J. Matthew Stephens

Attorney in Memphis, TN
Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards in: General Litigation Clinic and Child Advocacy Clinic; Member, National Moot Court Team, 1999; Law Clerk to the Honorable W. Frank Crawford of the Tennessee Court of Appeals, 2001-2002. Author, "Becoming the Best Healthcare Gunslinger in the Ninth Circuit," Subrogator, National Association of Subrogation Professionals, Winter, 2006.
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Areas of Law

  • Employment Litigation
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Health and Disability Plan Subrogation
  • Employee Benefits Litigation


Experience & Credentials



Admission Details

Admitted in 2001, Tennessee
2002, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
2003, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
2004, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
2005, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas

Law School Attended

The University of Memphis
Class of 2001

University Attended

The University of Memphis
Class of 1998
cum laude

State Technical Institute at Memphis
Class of 1995

Birth Information

Born in 1974
Memphis, Tennessee, April 8, 1974

Associations & Memberships

National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP).

Representative Cases

Isabel v. City of Memphis, 404 F.3d 404 (6th Cir. 2005).

Contact Information






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Office Information
J. Matthew Stephens
 5178 Wheelis Drive,
Memphis, TN 38117-4549


Lawrence & Russell, PLC (Memphis, Tennessee)

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