Title: Harris Shelton Attorney Chad Roberts Runs in Support of Nonprofit Banebow


Harris Shelton Attorney Chad Roberts recently laced up his running shoes in support of the Banebow 2021 5K Fun Run/Walk, held at Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, Tennessee. Chad completed the race in 20 minutes and 17 seconds, placing first overall. Congratulations, Chad! 

Banebow, a nonprofit founded by two parents in memory of their young son, Bane, offers therapeutic counseling services to those who have experienced the loss of a child. Proceeds from the race directly support the continuation of therapeutic programs. We invite you to learn more about their mission and ways to get involved by visiting their website.

Title: Harris Shelton Attorney Benjamin West Named Vice President of Lafayette County Bar Association


Harris Shelton is proud to announce that Attorney Benjamin D. West was selected by his peers to serve as Vice President of the Lafayette County Bar Association for the 2021-2022 term.

As a professional organization, the Lafayette County Bar Association offers networking, educational and professional development opportunities to local Mississippi members. West previously served as the organization’s Secretary in 2011-2012 and as Treasurer in 2012. He will lead the organization as President in the 2022-2023 term.

West, a native Memphian, earned both his bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi and began his legal career in Oxford. He has a diverse background in litigation, having worked in private practice and as in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 company. West also worked for two of the most prestigious global law firms in Houston, Texas, before returning to Oxford.

West, who is based in Harris Shelton’s Oxford office, is licensed to practice law in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas. An equity member of Harris Shelton, he leverages his vast experience to provide cost-effective litigation, regulatory, compliance and dispute resolution strategies for our clients.

Title: A Generation Plans for Largest Transfer of Wealth in Modern History


Americans ages 70 years and older hold 27 percent of all U.S. wealth, with a total net worth of $35 trillion, according to Federal Reserve data. 

The largest transfer of wealth in modern history is beginning to take shape as the baby boomer generation plans to transfer the extraordinary stockpile of money they have accumulated. 

When reporter Christin Yates of the Daily Memphian recently wrote about this massive transfer of wealth, Harris Shelton Attorney Chad Roberts, who practices in the areas of taxation and estate planning, joined the conversation. Read more about Chad’s insights on this hot topic in the Daily Memphian.  

If you need assistance with your estate planning, call Harris Shelton today at (901) 525-1455. 



Memphis, Tennessee, August 26, 2021 – Harris Shelton, PLLC, one of Memphis’ largest law firms, today announced that 30 of its attorneys have been recognized by their peers for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, and another six attorneys have been named in the second edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. 

First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected ranking guide in the legal profession. It recognizes top legal talent in more than 70 countries using peer review methodologies. Honorees are seasoned legal professionals who have typically practiced for more than 10 years. To view a list of the Harris Shelton attorneys who received the Best Lawyer distinction, click here.

Three attorneys received inclusion on the list for “Lawyer of the Year” in Memphis: Steven Douglass for his work in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Matthew Kirby for his work in the practice area of Workers’ Compensation Law and Edward McKenney, Jr. for his work in Municipal Law. Every year, special recognition is given to a single lawyer with the highest overall peer-review ranking in a specific practice area and designated geographic location. To view a comprehensive list of Harris Shelton attorneys who have been recognized as a “Lawyer of the Year” in Memphis, click here.

Now in its second edition, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch awards are extended to attorneys who are in the earlier stages of their legal careers for outstanding professional performance in private practice. Those who are recognized are selected following the same peer review process as that of Best Lawyers. To view the list of Harris Shelton attorneys who received this recognition, click here.

Learn more about Best Lawyers methodology here.

Title: Harris Shelton Member John Ryder Honored in Memphis Business Journal’s 2021 Power 100


Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh is honored to announce that John Ryder has been named to the Memphis Business Journal’s 2021 Power 100 list. The honor is extended to the 100 most influential people in the Mid-South. 

A panel of experts, along with the Memphis Business Journal’s editorial team, identified the Power 100 recipients. Honorees are recognized for making a tangible impact on the business industry.

John Ryder’s esteemed career includes an extensive list of distinctions for his work concentrated in the areas of commercial litigation and election law. He has participated in some of the largest bankruptcy cases ever filed in the Western District of Tennessee. 

