Philosophy: “In most of my cases, there are several defendants. As a result, considerable thought and labor are expended to find a superior strategy for each: one must keep such things to himself.”
Biography: Top 100 Lawyers in Tennessee 2008-2015 and Top 50 Lawyers in Memphis 2008-2015. Listed in: Who’s Who in American Law, 1985-present; Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1986-present; Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America, 1991-; Who’s Who in the World, 1993-; Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, 1996; Who’s Who in Tennessee, 1991; Mid-South Super Lawyers, Personal Injury – Plaintiff, 2007-2015; Tennessee’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2008, 2011-2015; Best Lawyers in America, Woodward & White in Personal Injury and Product Liability, 2011-2015; Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law, Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer Media, 2013 & 2015.
ATLA Legal Essay Award, 1973; American Jurisprudence Awards in Environmental Law, Administrative Law and Jurisprudence; Rotary International Foundation Group Study Exchange Award, Japan, 1979; Blue Ribbon Selection Panel, Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2008-2013; Top Rated Lawyers in Personal Injury Law, The American Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Magazine, The National Law Journal, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, 2013 & 2015.
Member: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2001, 2015, & 2016; National Safety Council, 2010. Author: Chapter 9, “Personal Injury Cases: Calculating and Proving Damages,” National Business Institute, 2007; Chapter 1, “Evidence: Strategies for Finding, Preserving and Using Evidence to Support Your Case,” National Business Institute, December 2007; “The Code of the Warrior,” 2006; “Maxims,” 2010.
Admitted: 1974, Arkansas, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth and Eighth Circuits, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas and U.S. District Court, Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of Tennessee; 1995, Tennessee
Law School: University of Arkansas, J.D.
Member: Arkansas (Student Member, Environmental Law Committee, 1973; Member: House of Delegates, 1979-1980; Tort Reform Committee, 1980), Tennessee and American (Member, Litigation Section) Bar Associations; Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association (Chairman: Amicus Curiae Committee, 1981; Board of Governors, 1980-1983); Tennessee Association for Justice; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
Place of birth: Pittsburg, California
Hobbies: Pickleball, fishing on the rivers of Northern Arkansas, exploring the Mississippi Greenbelt Park with rescued and unwieldy dogs Sono and Soby, and helping wife and visual artist Jeri Ledbetter find imaginative names for her paintings.