Shuttleworth PLLC welcomes Wendy Geurin Smith

Wendy is a Memphis native and a Member of the firm.  Prior to joining Shuttleworth, Wendy practiced as both as a solo practitioner for many years and as a partner in other local law firms.    

Wendy represents creditors in commercial and consumer bankruptcy cases, foreclosure proceedings, and collection litigation.  Additionally, Wendy assists both lending institutions and individual property owners in real estate closing transactions as well as in curative title proceedings.

During her career, Wendy has managed a multi-jurisdictional creditor bankruptcy and foreclosure practice. Directing teams of associate attorneys, contract attorneys in various localities, paralegals and support staff has prepared her for the challenges of representing her clients throughout the states in the southeast region. 

In addition to her busy practice, Wendy is involved in various local bar associations and community groups.  Wendy is involved in the local bankruptcy bar and is a member of the Bank Lawyer’s Committee and Credit Conference Committee of the Tennessee Banker’s Association.   Wendy currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Risk Management Association (Memphis Chapter) and on various committees with the Rotary Club of Memphis East.  Wendy has served on the Grants Committee for the Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis in recent years. 

Wendy is a graduate of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (J.D., 1991), the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis (B.B.A, magna cum laude, 1988) and Elliston Baptist Academy (Valedictorian, 1984).

Shuttleworth PLLC welcomes Jane Kaufman Jones

Jane Kaufman Jones is a native of East Tennessee where she grew up in a rural farming area. She has worked in the legal system her entire working career beginning as a legal secretary. She later decided to attend law school and has been a practicing attorney since 2008.

Ms. Jones obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree from Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She attended Nashville School of Law and graduated in 2008.

Ms. Jones is also a Rule 31 Mediator in Civil and Family Law and trained in mediating Domestic Violence cases.

For a period of 2011 through 2016, she was an adjunct professor of Tusculum College where she taught Business Law and Ethics. Ms. Jones is a member of Tennessee Bar Association, Knoxville Bar Association and Tennessee Association of Justice.

Ms. Jones has three children. Two sons who are married adults, and a teenage daughter nearing college age.

Congratulations to Frank S. Cantrell!

Congratulations to Shuttleworth PLLC’s own Frank S. Cantrell on being named winner of Memphis Business Journal’s Best of the Bar for the Private Firm – Medium category.

Shellie Handelsman joins Shuttleworth PLLC’ Nashville Office

Shellie Handelsman is an attorney in the areas of civil litigation and estate planning. Shellie earned her law degree cum laude from Belmont University College of Law, where she was a founding member of both the Belmont Law Review and Board of Advocates and participated in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Belmont University College of Law’s American Inn of Court, the Entertainment Law Society, the Legal Aid Society, and the Women’s Law Student Organization.JEL30893-Handelsman, Michelle

Shellie has previously worked as an Associate Attorney with the Law Office of John Cobb Rochford; an Unemployment Appeals Hearing Officer for the Tennessee Department of Labor Appeals Tribunal; a Research Assistant to the Honorable Alberto Gonzales; and as an intern for the Nashville Predators, the Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts, the Everhart Law Firm, and the Law Offices of George B. Handelsman.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Shellie received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

Shellie is licensed to practice law in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

She is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association (including the Entertainment and Sports Law Section and the Young Lawyers Division), the Nashville Bar Association (including the Entertainment, Sports & Media Committee and the Young Lawyers Division), the American Bar Association, the Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women, the Lawyers’ Association for Women, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

In her spare time, Shellie plays softball on several teams (including the Nashville Bar Association’s Lawyers’ League); sings in the Vox Grata choir; and spends time with her golden retriever, Dakota.

Welcome aboard, Shellie!

IOLTA Grant Review Update

bWilliamsReprinted with Permission.

This originally appeared in the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association’s publication, The Ledger (Issue 1, Volume 1)

IOLTA Grant Review Update by Bruce Williams, Member – Shuttleworth PLLC

The IOLTA (Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts) program was established by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 1984, and the responsibility for its administration was assigned to the Tennessee Bar Foundation. The purpose of the program is to raise funds to be distributed, in the form of grants, to organizations in Tennessee that provide direct legal services to the indigent and to organizations that seek to improve the administration of justice. IOLTA has granted over $20,390,060 to providers of these services in the state.

