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(Another) longtime Downtown Memphis law firm makes East Memphis move

Memphis Business Journal

After 43 years in Downtown Memphis, a Memphis litigation firm has said goodbye to its Front Street offices for a place closer to the Poplar Corridor.

Shuttleworth Williams PLLC has vacated about 7,000 square feet on the eighth floor of the Falls Building in a recent move to a 6077 Primacy Parkway space of about the same size.

"We’re not the first firm to leave the Downtown area," said Edward Curry, managing member of Shuttleworth. "Many firms either have smaller East Memphis branch offices or have left completely."

Following other longtime Memphis firms that moved east — including Apperson Crump and Glankler Brown — factored into the firm's decision, Curry said, as did parking and ingress and egress for clients.

"We like Downtown; there’s just less of a need for us to be Downtown," Curry said. "Much less than there was five years ago."

The advent of electronic filing and an increase in the number of mediations has contributed to a decrease in the time the defense firm spends in the courtroom.

Shuttleworth is also actively recruiting attorneys for three new practice areas: family law, estate planning and elder care law, and intellectual property.

"Quite frankly, we believe our access to the market for [paralegals and legal assistants] will be much improved in the East Memphis area," Curry said. "We're also in the process of expanding practice areas and believe East Memphis will be conducive to recruitment."

The Memphis office has nine attorneys and nine staff members. It is looking to add another five lawyers and three staff members.

"We have office space available here presently and options on some adjoining space that we can take over immediately and build out within 30 days," Curry said. "Once we get the right people, that is our plan."

The option is for an additional 3,000 square feet. However, Shuttleworth is also negotiating to keep a small space in the Falls Building, about 1,200 square feet, for times when it is in court Downtown.

Bruce Moore, director of Newmark Knight Frank, represented Shuttleworth in the relocation. Building manager Coleman O'Keeffe, of CAPITAL Realty ServicesLLC, had the firm's new second-floor suite completely gutted and built out to its specifications by general contractor Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc.

Shuttleworth Williams PLLC also has offices in Nashville and Knoxville.