My Career as a Lawyer
Before my judicial appointment, I was a Partner with the Memphis office of Butler Snow LLP, a 400-lawyer law firm with offices in the U.S., the U.K., and Singapore, where I specialized in complex commercial litigation and appeals for ten years. Only 2% of Partners at major American law firms are African American.
I represented plaintiffs and defendants in twelve different states, tried bench and jury trials in Tennessee and Mississippi, and argued before federal and state courts of appeals. From 2018 to 2021, I was legal counsel for Edward L. Stanton III and the federally-appointed Independent Monitoring Team in ACLU-TN v. City of Memphis, which concerns the Memphis Police Department and the 1978 Kendrick Consent Decree. I also spent a year as a federal judicial law clerk for Judge Bernice Bouie Donald, the first and only African American woman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
I have been named “Best of the Bar” by the Memphis Business Journal, recognized as a “Mid-South Rising Star” by Super Lawyers® six times, and listed as “Top 40 Under 40” by both the Memphis Business Journal and the University of Tennessee. Last year, I received the A.A. Latting Award for Legal Excellence from the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association. I serve on the governing boards of the Tennessee Bar Association and the Memphis Bar Association.