TDLA selects one of its members to serve on the Tennessee Bar Foundation’s Grant Review Committee, which assesses the merits of those various grant applications for awards. The Committee members are assigned individual responsibility for investigating and vetting up to three applications. Each Member reports to the full Committee at its annual meeting each November. The Committee then recommends awards to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees for final decision.

For 2015, the Committee proposed awards totaling $465,825 to providers of direct legal services such as The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands and Memphis Area Legal Services. In addition, grants were made totaling much less to organizations that seek to improve the administration of justice, such as domestic violence prevention organizations and Tennessee CASA Association. The TBF Board of Trustees adopted the committee’s recommendations as proposed.

We resume our work in October, vetting applications for calendar year 2016. This process is time well spent working with top lawyers and judges from across the state. I appreciate the opportunity to serve TDLA in this role.

IOLTA Grant Update Bruce Williams

Edward Curry arrested to benefit Muscular Dystrophy Research

Shuttleworth PLLC member, Edward I. Curry, was arrested this morning to help raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Although his time in jail was brief, he is continuing to raise money towards:

  • Funding treatments and cures;
  • Providing life-enhancing programs like state-of-the-art clinics and support groups; and
  • Sending kids with muscle disease to MDA summer camp, where they’ll enjoy “the best week of the year,” having fun while gaining confidence and independence.

Here are some pictures from Ed’s experience:Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)


And if you would like to contribute to the cause, you can click here: Ed Curry Fundraising Page

The Shuttleworth PLLC Nashville office has moved

Our new Nashville office address is:

Shuttleworth PLLC
L&C Tower
401 Church Street, Suite 2700
Nashville, TN 37219

The phone and fax number remains the same: Office: 615-833-3390 / Fax: 615-833-3767

Here is a great article on our move from the Nashville Post written by J.R. Lind.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

The Memphis and Knoxville office addresses have not changed.

Kenneth R. Shuttleworth Recognized by TBA as Senior Counselor

Ken Shuttleworth, along with 15 other Memphis attorneys, has been recognized by the Tennessee Bar Association as a Senior Counselor.

According to the Press Release:

The designation of “Senior Counselor” is given to Tennessee lawyers who complete 50 years of law practice or attain the age of 75, and are active members of the TBA. The recognition expresses appreciation for the lawyer’s contributions to the legal profession and loyalty.

Congratulations, Ken!

The Memphis lawyers among those inducted as Senior Counselors were:

  • Walter Lee Bailey, Attorney at Law
  • Terese B. Deboo
  • Jack V. Delany
  • Joe McDaniel Duncan, Burch, Porter & Johnson
  • Thomas Ross Dyer, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs
  • Thomas Francis Jackson, Attorney at Law
  • Reva Mark Kriegel
  • Allen Taylor Malone, Burch, Porter & Johnson
  • Lee Louis Piovarcy, Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston
  • Julia S. Sayle, Sayle & Sayle Attorneys
  • Jerry Alan Schatz, Attorney at Law
  • Kenneth Robert Shuttleworth, Shuttleworth PLLC
  • Frank Lee Watson, Baker Donelson
  • Jocelyn Dan Wurzburg, Mediation Services
  • Thomas Dunlevy Yeaglin, Attorney at Law
  • Edward Reuben Young, Baker Donelson


Michael G. Derrick appointed to Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program

Michael G. Derrick, member of Shuttleworth PLLC has been appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to serve as a Commissioner on the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program .

The Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program (“TLAP”) was established by order of the Tennessee Supreme Court in 1999 to provide consultation, referral, intervention, and crisis counseling for lawyers, judges, bar applicants and law students who are struggling with substance abuse, stress or emotional health issues. TLAP’s work contributes to the protection of the public and the improvement of the integrity and reputation of the legal profession.

Mike’s three year term on the Commission begins June 1, 2015.