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  1. Litigation: 40%
  2. Medical Malpractice: 30%
  3. Probate: 20%
  4. Appeals: 10%



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40 S Main St Ste 2121
Memphis, TN, 38103-5538


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Listed (2010 to date)Best Lawyers in America2013
AV Peer Review Rating (2007 to date)Martindale-Hubbell2013
Medical Malpractice Specialist Board CertificationAmerican Board of Professional Liability Attorneys2009
Listed (2008 to date)Super Lawyers Magazine2008
Civil Trial Specialist Board CertificationNational Board of Trial Advocates2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerLaw Office of Irma Merrill Stratton2002 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember2010 - Present
Tennessee Bar FoundationTrustee2009 - Present
Memphis Bar AssociationPresident2003 - 2003
Memphis Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1999 - 2004
Memphis Bar Association, Legal Fee Dispute CommitteeChair1997 - 1998
Memphis Bar Association, Diversity CommitteeMember1994 - 1994
Memphis Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1993 - 1995
Memphis Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1990 - 1992
Memphis Bar AssociationYoung Lawyers Division President1990 - 1990
Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers ConferenceBoard of Governors1988 - 1990
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Shelby County v Crews, 315 S.W.3d 477 (Tenn.Ct.App. 2009)Won appeal; court remanded case for trial
Eskin v. Bartee, 262 S.W.3d 727 (Tenn. 2008)Tenn. Supreme Court recognized grounds for recovery of damages by mother of catastrophically-injured child, in addition to the child's damages
Burks v. Elevation Outdoor Advertising, 220 S.W.3d 478 (Tenn.Ct.App. 2006)Appellate court affirmed summary judgment ruling.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Memphis Bar JournalLawyers Helping Lawyers2003
Memphis Bar JournalShelby County Drug Court Sets National Example for Success2003
Memphis Commercial AppealLegal System is Freedom Bulwark2003
Memphis Bar JournalDecrypting the new Professional Rules of Conduct2003
Memphis Bar JournalThe Case for Lawyers2003
Tennessee Bar JournalThere's No Such Thing as a Free Bite1988
Vanderbilt Law ReviewLandlord Liability for Crimes Committed by Third Parties Against Tenants on the Premises1985
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Vanderbilt University Law SchoolN/ALaw degree (JD)1985
Princeton UniversityHistoryA.B. with high honors1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trial AcademyTrial Ethics2013
Masters in TrialTrial Advocacy2012
CLE for the General PractitionerPower Advocacy: Getting the Results You Want2010
Top Six Trial Skills You Need to KnowPreparing Direct Evidence for Admission2008