E. Franklin Childress , Jr. - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

E. Franklin Childress , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2001

Frank Childress Jr. is a shareholder in the Memphis office.  Mr. Childress has extensive experience in the areas of bankruptcy, representing secured and unsecured creditors in reorganization and liquidation cases throughout the United States; representing parties in sales of assets in bankruptcy cases; preference litigation; trustee representation; creditors' rights; loan workouts; bank litigation and secured transaction litigation. Other experience includes real estate litigation (foreclosure and lien litigation); UCC issues; service as receiver and trustee and general commercial litigation.

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • "Stern v. Marshall, How's That Working for You?" Annual Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference (December 2012)
  • "Practical Effects of Stern v Marshall," American Bankruptcy Institute 2nd Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Conference (June 2012)
  • "Section 363 Sales and Related Issues," Mid-South Conference on Bankruptcy Law (February 2012)
  • "Chapter 11 Practice, Court Approval and Stern v Marshall," Memphis Bar Association Bankruptcy Section, 25th Annual Seminar (October 2011)
  • "Strategies for Dealing with Clients Who Cease Operations," International Paper Company Legal Conference (May 2011)
  • "Key Issues in Evaluating Extension of Credit to Bankrupt Companies," International Paper Company, Legal Conference (March 2011)
  • "Bankruptcy and Distressed Company Credit Issues," International Paper Company, Legal and Finance Team Seminar (December 2010)
  • "Chapter 11 Practice - 363 Sales," Memphis Bar Association Bankruptcy Section 24th Annual Seminar (October 2010)
  • "Dischargeability Issues in Bankruptcy," West Professional Development (June 2010)
  • "Preference Litigation and Dischargeability Issues," The 24th Annual Norton Bankruptcy Litigation Institute, Park City, Utah (February 2010)

University of Tennessee at MartinBS 1977Cumberland School of Law of Samford UniversityJ.D. 1980Syracuse UniversityBA 1982
Louisiana Bankers Association – Bank Counsel Committee, since 1995; Legislative and Bank Counsel Committees, 1993 – 1994 Louisiana Bar Journal Louisiana Bar AssociationState of Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, 2003 – 2006 and 2006 – 2009 State of Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, 2010 – present

Client Comments

"Frank Childress is my primary go-to attorney for large, complicated bankruptcy or restructuring matters whose outcome is considered critical. He brings a virtually unparalleled depth of knowledge and experience to the cases he handles, and has a gift for crafting solutions in difficult situations."

"Frank Childress's depth of knowledge of bankruptcy and litigation in conjunction with the fact that he has a highly respected reputation amongst the members of the related judicial system contribute to his client's level of confidence in him. He is very responsive and consistently works with the client to determine the most beneficial course of action. He is professional in all situations and provides reliable legal counsel regardless of the complexity of the matter. He is thorough in both his preparation for litigation and in presentment of the facts of the case he is litigating."

Office Location

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


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Bankruptcy of the Memphis Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law of the Memphis Metro Area
E. Franklin Childress, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!E. Franklin Childress, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Bankruptcy