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When you come to The Claiborne Ferguson Law Firm, you can rest assured that your case is in competent and reliable hands. Attorney Claiborne Ferguson is a Memphis criminal defense lawyer who has dealt with all kinds of criminal cases and is well equipped to support you during this difficult time. Criminal charges are always serious and should never be treated lightly. At the same time, when you have the right attorney on your side, you can face your circumstances with great confidence. Attorney Ferguson has been serving clients for over 15 years. He has a clear understanding of criminal law and wants to help you through this time as swiftly and seamlessly as possible. He has been certified as a criminal trial specialist—a fact which can be of great benefit to you as you seek to combat your charges and have a fresh start at life.* Furthermore, Attorney Ferguson has been commended by Avvo and has received a perfect 10 Superb Avvo Rating. He is associated with the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification and has a membership with both the National College or DUI Defense and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Attorney Ferguson offers unique representation, having previously been trained in technology and medical science. He is competent, knowledgeable, and well equipped to take on your case and support you at this pivotal juncture in your life. Are you facing accusations of violent crimes or theft crimes? Perhaps you are dealing with accusations of drug crimes, DUI, or federal and white collar crimes. Criminal charges of any kind are extremely serious and should never be treated lightly. You can have confidence in the representation you can receive when you contact this law firm without delay and begin down the road to a bright and hopeful future. 


*Certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    17 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Federal Crime: 14%
    16 years, 100 cases
  3. DUI & DWI: 14%
    16 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Landlord & Tenant: 1%
  5. Civil Rights: 1%



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

23 total 

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  • Patrick E. Stegall

    A very skilled lawyer. I wouldn't hesitate to go to Claiborne if I needed help with a legal issue.


    Patrick Stegall Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Patrick Benca

    Claiborne is hardworking, smart, and very insightful. We worked together on capital case with difficult facts and the death penalty was not waived. The client received a life-sentence. He is a great teammate and he would be my go-to-guy for any client I had if he/she is alleged to have done anything criminal while in Tennessee. An excellent attorney.


    Patrick Benca Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

The Claiborne Ferguson Law Firm, P.A.

294 Washington Avenue
Memphis, TN, 38103



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Censured
    issued in TN, 2004


    When an attorney is censured it means he or she did something wrong but may still practice law. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

    Claiborne’s comment: “The rules say we can't threaten criminal proscution when clients steal from us. WE FIGHT HARD FOR YOU AND ONLY ASK THAT YOU PAY US. Please dont engage us unless you can afford us, we are experts and it costs a bit more but its worth it. Obviously, I respect the opinion of the TN BPR. they were right, I was wrong!”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Board Certified in Criminal Trial AdvocacyNational Board of Trial Advocacy2010
Outstandig Achievement AwardWest Group1998
Corpus Juris SecundumWest Group1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerThe Claiborne Ferguson Law Firm, P.A.1999 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors2012 - Present
Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2010 - Present
National College DUI Defense AttorneysN/A2008 - Present
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2001 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysN/A2000 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationExecutive Counsel Member - Criminal Law Section2009 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
O’Bannor v. State, 159 S.W.3d 605 (Tenn. Crim. App. 2004)N/A
State v. Calabretta (In Re J.J.C.), 148 S.W.3d 919 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2004)N/A
In Re D.A.H., 142 S.W.3d 267 (Tenn. 2004)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
National Board of Trial AdvocacyDrafted 10 Ethics Exam Questions2012
National Board of Trial AdvocacyDrafted 18 Exam Questions for the 2011 Expert Certificating Exam2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Mississippi College School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
TACDL Round TableCommunity Corrections in TN2013
LORMAN - Police LiabilityAh Heck! I think I just blew the statute of limitations - Legal Malpractice for Criminal Attorneys2013
TACDL Round TableBail. Getting it and keeping it.2011
2009 TACDL Tennessee Legislative Review & Case Law Update, Nashville TN“Legal Ethics and the Internet; A primer on possible ethical liability in the age of FaceBook and MySpace.2009