Butler Snow is pleased to announce that Joseph B. Walker has joined the firm’s Memphis office. Walker is a member of the firm’s Business Services Group and will focus his practice on wealth transfer, asset protection and death tax planning, trust administration and probate estates, tax exempt organizations, federal income tax and state/local tax planning and controversies, and information technology and software licensing transactions.
“Joe is a great addition to the firm and our Business Services Group,” said Donald Clark, Jr., Chairman, Butler Snow. “The experience and knowledge that he brings is invaluable, and will provide our clients with yet another great asset.”
Walker has provided high net worth families with sophisticated wealth transfer planning and tax reduction mechanisms. For complicated family issues, charitable giving and asset protection, he has created and implemented lifetime and testamentary trusts and has represented fiduciaries and beneficiaries in controversies arising from trust and estate matters. Walker has advised taxpayers as to methods for reducing federal income and state/local taxes and addressed tax assessments at the administrative and litigation levels. He has provided counsel to tax-exempt organizations from start-up and maintaining charitable status to expansion of the organization’s benefit to the community. Walker also has extensive experience in assisting global and local licensors and licensees with negotiation and drafting of software, network and database agreements for information technology development, licensing, hosting, maintenance and marketing.
A fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Walker earned his BBA in Accounting from the University of Mississippi and Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis. He is AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has been named in Best Lawyers® Trusts and Estates for 30 years and was named “Lawyer of the Year” for Trusts and Estates in 2011 and for Litigation—Trusts and Estates in 2014. He has been listed in the Top 100 list of Mid-South Super Lawyers®, recognized in Tennessee Super Lawyers® and in the Top 50 Memphis Area Super Lawyers, and was named in J.K. Lasser’s book: Estate Planning for Baby Boomers and Retirees. Walker is a member of the American Bar Association’s Committees for Tax Exempt Organizations and Gift and Estate Tax and the Estate Planning Council of Greater Memphis. He is past president of the Memphis Tax Watch, past chairman of the Tennessee Bar Association’s tax section and the Tennessee Federal Tax Institute and is a member of the Tennessee Probate Study Committee. Walker serves as secretary and director of the Stuttering Foundation of America.