The induction ceremony at which Mr. Parker became a Fellow took place before an audience of approximately 800 people during the recent 2016 Annual Meeting of the College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
A shareholder in Baker Donelson's Memphis office, Mr. Parker is a trial lawyer who conducts internal corporate investigations and defends corporate and individual clients in government investigations and those accused of white collar crime. Mr. Parker also serves as defense counsel in medical malpractice cases against physicians, hospitals and health care providers, and has additional experience in a variety of other substantive areas of tort litigation. He is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney with extensive trial and appellate experience in federal court relating to a variety of criminal matters including bank fraud, mail fraud, narcotics trafficking and money laundering. Mr. Parker has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2011. He is past president of the Memphis Bar Association and a recipient of the Sam A. Myar Jr. Memorial Award, which recognizes a Memphis Bar Association member under the age of 40 who has rendered outstanding personal service to the Memphis and Shelby County legal profession and community.
Founded in 1950, the American College of Trial Lawyers is one of the premier legal associations in North America. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years of trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship. Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,800 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics and the administration of justice through education and public statements on important legal issues relating to its mission.