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With a combined 145+ years practicing law, the two law firms that joined to make Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh have rich histories and backgrounds that define and guide the practice today. Each of the previous firms - Harris, Shelton, Dunlap, Cobb & Ryder and Hanover Walsh Jalenak & Blair - worked on many high-profile cases and with notable clients - easily explaining why together they form a well-established, successful local and regional practice.
Hanover Walsh Jalenak & Blair was founded in 1914 by Joe Hanover. While a member of the state House of Representatives, he played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement as the leader of the Tennessee legislature when lawmakers agreed to give women the right to vote. He was joined in the firm a few years later by his brother, David Hanover, who was a well known trial lawyer. William M. Walsh joined the firm in 1948, after having served in World War II, and practiced with the firm for some sixty years, specializing in litigation, especially condemnation cases. David Hanover’s son, J. Alan ("Skip") Hanover, continued the family tradition and joined the practice in 1952, where he engaged in an extensive litigation practice. He also served in the state legislature from 1956 to 1961.
Harris, Shelton, Dunlap, Cobb & Ryder is the successor to the law firm founded in 1956 by Walter Chandler, former Memphis, Tennessee mayor and U.S. Congressman, and James M. Manire, former President of both the Memphis and Tennessee Bar Associations. Mr. Chandler served as counsel for the prevailing party in the landmark United States Supreme Court decision of Baker v. Carr, which brought a standard of fairness to legislative apportionment and added the phrase"one man, one vote" to constitutional jurisprudence. He also sponsored and secured passage of the Chandler Act of 1938, a major revision in the national bankruptcy law. Mr. Manire was recognized as an outstanding trial lawyer.
Hanover Walsh Jalenak & Blair and Harris, Shelton, Dunlap, Cobb & Ryder merged in 2005 to create Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh, a firm with extensive legal expertise, experience and talent.
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