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C.J. Parrish

“Being a trial lawyer is about helping people. When people come to our office, they're at a delicate time of need. It's my job to listen to clients, to understand, and to be present for my clients’ issues. As a trial lawyer, it’s my job to fight for my clients, and that’s what I’ll do.”

C.J. grew up in Mount Juliet, Tennessee where at a young age he developed a curiosity for learning about the law. He started his legal career as a runner before moving to Memphis to attend law school. While in law school, he developed a passion for using his legal abilities to help those in need. For him, being a successful lawyer is being able to go to sleep at night knowing you fought for what's right.

Focused on building practical skills to assist his future career, C.J. spent the majority of his law school career working in litigation. C.J. gained experience as a law clerk working for a prominent family law firm in Memphis. Through this law firm, he was able to learn through court room trials, hearings, and deposition observations. He was also able to work on high profile cases such as one involving the legitimacy of marriages conducted by ministers who were ordained through online churches.

On top of being a law clerk, C.J. served as a student attorney at the same time in the Medical-Legal Partnership and Advanced Medical-Legal Partnership Clinics at the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. In these clinics he worked with LeBonheur Children’s Hospital to assist lower-income families and children with healthcare and educational legal issues free of charge. As a reward for his outstanding work, he was awarded the Clinic Legal Excellency Award for exceptional legal advocacy on behalf of his clients.

As a new attorney, C.J. plans on continuing to grow his career with the goal of helping people in mind. He welcomes the chance of working at Hughes & Coleman to further this goal. He credits his past mentors in law school for not only building his litigation skills but for also helping him develop personal skills such as empathy and listening, which he believes are equally important to serving clients.

C.J. currently lives in the Nashville area. During his free time, C.J. enjoys playing disc golf, playing guitar, and getting outdoors. He’s also a die-hard hockey fan and follows the Nashville Predators religiously.

  • Cumberland University, Bachelor of Arts
  • University of Memphis, Juris Doctor
  • State Bar of Tennessee

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