As an expert on election law, Ryder is currently the litigation counsel for the Shelby County Election Commission. He also shared his knowledge and experience with the next generation of lawyers as an Election Law Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University Law School from 2012-2018. In 2019, Ryder was called back to the public sector, being sworn in as a member of the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors. Ryder’s impressive track record does not stop there. This past year, he was selected as the Memphis Business Journal’s 2020 Best of the Bar Lifetime Achievement Award Winner for his remarkable career. 

For more than two decades, John Ryder has been an invaluable member of Harris Shelton. Our firm extends our sincerest congratulations to John on this achievement, which recognizes his contributions to the business world and the community at large.  

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Title: Harris Shelton Attorneys Make 2020 Attorneys for Justice Honor Roll


Four Harris Shelton attorneys have been recognized by the Tennessee Supreme Court for their pro bono work, joining the 2020 Attorneys for Justice honor roll. 

For seven consecutive years, the Tennessee Supreme Court has celebrated lawyers and law offices for their commitment to providing pro bono services to those who cannot afford legal costs. To be considered for Attorneys for Justice, lawyers must report a minimum of 50 hours of pro bono service annually. The program is voluntary and based on self-reporting pro bono services provided during the previous calendar year when eligible attorneys renew their legal licenses with the Board of Professional Responsibility (BPR).

Harris Shelton is thrilled to celebrate the following attorneys for being named to the 2020 Attorneys for Justice Pro Bono Honor Roll: 

We congratulate our attorneys on this occasion and take pride in their commitment to our community. 

Click here to read the full list of 2020 Attorneys for Justice.

Title: Harris Shelton Attorney Named Top 100 Trial Lawyer and Top 25 Women Trial Lawyer for Civil Litigation


Harris Shelton is proud to announce that Amber Griffin Shaw has been extended membership into The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and The National Women Trial Lawyers Top 25 for her exceptional work as a civil trial attorney.

An invitation-only organization, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 is composed of top trial lawyers from each state who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile. The selection process begins with peer nominations, followed by a combination of third-party research. Membership is extended to a select few of the most qualified attorneys.

The organization’s mission is to promote excellence and foster diversity in the legal profession through advocacy training, networking and education of trial lawyers. As a member, Shaw will be among a prestigious group making considerable strides in the legal profession.

Shaw’s highly respected career is also being recognized with an induction to the National Women Trial Lawyers Top 25 Women. An extension of The National Trial Lawyers, Top 25 Women is an invitation-only professional organization limited to the Top 25 female attorneys who serve individuals and families needing legal representation as it relates to legal issues affecting women and their civil rights.

The association provides members with a network of knowledge and experience in handling women-oriented legal cases. It serves as a resource for both attorneys and victims seeking to be connected with specialized attorneys.

For more than a decade, Shaw, who is the managing member of Harris Shelton’s office in Covington, Tennessee, has excelled as a trial lawyer in both jury and bench trials. She brings a wealth of experience in complex litigation to her clients. Her numerous accolades for her work include National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, Tipton County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Woman of the Year, and Memphis Area Legal Services Tipton County Pro Bono Attorney of The Year. 

Shaw graduated magna cum laude from Lambuth University and earned her law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. 

Harris Shelton extends our congratulations to Amber in appreciation of her exceptional work on behalf of our clients and our community. 

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Title: Harris Shelton Welcomes Attorney Patrick Walker


Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh, PLLC, one of Memphis’ largest law firms, is pleased to welcome attorney Patrick Walker to the firm as a member.

Prior to joining Harris Shelton, Mr. Walker was a partner at a Memphis-based firm where he worked for twelve years. In addition, Mr. Walker began his law practice as an associate attorney in Atlanta prior to moving to Memphis. His practice areas include civil litigation and intellectual property.

Mr. Walker’s civil litigation practice focuses on assisting individuals and businesses with disputes involving contracts, corporate and partnership governance, breach of fiduciary duty, personal injury defense and premises liability defense. As a patent attorney, licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Mr. Walker helps businesses develop and protect their intellectual property.

Mr. Walker holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Georgia and received his law degree from Mercer University School of Law.