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Barry Jason McWhirter

Immigration Attorney at Memphis, TN

5.0   1 review

also known as Barry J. McWhirter


Licensed for 21 years

About Barry

Learn Barry’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Federal crime
    25%
    Federal Criminal Defense work is the majority of my criminal defense work. I have experience in handling all sorts of serious criminal cases including armed robbey, drug conspiracy, and death penalty cases. I have served as lead counsel in numerous federal jury trials.

    17 years, 100 cases

  2. Immigration
    25%
    I primarily handle all types of family based immigration and all immigration courtroom work including deportation/removal cases, asylum cases, withholding of removal cases and many more. I also handle appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    22 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Personal injury
    25%

    22 years, 500 cases

  4. Car accident
    15%

    22 years, 500 cases

  5. Criminal defense
    10%
    I have experience in all types of criminal defense work in both the state and federal systems including DUIs, drug conspiracies, and murder cases.

    22 years, 500 cases

Being the son of one of the most respected trial lawyers in Memphis, I knew that I too wanted to be a trial lawyer from a very early age. In my professional career, I have specialized in trial work and have had the opportunity to try lawsuits in Federal Court, Immigration Court, General Sessions (both civil and criminal) Court, Chancery Court, Criminal Court, and Circuit Court.

 

I handle all types of trial work  including criminal defense, personal injury, immigration, contract disputes, and business litigation.

 

Although I was born and raised in Memphis, I learned Spanish as a second language while I was in college. After obtaining my license to practice law, I have been blessed with the opportunity to represent the Hispanic community in the Memphis area. Although there are other lawyers in the Memphis area that represent the Hispanic community, I am one of a very few that actually speak Spanish. More importantly, of the lawyers that speak Spanish in the Memphis area, I am the most experienced and have the most diverse law practice.

Licensed for 21 years
State TN
Status Active
Acquired 2001
Updated 11/19/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Barry

McWHIRTER LAW FIRM, PLLC
80 Monroe Ave., Ste. 450
Memphis, TN, 38103-5043

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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2013
Barry is awesome!! 10/10
Barry is just an all around great guy. He is superb. Very smart and talented in what he does. He is also well known. I haven't even known him for that long but I can say only good things about him. He will get your job done. I highly recommend him for almost any issue you need dealt with, and if he cant do it? He can refer you to a good friend who knows how.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Member
  • McWhirter Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Member/Attorney at Law
  • McWhirter & Irvine, PLLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney/Owner
  • The McWhirter Law Firm
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Member/Partner
  • Apperson, Crump & Maxwell, PLC
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • McWhirter, Wyatt & Elder, PLLC
  • 2001 - 2008
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Education

  • University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of Memphis
  • MA - Masters
  • 1997
  • University of Memphis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • USA v. Larry Wilborn
  • Gun suppressed and the Indictment was dismissed
  • Custom Kilns, Inc. v. Rose Machine & Tool LLC and Paul Freudenberg d/b/a 55 Corp
  • Defense Verdict

Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Memphis Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2007 - 2008

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Mock Trial Competition Winner
  • University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • 2001
  • Best Oral Advocate Award
  • University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • 2001
  • Mock Trial Competition Finalist
  • University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • 2000
  • Dean's Award for Academic Excellence in Securities Regulation
  • CALI/University of Memphis -Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • 2000
  • Dean's Award for Academic Excellence in Secured Transactions
  • CALI/University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphrey's School of Law
  • 2000
  • Dean's Award for Academic Excellence in Domestic Violence Clinic
  • CALI/University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • 2000
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Publications

  • University of Memphis Law Review
  • How the Abolishment of the Assumption of Risk Doctrine in Tennessee Affected Common Law Doctrine Associated with Primary Implied Assumption of the Risk
  • 2001
  • University of Memphis Law Review
  • Sullivan v. Baptist Memorial Hospital: Self-Publication - A Compelling Doctrine
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Monthly Meeting
  • ICE Enfrocement Priorities
  • 2017
  • Crimmigration for Tennessee Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Creating an Effective Plea under Padilla
  • 2017
  • MBA CLE
  • How does a Tennessee Criminal Defesne Lawyer Comply with Padilla v. Kentucky's requirements regarding advising non-citizens of potential immigration consequences of a guilty plea?
  • 2016
  • Judicial Conference 2012
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions
  • 2012
  • BenchBar and Boardroom Conference
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions in Tennessee
  • 2011
  • Fall 2008 Educational Series
  • Workers Compensation Law
  • 2008
  • Mujer a Mujer
  • Question and answer session in Spanish on Spanish radio station
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (4)
Immigration Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Barry for numerous years and have worked together on cases for numerous years. He is an excellent attorney in the fields of immigration, litigation, personal injury and criminal law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"He's on the short list of the lawyers I'd call if I needed a criminal defense lawyer (God forbid), particularly in Federal Court. Bilingual as well."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Barry. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Federal crime Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Federal crime Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Friend
"Barry is a talented and hard working attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. McWhirter is a great attorney and a great person. I highly endorse him for you legal and immigration needs."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. McWhirter is widely recognized for his knowledge of immigration law and the level of service he provides for his clients."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer as one who is courteous, solid and knows his client's needs. One cannot go wrong with representation from Barry."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Barry prepares great cases and doesn't drag things out or shortchange then. Has great oratorical skills in the southern barrister style."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. This is a lawyer's lawyer. I consult him on every immigration matter that comes across my desk, have sent many clients to him over the years and have yet to have or hear any complaints. He is excellent in all aspects of his practice and continues to amaze me with his knowledge and ability."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Barry is the lawyer to call with any questions on immigration. He is well respected as a litigator and is extremely professional with his legal peers. You are in good capable legal hands if you retain Barry McWhirter in a legal matter. My office refers all my client with immigration matters to Barry."
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