Five attorneys from Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC have been identified as outstanding practitioners in their fields in the most recent edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2013W. J. Michael Cody and Jef Feibelman were recognized in the field of general litigation, and C. Thomas Cates, W. Rowlett Scott and LeeAnne Marshall Cox were chosen for their accomplishments in the area of real estate.

Chambers listed the following information about BPJ’s General Litigation practice:

THE FIRM: This Memphis-based firm regularly assists clients in arbitration proceedings, as well as pre-litigation and court-mandated arbitration actions. It remains active in patent, noncompete and trade secret litigation.


Jef Feibelman has a solid track record in the arbitration arena, bolstered by several recent breach of contract cases. He also has recent experience of arguing before the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Michael Cody handles commercial litigation, internal investigations and regulatory claims. He has experience in alternative dispute resolution.

Chambers had this to say about the firm’s Real Estate Practice:

THE FIRM: The Memphis-based team has a longstanding reputation for real estate throughout Tennessee. It regularly advises a variety of land-owners including developers and small family businesses on commercial transactions. Additionally, the team provides guidance on land use and zoning regulation as well as environmental compliance.

Sources say: “A very fine real estate group.”


Thomas Cates has an active real estate transactions practice in Memphis, and has been involved in sales and acquisitions of property across the country.

Rowlett Scott’s commercial real estate work encompasses leasing and property acquisitions. Commercial lending is another area of his practice. Sources say: “He works extremely hard.”

LeeAnne Marshall Cox represents both lenders and borrowers in real estate financings. She has acted on a wide variety of real estate projects, including residential subdivisions, hotel and resort developments, and government-assisted projects.

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Burch Porter & Johnson, one of the oldest law firms in Tennessee, engages in a highly-respected litigation and business practice. The firm was ranked #1 in the state of Tennessee for Bet-the-Company Litigation by The Best Lawyers in America. Since its founding over 100 years ago, the firm has maintained a tradition of involvement in the legal and community affairs of the region. Burch, Porter & Johnson’s principal office is located in downtown Memphis in buildings named to the National Register of Historic Places.