Chairman: Nathan A Bicks
Managing Partners: Jennifer S Hagerman, David J Harris, Laurel C Williams
Number of partners: 28
Number of lawyers: 37
Burch, Porter & Johnson has been a pillar of the Memphis legal community for over 100 years, providing comprehensive legal services across a wide range of litigation, business and transactional practice. It has also been at the forefront of matters of historical importance, representing Dr Martin Luther King, Jr during the Memphis sanitation worker’s march in 1968 and championing the environment and conservation in a number of important cases, including one that resulted in a landmark US Supreme Court decision. From its inception, the firm’s focus has been on client service – providing specialized expertise, value, responsiveness and practical solutions to address its clients’ needs. Clients have counted on the firm’s experience, its commitment to service, and its tradition as a leader in business and community affairs for more than a century.
Main Areas of Practice:
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation & Arbitration:
5 partners, 7 fee earners based in Memphis, TN
Members of Burch, Porter & Johnson have extensive experience in arbitration, mediation and ADR proceedings, and offer a broad range of services in the area, including the representation of clients in arbitrations conducted under the Rules of the American Arbitration Association, the NASD, and numerous other governing bodies. Firm members have served as arbitrators and mediators in connection with a wide variety of matters, including complex commercial disputes, contract claims, insurance and personal injury actions, family law and others.
Commercial & Business Litigation:
15 partners, 23 fee earners based in Memphis, TN
The firm represents clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses and individuals in all types of commercial and business litigation, as well as in the pre-litigation resolution of business disputes. Some specific areas of experience include antitrust and unfair competition, bankruptcy, construction claims, intellectual property, professional liability claims, real estate, securities and shareholder litigation.
Corporate & Business:
6 partners, 9 fee earners based in Memphis, TN
The corporate and business law attorneys represent publicly-owned, privately-held and family-owned businesses in various industries, such as agrichemical, hospitality, manufacturing, service providers, healthcare, banks and bank holding companies, investment advisors, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, transportation, venture capitalists and real estate development and investment. Firm engagements encompass all stages of business development and operation from individuals and start-ups just beginning their business, to experienced businesses looking to grow their business, to mature businesses planning for the next generation.
Finance & Commercial Lending:
3 partners, 4 fee earners based in Memphis, TN
The firm has a very active practice representing banks and other financial institutions, insurance companies, investors and borrowers in all aspects of commercial finance and lending transactions. Attorneys in this practice group represent both borrowers and lenders, including mezzanine lenders and investors, in a wide variety of financial arrangements and often serve as general or special counsel in multi-state transactions. In addition, the firm’s attorneys represent lenders as well as borrowers in both regional and multi-state commercial real estate lending matters, including asset-based and other Uniform Commercial Code transactions.
Government Relations & Municipal:
8 partners, 9 fee earners based in Memphis, TN
Attorneys in the government relations and municipal law practice group of Burch Porter have experience working on behalf of both the private and public sectors, including representing municipalities such as the City of Germantown, the Town of Collierville, and also handling complex matters for the City of Memphis. The firm has broad-reaching national connections and relationships that are utilized to help clients address issues in Washington and state capitals across the nation. One of the firm’s members, W.J. Michael Cody, continues his affiliation with the National Association of Attorneys General, an organization he once chaired.
Labor & Employment:
6 partners, 9 fee earners based in Memphis, TN
The firm has extensive experience in representing management in litigation in both state and federal court, as well as counseling and advice regarding a wide range of employment-related issues. Members work with clients to ensure their human resource operations remain in compliance with all legal requirements, and often handle matters involving discrimination claims, executive compensation, FMLA, internal investigations, workers compensation, and defense of claims under Titles I, II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Zoning & Land Use Planning:
2 partners, 4 fee earners based in Memphis, TN
The zoning and land use regulation attorneys at Burch Porter advise clients in all aspects of the real estate development process. Because the firm also advises municipalities on issues of zoning and land use planning, its attorneys have unique insights about how government actors address these matters. Members of the firm have extensive experience in seeking and obtaining regulatory and zoning approval for commercial and residential real estate developments, parties seeking zoning variances and approvals, lenders, developers of wireless telecommunications towers, and parties involved in condemnation proceedings.