TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Brittany Sims on Feb 4, 2013

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney and long-time Memphis attorney Kemper Durand died unexpectedly Saturday (Feb. 2). A partner at Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell PLLC, Durand earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee and was admitted to the Tennessee bar in 1964. In addition to his work in criminal defense and litigation, Durand was extensively involved in The Innocence Project, where his efforts led to the freeing of an individual who had served over 22 years in prison for a crime which he did not commit. Durand also was a founding member of the Tennessee Bar Foundation and was often called on by judges of the U.S. district court in Memphis and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to sit on court committees. Arrangements for memorial services are still pending. The Commercial Appeal has more on his life.