Fearnley and Martin Join the Firm

Mike Fearnley and Myra Martin have joined the firm Of Counsel.  They add their successful residential real estate closing practice to the firm's already robust offerings.  Be sure you think of Apperson Crump for all your real estate needs, residential and commercial.  For more information about the new attorneys, please see their individual biographies elsewhere on this site.


Bruce Smith Chosen to Present Deen Lecture

Bruce Smith was selected by the Technical Advisory Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) to present the 2017 Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lecture at their annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Monday, January 9, 2017.  His lecture was so well-received in January, he was asked to present it again at the TRB Annual Legal Workshop on Sunday, July 30, 2017.  This is a tremendous honor and is reflective of Bruce's career-long dedication to the law, transportation and ethics, the uniformly outstanding quality of his contribution to the legal profession and the transportation community at large, and the esteem in which he is held by his colleagues.  Congratulations, Bruce!  We're all very proud of this honor being bestowed upon you.

In 1992, the TRB created a TRB Distinguished Lectureship to recognize the career contributions and achievements of an individual in the areas covered by TRB's Technical Activities Division. In 2002, the TRB Executive Committee renamed this the Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lectureship, in honor of the Board's eighth Executive Director, who served with distinction from 1980 to 1994. The Honorees are invited to present overviews of their area of expertise, including the evolution, the present status, and the prospects for the future.

To view the announcement, please follow this link:  TRB Annual Meeting


Apperson Crump's Inclusion in Mid-South Super Lawyers

Thomas R. Buckner (Estate Planning and Probate), Bruce S. Kramer (Civil Rights/First Amendment), W. King Self, Jr. (Elder Law), Bruce M. Kahn (Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights), Rachael E. Putnam (Family Law), L. Jay Miller (Business Litigation), Lynn W. Thompson (Estate and Trust Litigation), and J. Mark Benfield (Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff) have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers in their respective practice areas shown. 

Super Lawyers is published annually by Thomson Reuters which selects its chosen attorneys using a rigorous, multistage process in which peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research.  Each year, they invite lawyers to nominate the top attorneys they've personally observed in action.  Thereafter, Thomson Reuters' attorney-led research staff also searches for lawyers who have attained certain honors or results.  Their researchers evaluate candidates by twelve indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.  Research evaluations are based upon information from a variety of on-line and database sources including law firm web sites, legal publications and information supplied by lawyers.  We are proud of our members who are included in this prestigious publication


Pillars of Excellence

Congratulations to Henry Klein and John Dunlap who were honored by the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Association as Pillars of Excellence for their contributions to the law and to the Memphis community.  This annual award recognizes attorneys in the Memphis legal community who have made significant contributions in their civic and professional lives to the practice of law, have practiced 45 years or more, and have achieved general recognition that they possess the highest legal skills and ethical standards.  They were recognized at a dinner in their honor on August 20, 2016, at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis.


King Self Speaker at Elder Law Forum 2016

William King Self, Jr. was a featured presenter at the Tennessee Bar Association's Elder Law Forum 2016 held in Nashville, Tennessee on July 15, 2016.  This full-day forum offered essential and practical material for practicing Elder Law attorneys and those interested in Elder Law.  Mr. Self's presentation at the seminar was well-received.


King Self Elected ACTEC Fellow

King Self has been elected by the Board of Regents as a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.  ACTEC bases its selection for membership upon attorneys' outstanding reputation, exceptional skill, and substantial contributions to the field by lecturing, writing, teaching and participating in bar activities. It is their aim to improve and reform probate, trust and tax laws, procedures, and professional responsibility.  For more information, please follow this link to the ACTEC web site:  ACTEC


Apperson Crump Sponsors Mary Wolff Memorial Golf Tournament

Apperson Crump was pleased to be an event sponsor of the inaugural Mary Wolff Memorial Golf Tournament on June 3, 2016 at The Links at Galloway.  This tourney has been hosted annually by the Association for Women Attorneys.  In recognition of her long time commitment to their organization and others, the AWA decided to rename their event in Mary's honor.  The proceeds will benefit:

  • The First Tee of Memphis, which teaches inner city children to play golf so they will experience the importance of hard work, patience, etiquette, and discipline;
  • The AWA Foundation Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to University of Memphis law students; and
  • The Women's Foundation of Greater Memphis, which promotes programs that enable families living below the poverty line to become economically stable.

Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Tennessee

BSK ES Crime Victims seminarSeminars in Nashville and Memphis in May 2013 on Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Tennessee featured two Apperson Crump attorneys among the four expert presenters:  Bruce S. Kramer and Elaine Sheng.  Mr. Kramer and Ms. Sheng joined Nashville attorney, John Day, and attorney Jeffrey R. Dion, Director of the National Crime Victim Bar Association, on the panel.  These two all-day seminars, co-sponsored by The National Center for Victims of Crime, were held on May 7 at the Fogelman Executive Conference Center at the University of Memphis, and on May 9 in Nashville at the Metro Police Department's West Precinct Community Room. 

Mr. Kramer has served as lead counsel in many significant civil and criminal cases for the past 30 years.  He was lead counsel in McClung vs. Delta Square in which the Tennessee Supreme Court adopted a new standard recognizing a duty of businesses to provide reasonable security to protect customers from foreseeable criminal assaults.  He has become a national "go-to" expert on the victimization of individuals due to inadequate security in commercial locations from Arizona to Florida.  Ms. Sheng's practice concentrates similarly on representing victims of crime.

The seminar, intended for victim advocates, mental health service providers, law enforcement personnel, social workers, prosecutors, policy makers, probation and parole officers, sexual assault and forensic nurse examiners, as well as crime victims, and focused specifically on Tennessee law as it relates to victims' rights.  


Apperson Crump Building Awarded LEED Gold Certification

We are pleased to announce that Highwoods Properties has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Counsel for our new office building in the Triad Centre, 6070 Poplar Avenue. We are proud of our landlord for achieving this internationally recognized certification, and thrilled to be their flagship tenant in this cutting edge green building. For more information about the Triad Centre see:



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