Martin Tate Attorneys Gain Leadership on Key ABA Committee

Posted: August 17th, 2017

Memphis, TN – Lewis Wardlaw and Earl W. Houston II, with the law firm of Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, P.C., remain active in the American Bar Association’s Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), with Mr. Wardlaw appointed in 2017 as Chairman-Elect of the committee and Mr. Houston appointed as a Vice Chairman for 2017-2018. TIPS is a key section within the ABA and provides leadership and information on trial practice and critical issues of justice involving tort and insurance.

An active member of Martin Tate’s transportation defense practice group, Mr. Wardlaw concentrates his legal practice on general civil litigation with emphases on commercial transportation defense, administrative law, land use and zoning law, and premises liability. He is a member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association, a Fellow of the Memphis Bar Foundation, a graduate of Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law and the Memphis Bar Association Leadership Forum. He has been active in the Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court.  He holds an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Memphis, and a juris doctorate from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

Mr. Houston specializes in defending transportation and insurance companies, and private businesses in lawsuits including wrongful death, catastrophic injury, property damage, premises liability, and employment law matters. Mr. Houston has been appointed by two Tennessee governors to serve on the prestigious Tennessee Board of Court Reporting, which is comprised of judges, attorneys, and court reporters and implements policies and procedures that protect the written record in legal proceedings. In 2010 and 2017, he was selected to serve on the Merit Selection Panel for the Re-Appointment of U.S. Magistrate Judges for the Western District of Tennessee.  In 2017, Mr. Houston was appointed to the Standing Local Rules Committee for the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.  Mr. Houston is a graduate of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law Program, served as President of the Memphis Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and currently is a Director on the Memphis Bar Association’s Board. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi, and his juris doctorate from the Mississippi College School of Law.

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