Former U.S. Attorney joins Memphis-based Butler Snow law firm

Stanton III will practice with firm's white collar, compliance and government investigations team.

The Associated Press | 3/8/2017, 10:44 a.m.
Stanton III will practice with firm's white collar, compliance and government investigations team.
Edward L. Stanton III Photo by Brittney Gathen

The former U.S. attorney for West Tennessee is joining a law firm as he returns to private practice in Memphis.

The Butler Snow law firm said Wednesday that Edward Stanton III has joined its Memphis office. In a news release, the firm says Stanton will practice with the firm's white collar, compliance and government investigations team, and its commercial litigation practice group.

A Memphis native, Stanton served as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee from 2010 to Feb. 28 of this year.

As U.S. attorney, he created a civil rights unit and focused on cases involving violent crime, human trafficking, child exploitation, hate crimes, health care fraud, identity theft, racketeering, drug trafficking and illegal gun possession.

Stanton worked as a litigator for Memphis-based FedEx before becoming U.S. attorney.