Attorney Profile and Philosophy
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, 2007-2020; Tennessee’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2008, 2011-2015; Best Lawyers in America, Woodward & White in Personal Injury and Product Liability, 2011-2020; 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: Travel, fishing for salmon in Alaska and trout on the rivers of Northern Arkansas; walking my unwieldy dogs, Sono and Sobe; helping my wife and visual artis, Jeri Ledbetter, find imaginative names for her paintings.