Shuttleworth PLLC Welcomes Clay Lutz to Our Nashville Office

Clarence “Clay” Lutz has joined the Nashville office of Shuttleworth PLLC. Mr. Lutz is a native Nashvillian and a 1995 alumnus of the Nashville School of Law, where he served on the Student Honor Council. He received his license in 1995, and is currently admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit and all of Tennessee’s Federal District and State Courts. He served as a Judicial Clerk for The Honorable William B. Cain before joining the Office of the Attorney General. Most recently, Clay served as an attorney and administrative judge in the Department of Health Care Finance and Administration for the State of Tennessee. His practice currently focuses in the areas of civil litigation, personal injury, and insurance defense.

Billing Coordinator Position Available in Memphis

The Memphis office of Shuttleworth PLLC is seeking a Billing Coordinator.  This position requires a minimum of 2 years of accounts payable, accounts receivable, and invoicing experience.  Knowledge of general ledger helpful.  Ability to handle multiple deadlines from multiple sources and communicate professionally with clients is a must.  Duties include processing daily deposits, processing firm accounts payable, preparing and submitting billing invoices to clients, enforcing billing procedures and client billing guidelines, collections, and reporting.  Other duties may be assigned.  Benefit package available.

Please send resumes to:
Amy Braasch
Shuttleworth PLLC
22 N. Front Street, Suite 850
Memphis, TN 38103


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Fax to Attn: Amy Braasch at 901-526-5056

Shuttleworth PLLC is an equal opportunity employer.

Shuttleworth PLLC welcomes Alex Hall

Alex HallOriginally from Nashville, Alex completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia, where he graduated from the Terry College of Business with a concentration in Real Estate and Music Business.  He graduated from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2015.

While attending law school, Alex served as President of the Student Bar Association and received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Service to the law school.  He was a Staff Member of the University of Memphis Law Review and received the Law Review Award for Excellence in Legal Writing for Best Memorandum, the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Legal Methods I, and the CALI Award for highest grade in Litigation Drafting.  During his second and third years, Alex was awarded a Cecil C. Humphreys Law Fellowship and served as Research Assistant to Professor Lynda Wray Black and Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Kevin Smith.  As a 3L he was selected to be a Pupil in the Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court.

Prior to joining the firm, Alex participated in the Los Angeles Dodgers Accelerator Program as a legal consultant for sports and technology startups.  Alex is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Memphis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and the Sports Lawyers Association.

Shuttleworth PLLC Recognized By TLAP


Shuttleworth PLLC recently received the 2016 “Stephenson Todd Volunteer of the Year” Award from the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program at this year’s Camp TLAP retreat.  For the first time in TLAP’s history, the “Stephenson” was given to a group of people rather than to an individual.

The attorneys and staff of Shuttleworth PLLC were recognized for their long-standing support of TLAP, a confidential assistance program providing 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.  Ken Shuttleworth accepted the award on behalf of the firm.

Firm Wins Case For Financial Institution


Shuttleworth PLLC attorney Lane Wolfenbarger recently obtained a judgment for one of the firm’s banking and financial law clients.  In that matter, a post-foreclosure collection case in the Circuit Court of Grainger County, Mr. Wolfenbarger was able to show that a borrower had defaulted on its obligations in which the bank had a valid security interest.

The Court not only awarded a judgment in the client’s favor in the amount of $59,701.45, but also granted the client possession of and the right to sell any and all property covered by and/or subject to all UCC Financing Statements the parties had previously executed.

Summary Judgment Decision On Premises Liability Upheld

Shuttleworth PLLC attorneys Lane Wolfenbarger and Scott Hickerson recently obtained a summary judgment ruling in a premises liability matter involving a fall on a client’s property.  On appeal, the Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld the judgment finding that the defendant had negated essential elements of the plaintiffs’ claims by showing that the plaintiffs could not identify the object that caused the fall, and thus could not establish that the defendant caused the dangerous condition of which the plaintiffs complained or that the defendant had actual or constructive notice that the condition existed long enough for it to be discovered by proper diligence.

The Court of Appeals further found that while the defendant might be responsible for a myriad of conditions throughout its business, the plaintiffs could not establish that any of those conditions caused the fall without identifying the object responsible, and that without any additional evidence concerning the identity of the object, the trial court did not err in granting the motion for summary judgment under Tenn. Code Ann. § 20-16-101 because the evidence was insufficient to establish the causation element of plaintiff’s claim.

Willis v. McDonald’s Rests. of Tenn., Inc., 2015 Tenn. App. LEXIS 987 (Tenn. Ct. App. Dec. 23, 2015).

Leibovich Moderates ADR Panel

Joe LeibovichShuttleworth PLLC member Joe Leibovich on December 5 served as moderator on a panel on the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Plan.  United States Magistrate Judge Diane Vescovo along with Allen Blair  of Blair Mediation and Billy Ryan, partner with Donati Law Firm, also spoke on the panel.  The panel discussion was part of a day long continuing legal education seminar put together by the Memphis Bar Association’s Labor and Employment section.  The annual year-end seminar provides a comprehensive review of important developments in labor and employment law on the local and national levels.

The ADR panel discussed the history, procedures, and success rate of the Western District’s ADR plan that went into effect in September 2014.  The plan calls for mandatory mediation in most civil cases.  Under the plan, mediation should occur within 12 weeks of the Scheduling Conference in cases.

Joe is a Rule 31 listed general civil mediator in Tennessee, and serves as a mediator on the Western District’s ADR panel.  He will serve as vice-president of the Memphis Bar Association’s Labor and Employment section beginning in January.

Clerical Support Staff needed – Nashville Office

Shuttleworth PLLC* is currently seeking a full-time, highly organized clerical support staff member to assist our attorneys and paralegal in our Nashville office.  Duties include:

  • Typing/transcription
  • Mail processing, bank deposits, time entry and client invoice processing
  • Courthouse filing and other errands**
  • Copying, scanning, faxing and filing (including use of case management software)
  • Calendaring and making travel arrangements
  • Other clerical duties as needed

Law firm experience very helpful but not required.  If you enjoy working as a member of a team, please send your resume to, fax to Amy Braasch at 901-526-5056 or mail to:

Amy Braasch
Office and Accounting Manager
Shuttleworth PLLC
PO Box 3020
Memphis, TN 38173

*Shuttleworth PLLC is an equal opportunity employer

**Vehicle and insurance required

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!