Downtown Memphis
One Commerce Square
40 S. Main Street, Suite 2210
Memphis, TN 38103

  • Bio
  • Education
  • Admissions
  • Accolades

Max Shelton began practicing health care law in 1965. His experience has primarily been in representing a multi-state system of nonprofit hospitals and related organizations, including federal and state regulatory compliance, business and contract matters, medical staff issues, risk management, and litigation. He also serves as an arbitrator and mediator of health care disputes through the alternative dispute resolution service of the American Health Lawyers Association, and he handles general business matters and civil litigation. Max’s knowledge of the health care industry is considered a highly valued resource by his clients. His 50-plus years of practice paired with his understanding of the ever-changing landscape, daily challenges, and legal issues in the area of health care positions him as a sought-after and trusted advisor.

Max Shelton is one of the founding members of the Tennessee Society of Hospital Attorneys, which formed in 1975 and later became the Health Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association. He was an original executive committee member and also served as chair shortly after its formation. Max helped arrange for, and make presentations at, health law seminars over the years. He was an early member of the American Society of Health Care Attorneys, which became The American Academy of Health Care Attorneys and the National Health Lawyers Association and, following their merger, the American Health Lawyers Association.

  • The University of Tennessee, J.D., 1963
  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, B.S., 1961

Admitted to Practice

  • Tennessee, 1964

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1964

Awards and Recognition

  • Best Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • Martindale Hubbell rating – AV® Preeminent™

Professional Organizations and Awards

  • Memphis Bar Association, Member; Past President, 1995
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Member
  • Martindale Hubbell rating – AV® Preeminent™, 2020