Brett A. Hughes


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

Brett Hughes prides himself on being extremely thorough and analyzing all aspects of a matter to arrive at the best possible solutions for his clients. In his practice, Brett primarily works with businesses to assist them with their transactions, contracts, employment, and insurance issues. He frequently handles non-competition, non-solicitation, and contract disputes. He also represents hospitals, health care professionals, lawyers, architects and engineers defending professional negligence claims and works with individuals involved in contract disputes and personal injury matters.

Brett is the managing member of Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh, PLLC. Before joining the firm in 1998, he served as an assistant district attorney general for Shelby County.

Brett enjoys spending time with his family and participating in all outdoor activities. He also coaches youth basketball, football, baseball, and soccer and is an avid tennis player and music lover.

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Memphis Business Journal "Best of the Bar (Large Firm)" Finalist 2017
  • Memphis Business Quarterly Power Player - Personal Injury Law 2013 and 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America©
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • AV® Preeminent™ Martindale Hubble rating
  • AVVO rating: Superb
  • Lawyers Journal Club of Memphis 
  • Memphis Bar Association, Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Member

Representative Cases

  • Hawkins v. Martin, et al., 2014 WL 2854256, at *1 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2014)
  • U.S. Bank, N.A. v. Tenn. Farmers Mut. Ins. Co., 277 S.W.3d 381 (Tenn. 2009)
  • Drexel Chemical Company v. Albaugh, Inc., (6th Cir. 2012)
  • Provident Bank v. Tenn. Farmers Mut. Ins. Co., 234 F. Appx. 393, No. 06-5502, 2007 WL 1296033 (6th Cir. 2007)
  • Howard, et. al v. Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corporation, et al., (Tenn. Ct. App. 2006)
  • Georgia Cross, et al., v. City of Memphis (Tenn. June 20, 2000)
  • Hedgepeth, et al., v. State of Tennessee, et al., No. 99-5166. (6th Cir. 2000)
  • Baptist Memorial Hospital v. Marsaw, 13 F.Supp.2d 696 (W.D. Tenn., July 9, 1998)

Speaking Engagements

  • Over the years, Brett has been a speaker at various continuing legal education seminars for the Tennessee and Memphis Bar Associations. In addition, he has been a mock trial advisor for Memphis City Schools.


  • Samford University, J.D., 1996
  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, B.A. with honors, 1993

Client Testimonials (from Memphis Business Journal and AVVO)

  • “Brett has provided excellent service and is responsive and professional. He has explained everything clearly and kept us informed. He listens patiently to every concern and answers them thoroughly. He responds promptly to phone calls and emails. He has stayed on top of the case and is always prepared ahead of time. His strategies are innovative and he thinks through situations from multiple perspectives. I highly recommend him as an extremely professional lawyer.”

  • “Attorney jokes would be abolished if we knew more attorneys like him. Brett is one of the finest people I know. I trust his advice and judgment more than my own.”

  • “Brett is on top of his game and extremely professional, and his knowledge and experience were incredibly evident. He is extremely thorough, and sensitive to his client’s unique circumstances. He made sure that we had all the support we needed and handled every minute legal detail fully. … Brett's personal concern, communication, and integrity is what helped us a most through a difficult time.”

  • “Brett distinguished himself as knowledgeable, committed personally, responsive to our needs, and always available. He went above and beyond in his efforts on our behalf, and his persistence and resourcefulness made all the difference. Our recommendation is unqualified.”

  • “Fantastic attorney. Does his homework, always well prepared and knowledgeable about subject matter. Very efficient and timely. Carries through on each and every aspect of the case.”

  • “Brett did the necessary research to guide us through the issues at hand and was very helpful in proposing alternative solutions that all parties accepted.”

  • “The legal system would be totally overbearing without his guidance. He displays his vast knowledge base in every aspect of our case which has proved time & time again to be the best possible outcome for us.”