Shareholder Caren Beth Nichol*

Caren Beth Nichol is a member of Evans Petree’s Property Tax Group where she litigates commercial property tax appeals before state boards of equalization and state courts.

From 2017-2018 she served as President of Evans Petree PC, a full-service law firm founded in 1907 that has grown to include 49 attorneys.  Prior to being elected President, Caren served as the firm’s Secretary, as a Director for over 15 years, and as Chair of the Marketing Committee and Litigation Practice Group. When elected President, she became the first female Chief Executive Officer of a major law firm in Memphis. Under her leadership, the firm added numerous attorneys, opened its Oxford location, revamped its marketing, and moved its headquarters.

Caren’s professional recognitions include the Sam A. Myar, Jr. Memorial Award for service to the community and the Bar Association, inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2024 in Administrative/Regulatory Law, Appellate Practice, Litigation and Controversy-Tax and Commercial Litigation for the eleventh year, and recognition by Super Lawyers as one of the top 50 Women Lawyers in the Mid-South. She was also chosen as a finalist in the Memphis Business Journal’s 2016 Best of the Bar Awards and was recently included in the Memphis Business Journal’s Super Women in Business. She was also named the Best Lawyers 2020 Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Memphis and the Best Lawyers 2023 Appellate Practice “Lawyer of the Year” in Memphis.

Caren has served as a mentor for the Memphis Business Journal Mentoring Monday program, acted as the legal correspondent for Fox 13 News, and was appointed by the Mayor to the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority.

Until recently, Caren was very active with the Children’s Museum of Memphis, serving as a member of the Board of Directors, a Member of the Executive Committee, and as Treasurer. Additionally, Caren was the Project Coordinator for the Facing History project for the Memphis Bar Association, acted as a volunteer coordinator for Habitat for Humanity, and served on the Grant Committee for the Memphis Bar Association.   Currently, Caren is heavily involved in efforts to renovate the University of Memphis natatorium, helping to raise $10 million of the $13 million needed for the project as well as being instrumental in forming a partnership among the University of Memphis, Memphis Tiger Swimming, Splash Mid-South, YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South and the Rose Foundation to develop an aquatics center to be named for the late Memphis businessman and philanthropist, Mike Rose.

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Best Lawyers Award Badge

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • President, Evans Petree PC, 2017-2018
  • Family Law Power Player in MBQ magazine
  • AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2024 in fields of Administrative/Regulatory Law, Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, and Litigation and Controversy-Tax
  • Named Best Lawyers 2020 Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Memphis
  • Named Best Lawyers 2023 Appellate Practice "Lawyer of the Year" in Memphis
  • Selected to the Mid-South Super Lawyers list, 2014-2023
  • one of Top 50 Super Lawyers Women Lawyers in Mid-South
  • 2016 Finalist in Memphis Business Journal's Best of the Bar Awards
  • Recognized as one of Memphis Business Journal's Women Who Lead in Law


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