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In Memoriam: Max Shelton

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Max Shelton, esteemed colleague and cherished member of the Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh family. Max’s dedication, integrity, and unwavering commitment to excellence have left an indelible mark on our firm and the legal community at large. His sharp intellect, kindness, and mentorship have touched the lives of many.

As we reflect on Max’s profound contributions to our firm and the legal profession, we remember him not only for his legal acumen, but also for his warmth, humor, and genuine camaraderie. His presence will be deeply missed, and his legacy will continue to inspire us.

During this difficult time, our thoughts are with Max’s family, friends, and peers as we mourn the loss of a remarkable individual. Rest in peace, Max Shelton.

Max Shelton began practicing health care law in 1965. During his legal career, he represented a multi-state healthcare system of nonprofit hospitals and related organizations, which involved federal and state regulatory compliance, business and contract matters, medical staff issues, risk management, and litigation. He also served as an arbitrator and mediator of health care disputes through the alternative dispute resolution service of the American Health Lawyers Association, and he handled general business matters and civil litigation. Max’s knowledge of the health care industry was considered a highly valued resource by his clients. His 50+ years of practice paired with his understanding of the ever-changing landscape, daily challenges, and legal issues related to health care positioned him as a sought-after and trusted advisor.

Max was 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 especially loved organizing and participating in the TBA’s annual Ski CLE. Max was a longstanding member and past president of the Memphis Bar Association and a Bar Foundation Fellow. In 2014, he was a recipient of the Law Chapter of the University of Memphis Alumni Association’s Pillars of Excellence Awards.

Daily, Max could be found interacting with the Memphis legal community at McEwen’s for lunch, where he spent countless hours mentoring young lawyers. His upbeat disposition and energy for life could not be matched. Outside of work, Max enjoyed a passion for sailing, skiing, and flying, but most of all, he cherished time with family and friends.

Arrangements are forthcoming.

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