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My parents said I wanted to be a lawyer at the age of seven.  They were preplexed since televison was severely limited.  Perhaps it was the Dr. Seuss books "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Sue that Fish" or "Horton Hears A Suit." Unfortunately for me, my mother was in charge of my education and I suffered throught four years of high school Latin.

Before entering law school, a person must first earn a four year ungraduate degree.  I earned degrees in Marketing and Finance.  Yet, I had always said I would never let college interfere with my education.  With this in mind, I created small businesses as a way to put myself and other students through college. 

With all of the studying in law school, I did not have time to run small companies.  So I would attend classes in the morning, work at law firms in the afternoons, and study at night.  Somehow I found the time to run an organization known as Student Defenders, who represented students in trouble with the administration.  Also, I was elected the president of one of the two law fraternities at my law school.

Once graduating law school, I wanted to return to my beloved city of Nashville. However, I had two job offers and other attorneys in town who said they could use my help. Before I was even licensed to practice law, a Judge gave me permission to sit as a second attorney on a wrongful death jury trial that lasted a week.  

I worked for another attorney for only six months before starting my own practice.  During those two months I help try a Federal jury trial and a state jury trial. Further, other attorneys begin associating me on cases. 

As I type this, I realize that I have handled well over 10,000 criminal and civil cases in court.  My firm has grown to five lawyers with two locations. 


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 80%
    27 years
  2. Personal Injury: 10%
    27 years
  3. Social Security: 10%
    27 years



Fixed (sometimes)

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Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • James Francis Barna

    Gerald Waggoner was a mentor and friend to me when I was a new attorney. He taught me about criminal law, professionalism, and the business of law. If I'm in trouble in the Mid-South, I'm calling Gerald.


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  • Jason Michael Matthews

    Gerald is a great lawyer! He will work hard to ensure you receive effective legal representation.


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Contact info

1433 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN, 38104


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerWaggoner Law Firm1990 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of LawLawLL.B - Bachelor of Laws1989
University of Tennessee, Knoxville (main)Business AdministrationFinance and marketing1986
University of MemphisN/AN/AN/A