Martin Tate Attorney Named to American College of Trial Lawyers

Posted: March 17th, 2017

Shea Sisk Wellford, a shareholder and director with the Memphis-based law firm of Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, P.C., has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only after extensive investigation to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.

Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,800 members in the United States and Canada.

The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on important legal issues relating to its mission.  The College strongly supports the independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.

Ms. Wellford has acted as counsel on behalf of large and small business and individuals in 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 served as President of the Memphis Bar Association last year, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation and Construction Law.  

Ms. Wellford received her law degree from the University of Memphis and her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University. She is licensed to practice in Tennessee and Arkansas. She is admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Tennessee, the Middle District of Tennessee, the Eastern District of Tennessee, the Eastern District of Arkansas, the Western District of Arkansas, the Eastern District of Michigan, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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