Office Information

  • Member, Executive Committee
  • Practice Group Leader, Commercial Litigation Group
Ed Stanton serves as the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group leader. His practice primarily includes conducting internal investigations, defending white collar cases, and advising corporate clients on a variety of C-suite issues. Prior to joining Butler Snow, Ed served as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee and was in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 Company.

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Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1997
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Tennessee: Western
    • Mississippi: Northern
    • Texas: Northern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
    • 6th Circuit

Civic Involvement

  • Shelby County Books from Birth-Imaginatino Library Board, Former Chairman
  • Memphis Area Neighborhood Watch, Inc., Former Board Member
  • Volunteer Tennessee Board (Appointed by Gov. Phil Bresden), Former Board Member
  • Brown Missionary Baptist Church, Member


  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Commercial Litigation, 2019-2023
    • Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2021-2023
  • Best of the Bar in Public Service Award, Memphis Business Journal, 2017
  • Trailblazer Award, Christian Brothers University, 2017
  • Leader Award, The New Tri-State Defender, 2016
  • A.A. Latting Award, National Bar Association, 2016
  • Achievers Award, Young Men's Christian Association, 2016
  • Champion of Justice Award, Olivet Fellowship Church, 2015
  • Community Leader Award, Alpha Memphis, 2010
  • Outstanding Alumnus Award, University of Memphis, Arts and Sciences Chapter, 2010
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Education & Honors

  • University of Memphis School of Law, J.D., 1997
    • Moot Court Board
    • Associate Justice
    • President, Black Law Student Association
    • Vice-President, Student Bar Association
    • Dean's outstanding Service Award, 1997
    • Graduating Class Commencement Speaker, 1997
  • University of Memphis, B.A., Political Science, 1994


  • Appointed in 2018 by federal court judge to serve as Court-Appointed Monitor in case of ACLU v. City of Memphis, stemming from Memphis Police Department’s violations of federal consent decree.
  • ​Extensive civil and criminal litigation and courtroom experience in both trial and appellate courtrooms.
  • Lead counsel in independent investigations for multiple Fortune 500 companies concerning violations of corporate policies by senior officers.
  • Lead counsel in independent investigations for one of the nation’s largest public school systems concerning athletic compliance issues, allegations of systematic grade changing scheme, fiscal improprieties and employment-related claims.
  • Presidentially appointed ​U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee from 2010 to 2017, managing an office of approximately 100 attorneys and support staff in Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee.
  • Oversaw the investigation and litigation of major criminal and civil cases, including violent crime, financial and health care fraud, racketeering, international drug trafficking, terrorism, child exploitation, cybercrime, employment discrimination, False Claims and Federal Tort Claims Act matters.
  • Launched a number of highly successful initiatives including the formation of a dedicated Civil Rights Unit.  This unit earned national acclaim for prosecuting individuals who committed federal civil rights crimes including sex trafficking, public corruption, excessive force, official misconduct, hate crimes, predatory lending, unfair housing and Americans with Disabilities Act violations.
  • Senior Litigation Counsel for Federal Express Corporation from 2002 to 2010, serving as lead trial and corporate counsel on complex business and litigation matters including governmental investigations, class action, labor and employment, trademark infringement, transportation law and environmental matters throughout the country.
  • Two decades of governmental and litigation experience include tenure as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Memphis and practice with two private law firms.
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In the News

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Keynote Speaker, University of Mississippi School of Law, Speakers’ Series – Oxford, MS, November 2017.
  • Panel Member, American Bar Association, Criminal Justice White Collar Section, Civil and Criminal Investigations Update – Nashville, TN, November 2017.
  • Keynote Speaker, FBI Citizens Academy Graduation – Memphis, TN, November 2017.
  • Keynote Speaker, Knoxville Bar Association’s Annual Diversity CLE, October 2017.
  • Moderator, Federal Judges Panel, 2017 Memphis/Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Annual CLE Meeting – October 2017.
  • Keynote Speaker, Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Class – Memphis, TN, March 2017.
  • Author, "Working Together, A Message from the United States Attorney," On The Record, Winter 2016.
  • Panel Member, Healthcare Fraud Enforcement:  A View from the U.S. Attorneys – Nashville, TN, December 2016. 
  • Speaker, Next Generation, A Message from the United States Attorney, On The Record, October 2016.
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