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130 North Court Ave
Memphis TN 38103
Fax: 901.524.5024

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Joe Duncan has been in the private practice of law in Memphis, Tennessee since 1966. He has concentrated his practice in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, and estate litigation, including will construction and will contests. He has been listed for 25 years in Best Lawyers® in America in the areas of Corporate Law, Family Law, and Trusts and Estates. Mr. Duncan has an extensive mediation practice, primarily dealing with estate and family law matters. He has been a regular speaker on estate and family law topics for many years, and has served on various panels for the Memphis Bar Association.


  • Vanderbilt University (LL.B., 1966), Phi Delta Phi
  • Rhodes College (B.A., 1963)

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Recipient of the Jerome Turner Lawyers’ Lawyer Award, January, 2016
  • Recipient of the Pillars of Excellence Award from the University of Memphis, December, 2015
  • Memphis and Shelby County Estate Planning Council
  • Fellow, American College of Trust & Estate Counsel
  • Fellow, Memphis Bar Foundation
  • Member, Board of Directors, Memphis Bar Association (1992 -1994)
  • Memphis and Shelby County Bar Foundation
  • Named to Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Corporate Law, Family Law,  Litigation - Trusts and Estates, Trusts and Estates for over 30 years (1989-2021)
  • Named Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation - Trusts & Estates in the Memphis area (2013)
  • Named Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" for Family Law in the Memphis area (2014)
  • Named to the "Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyers" list (2009)
  • Named to the "Top 50 Memphis Super Lawyers" list (2009)
  • Named to the Mid-South Super Lawyers list in the area of Estate Planning & Probate (2007-2020)

Community Involvement

  • Director, Bulab Holdings, Inc. (Buckman Laboratories, Inc., Memphis, Tennessee) and nexAir, LLC
  • President’s Council, Rhodes College
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee

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