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William Alton Young Jr.

also known as William Young, William Young Jr

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Bartlett, Tennessee Attorney William A. Young, Jr.

If you are looking for skilled, ethical and aggressive legal representation in the Memphis, Tennessee area, look no further than William A. Young, Jr of Douglass and Runger, attorneys with over 50 years of combined experience serving Bartlett and Shelby County, Tennessee. Conveniently located in Bartlett, Tennessee, William Young's practice focuses on state and federal criminal defense, DUI/DWI defense, employment law, and personal injury and accident law in Shelby County, Tennessee. We regularly service all Shelby County courts, including Memphis, Germantown, Collierville, Millington and Bartlett, as well as the western one-third of the state of Tennessee. 


William is an alumnus of the Tennessee Criminal Defense College and is an active member of the National College of DUI Defense, the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL), and the Tennessee Association for Justice.

William received the AVVO Clients' Choice Award for 2012, 2013, and 2014.


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Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 40%
    200 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    500 cases
  3. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 20%
    250 cases



Contingent (33-40%), Fixed (always), Retainer (always), Free consultation (15 minutes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

44 total 

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  • Justin James McShane

    Attorney Young is a diligent advocate for the motorist among us who has been accused of a crime. He uses his reputation, knowledge and experience to try to minimize or eliminate the consequences that might be in front of a citizen among us who is accused. He understands that this is not a case, but a life and can totally change a lifestyle and destroy a family. He takes these cases personally and wants to be a difference maker in every case that he is entrusted with.


    Justin McShane DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Josh D Lee

    In today's world you cannot simply hire any attorney or even any criminal defense attorney to represent you on a DUI/DWI charge. You must hire someone who understands the law and science of defending a DUI/DWI case. Attorney Young has the necessary training and knowledge to protect your rights.


    Josh Lee DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The Young Law Firm

6000 Poplar Ave
Ste 250
Memphis, TN, 38120


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Clients' Choice 2015AVVO2015
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2015
Client's Choice 2014 Criminal DefenseAVVO2014
Client's Choice 2014 TrafficAVVO2014
Client's Choice 2014 DUIAVVO2014
7th Annual DUI Defense TrainingTennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2014
NORMLNORML Legal Committee2013
2013 Annual MeetingTennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2013
6th Annual DUI Defense TrainingTennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2013
Annual Meeting TrainingTennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2013
Graduate, Class of 2013Leadership Bartlett2013
Certificate, USERRA Basic Ombudsman TrainingU.S. Department of Defense2013
Certificate, NHTSA DUI Detection and SFST Practitioner CourseImpaired Driving Specialists2013
Client's Choice 2013AVVO2013
CJA Training Panel MemberUS District Court- Eastern District of Tennessee2012
CJA Panel TrainingFederal Defender Services of East TN2012
Federal Sentencing Guidelines TrainingUnited States Sentencing Commission2012
5th Annual DUI Defense TrainingTennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2012
Client's Choice 2012AVVO2012
Graduate, Class of 2012Tennessee Criminal Defense College2012
General Sessions TrainingKnoxville Bar Association2011
DUI TrainingLawReviewCLE2011
4th Annual DUI Defense TrainingTennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Admitted to PracticeUnited States Tax Court2014 - Present
Admitted to PracticeTennessee Supreme Court2011 - Present
Admitted to PracticeUnited States District Court, Western District Of Tennessee2011 - Present
Admitted to PracticeUnited States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee2011 - Present
AttorneyDouglass and Runger2012 - 2015
Associate AttorneyO'Neil, Parker & Williamson, PLLC2011 - 2012
Student AttorneyColumbus Community Legal Services2010 - 2010
Student AttorneyD.C. Law Students in Court- Criminal Division2010 - 2011
Program AnalystQuadel Consulting2007 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Chemical SocietyMember2015 - Present
Memphis Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMember2015 - Present
Memphis Bar AssociationSustaining Member, Young Lawyers Division2015 - Present
Memphis Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
DUI Defense Lawyers AssociationLifetime Member2014 - Present
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersSustaining Member2014 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2014 - Present
DUI Defense Lawyers AssociationState Ambassador2014 - Present
Memphis Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
NORML Legal CommitteeMember2013 - Present
Leadership BartlettMember, Class of 20132013 - 2014
National College of DUI DefenseGeneral Member2012 - Present
Association of Federal Defense AttorneysMember2012 - Present
Tennessee Association for JusticeMember2012 - Present
Tennessee Association for Justice, Young Lawyers CommitteeSection Member2012 - Present
Tennessee Association for JusticeSection Member-Criminal Defense2012 - Present
Tennessee Association for JusticeSection Member- DRAM/DUI/DWI2012 - Present
Tennessee Association for Justice TN Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and ReserveVolunteer Ombudsman2012 - Present
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2011 - Present
Thurgood Marshall American Inn of Court, The Catholic University of America Columbus School of LawStudent Member2010 - 2011
Federalist Society, CUA ChapterMember2008 - 2011
Washington and Lee University DC Alumni Association BoardBoard Member2007 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Domestic AssaultDismissal
D Felony Theft (Career Offender Eligible)One year incarceration, Substance Treatment, Nine years community corrections
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Publication nameTitleDate
E-bookThe Top Seven Most Frequently Asked 1st Offense DUI Questions In Tennessee2012
Shelby County Criminal Defense BlogWords Matter- Drunk vs. Impaired in DUI Defense2012
Shelby County Criminal Defense BlogU.S. Supreme Court to Consider DUI Case2012
Shelby County Criminal Defense BlogThe DUI Video Can Make All the Difference2012
Shelby County Criminal Defense BlogTennessee Supreme Court Clarifies Meaning of "Serious Bodily Injury"2012
Shelby County Criminal Defense BlogPost-stop DUI Detection: "Clues" of Impaired Driving2012
Shelby County Criminal Defense BlogWhy is DUI not diversion-eligible in Tennessee?2012
Shelby County Criminal Defense BlogIndependent Blood Testing in Tennessee DUI Cases2012
For The Defense (TACDL)Photos from the Tennessee Criminal Defense College2012
For the Defense (TACDL)Photos from the Fourth Annual DUI Defense Seminar2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of LawLawJ.D.2011
Washington and Lee UniversityBiologyN/A2007
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Why Hope Works Legal EducationCriminal Law Overview2014
A Day in the Life in Criminal Law- Career PanelA Day in the Life in Criminal Law2013
108th General AssemblyLegislative Breakfast2013