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Phone: (901) 522-9000 Fax: (901) 527-3746 sheawellford@martintate.com Download vCard
Bar Admissions
Tennessee Arkansas
Court Admissions
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit U.S. Supreme Court

Ms. Wellford represents large and small businesses, financial institutions, and individuals in civil litigation, including cases involving business disputes, construction issues, breach of contract, business torts, franchise disputes, trade secrets, intellectual property, products liability, defamation, fraud, lender liability, property disputes, and insurance coverage questions, among others.  Ms. Wellford also represents clients in AAA arbitration.

Ms. Wellford consults with clients on contract matters and non-solicitation and non-compete agreements.

In addition, Ms. Wellford acts as outside general counsel to a number of clients.  Her work includes reviewing and drafting contracts, developing strategies to avoid legal issues, and assisting in strategic planning from a legal perspective.    

 Examples of the types of matters that Ms. Wellford has handled include:

  • Representation of owners, contractors, and subcontractors in construction disputes, including the representation of a publically-traded REIT
  • Obtaining injunctive relief and a jury verdict that was upheld by the Sixth Circuit for a client whose service marks were being infringed by a competitor
  • The representation of a financial institution to enforce a non-compete and non-solicitation agreement against a team leader on an expedited basis to prevent the misappropriation of a line of business
  • The successful defense of a client sued by a publicly-traded company for defamation based on postings on the internet, which resulted in a defense verdict after a five-week jury trial
  • Representation of insurance companies and insureds over issues of whether insurance coverage is available
  • Representation of a publicly-traded company against a business whose activities constituted a nuisance to the client’s adjacent real estate development
  • Representation of a bank participation group sued by 19 subcontractors and a construction manager in connection with a failed real estate development
  • Negotiation with a state Attorney General relating to a client’s processing of internet payment transactions
  • Defense of a company sued under product liability laws, which resulted in the favorable recognition of the “component parts doctrine” by the Tennessee Supreme Court
  • Representation of business clients in the negotiation, drafting, and review of various contracts and agreements

Education

Ms. Wellford received a B.A. in English from Vanderbilt University in 1991. Ms. Wellford received a J.D., with high honors, from the University of Memphis in 1994, where she was the Notes Editor of the Law Review, on the National Dean’s List, and a recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law, Fair Employment Practices, and Civil Rights.

Activities and Honors

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Memphis Bar Association, President (2016)
  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Law, Intellectual Property, and Construction Law
  • Best Lawyers in America, Construction Lawyer of the Year (Memphis, 2015)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Business Litigation
  • Federal Bar Association, Mid-South Chapter, President (2007)
  • Fellow, Memphis Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law, Class of 2006
  • The Leo S. Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court (Secretary 2018, Master 2017-present, Barrister 1999-2000)
  • District 9 Investigating Committee of the Board of Law Examiners (2003-2007)
  • Hutchison School, Alumnae Association Board of Directors (2007-2009), Development Committee (2006-2008), Executive Steering Committee (2006)