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Edward J. McKenney, Jr.


East Memphis
6060 Primacy Parkway, Suite 100
Memphis, TN 38119

  • Bio
  • Education
  • Admissions
  • Accolades

Mr. Edward McKenney has significant experience with civil trials in both state and federal courts. He concentrates his practice in the areas of municipal law, employment law defense, education law, business litigation, personal injury, and contract disputes. He has been with Harris Shelton since 1979 and worked as a staff attorney for Memphis Area Legal Services two years prior. He also is the Bartlett City Attorney and represents a number of cities in west Tennessee. His patience, preparation, and perseverance benefit him in finding the best solutions for his clients, time and time again.

A Memphis native, Edward is heavily involved in the community. He was the charter president of the Northeast Shelby County Rotary Club, as well as a member of the board of directors for the American Heart Association Memphis Branch, United Cerebral Palsy of the Mid-South, Northeast Community Mental Health Center, and the Memphis Jaycees.

  • University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, J.D., 1976
  • University of Memphis, B.B.A., 1974

Admitted to Practice

  • Tennessee, 1977

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1977
  • S. Federal Court, 1977
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1980
  • United States Supreme Court, 1984

Awards and Recognition

  • Best Lawyers
  • Martindale Hubbell rating AV Preeminent
  • Memphis Municipal Law – Lawyer of the Year, 2014
  • Memphis Employment Law – Management Lawyer of the Year, 2018

Professional Organizations and Awards

  • Memphis and Shelby County Bar Association – Fellow
  • Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association – Immediate past President; still serves on the Executive Committee
  • Member of the Advisory Board for the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS)
  • Tennessee Bar Association – Past Chairman of the Employment Law Section

Civic and Community Involvement

  • Charter President of the Northeast Shelby County Rotary Club
  • Former member of the board of directors for the American Heart Association Memphis Branch
  • United Cerebral Palsy of the Mid-South
  • Northeast Community Mental Health Center
  • Memphis Jaycees


  • Death and Dying in Tennessee, The University of Memphis Law Review, 1978
  • Developments in the Doctrine of Equitable Restraint, The University of Memphis LawReview, Vol. 12, p. 385