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130 North Court Ave
Memphis TN 38103
Fax: 901.524.5024

Admitted to Practice

Tennessee, 1964

Bar Admissions

American Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association

Memphis Bar Association

Joel Porter’s practice focuses on litigation. He has extensive experience in both commercial and personal injury litigation, having tried more than 100 jury and bench trials during a career that began at the firm in 1964. Mr. Porter served, with member Jef Feibelman, as lead counsel for the plaintiffs in one of the largest commercial recoveries in state history. He has also represented parties in numerous products liability, medical malpractice, personal injury, and eminent domain matters. Mr. Porter is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Tennessee Bar Foundation. He served as the firm’s Chairman from 2001 until he retired from that position in 2007.


  • Vanderbilt University (LL.B., 1964)
  • Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1962); Staff Member, Vanderbilt Law Review (1963 – 1964)

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Named to Best Lawyers® in America list for over 25 years in the areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance (1991- 2018)
  • Named to the Mid-South Super Lawyers list in the area of Business/Corporate (2007- 2012)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, Tennessee Bar Foundation and Memphis Bar Foundation
  • Member, Board of Directors, Memphis Bar Association (1971-1974; Treasurer, 1986; Secretary, 1987; President-Elect, 1988; President, 1989)

Publications and Presentations of Note

  • Presenter, “The Real Malpractice Crisis,” Journal Club (June 2005)
  • Presenter, “Proposed Rules of Professional Conduct,” Journal Club (April 1998)
  • Presenter, “A Retrospective Look at the Medical Malpractice Crisis of 1975,” Journal Club (September 1991)

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