Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C.

Cheryl Rumage Estes

Cheryl Rumage Estes is a shareholder in the Memphis office. She focuses her practice in employment law. She represents employers in all aspects of employment matters.  She regularly counsels employers regarding discrimination claims, compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act, age discrimination claims, and general employment law.  She has represented employers in both state and federal court in litigation brought by individuals, as well as successfully defended cases brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

She has represented school boards, educators and administrators in a variety of legal matters; including employee and student rights, special education, disability accommodations, civil rights matters, tort liability, and individual teacher liability issues. Additionally, she has worked extensively in representing various superintendents and boards in prosecuting tenured teacher dismissal hearings. Mrs. Estes has served as a hearing officer in dismissal cases. She also has represented universities and insurers of educators.


  • Memphis and Shelby County Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federalist Society


  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America©, Employment Law – Management
  • Managing Editor, University of Memphis Law Review


  • Past Member, Junior League of Memphis
  • Past Member, Board of Directors for Playhouse on the Square

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Memphis Office

One Commerce Square
29th Floor
40 South Main Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
Telephone (901) 525-8721
FAX (901) 525-6722


University of Memphis, B.A., 1979
University of Memphis, J.D., 1982

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 1982
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1988
United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee

  • Business & Commercial

    We offer comprehensive representation to businesses of all types. As detailed below, our services range from helping resolve business disputes through litigation, mediation, arbitration or negotiation to offering sound legal advice upon which to base your business decisions as well as transactional representation, document preparation services and business formation and… [Read more]


    Lewis Thomason has represented governmental subdivisions, municipalities and educational institutions in numerous matters regarding education, including educator-student issues, personnel and employment matters and real estate. We also have defended individual educators in litigation matters arising in the educational setting. In addition to providing legal counsel to both public and private… [Read more]


    We have a long history of providing full-service counsel to employers and are adept at handling all types of employment disputes, as well as drafting employment contracts, manuals, leave policies, non-compete and separation agreements and other policies to minimize the likelihood of employment-related issues and misconduct. Our lawyers also have… [Read more]

    Real Estate Law

    Lewis Thomason has represented both residential and commercial clients in a variety of real estate transactions, including development, franchising and zoning land use. Whether buying or selling, financing or leasing, we have experience in working with clients in the negotiation and preparation of real estate documents, as well as representation… [Read more]