William J. Wyatt

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Member
6060 Primacy Parkway, Suite 100
Memphis, Tennessee 38119
Phone: 901-525-1455
Email: wwyatt [at] harrisshelton [dot] com

Will Wyatt’s practice focuses on advising and representing municipalities concerning the myriad legal issues confronting them. He has extensive experience defending municipalities in lawsuits in federal and state courts involving civil rights, Constitutional rights, property rights, employment rights and governmental tort liability. He also advises municipalities and their boards and commissions on a wide range of administrative and operational issues including ordinances, contracts, and public records requests. Whether he is representing a city at trial or advising a local city board on organizational issues, Will brings a high level of skill and training to each case he handles. He works in partnership with his clients to understand the minute details in order to help achieve a positive solution for their legal matter.

In addition to representing municipalities, Will also represents corporate and individual clients in matters involving workers’ compensation liability, medical malpractice defense, construction liability and insurance coverage liability.

Outside the office, Will enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He supports the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis and has served as a committee member for its annual Clays for Kids fundraising event.

Representative Cases

  • Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a public school board against allegations of Constitutional violations and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a city’s police officers against allegations that the officers had violated the plaintiff’s Constitutional rights.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a town against allegations that the town’s fire department had violated a former employee’s First Amendment rights.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of municipal police officers against allegations that they had violated the plaintiff’s Fourth Amendment rights.
  • Obtained dismissal on behalf of a city against allegations that the city had violated the plaintiff’s Constitutional rights.
  • Successfully argued on behalf of a bank before the Tennessee Court of Appeals an appeal concerning priority of liens against real property.
  • Successfully defended before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals an appeal of summary judgment in favor of an insurer on a coverage dispute with its insured.

Professional Honors

  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Rising Star, in State, Local and Municipal Law, 2014-2017

Education

  • The University of Memphis, J.D., 2006
  • The University of Mississippi, B.B.A., 2003

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2006
  • Mississippi, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi