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Earl W. Houston, II is a Director and Shareholder with Martin Tate’s Memphis office and specializes in defending transportation and insurance companies, and private businesses in lawsuits including, but not limited to, wrongful death, catastrophic injury, property damage, premises liability, and employment law matters. He has both trial and mediation experience and is licensed to practice before Federal and State Courts in Tennessee and Mississippi.

In 2009, Mr. Houston was appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen to serve on the Tennessee Board of Court Reporting which is prestigiously comprised of judges, attorneys and court reporters, and implements policies and procedures that protect the written record in legal proceedings. He has since been reappointed to the Board by Governor Bill Haslam.

In 2010 and 2017, Mr. Houston was selected to serve on the Merit Selection Panel for the Re-Appointment of United States Magistrate Judges for the Western District of Tennessee. He is a graduate of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law Program, was a recipient of the prestigious Sam Myar, Jr. Memorial Award, and was named a Best in Bar finalist by The Memphis Business Journal.

Mr. Houston served as President of the Memphis/Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association in 2016. He currently serves as a Director on both the Presbyterian Day School and Memphis Bar Association’s Boards and is recognized by his peers as a Super Lawyers’ Rising Star. He is also an active member of the USLAW NETWORK, Inc.

Mr. Houston joined Martin Tate in 2008.  He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, 2002, and Mississippi College School of Law, 2005.  He is married to Iyona Hilliard Houston, a native of Memphis.


January 2008 – Present                       Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, P.C.



Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, Mississippi J.D., May 2005

University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi B.A., May 2001, Political Science /emphasis in Terrorism /Minor in Spanish


Tennessee Bar (October 2005)

Mississippi Bar (November 2006)

Tennessee Supreme Court (October 2005)

Mississippi Supreme Court (November 2006)

United States District Court Western District of Tennessee (January 2006)

United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (September 2015)

United States District Court Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi (November 2006)


Tennessee Board of Court Reporting (2009 to 2017)

Merit Selection Panel for the Reappointment of United States Magistrate Judges for the Western District of Tennessee (2010, 2017)

Federal Bar Association (Memphis/Mid-South Chapter Board of Directors (2007- present, President 2016)

Tennessee Bar Association

Graduate of Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Program

Memphis Bar Association (Board of Directors 2016 - present)

Mississippi Bar Association

American Bar Association

Presbyterian Day School (Board of Directors 2018 – present)

Super Lawyers Rising Star (2014 - present)