John J. Heflin, III is a seasoned attorney focusing on business and commercial litigation cases and serving as chair of the firm’s litigation practice. With more than 40 years of experience preparing and trying bench and jury trials in both state and federal trial courts, as well as in briefing and arguing appeals before state and federal appellate courts, John adeptly guides complex commercial disputes to resolution, whether by negotiation, litigation, arbitration, or mediation.
John is a certified and experienced mediator and is frequently retained by other lawyers to mediate business disputes. However, when litigation is the preferred or inescapable course of action, John has aggressively and assertively litigated and arbitrated claims involving breach of contract, business tort claims, insurance coverage disputes, intellectual property rights, unfair competition, misappropriation of and/or protection of trade secrets, securities regulation and securities fraud, defamation and trade libel, construction, environmental, ERISA, employment disputes including employee restrictive covenants, professional liability claims, premises liability claims, trust and estate claims, and disputes arising out of the purchase, sale, dissolution, or control of businesses.
John was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2024 in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Labor and Employment, and Litigation- Trusts and Estates for the fifteenth year. He was also named the Best Lawyers Litigation-Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” in Memphis for years 2015, 2019, and 2021. He has been selected to the 2022 Mid-South Super Lawyers list and has been every year since 2006.
John’s community involvement includes: Member, Second Presbyterian Church; Vestry, Calvary Episcopal Church (early 1990s); Member, Downtown Memphis Rotary Club (1984-present), and past Chairman, Constitution and Bylaws Committee.