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.