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John Lewis Wardlaw

John Lewis Wardlaw

also known as Lew Wardlaw

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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.


Practice areas


  1. Transportation: 50%
    12 years
  2. General Practice: 20%
    12 years
  3. Land Use & Zoning: 20%
    12 years
  4. Employment & Labor: 10%
    12 years

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Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, P.C.

6410 Poplar Avenue
Suite 1000
Memphis, TN, 38119-4839


ARAuthorized to practice200410/30/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding Service AwardAmerican Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section - Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee2015
Rising StarMid-South Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarMid-South Super Lawyers2011
Rising StarMid-South Super Lawyers2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney (Director)Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, P.C.2003 - Present
Land Use PlannerCity of Germantown, Tennessee Development Department1997 - 2000
Land Use PlannerMemphis and Shelby County Division of Planning & Development1996 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Memphis Bar FoundationFellow2014 - Present
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Commercial Transportation Litigation CommitteeVice Chair and Newsletter Editor2012 - Present
Promise Academy, Inc.Board of Directors2012 - Present
Trucking Industry Defense AssociationMember2011 - Present
Shelby Residential Vocational Services (SRVS)Former Member of Advisory Council2011 - 2012
Tennessee Bar Association Leadership LawGraduate2009 - 2009
Memphis Bar AssociationFormer Member Diversity Task Force2006 - 2006
Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of CourtAssociate Member2006 - 2009
Memphis Bar Association Leadership ForumGraduate2006 - 2006
Memphis Bar AssociationFormer Member Committee on Continuing Legal Education2004 - 2005
Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni AssociationFormer Member of Board of Directors2004 - 2010
Arkansas Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Memphis Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Tennessee Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of LawLawJuris Doctor2003
University of MemphisPublic AdministrationMaster of Public Administration1999
University of MemphisAnthropology/SociologyBachelor of Arts1993
Episcopal High School in Virginia at AlexandriaN/AN/A1988
Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal SchoolN/AN/A1985