(Memphis, TN / August 22, 2014) Maurice Wexler of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, is among a select group of honorees who have been recognized as "Pillars of Excellence" by the Law Chapter of the University of Memphis Alumni Association.
The Pillars of Excellent Award, created in 2007 by the Law Chapter of the University of Memphis Alumni Association, recognizes attorneys in the Memphis-area legal community who have made significant contributions to the practice of law in their civic and professional lives. Honorees are selected by a committee comprising all past presidents of the Law Chapter of the University of Memphis Alumni Association. The criteria to be named a "Pillar of Excellence" include being admitted to the practice of law for more than 45 years; significant service to the legal profession and to the community; leadership roles in the legal and civic communities; and general recognition among the Memphis Bar that the honoree possesses the highest legal skills and ethical standards.
Mr. Wexler, senior counsel in Baker Donelson's Memphis office, concentrates his practice in litigation and has experience in labor and employment and general corporate law, representing employers in a broad variety of issues relating to labor and employment. He is one of the founding shareholders of Baker Donelson and has served as a diversity and inclusion trainer for the Firm. Mr. Wexler has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2005 and has been listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2007. He is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and served as president of the College in 2009. He is also a Fellow of the Memphis, American and Tennessee Bar Foundations and is Master Bencher of the Leo Bearman, Sr. Inn of Court.
In 2006, members of the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Section of Labor and Employment Law established a fund honoring Mr. Wexler at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, where Mr. Wexler currently serves on the Board of Directors. The fund provides an ongoing interactive mechanism that increases the awareness of young people in the inter-relationship of the various branches of government to advance the principles of equality and justice in the fulfillment of the promise of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In 2011, the president of the ABA named Mr. Wexler a member of the board of the ABA Center for Human Rights.
Mr. Wexler and five other honorees were recognized at the 2014 "Pillars of Excellence" program on Saturday, August 2, at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis.