Harris Shelton Secures Favorable Verdict for Hardeman County in Zoning Case

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April 07, 2022
Memphis, Tennessee, April 6, 2022 – Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh, PLLC, one of Memphis’ largest law firms, today announced that Amber Griffin Shaw of the Covington, Tennessee, office, secured a favorable verdict at trial on behalf of Hardeman County, Tennessee. Sued in a zoning dispute, Hardeman County and its Commissioners won a verdict that permitted the rezoning of two tracts of land for industrial use. The rezoning had been challenged by a group of individuals who were against the industrial reclassification.

At trial, Plaintiffs alleged that the rezoning violated Tennessee statutes and the Hardeman County Zoning Resolutions, and that the actions amounted to illegal spot zoning.

“These parcels and the incoming industry have been the subject of debate since 2018,” said Shaw. “I’m proud to have presented the facts of the case and to have secured the correct verdict for the County. We are looking forward to the continued long-term, positive economic impact of this decision.”

The hardwood industry is one of the largest industries in Hardeman County. The verdict allows Royal Oak Charcoal to complete its purchase and begin building its charcoal kiln facility, utilizing slab, the waste wood byproduct from sawmills, as its primary raw material. 

For 15 years, Shaw has honed her skills as a trial lawyer in both jury and bench trials. She has been recognized with several legal accolades throughout her career, including a Top 25 Women award by the National Trial Lawyers Association. She is the managing member of Harris Shelton’s Covington, Tennessee, office, which opened in 2019. Shaw is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Mississippi. 

About Harris Shelton
Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh, PLLC is one of the largest firms in Memphis, and HSHW attorneys have been providing legal solutions to businesses and entrepreneurs for more than 150 years. Employing more than 50 attorneys, Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh has offices in Memphis, Covington and Nashville, Tennessee, and Oxford, Mississippi. 
Beth Wilson