Best Lawyers 2017

Aug 23, 2017

MEMPHIS, Tenn., August 23, 2017 – Memphis-based law firm Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh announces 24 of the firm’s lawyers were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, including four receiving the top distinction of Best Lawyers 2018 "Lawyer of the Year.”  Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey of 7.4 million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the United States.  Attorneys are reviewed on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to ensure attorneys are in current practice and in good standing.   

The following attorneys were named to this year’s list:

  • Rice Byars, Jr. 
  • Susan Callison
  • Christopher Campbell
  • Anderson Cobb, Jr. 
  • Steven N. Douglass
  • Charles Drennon
  • William Dunlap, Jr. 
  • Allison T. Gilbert
  • A. Neal Graham
  • Jeffrey L. Griffin
  • Timothy Hayes, Jr. 
  • Brett Hughes
  • James B. Jalenak
  • Philip Kaminsky
  • James L. Kirby
  • J. Matthew Kirby
  • Barbara Lapides
  • Edward McKenney, Jr. 
  • Jerry O. Potter
  • John Ryder
  • J. Max Shelton
  • Kevin Walsh
  • George Wheeler
  • James D. Wilson

In addition, four Harris Shelton attorneys were named as Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year.” These honorees are awarded this designation based on their extremely high overall feedback within specific practice areas and metropolitan regions. Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” recognitions were awarded in 133 practice areas across 185 metropolitan regions. 


  • G. Rice Byars, Jr., trusts and estates
  • Steven N. Douglass, litigation – bankruptcy
  • Barbara Lapides, municipal law
  • Edward J. McKenney, Jr., employment law - management

“We are pleased to be named alongside some of the most distinguished and well-respected lawyers in the United States,” said Brett Hughes, Harris Shelton Managing Partner. “We are extremely proud to acknowledge the accomplishments of our exceptional Harris Shelton legal professionals.”

Attorneys named to The Best Lawyers in America were recognized by their peers in the legal industry for their professional excellence in 145 practice areas.  For the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 7.4 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 58,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition.  To learn more about Best Lawyers, please visit,  


About Harris Shelton

Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC handles a wide variety of legal matters for a diverse group of clients. The firm has two offices in Memphis, Tennessee, and an office in Oxford, Mississippi, and is also active regionally, nationally and internationally. The firm is a result of the joining of two of Memphis’ oldest law firms, Harris, Shelton, Dunlap, Cobb & Ryder and Hanover, Walsh, Jalenak & Blair, representing more than 150 combined years of legal counsel to business and individuals. For more information, please visit  

About Best Lawyers®

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected attorney ranking service in the world. For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers has assisted those in need of legal services to identify the attorneys best qualified to represent them in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties.  Best Lawyers lists are published in leading local, regional, and national publications across the globe.