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

  • Bio
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  • Accolades

Paul Matthews, a seasoned attorney of more than four decades in state and federal courts, practices in a number of areas of the law, including business and commercial litigation, corporate law, creditor rights and bankruptcy, and trade association matters.

Paul is a graduate of Duke University, where he headed the History Majors Union and served as an officer in student government, and Vanderbilt Law School, where he was chief justice of the school’s Moot Court Board. He came to Harris Shelton in early 2022 after serving a 29-year stint at Armstrong Allen, PLLC, in Memphis, as well as a senior partner at Bourland Heflin Alvarez Minor & Matthews.

Dedicated to family and community, Paul formerly served four five-year terms on the Tennessee Historical Commission, as president of the Duke University Alumni Club of Memphis as a Leadership Memphis graduate (Class of 1987) and former Alumni Advisory Committee member, as a YMCA youth group leader and a member of the vestry and youth basketball coach at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in Memphis. 

He is presently on the Shelby County Conservation Board, is president of the Rural Heritage Trust of Southwest Tennessee, and is Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Mid-South Public Communications Foundation, owner and operator of WKNO-TV and WKNO-FM. He also serves on the board of advisors of St. Mary’s Episcopal School.

  • Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D., 1977
  • Duke University, B.A., 1974

Admitted to Practice

  • Tennessee, 1977
  • Mississippi, 2011

Federal Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Claims, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2011
  • District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Western District of Tennessee, 1977; Eastern District of Tennessee, 1991; Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, 1995; Middle District of Tennessee, 1998; Northern District of Mississippi, 2000; Southern District of Mississippi, 2011

Awards and Recognition

  • Listed in “Best Lawyers in America”
  • Listed as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in Tennessee” by Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine
  • Rated “AV Preeminent” by Lawyers.com and Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Board Certified in business and consumer bankruptcy law since 1999

Professional Organizations and Awards

  • Board of Directors, American Board of Certification (2012-13)
  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation (elected 2002) and Memphis Bar Foundation (elected 2007)
  • Memphis Bar Association: Member (1977 to present); Member of Board of Directors (1999-2000); Chairman of Professionalism Committee (2004) and Courthouse Centennial Committee (2009); and member of Publications Council (1990-98), Judicial Practice and Procedures Committee (2000-02), and Task Force on Local Rules of Court (2004-06).


  • Contributing editor of five editions of Martindale-Hubbell Tennessee Law Digest
  • Other published writings include two books; articles on legal subjects in Tennessee Bar Journal, The Daily News, Memphis Business Journal, Memphis Health Care News, and Tennessee Realtor Magazine; and articles on historical subjects in the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture and The Journal of East Tennessee History.