About the firm
Martin Tate was founded by Judge John D.
Martin, Sr., over 100 years ago and has a recognized tradition of
service to clients, the profession and the Memphis community.
Because of its long-term commitment to Memphis and the Mid-South,
Martin Tate has a unique perspective on delivering legal services
for Memphis businesses as well as its national clients. The Firmís
tradition of service to our clients and community is exemplified
by the experience and character of its lawyers and by the loyalty
of our clients, a number of whom we have represented for decades.
Many of our clients have depended on Martin Tate through the
various stages of their corporate development and growth. Harking
back to the firmís past, John Martin guided the founders of
Holiday Inn through development of the brand from its inception,
with Mr. Martinís secretary at the time picking out the tile color for the bathrooms in
the motels. This spirit was carried forward when one Memphis
entrepreneur started his company, M.S. Carriers, Inc., with one
truck and Martin Tate as its counsel and never looked back. Martin
Tate acted as counsel to M.S. Carriers during its IPO, and 5000
tractors and 30,000 trailers later, the Firm acted as counsel in
the merger of M.S. Carriers with Swift Transportation, making it
the largest publicly-held truckload carrier in the United States.
Mike Starnes, President of M.S. Carriers, praised Martin Tateís
work, stating "Martin Tate has been my law firm from the time I started
M. S. Carriers as a private company through the companyís public
offering and culminating in our merger with Swift. I never felt
compelled to go outside of Memphis or the Martin Tate firm for any
of my legal needs."
These are but two examples of the type of service that Martin Tate
provides its clients. Martin Tate has resisted the trend of other
firms towards mergers and acquisitions resulting in hundreds of
attorneys working in institutionalized settings. Martin Tateís
size has allowed it to employ high-caliber attorneys who not only
excel in their areas of practice, but are able to get to know and
really understand their clients. Our size also allows us to nimbly
respond to our clientsí individualized needs.
At Martin Tate, we pride ourselves on our ability to handle both
routine and complex, sophisticated matters for our clients in an
efficient manner. With regard to our business clients, we strive
not only to provide practical and sound legal advice, but to
counsel our clients in everything from organizational matters to
dispute resolution. With regard to our individual clients who may
be navigating legal waters for the first time, our goal is to
guide our clients to an understanding of the issues that they face
and to a desirable resolution.
Our attorneys routinely represent clients in litigation in federal
and state courts, business and commercial transactions, trust and
estate matters, commercial and residential real estate matters,
contract drafting and disputes, intellectual property matters,
construction issues and disputes, transportation litigation, PILOT
transactions, securities matters and products liability cases, to
name a few. We also counsel our clients on various regulatory
issues. For a listing of our practice areas, please visit the
"Practice Areas" section of our website.
While client satisfaction is the highest recognition we can
achieve, the Firmís attorneys have been recognized by their peers
and numerous organizations for their outstanding work. The Firm
boasts attorneys who are members of the American College of Trial
Lawyers, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, American
College of Real Estate Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America and
Mid-South Super Lawyers. Many of the Firmís attorneys have been
rated by Martindale Hubble and received the "AV" rating, the
highest rating available.