Meet Edward L. Stanton III
By Stephanie Woodrow | April 27, 2022 12:30 pm

Edward L. Stanton III (University of Memphis, University of Memphis School of Law) is nominated to be U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. He would replace David Kustoff, who headed the office from 2006 to May 2008. The district’s current interim U.S. Attorney is Lawrence J. Laurenzi.

Stanton’s vitals:

  • Born in Memphis in 1972.
  • Attended but did not earn a degree from Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis.
  • Has been senior counsel in the litigation department of the Federal Express Corporation in Memphis since December 2002.
  • Was an associate at Armstrong Allen PLLC in Memphis from September 2001 to December 2002.
  • Worked as an assistant city attorney in Memphis from May 2000 to September 2001.
  • Was an associate at the Law Offices of Charles E. Carpenter, PC in Memphis from August 1997 to May 2000.
  • Clerked for Judge James E. Swearengen in the Shelby County, Tenn., Circuit Court from April 1996 to April 1997.
  • Was a national advance team member for Clinton/Gore ‘96 in Washington, D.C., from July 1996 to November 1996.
  • Clerked for the University of Memphis’ Office of Legal Counsel from December 1995 to April 1997.
  • Worked as a graduate assistant in the University of Memphis’ Office of Judicial Affairs from December 1994 to November 1995.
  • Volunteered with Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) in Memphis from May 1994 to August 1994.
  • Has tried approximately 12 cases to verdict or final decision, serving as sole counsel in all but two cases, where he served as chief/lead counsel.

Click here for his full Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.

UPDATE: On his Office of Government Ethics questionnaire Stanton reported earning a salary from the Federal Express Corporation of $199,211 for 2009 and the first few months of 2010.

On his Senate Judiciary financial disclosure Stanton reported assets valued at $898,500, mostly from two real estate properties, and $492,100 in liabilities, mostly from mortgages on the properties, for a net worth of $406,400.


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