Lew Wardlaw is a native Memphian and a graduate of Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal School. Following his graduation from the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, Lew received his Bachelor of Arts (BA), Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Juris Doctor (JD) degrees from the University of Memphis. He joined Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston in 2003.
Lew practices primarily in the state and federal courts of Tennessee and Arkansas and concentrates on general civil litigation with emphases on commercial transportation defense, administrative law, land use and zoning law, and premises liability. He appears regularly before local and regional legislative and administrative bodies.
Lew is an active member of the firm’s transportation defense practice group and part of its 24/7 Rapid Response Team. He is available to quickly respond to his transportation clients’ needs with respect to serious trucking injuries, fatalities and catastrophic losses. He is a member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), and is a Vice-Chairman and newsletter editor of the American Bar Association TIPS Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee.
Lew is a member of the Memphis, Arkansas, Tennessee and American Bar Associations. He is a graduate of Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law and the Memphis Bar Association Leadership Forum. Lew has been active in the Leo Bearman, Jr. American Inn of Court and is proud of his six years of service as a director on the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Board – during which time the law school moved to its historic downtown location. Law & Politics, the publisher of Super Lawyers, named Lew to its annual listing of "Rising Stars" in 2009 (Land Use/Zoning), 2011 and 2013 (Transportation).
Lew is a member of the Board of Directors for Promise Academy, Inc., a City of Memphis charter school. He has served on the Advisory Board for Shelby Residential and Vocational Services, Inc. (SRVS).
Prior to joining the firm, Lew worked extensively in land use and zoning matters as a planner with the City of Germantown Community Development Department and consultant to the Memphis and Shelby County Division of Planning and Development.
Licensed since 2003
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|AR||Authorized to practice||2004||08/05/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Outstanding Service Award||American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section - Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee||2015|
|Rising Star||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2013|
|Rising Star||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2011|
|Rising Star||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2009|
|Attorney (Director)||Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, P.C.||2003 - Present|
|Land Use Planner||City of Germantown, Tennessee Development Department||1997 - 2000|
|Land Use Planner||Memphis and Shelby County Division of Planning & Development||1996 - 1997|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Memphis Bar Foundation||Fellow||2014 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee||Vice Chair and Newsletter Editor||2012 - Present|
|Promise Academy, Inc.||Board of Directors||2012 - Present|
|Trucking Industry Defense Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Shelby Residential Vocational Services (SRVS)||Former Member of Advisory Council||2011 - 2012|
|Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law||Graduate||2009 - 2009|
|Memphis Bar Association||Former Member Diversity Task Force||2006 - 2006|
|Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court||Associate Member||2006 - 2009|
|Memphis Bar Association Leadership Forum||Graduate||2006 - 2006|
|Memphis Bar Association||Former Member Committee on Continuing Legal Education||2004 - 2005|
|Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Association||Former Member of Board of Directors||2004 - 2010|
|Arkansas Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Memphis Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Tennessee Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|American Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|METRO CONSTRUCTION CO., LLC v. SIM ATTRACTIONS, LLC, ET AL., No. W2008-01812-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. June 9, 2009).||Reversed trial court's judgment for Plaintiff Metro Construction Co, LLC on holding that Fitraco's security interest had priority over Metro Construction's mechanic's lien interest.|
|OUTDOOR MANAGEMENT, LLC, et al. v. William H. THOMAS, Jr., No., W2006-01464-COA-R3-CV, 249 S.W.3d 368 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2007).||Affirmed trial court's finding of contempt and award of attorneys' fees.|
|KARDOUSH, LLC v. CITY OF MEMPHIS ALCOHOL COMMISSION, No. W2005-00104-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. November 9, 2005).||Affirmed trial court's reversal (on writ of certiorari) of decision of Memphis Alcohol Commission.|
|University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law||Law||Juris Doctor||2003|
|University of Memphis||Public Administration||Master of Public Administration||1999|
|University of Memphis||Anthropology/Sociology||Bachelor of Arts||1993|
|Episcopal High School in Virginia at Alexandria||N/A||N/A||1988|
|Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal School||N/A||N/A||1985|