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William H.D. Fones , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

William H.D. Fones Jr., shareholder in the Memphis office, concentrates his practice in taxation law.  His practice includes federal and state tax planning associated with acquisitions and mergers, corporations, non-qualified executive compensation, partnerships, financial institutions, real estate investment trusts and regulated investment companies.  He has handled federal and Tennessee state and local tax controversies at the administrative level and in court.  In connection with the representation of closely held businesses, he has participated in a number of family tax planning transactions, including family limited partnerships, insurance trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts and other forms of grantor trusts.

Prior to joining the Firm, William Fones was a law clerk with the United States Claims Court, Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit, and Tax Law Specialist in Exempt Organizations for the National Office of the Internal Revenue Service.


  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2006
  • Named to Business Tennessee magazine's "150 Best Lawyers" in the area of tax law since 2007

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First Tennessee Building, Suite 2000
165 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: 901-577-2247
Firm Phone: 901-526-2000

Practice Areas

  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Tax Law


  • Tulane University (BA) (1972)
  • George Washington University Law School (J.D.) (1975)
  • George Washington University (LLM) (1979)

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee Bar Association

Organizations & Affiliations

  • Memphis, Tennessee and American (Tax Section) Bar Associations — Member