Eighteen lawyers from Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. The firm was also “Top-Listed” in Tennessee for Professional Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, and “Top-Listed” in Memphis in several categories: Bet-the-company Litigation, Environmental Law, and Professional Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs.

Six attorneys, C. Thomas CatesJoe M. DuncanCharles F. NewmanR. Michael Potter, Joel Porter, and W. Rowlett Scott, have been listed in the annual publication for more than 20 years.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

The BPJ attorneys and their listed practice areas are:

Nathan A. Bicks: Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense – White-Collar, Land Use & Zoning Law, Litigation – Land Use & Zoning, Litigation – Municipal

C. Thomas Cates: Litigation – Real Estate, Municipal Law, Real Estate Law, Securitization and Structured Finance Law

W. J. Michael Cody: Arbitration, Mediation

Joe M. Duncan: Corporate Law, Family Law, Litigation – Trusts & Estates, Trusts and Estates

Jef Feibelman: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – Labor & Employment, Litigation – Securities

Jennifer Hagerman: Commercial Litigation, Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment

Douglas F. Halijan: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Trademark Law

David J. Harris: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Les Jones: Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Professional Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs

Lisa A. Krupicka: Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment

Allen T. Malone: Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental, Mediation

Charles F. Newman: Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Environmental, Law, First Amendment Law, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – First Amendment

R. Michael Potter: Trusts and Estates

Thad S. Rodda, Jr.: Corporate Law

Laurel C. Williams: Corporate Law


Burch Porter & Johnson, PLLC, one of the oldest law firms in Tennessee, engages in a highly-respected litigation and business practice. 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.