Evans Petree Attorneys at Law



John F. Murrah

Tax and Estate Planning and Private Client Practice Areas 

Mr. Murrah's primary objective is to ensure that his clients have a clear understanding of their  options, allowing them to make the most well-informed decisions. Aided by his years of experience teaching law students, Mr. Murrah works to first present the relevant information in a "big picture" format, with further detail added in a manner that does not overload his clients with too much information from the start.

Mr. Murrah's practice is concentrated primarily in estate planning, probate, federal transfer taxation, estate and trust administration, and federal income taxation.  He advises clients on all elements of wealth transmittal and preservation, including preparation of wills and trusts, closely held business succession issues, asset protection strategies, and techniques for the minimization of transfer taxes.  His experience also includes representation of trustees and trust beneficiaries.

Mr. Murrah advises clients on various actions including but not limited to those involving:
  • Preparation of wills, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts and grantor trusts
  • Estate, gift and income tax planning
  • Personal residence trusts
  • Tennessee community property trusts
  • Grantor retained annuity trusts ("GRATs")
  • Family partnerships and limited liability companies
  • Tax-exempt organizations
  • Charitable trusts
  • Private foundations
  • Asset protection including Tennessee Asset Protection Trusts
  • Closely held family businesses
  • Multi-generational trusts

Mr. Murrah is certified as an Estate Planning Law Specialist by the Estate Law Specialist Board, Inc., an organization accredited by the American Bar Association. He is also an adjunct law professor at the University of Memphis School of Law, having taught the course in estate and gift taxation from 2000 through the present. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Murrah obtained his license as a certified public accountant while working in the tax division of a national accounting firm (CPA license is now retained on inactive status). He has been selected to the 2015 Mid-South Super Lawyers list in the field of Estate Planning & Probate. He is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.


Mr. Murrah was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 in the fields of Closely Held Companies/Family Business Law as well as Trusts and Estates.  This is Mr. Murrah's sixth year for inclusion. He was also named the Best Lawyers 2016 Closely Held Companies/Family Businesses Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Memphis and the Best Lawyers 2016 Trusts and Estates Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Memphis.

Mr. Murrah is a graduate of Millsaps College (B.B.A.), Emory University (LL.M. in taxation) and the University of Mississippi School of Law (J.D.) and is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Mississippi. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the Estate Planning Council of Memphis, and the Tennessee and Memphis Bar Associations.

Education: University of Mississippi (J.D.)
Emory University (LL.M- master of law in taxation)
Millsaps College (B.B.A.)


Certified as an estate planning law specialist by the Estate Law Specialist Board, Inc., an organization accredited by the American Bar Association 
Certified public accountant (inactive status)


Admitted to Practice:

Mississippi, 1984
Tennessee, 1984

Contact: phone: 901.474.6125
cell phone: 901.493.9613
fax: 901.374.7550
email: jmurrah@evanspetree.com