Tennessee Western District Bankruptcy Court Info

Memphis, Tennessee 38109

Residents of Shelby County, Tennessee file bankruptcy in Tennessee Western District Bankruptcy Court

2 courthouses serve the Tennessee Western District Bankruptcy Court.

Three Kinds of Information You Will Need from the Court

(Note: Court websites change often and links go out of date. If a link does not work, go to the home page for the court and look for the materials from there.)

Official Website of the
Tennessee Western District Bankruptcy Court

Official Court Website

* Home page

What you'll find there

You'll need to file your papers with one of the courthouses that serve the Tennessee Western District Bankruptcy Court.

Pre-COVID, you had to go to court, in person, at least once to meet with the bankruptcy trustee for your 341 hearing. During the Coronavirus pandemic, those meetings were typically done by phone or zoom. A few courts may still allow that.

Where To Start

Before you file, there are three kinds of information you'll need to get from the court's website:

1. Info on Filing Without an Attorney

Court "Pro Se" Info

Information specific to your district

You'll need information specifically about your particular court's procedures.

Fortunately, the Tennessee Western District Bankruptcy Court offers information specifically designed for people filing without an attorney. Virtually all courts link to the generic national information mentioned above. The Tennessee Western District Bankruptcy Court offers specific guidance about local procedures.

General information about how to file

If you're new to the bankruptcy process, the website of the US Courts Adminstrative Office now offers a basic orentation page for those filing bankruptcy without an attorney. The information inlcudes a Bankruptcy Basics video in English Spanish and Creole. The half hour video is split into chapters so you can go back and review parts that went by too fast the first time.

2. Local Rules

Local Rules - TNW

Each court has its own rules about filing procedure, how to list creditor's names and addresses, and they tend to be fussy about it.

You must comply with the details of the process, such as filing dates, filing procedures, fees, and a myriad of other bureaucratic wonderfulness. Depending on how poorly they're written, your court's local rules probably won't make much sense to you. Don't worry. You may not be affected by most of the rules.

However, you will need to follow the rules about filing procedure and how to format the creditors' "mailing matrix" (a list of creditor's names and addresses).

Your court publishes plain-English instructions for those filing without a lawyer in the Tennessee Western District Bankruptcy Court . Use that first, rather than trying to read the actual rules.

How to File for BankruptcyChapters 6 and 7 of How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy offer more information on what to look for in local rules and how to ask the court clerk for the information you need as you prepare your paperwork and fill in yourforms.

3. Court Forms

Local Forms

Bankruptcy is a forms-intensive process, kind of like doing a long tax return.

The main forms you use in bankruptcy are federal forms, used nationwide in all bankruptcy courts.

Your bankruptcy court may have additional local forms for the Tennessee Western District Bankruptcy Court for dealing with things like the list of creditors.

Other information from the court

Most courts link to a downloadable U.S. Courts publication called "Bankruptcy Basics." This offers a decent overview of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy -- but has no information about how to actually file or fill in the mountain of forms.

Now most courts also link to a helpful YouTube video created by the Federal Courts that explains the bankruptcy process.

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Courthouses of the Tennessee Western District Bankruptcy Court

Shelby County is served by the Federal Courthouse at Memphis, TN
200 Jefferson Ave, Memphis, TN 38103. (901) 328-3500


Court Website info

200 Jefferson Avenue,
Suite 500,
Memphis, TN 38103

Maps: Google - Yahoo


Court Website info

111 South Highland Avenue,
Suite 107,
Jackson, TN 38301

Maps: Google - Yahoo

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Tennessee Western District Bankruptcy Court List of Private Trustees by Chapter

Source: The U.S Trustee Program - Tennessee List of Private Trustees by Chapter



Note: The individuals listed are private parties, not government employees.





Heather E. Banks
6704 Watermour Way
Knoxville, TN 37912
E-mail: heatherbanks@bbllawgroup.com
Phone: (865) 938-0733


Elisabeth B. Donnovin
428 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37402
E-mail: edonnovin@johnsonmulroony.com
Phone: (423) 266-2300


D. Stephen Duncan
1108 North Roan Street
Johnson City , TN 37604
Phone: (423) 926-1357


Trudy M. Edwards
300 South College Street
Winchester, TN 37398
Phone: (931) 967-4303


Jerry D. Farinash
100 West ML King Blvd., Ste. 816
Chattanooga, TN 37402
E-mail: jdf@fandhlawfirm.com
Phone: (423) 805-3100
Fax: (423) 805-3101


Margaret B. Fugate
114 E. Market Street
Johnson City, TN 37601
E-mail: mfugate@afglaw.com
Phone: (423)928-6561
Fax: (423)928-8437


Terry D. Gregory
105 West Lincoln Street
Tullahoma, TN 37388
Phone: (931) 455-5407


Ryan E. Jarrard
800 South Gay Street, Suite 2121
Knoxville, TN 37929
E-mail: rej@qcflaw.com
Phone: (865) 524-1873


Douglas R. Johnson
428 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37402
E-mail: djohnson@johnsonmulroony.com
Phone: (423)266-2300


David H. Jones
550 Main Street, 4th Floor
Knoxville, TN 37902

P.O. Box 50034
Knoxville, TN 37950
E-mail: dhjones0208@aol.com
Phone: (865) 546-7311
Fax: (865) 524-1773


F. Scott Milligan
900 East Hill Avenue
Suite 130
Knoxville, TN 37915
Phone: (865) 522-3311


Ann Reilly Mostoller
136 South Illinois Avenue, Suite 104
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
E-mail: amostoller@msw-law.com
Phone: (865)482-4466


John P. Newton, Jr.
1111 Northshore Drive, Suite 570-S
Knoxville, TN 37919

P.O. Box 2069
Knoxville, TN 37901 -2069
E-mail: john.newton@psinet.com
Phone: (865)588-5111
Fax: (865)588-6143


Douglas L. Payne
401 West Irish Street
Greeneville, TN 37743
E-mail: dpaynelaw@comcast.net
Phone: (423) 639-2220
Fax: (423)639-7443


M. Aaron Spencer
P.O. Box 900
Knoxville, TN 37901
E-mail: apsencer@wmbac.com
Phone: (865) 215-1000


Robert J. Wilkinson
6918 Shallowford Road
Suite 100
Chattanooga, TN 37421
E-mail: robert@tombiblelaw.com
Phone: (423) 424-3116
Fax: (423) 499-6311



Jeanne Ann Burton
4117 Hillsboro Pike
Suite 103-116
Nashville, TN 37215
E-mail: Jeanne.burton@comcast.net
Phone: (615)678-6960


Michael Gigandet
208 Centre Street
Pleasant View, TN 37146
E-mail: michael@mgigandet.com
Phone: (615) 746-4950


Erica R. Johnson
8161 Highway 100, Suite 184
Nashville, TN 37221
E-mail: erjtrustee@erjlaw.com
Phone: (615)347-5869


Eva M. Lemeh
4300 Kings Lane
Nashville, TN 37218
E-mail: emlemehtrustee@comcast.net
Phone: (615) 876-4862
Fax: (615) 691-7382


John C. McLemore
2000 Richard Jones Rd., Suite 250
Nashville, TN 37215
E-mail: jmclemore@gmylaw.com
Phone: (615) 383-9495
Fax: (615) 292-9848


David G. Rogers
P.O. Box 1227
Franklin, TN 37065 -1227
E-mail: dgrtrustee@comcast.net
Phone: (615) 472-8570


Robert H. Waldschmidt
P.O. Box 2828
Brentwood, TN 37024 -2828
E-mail: rhw@rhwlawoffice.com
Phone: (615) 468-1020
Fax: (615) 259-2179



Lynda F. Teems
5362 Republic Drive
Suite 625
Memphis, TN 38118
E-mail: lteems1@aol.com
Phone: (901) 526-5555
Fax: (901)529-1233


Marianna G. Williams
P.O. Box H
Dyersburg, TN 38024
E-mail: marianna@ashleyarnold.com
Phone: (731)285-5074