Admitted to Bar:

  • Tennessee, 1979
  • Mississippi, 1994


  • Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1970)
  • Tulane University (J.D., 1979)


  • Memphis Bar Association (Estate Planning Section)
  • Tennessee Bar Association (Elder Law Section Chair 2006-2007)
  • American Bar Association (Real Property, Probate and Trust Section)
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • The Special Needs Alliance
  • Estate Planning Council of Memphis


  • National Business Institute: Elder Care in Tennessee: Legal and Financial Issues (2002-2005)
  • Aging Commission of the Mid-South: Guardianships and Conservatorships (2005)
  • Lorman Education Services: Special Needs Trusts, Medicaid and Elder Law Issues in Tennessee (2006, 2007)
  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Tennessee Convention 2009: Special Needs Planning
  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Mississippi Convention 2009: Financial & Legal Issues Affecting Individuals with Mental Illness
  • Tennessee Bar Association Elder Law Conference (2010)
  • Frequent guest speaker to community groups on elder law and special needs planning topics


  • Fellow, The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Listed in “Best Lawyers in America,” published by Woodward/White
  • Listed in “Super Lawyers” for Tennessee, published by Key Prof. Media under Elder Law category (since 2008)
  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rated attorney
  • CELA (Certified Elder Law Attorney) issued by the National Elder Law Foundation (since 2005)


Community Activities:

  • Alzheimer’s Day Services of Memphis, Advisory Board (former Board Member)
  • Alzheimer’s Association Advisory Board
  • Pro Bono services: Memphis Area Legal Services, Community Legal Center
  • Opera Memphis, Trustee, (Chairman 2003-2004)
  • St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Trustee (1980-1989)
  • The Nature Conservancy, Trustee (Mississippi Chapter, 1992-2006)


  • Elder Law has been recognized as a separate area of legal specialization by many states, including Tennessee. Attorneys recognized as elder law specialists in Tennessee are those who have been certified by the National Elder Law Federation as “Certified Elder Law Attorneys” (“CELA”) based upon a rigorous testing process and evidence of years of experience in handling elder law matters.