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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.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 25%
  2. Federal Crime: 25%
    11 years, 100 cases
  3. Immigration: 25%
    16 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Litigation: 15%
    500 cases
  5. Criminal Defense: 10%
    16 years, 500 cases


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info


62 N. Main Street, Suite 401
Memphis, TN, 38103-5043


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Mock Trial Competition WinnerUniversity of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law2001
Best Oral Advocate AwardUniversity of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law2001
Mock Trial Competition FinalistUniversity of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law2000
Dean's Award for Academic Excellence in Securities RegulationCALI/University of Memphis -Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law2000
Dean's Award for Academic Excellence in Secured TransactionsCALI/University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphrey's School of Law2000
Dean's Award for Academic Excellence in Domestic Violence ClinicCALI/University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Member/Attorney at LawMcWhirter & Irvine, PLLC2011 - Present
Attorney/OwnerThe McWhirter Law Firm2009 - 2011
Member/PartnerApperson, Crump & Maxwell, PLC2008 - 2009
AttorneyMcWhirter, Wyatt & Elder, PLLC2001 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2002 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Memphis Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2007 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
USA v. Larry WilbornGun suppressed and the Indictment was dismissed
Custom Kilns, Inc. v. Rose Machine & Tool LLC and Paul Freudenberg d/b/a 55 CorpDefense Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
University of Memphis Law ReviewHow the Abolishment of the Assumption of Risk Doctrine in Tennessee Affected Common Law Doctrine Associated with Primary Implied Assumption of the Risk2001
University of Memphis Law ReviewSullivan v. Baptist Memorial Hospital: Self-Publication - A Compelling Doctrine2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of MemphisSpanishMA - Masters1997
University of MemphisCriminal JusticeBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Judicial Conference 2012Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions2012
BenchBar and Boardroom ConferenceImmigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions in Tennessee2011
Fox 13 NewsMemphis on Illegal Immigration2010
Fall 2008 Educational SeriesWorkers Compensation Law2008
Mujer a MujerQuestion and answer session in Spanish on Spanish radio station2007