John S. Golwen
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.
John’s work has routinely provided him opportunity for trial experience in federal and state courts throughout the country. He was part of a team of trial lawyers who successfully defended a large broker-dealer in hundreds of cases arising from the failure of its proprietary investment product.
John is also is a certified Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator and regularly serves as a mediator in commercial litigation cases. He has tried numerous arbitrations in various forums, including the AAA, JAMS and FINRA. John previously served as Managing Partner of the firm’s Memphis office from 2017-2021.
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)
Media Mentions & Firm News
Memphis Business Journal “Best of the Bar” (2022)
Best Lawyers® — Memphis Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year” (2017); Memphis Litigation: Securities “Lawyer of the Year” (2013)
The Best Lawyers in America© — Arbitration; Commercial Litigation; Litigation: Banking and Finance; Litigation: Securities (2010-2024)
Tennessee Supreme Court — Attorney for Justice (2021-2022)
Mid-South Super Lawyers (2013-2023)
The Phoenix Club — Mednikow Award
Tennessee Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution — Rule 31 Mediator
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit — Law Clerk (1990)
Washington & Lee Law Review — Editor
Washington & Lee Mock Trial Team — Captain