Lew Wardlaw practices primarily in the state and federal courts of Tennessee and Arkansas and is admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States of America, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Tennessee, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas. He concentrates on general civil litigation with emphases on commercial transportation defense, administrative law, land use and zoning law, and premises liability. He appears regularly before local and regional legislative and administrative bodies.
Lew is an active member of the firm’s transportation defense practice group and part of its 24/7 Rapid Response Team. He is available to quickly respond to his transportation clients’ needs with respect to serious trucking injuries, fatalities and catastrophic losses. Lew served as Chair of the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee for the 2018/2019 term. He now serves as the Immediate Past Chair.
Lew is a member of the Memphis, Tennessee and American Bar Associations. He is a Fellow of the Memphis Bar Foundation, and a graduate of Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law and the Memphis Bar Association Leadership Forum. Lew has been active in the Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court and is proud of his six years of service as a director on the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Board from 2004 through 2010 – during which time the law school moved to its historic downtown location. Law & Politics, the publisher of Super Lawyers, named Lew to its annual listing of "Rising Stars" in 2009 (Land Use/Zoning), 2011 (Transportation) and 2013 (Transportation).
Lew is a member of the Board of Directors for Promise Academy, Inc., a City of Memphis charter school. He previously served on the Advisory Board for Shelby Residential and Vocational Services, Inc. (SRVS).
Lew is a native Memphian and a graduate of Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal School. Following his graduation from the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, Lew received his Bachelor of Arts (BA), Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Juris Doctor (JD) degrees from the University of Memphis. He joined Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston in 2003. Prior to joining the firm, Lew worked extensively in land use and zoning matters as a planner with the City of Germantown Community Development Department and consultant to the Memphis and Shelby County Division of Planning and Development.