Harris Shelton Expands Legal Team, Hires Four New Attorneys

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January 05, 2023

Memphis, Tennessee, January 9, 2023 – Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh, PLLC, one of Memphis’ largest law firms, has expanded its legal team with four new attorneys. Lauren Meriwether and William L. Brantley joined Harris Shelton as associate attorneys. Robert Weiss and Robert Alvarez joined Harris Shelton as of counsel, bringing a combined 70 years of experience to the firm.

“Harris Shelton has more than a century of experience in the Memphis legal landscape,” said Harris Shelton Managing Member Brett Hughes. “These four attorneys bring wide-ranging experience to the firm and present an opportunity to continue growing and expanding our presence in a number of practice areas.”

Meriwether graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law with her Juris Doctorate in 2014. She is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Mississippi and specializes in real estate, business and corporate legal affairs, commercial finance, and mergers and acquisitions. In addition to being a member of the Tennessee and Mississippi Bar Associations, Meriwether has been active within the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Governmental Affairs Committee since 2018 and is a past President of the Affiliate Council. In 2020, she earned Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ Affiliate of the Year award.

Brantley received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2020. Before joining Harris Shelton as an attorney, he previously clerked for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, lending him an intimate understanding of the progression of litigation at both levels and insights into the general workings of U.S. federal courts. Brantley is licensed to practice law in the state of Tennessee and is a member of the Federal Bar Association and the Memphis Bar Association. He intends to focus his practice on municipal law and commercial litigation.

Weiss brings more than 26 years of experience to the firm. He specializes in domestic relations and mediation and has an extensive background in litigation in state and federal courts. Between 2010 and 2022, Weiss served as the trial judge in Division VIII of the Shelby County Circuit Court and consistently maintained the second lowest active case list among the Circuit Court Divisions. He is an active member of the Memphis Bar Association and a fellow of the Memphis Bar Foundation.

Alvarez’s legal career spans across four decades, and he brings extensive knowledge and expertise to Harris Shelton’s estate planning, business and corporate planning, tax and health law practices areas. He is licensed to practice law in Mississippi and Tennessee, and he was admitted to the U.S. Tax Courts in 1985. Alvarez has represented clients in tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service, including contesting tax assessments imposed by the agency and settlement of tax deficiencies.

The four attorneys join Harris Shelton’s award-winning team of more than 50 highly skilled attorneys, licensed to practice in 12 states and covering a broad range of over 62 practice areas.

About Harris Shelton

Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh, PLLC is the result of the joining of two of the oldest law firms in Memphis – Harris, Shelton, Dunlap, Cobb & Ryder PLLC and Hanover, Walsh, Jalenak & Blair PLLC. Together, they have been providing legal solutions to businesses and entrepreneurs for more than 150 years. With more than 50 attorneys, Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh is one of the largest law firms in Memphis and has offices in Nashville and Covington, Tennessee and Oxford, Mississippi.

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Beth Wilson