Will is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group, focusing his practice on financial services, governmental, and general civil litigation; business torts and unfair competition; and appeals in both federal and state courts.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2011
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Tennessee: Western, Eastern
    • Arkansas: Western
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 6th Circuit

Civic Involvement

  • Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, REACH Memphis, 2017-present
  • Memphis Advisory Board, Facing History and Ourselves, 2016-present
  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Alumni Council, 2014-present 
  • University of Tennessee Alumni Association
    • Alumni Legislative Council, 2014-present
    • Advisory Council, 2013-2017

Distinctions

  • Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, 2017-2018
  • Adjunct Professor, Legal Methods, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 2016-2017
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Rising Stars, 2015-2016
  • Graduate, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy, Stanford Law School, 2015
  • Teacher, Eighth Grade Language Arts and Reading, Sherwood Middle School – Memphis, TN, 2005-2008

Education & Honors

  • University of Tennessee, J.D., 2011
    • Chair, Moot Court Executive Board
    • ABCNY National Moot Court Team, National RunnerUp, Regional Champion
    • AAJ National Student Trial Advocacy Team, Regional Champion
    • The Order of Barristers
    • Justice Lewis F. Powell Medal for Excellence in Advocacy
    • Judge James M. Haynes Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Moot Court
    • McClung Medal for Moot Court Excellence
    • Certificates of Academic Excellence in Five Legal Areas
    • Teaching Assistant, Legal Process (Writing) II
    • Staff Editor, Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law
  • Wake Forest University, M.A.Ed., Secondary English, 2005
    • Graduate Fellow
  • Wake Forest University, B.A., English, 2004
    • President’s Aide and Thomas K. Hearn Scholar
    • National Dean’s List
    • Mother Teresa’s “Misioneras de la Caridad” – Mexico City, Mexico
  • Clerkship, the Honorable Bernice B. Donald, ​U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2013-2014

Experience

  • Obtained defense verdict in bench trial involving claims of conversion, fraud, and conspiracy in TN state court (Ashford v. Regions Bank, 2011)
  • Secured voluntary dismissal of breach of warranty, Magnuson‐Moss, U.C.C., and Consumer Protection Act claims against an international automobile manufacturer in TN state court (Hampton v. Volkswagen, 2013)
  • Obtained permanent injunction barring the interference of the former general partner of a series of limited partnerships in TN state court (United Development v. Javier Bailey, 2013)
  • Briefed, argued, and successfully moved to dismiss with prejudice all claims against a municipal gas and electric services provider in TN state court (City of Memphis, TN v. Shelby County, TN, 2013)
  • Briefed, argued, and successfully opposed a petition for judicial review of a city civil service commission decision in TN state court (Love v. MSCAA, 2012)
  • Obtained judgment on the pleadings dismissing claims of conversion and common against a regional financial services provider in federal court (Notredan, LLC v. Old Republic Exchange Facilitator Company, 875 F. Supp.2d 780, (W.D. Tenn. 2012))
  • Successfully moved to dismiss all claims against two medical device distributors in federal court (Smith & Nephew v. Northwest Ortho Plus, Inc.,(W.D. Tenn. 2012))
  • Secured voluntary dismissal of all claims against a regional financial services provider in TN state court (McBride v. Regions Bank, 2012)
  • Secured voluntary dismissal of all claims against a national corporate retailer in federal court negligence action (Alonso ex rel. Alonso v. J.C. Penney Corp., 2012)

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Keynote Speaker, Valedictorian and Salutatorian Scholars’ Dinner, Shelby County Schools, Apr. 2017.
  • Presenter, “Corporate Counsel & Ethics Issues,” General Counsel CLE, Butler Snow LLP Annual Celebration of the Progress & Growth of Memphis, Memphis, TN, Dec. 2016
  • Co-Author, “Glenn Reynolds Should Be Sanctioned,” The Daily Beacon, Sept. 2016.
  • Presenter, “Arbitration vs. Litigation,” In-House CLE, Butler Snow LLP Annual Celebration of the Progress & Growth of Memphis, Memphis, TN, Nov. 2015.
  • Presenter, “The Nuts and Bolts of Judicial Clerkships” and “Is a Judicial Clerkship for You?,” University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, TN, Nov. 2015.
  • Facilitator, “Forensics of Persuasive Speech,” Jay Uiberall Scholars Program, REACH Memphis, Memphis, TN, Mar. 2015.
  • Co-Author, “Pregnancy Discrimination: An Issue to Watch in 2015,” BLR: Tennessee Employment Law Letter, Vol. 30, No. 1, Jan. 2015.
  • Contributor, “From the Bench: Four Judgeships,” 41 Litig. 1, Fall 2014.
  • Co-Author, “The Not-So-New Normal of the Legal Profession: Facing and Confounding the Odds,” 23 Am.U.J. General Soc. Pol’y & L.1, 2014.
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