TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jan 4, 2018
Lewis Donelson III, senior counsel and co-founder of Baker Donelson, died today. He had recently celebrated his 100th birthday. A native of Memphis, Donelson graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1941, and founded his firm Donelson & Adams in 1954. He formed the first professional limited liability company in Tennessee and established some of the earliest private pension and profit-sharing plans. He was involved in numerous philanthropic efforts and was politically active as well, including service as one of Memphis’s first councilmen, starting in 1967, and Commissioner of Finance and Administration under Tennessee Gov. Lamar Alexander. In 1994, Sen. Howard Baker’s firm, Baker Worthington, merged with Donelson’s firm to form Baker Donelson. The TBA will post updates when details of services are available.