Laura S. Martin


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

Laura Martin concentrates her practice in business and commercial litigation and employment law matters. Since 2008, she has partnered with her clients to implement precise legal strategies that align with their goals and deliver value. In her practice, she counsels individuals, small businesses and corporations through all stages of the litigation process in state and federal courts.

Laura has handled complex business litigation involving contract disputes, business torts and claims on behalf of creditors. She has extensive experience representing court appointed receivers and working with distressed businesses. Additionally, she has experience handling contested matters on behalf of employers and employees, which includes disputes regarding covenants not to compete, employment contracts generally and defending claims brought under Title VII and the Tennessee Human Rights Act.   

Before joining Harris Shelton, Laura served as the judicial clerk to Chancellor Arnold B. Goldin of the Chancery Court for the Thirtieth Judicial District, Shelby County, Tennessee. Prior to her legal career, she worked for local healthcare providers in finance and operations.  

Outside of the office, Laura teaches Business Law in the Department of Accountancy at the Fogelman College of Business & Economics. She serves on the board of the Federal Bar Association and is the program chair for the FBA’s Wills for Hero’s. She has also been an active member of the community, volunteering over the years with a variety of organizations, including the Junior League of Memphis, Literacy Mid-South, and Delta Delta Delta Memphis Alumnae Chapter. She is a current board member of the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County.

Representative Cases

  • Shuler v. Garrett, 743 F.3d 170 (6th Cir. 2014) (health care liability)
  • Handy-Clay v. City of Memphis, 695 F.3d 531 (6th Cir. 2012) (labor and employment)
  • EEOC v. SFI of Tenn., W.D. Tenn. No. 2:14-cv-2740 (labor and employment)
  • EEOC v. Mid-Am. Specialties, Inc., W.D. Tenn. No. 2:09-CV-2203 (labor and employment)
  • Morgan Keegan & Co. v. Smythe, 401 S.W.3d 595 (Tenn. 2013) (commercial litigation)
  • Acting as counsel for court appointed receivers: Orlowski et al. v. Frist American Monetary Consultants et al., W.D. Tenn. No. 2:11-cv-1396; Max Shelton, Receiver for Forest Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park East, LLC v. Clayton Smart et al., No. CH-07-0050-2; Beale Street Development Corporation v. Performa Entertainment Real Estate, Inc., No. CH-08-0516-2; Regions Commercial Equipment Finance, LLC v. Richards Aviation, Inc. et al., No. CH-14-1463-3; and SunTrust Bank v. Avery Outdoors, Inc. et al.; No. CH-14-1667-1.

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star 2014–2017 in Business and Commercial Litigation
  • DRI Commercial Litigation Committee
  • Federal Bar Association: Board Member and Program Chair
  • Tennessee Bar Association: Volunteer attorney for the TBA On-Line Justice and mentoring programs; Leadership Law Class of 2018
  • Memphis Bar Association: Publications Committee and Leadership Forum (2012-2013)

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Tipton County Bar Association November 2, 2017: Where’s the Gold? When Criminal and Civil Cases Intersect
  • Memphis Daily News, May 4, 2016: Actions to Take When an Employee Sues
  • Civil Procedure–Mills v. Wong: Procedural Due Process Does Not Toll the Tennessee Medical Malpractice Statute of Repose, 36 U. Mem. L. Rev. 805 (2006)


  • The University of Memphis, J.D., 2007
    -Cecil C. Humphreys Fellow, 2005-2007
    -Dean’s Distinguished Service Award, 2007
    -Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges, 2007
    -The University of Memphis Law Review, symposium editor, 2006-2007
    -The University of Memphis Law Review, associate editor, 2005-2006
  • The University of Memphis, M.H.A., 2000
  • Rhodes College, B.A., 1994

Bar Admission

  • Tennessee, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee