA-R3-PC.
In Re: Christian A. G., W2013-02269-COA-R3-JV

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Lynda Wray Black

Attorney Wray Black
Lynda Wray Black
Lynda Black Memphis AttorneyOf 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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