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Paul A. Matthews

Paul A. Matthews joined Bourland Heflin Alvarez Minor & Matthews, PLC as a named partner in 2006. Selected as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in Tennessee”, he is one of only a handful of attorneys in the state to be board certified in both business bankruptcy law and consumer bankruptcy law. His published writings on legal and historical subjects include many articles and two books, and he served as contributing editor of five editions of Martindale-Hubbell Tennessee Law Digest.

Paul has handled hundreds of bankruptcy matters, some involving many millions of dollars, as well as out-of-court workouts, foreclosures, UCC sales, and inter-creditor disputes. He has litigated many cases involving various subject areas, such as contracts, real estate, probate and estate matters, business torts, and personal injury (see, e.g., United States of America v. Ponnapula, 246 F.3d 576 (6th Circuit 2001)). For more than 25 years he has served as general counsel for a 3,500-member trade association. Paul’s experience also covers large and small transactions for buyers, sellers, lenders, borrowers, issuers, and others with respect to asset sales, sales of going businesses, loans, and issuance of stock in registered offerings and exempt offerings.

Born: May 7, 1952, Memphis, Tennessee

Court Admissions

  • All Tennessee state courts
  • All Mississippi state courts
  • U.S. District Courts and U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Courts and U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Courts and U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


Bar Affiliations

  • Memphis Bar Association: Director (1999-2001), Chairman of Shelby County Courthouse Centennial Committee (2009), Chairman of Professionalism Committee (2004), member of Task Force for Local Rules of Court (2004-05), Judicial Practice and Procedures Committee (2000-02), and Publications Council (1990-98), and member since 1977
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association since 1977
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute since 1993


Community Activities

  • Commissioner and Vice-Chair, Tennessee Historical Commission
  • Former Commissioner and Chairman, Shelby County Historical Commission
  • St. Mary's Episcopal School: Trustee and Chairman of Council of Advisors
  • Leadership Memphis: Graduate (Class of 1987) and Alumni Advisory Council member
  • Past President: Duke University Alumni Club of Memphis, Mental Health Association of Memphis and Shelby County, and Davies Manor Association
  • Board of Directors, Friends of the Tennessee State Library and Archives
  • Episcopal Church: Member of Diocesan Review Committee and former vestry member
  • Recipient of Newman Award from Memphis Heritage, Inc. for Outstanding Achievement by a Volunteer in Historic Preservation