Henry C. Shelton  III - Adams and Reese LLP

Henry C. Shelton III

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995

Henry “Hank” Shelton III joined Adams and Reese in 2006 as one of the founding partners in the Memphis office. Leading the Commercial Restructuring and Bankruptcy team, Hank focuses on business litigation and bankruptcy as well as workouts and reorganizations.

He has successfully advised several businesses in company reorganizations with and  without recourse to the courts, and has likewise represented creditors in bankruptcy and insolvency matters. He is a seasoned commercial lawyer with experience in jury trials, bench trials, and appeals in state and Federal courts.

His other significant contributions include:

  • Successfully representing a group of Memphis police officers as lead lawyer and counsel of record through the District Court, Court of Appeals and United States Supreme Court, resulting in winning their discrimination case in the Supreme Court in Oakley v. City of Memphis, Dkt No. 08-744 (July 31, 2009).
  • Assisting banks and other financial institutions in maximizing the value of distressed assets.
  • Counseling employers and employees in resolving employment disputes of all kinds.

Hank has written and taught extensively on bankruptcy and commercial litigation matters and has assisted in the mentoring of new associates and lateral recruiting. He has been certified as a mediator by the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee and by the Tennessee Supreme Court and is a Life Member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference.

He admires the late Judge Robert McRae, who he believed displayed great integrity in putting the law ahead of his personal beliefs in his rulings.  

In his free time, Hank enjoys the study of history and religion, reading, playing and watching a variety of sports, time with his family and his church community.

Wesleyan UniversityBA 1972Vanderbilt University School of LawJ.D. 1975

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Office Location

Crescent Center, Suite 700
6075 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38119
United States

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Banking, Chapter 12, Commercial, Creditor Committees, Creditors' Rights, Debtors' Rights, Health Care, Liquidations, Litigation, Out-of-Court Workouts, Workouts and Restructurings)
Litigation - Bankruptcy