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 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.

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

  • 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
  • Fellow – American College of Bankruptcy
  • 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