Kenneth (Ken) P. Jones joined Bourland Heflin Alvarez Minor & Matthews, PLC (BHAMM) in 1997. After serving as a law clerk for the Hon. Bailey Brown (deceased), Senior Judge, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and then practicing for three years with a management-side employment law firm, Ken has represented companies and individuals in mediations, civil trials, and appeals.

He has litigated numerous types of cases, including Business and Commercial Litigation, Personal Litigation, Employment Law for Workers, Employment Law for Employers, Non-compete Agreements, Long-Term Disability Benefits under ERISA Plans, and Probate Litigation. Ken enjoys performing pro bono legal work through Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) and serving in various capacities in the Memphis community and at his church.

Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1993, cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • Law Review
    • Am Jur Award for Legal Research and Writing
  • Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, A.B., Religion, 1989

Memberships, Licenses & Certifications

  • Memphis Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Leo Bearman Chapter, Sr. American Inns of Court, Memphis, 2003-2006

Honors & Awards

  • AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Memphis Area Legal Services, Michael J. Cody Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award, 2012
  • Fellow, Memphis Bar Foundation

Representative Matters

  • Prevailed at trial before chancellor on will contest; clients able to retain family farm
  • Successfully defended perpetual charitable trust from repeated claims challenging its validity
  • Assisted disabled client in successful appeal to insurance company challenging denial of claim for long-term disability benefits under employer plan governed by ERISA

Representative Reported Cases

  • Goza v. SunTrust Bank, 2015 Tenn.App. LEXIS 581 (Tenn. Ct. App. July 22, 2015)
  • In Re Estate of Goza, 2014 Tenn. App. LEXIS 836, 838, 839 (Tenn. Ct. App. Dec. 19, 2014)
  • Stein Holdings, Inc. v. Goense Bounds Mgmt., LP, 2013 Tenn. App. LEXIS 644 (Tenn. Ct. App. Sept. 27, 2013)
  • In Re Estate of Goza, 2013 Tenn. App. LEXIS 581 (Tenn. Ct. App. Sept. 4, 2013)
  • Shotwell v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 179008 (Tenn. Ct. App. Nov. 7, 2012)
  • In Re Estate of Goza, 397 S.W.3d 564 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2012) (charitable trust)
  • Lee v. EquiFirst Corp., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114396 (W.D. Tenn. Oct. 26, 2010)
  • Bonner v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., 621 F.3d 530 (6th 2010)
  • Cadence Bank v. Latting Road Partners, LLC, 669 F. Supp.2d 1033 (W.D. Tenn. 2010) (commercial loan litigation)
  • Alston v. National Safety Incentives, Inc., 2008 WL 4831215 (W.D. Tenn. Nov. 3, 2008) (commissions)
  • Barnett v. American Heritage Life Ins. Co., 2008 WL 108678 (W.D. Tenn. Jan.7, 2008) (annuity benefits/beneficiary dispute)
  • UT Medical Group v. Vogt, 235 S.W.3d 110, 26 IER Cases 1177 (Tenn. 2007) (physician employment contract)
  • Simpson Strong-Tie Co., Inc. v. Stewart Estes & Donnell, 232 S.W.3d 18 (Tenn. 2007)
  • Letard v. General American Life Ins. Co., 2007 WL 540792 (E.D. Tenn. Feb. 15, 2007) (insurance)
  • May v. Scott, 388 F. Supp. 2d 828 (W.D. Tenn. 2005) (ERISA fiduciary litigation)
  • May v. National Bank of Commerce, 230 F.R.D.505 (W.D. Tenn.2005) (ERISA fiduciary litigation)
  • May v. National Bank of Commerce, 387 F.Supp.2d 770 (W.D. Tenn. 2004) (ERISA fiduciary litigation)
  • Love v. American Federation of State, County and Mun. Employees Local 1733, 165 S.W.3d 623 (Tenn.Ct.App. 2004) (union member claim against union)
  • Hill v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., 327 F.Supp.2d 886 (E.D. Tenn. 2004) (ERISA benefits)
  • Gough v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., 2003 WL 23411993 (M.D.Tenn. Nov. 21, 2003) (ERISA benefits)
  • Evans v. American Express Financial Corp. Long Term Disability Plan, 2003 WL 23126327 (M.D. Tenn. Nov. 05, 2003) (ERISA benefits)
  • Wooley v. Madison County, Tennessee, 209 F.Supp.2d 836 (W.D. Tenn. 2002). (employment /wrongful termination)
  • Holmes v. FSR/Tennessee Affordable Housing, 100 F.Supp.2d 804 (W.D. Tenn. 2000) (race discrimination)
  • McGuire v. Exxon Corp., 1999 WL 418343 (Tenn. Ct. App. Jun 22, 1999)(premises liability)
  • Chase Cavett Services, Inc. v. Brandon Apparel Group, Inc., 1998 WL 846708 (Tenn. Ct. App. Dec 07, 1998) (commercial litigation / jurisdiction) 

Speaking Engagements

  • Basic Employment Law, MALS/MBA CLE programs

Community Involvement

  • Metropolitan Inter Faith Association (MIFA)
    • Secretary and Legal Counsel, 2016-present
    • Director, 2014-present
  • Kiwanis Club of Memphis
    • President, 2013-14
    • Member, 2011-present
  • Director, Mid-South Eye Bank for Sight Restoration, 2015-present
  • Director, Community Legal Center, 2012-2015
  • Active member of Trinity Baptist Church, Cordova
    • Deacon
    • Sunday School Teacher
    • Chairman, Senior Pastor Search Committee
    • Member, Pastor Search Committees for Music Minister, Youth Pastor, and Associate Pastor
    • Chairman and Member, Personnel Committee