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David Porteous' primary areas of practice are commercial real estate and mergers and acquisitions. He also practices in the areas of commercial lending, general corporate law, residential real estate, construction contracts, and tax-deferred exchanges. In the area of commercial real estate, he has represented both buyers and sellers of apartment complexes, office buildings, and hotels, and has represented both landlords and tenants in connection with commercial leases. He was editor-in-chief of the University of Memphis Law Review, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, and general counsel to the Tennessee Board of Regents. He is a member of the Tennessee and Memphis Bar Associations and was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 in the fields of Real Estate Law and Corporate Law for the seventh year. He is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.


  • 1715 Aaron Brenner Drive, Suite 800
    Memphis, TN 38120


  • The University of Memphis , J.D. , graduated 1971
  • University of Memphis, B.S. , graduated 1968

Evans Petree PC
Headquarters: Memphis, Tennessee

37 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

4 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Corporate Law
  • Real Estate Law

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  • COVID-19

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