Edward L. Stanton III, former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, has joined the Butler Snow Law Firm in Memphis.
Stanton will practice with the firm’s White Collar, Compliance and Government Investigations team and its Commercial Litigation Practice Group.
Stanton joins former U.S. Attorneys Jim Letten and James B. Tucker, as well as former Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephen C. Parker and Jonathan T. Skrmetti, strengthening the firm’s growing government investigations, white collar practice and commercial litigation group.
Butler Snow’s White Collar, Compliance and Government Investigations team is primarily involved in the defense of criminal and regulatory matters, including matters concerning allegations of fraud, tax and financial violations, criminal contempt, RICO violations, and environmental violations.
As U.S. Attorney, Stanton served as the chief federal law enforcement officer for the Western District of Tennessee from 2010 to 2017, managing an office of approximately 100 attorneys and support staff in two locations. He oversaw the investigation and litigation of major criminal and civil cases that focused on violent crime, financial and health care fraud, racketeering, international drug trafficking, terrorism, child exploitation, cybercrime, employment discrimination, False Claims and Federal Tort Claims Act matters. During his tenure, his office collected more than $50 million in civil and criminal actions.
Stanton also launched a number of highly successful initiatives including the formation of a dedicated Civil Rights Unit. This unit earned national acclaim for prosecuting individuals who committed federal civil rights crimes including sex trafficking, public corruption, excessive force, official misconduct, hate crimes, predatory lending, unfair housing and Americans with Disabilities Act violations.
Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney, Stanton served as senior counsel with Federal Express Corporation.
Stanton received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Memphis and his Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis School of Law.