Frank Childress

First Tennessee Building
165 Madison Avenue
Suite 2000
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
T: 901.577.2147
F: 901.577.0845

Franklin Childress

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Frank Childress Jr. is a bankruptcy, creditors' rights and litigation shareholder in the Memphis office.  Mr. Childress has extensive experience in the areas of bankruptcy, representing secured and unsecured creditors in reorganization and liquidation cases throughout the United States; representing parties in sales of assets in bankruptcy cases; preference litigation; trustee representation; creditors' rights; loan workouts; bank litigation and secured transaction litigation. Other experience includes real estate litigation (foreclosure and lien litigation); UCC issues; service as receiver and trustee and general commercial litigation.

Mr. Childress is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy.

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • "Stern v. Marshall, How's That Working for You?" Annual Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference (December 2012)
  • "Practical Effects of Stern v Marshall," American Bankruptcy Institute 2nd Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Conference (June 2012)
  • "Section 363 Sales and Related Issues," Mid-South Conference on Bankruptcy Law (February 2012)
  • "Chapter 11 Practice, Court Approval and Stern v Marshall," Memphis Bar Association Bankruptcy Section, 25th Annual Seminar (October 2011)
  • "Strategies for Dealing with Clients Who Cease Operations," International Paper Company Legal Conference (May 2011)
  • "Key Issues in Evaluating Extension of Credit to Bankrupt Companies," International Paper Company, Legal Conference (March 2011)
  • "Bankruptcy and Distressed Company Credit Issues," International Paper Company, Legal and Finance Team Seminar (December 2010)
  • "Chapter 11 Practice - 363 Sales," Memphis Bar Association Bankruptcy Section 24th Annual Seminar (October 2010)
  • "Dischargeability Issues in Bankruptcy," West Professional Development (June 2010)
  • "Preference Litigation and Dischargeability Issues," The 24th Annual Norton Bankruptcy Litigation Institute, Park City, Utah (February 2010)

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Fellow – American College of Bankruptcy
  • Listed since 2010 in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers as a leading bankruptcy litigation attorney in Tennessee
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2001; Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Bankruptcy Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation   
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2017 Memphis Litigation - Bankruptcy "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2013 Memphis Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2007
  • Listed as among top 50 attorneys in Memphis and among top 100 attorneys in Tennessee by Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • Named to Business Tennessee magazine's "150 Best Lawyers" (2009 – 2010)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chairman – Attorney General's Advisory Committee of the United States Trustees (1990 – 1994)
  • Served as United States Trustee for the Federal Judicial Districts of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island (1991 – 1994)
  • Recipient – Award for Distinguished Service by Federal Judicial Districts of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island (1992)
  • Served as United States Trustee for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana and the Central and Southern Districts of Illinois (1989 – 1990)
  • Appointed as the first United States Trustee for the Federal Districts of Kentucky and Tennessee (1988 – 1994)
  • Served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee (1982 – 1988)
  • Member of the Board of Directors and past President of the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute
  • Member – American, Tennessee (Chairman – Commercial, Bankruptcy & Banking Section, 1996 – 1997) and Memphis (Past Chair and Director of the Bankruptcy Section) Bar Associations
  • Member – American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member – Commercial Law League
  • Fellow – Tennessee Bar Foundation
  • Board of Directors – Mid South Fair (2006 – present)
  • Board of Directors – Porter Leath (2006 – present; Chair, 2010 – 2011)
  • Graduate of Memphis Leadership Academy (2005)
  • Former Member – Board of Governors, University of Tennessee National Alumni Association
  • Member Development Committee – University of Tennessee, Martin (2007 – 2010)
  • Past Chair – Bankruptcy Section, Tennessee Bar Association
  • Frequent lecturer on bankruptcy law, speaking at seminars sponsored by the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, Norton Bankruptcy Law Institute, Mid-South Commercial Law Institute, Nashville Bar Association, Chattanooga Bar Association, Memphis Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association and Mississippi Bar Association


  • Tennessee, 1980


  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1980, cum laude 
  • University of Tennessee at Martin, B.S., 1977, cum laude 
  • Completed Program for Senior Managers in Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, 1992