VOL. 118 | NO. 37 | Thursday, March 4, 2004
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Campbell Becomes Member of
LANE GARDNER CAMP
The Daily News
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
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.,
Name: Chris Campbell
Company: Harris, Shelton, Dunlap, Cobb & Ryder
Basics: Previously an associate in the firm, Campbell was
named a member of Harris Shelton earlier this year.