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VOL. 118 | NO. 37 | Thursday, March 4, 2004

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Campbell Becomes Member of Harris Shelton


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Chris Campbell was named a member of Memphis-based law firm Harris, Shelton, Dunlap, Cobb & Ryder in January. Previously an associate in the firm, Campbell practices in the firms Downtown office. He concentrates his practice in the areas of general civil litigation and insurance defense.

Campbell earned an undergraduate degree at Ouachita Baptist University and a law degree from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.


Q. What personal goals have you realized since getting your law degree?

At the age of 6 or 7, I told my mom (Naomi Irby), my grandmother (Elizabeth Jones) and my uncle (Prentiss Jones) that I would one day become a successful lawyer. My dream was to see the smile on my mother's face when I realized this goal. I figured my success would be the best way to thank and repay her for the many years that she would endure as a single parent of three sons in an impoverished neighborhood. Starting with my law school graduation and swearing-in ceremony, this goal has been accomplished and repeated many times over.


Q. Why did you decide to concentrate your practice in the areas of civil litigation and insurance defense?

I enjoy trial work."


Q. What early experiences have helped you in your career?

Working as a law clerk for Jerry Rose, former city attorney of Fayetteville, Ark., has helped me in my career. The city law clerk position was a highly sought-after position. In successive years, Mr. Rose boldly selected two African-Americans (me and Tshombe Anderson) as the most qualified candidates. While Mr. Rose's hirings were considered unpopular by many of his colleagues, none could answer his request to show a better qualified candidate. To this day, Mr. Rose's actions and words remind me that law is ultimately about doing the things you know are right and not the things that others would have you to believe are right.


Q. What is the biggest misconception about medical malpractice defense?

Possibly that doctors and hospitals don't care. For obvious reasons, each case must be assessed on its own merits, or lack thereof. This ultimately controls the medical costs for society as a whole.


Q. What is the most important lesson about litigation you've learned so far?

That litigation and trial can be an extremely taxing endeavor, physically and mentally, for all parties involved in the lawsuit. In most cases, the parties possibly would be better served to approach filing a lawsuit in a conservative manner and to be willing to seek an alternative dispute mechanism, e.g., mediation, arbitration, etc., when possible.


Name: Chris Campbell

Position: Member

Company: Harris, Shelton, Dunlap, Cobb & Ryder

Basics: Previously an associate in the firm, Campbell was named a member of Harris Shelton earlier this year.


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