John S. Golwen


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John Golwen focuses his practice on business litigation and advises a wide variety of businesses including healthcare, hospitality, financial, retail, service, and manufacturing companies. He also routinely represents business owners, management and directors in various disputes.

As a seasoned trial lawyer and chair of the firm’s Business Disputes Practice Group, John sees litigation strategy as inherently tied to risk management, problem solving and strategic planning. He regularly represents parties as counsel in settlement negotiations, judicial settlement conferences, class actions and trials. During his 30-year career, John has represented clients in all types of contractual and transactional disputes, including business divorces among owners of all types of business entities; commercial torts such as procurement of breach of contract, tortious interference with business relations, interference with contracts, misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of restrictive covenants.

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American Health Law Association (AHLA)

Memphis Bar Foundation — Fellow

Memphis Bar Association

Memphis Downtown Mobility Authority Board (2016-2021)

Literacy and Learning Center of Highlands Inc. (North Carolina) — Board of Directors (2021)

Transition Team for Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland — Committee on Poverty and Child Hunger

Emmanuel Center — Board of Directors (2015-2021)

Pure Youth Athletic Alliance, Inc. — Chairman of the Board (2016-2019); Board Member (2016-present)

Chickasaw Country Club — President (2020)

Regional One Health Foundation — Board Member (2013-2015)

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, Inc. — Central Board of Directors (1999-2010); Steak & Burger Event, Chair (2001)

Oakhaven Boys & Girls Club — Chairman of the Board (2012-2016)

The Phoenix Club — President (1996)