Buckner P. Wellford - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Buckner P. Wellford

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005

Buckner Wellford, shareholder in the Memphis office, is the chairman of Baker Donelson's Health Care Advocacy Group. He represents hospitals, physicians and medical groups in health care litigation, regulatory, peer review, contract and employment matters.

Mr. Wellford has substantial jury and bench trial experience in state and federal courts in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. Many of these cases involved the defense of health care providers in medical malpractice or regulatory matters, but include product liability, breach of contract and employment disputes, civil rights and fraud claims as well.

A former Shelby County Commissioner with substantial experience in local zoning and land use issues, Mr. Wellford has represented clients before the Shelby County Land Use Control Board, the Memphis City Council, Shelby County Commission, Germantown Design Review Board, and Planning Commission for the City of Collierville.

Mr. Wellford was elected to two terms on the Shelby County Commission where he served from 1994 through 2002. He served as the Chairman of the Commission in 2000, and as Chairman of the Land Use Committee from 2001-2002.

Washington and Lee University School of LawJ.D. Vanderbilt UniversityBA 1978

Client Comments

"As a medical group with almost 40 physicians and a large teaching program, we face malpractice lawsuits frequently. Though our insurance carrier assigns these actions to various attorneys, I am always pleased to see when a case has been assigned to Buck Wellford. Though all handle cases well, Buck is outstanding at staying on top of things to get them resolved as expeditiously as possible. He is also a great communicator, always doing a little extra to make sure I understand all relevant issues clearly. He is a great lawyer."

"Mr. Wellford has defended me and my corporation in several medical malpractice cases through the years. He has given me confidence that I have received the best possible advice and representation. Mr. Wellford has always worked to thoroughly research and understand the medical aspects of the case, and has impressed me with his knowledge of the legal aspects as well. He has been able to explain complex legal issues in a way that I have been able to comprehend. He and his staff have been sympathetic and understanding, and have been a pleasure to work with. He has impressed me with his foresight and effectiveness in depositions and mediations, as well as planning of defense. I recommend him highly."

-John Lindermuth
Memphis Neurosurgical Associates, P.C.

"Buckner P. Wellford came highly recommened and exceeded all expectations. He kept me informed and made sure that I understood the case. His knowledge of the law was impressive."

"Mr. Wellford kept me well-informed of all matters in my case, communicated clearly and in a timely manner on processes and expectations, and demonstrated extreme professionalism, both in and out of the courtroom. His experience and judgment, and the effectiveness with which he acted on my behalf, left me very, very glad he was on my side. Mr. Wellford exemplifies the word 'advocate'."

-Constance Haan
MD, MS; Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs
University of Florida College of Medicine - Jacksonville

"Mr. Wellford is a tenacious advocate for physicians wrongfully sued. He has a wealth of medical knowledge and the ability to grasp the medical facts and situation of a perceived incident as though he has had medical training himself. His quick understanding made it easy to plan a successful defense against a frivolous case. Mr. Wellford hung in on my case despite changing firms. Mr. Wellford does not give up. If he is supporting you, he will support you to the fullest until the end. If I need a lawyer in the future, I hope that Buck Wellford will be there for me."

-William D Stinson
Memphis Midsouth OB/GYN Assoc., P.C.

Office Location

First Tennessee Building, Suite 2000
165 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants of the Memphis Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants of the Memphis Metro Area
Buckner P. Wellford has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Buckner P. Wellford has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants