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Posted by: Brittany Sims on May 23, 2013

Memphis attorney Bill Clifton died last Wednesday (May 15) at his home of heart failure. He was 79. A graduate of Memphis State University and Southern Law School, Clifton became a partner in the law firm of Burch, Porter and Johnson. The celebrated lawyer Lucius Burch took a special interest in Clifton and was his valued mentor. Clifton opened his own law firm and maintained it until his retirement in the late 90’s. During his career, Clifton specialized in complicated criminal tax defense and had many celebrated cases, including the defense of the entertainer Jerry Lee Lewis. The family will hold a private memorial service by the ocean.