Evans Petree Attorneys at Law



Russell "Rusty" J. Hensley

Corporate Law and Private Client Practice Areas

Rusty Hensley began private law practice in 1982 after graduating from the University of Memphis Law School that same year. From the beginning, his clients have primarily been closely held business owners.  Mr. Hensley was a staff attorney for the City of Memphis, representing the Mayor and various departments of the City of Memphis. His practice primarily focuses on business transactions and private client services.

Mr. Hensley's transactional practice centers on operating companies in a variety of industries and locations. Core clients generally range from early stage venture entities to middle market privately held businesses.  He has a significant practice in the automotive industry, representing a number of automotive dealers throughout the country. His client and practice categories include but are not limited to the following:

  • Business and commercial transactions
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Early stage venture capital transactions
  • Middle market private equity transactions
  • Private client services
  • Family owned and controlled businesses
  • Nonprofit corporations

Mr. Hensley represents and is on the Board of Directors of a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Hartwell Foundation, which provides funding for  scientific research for children's diseases, Memphis Athletic Ministries, and Victory Ranch, a nonprofit camp for inner-city children. Mr. Hensley has also recently been selected to serve on the Board of Trustees for Christian Brothers University. Mr. Hensley works with a number of Universities and their researchers on setting up early stage companies.

Mr. Hensley was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 in the fields of Corporate Law as well as Mergers/Acquisitions Law. This is Mr. Hensley's sixth year for inclusion. He has also been recognized by Super Lawyers and is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a member of the Memphis and Tennessee Bar Associations.


University of Memphis School of Law (J.D., 1982)
University of Mississippi (B.A., 1978)
Major: Political science
Minor: Economics and business

University of Memphis
Undergraduate accounting courses

Admitted to Practice:
Tennessee, 1982

phone: 901.474.6103
fax: 901.767.4010
email: rhensley@evanspetree.com