Meet the Barrister – Edd Peyton
A periodic Q & A session with a Lewis Thomason (LT) lawyer
Lewis Thomason: What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Edd Peyton: I worked on Myers v. Amsub. The case went to the Supreme Court of Tennessee. I think it is cool to see a case I worked on cited in memoranda and opinions.
Lewis Thomason: What do you want your legacy to be?
Edd Peyton: I’d like to be remembered as a guy who was good at what he did, concerned about his community and was willing to lend a helping hand.
Lewis Thomason: What is one thing on your bucket list and why?
Edd Peyton: I’d like to run a marathon in each of the 50 states. 9 down. I experience travel differently when running. It gives me a reason to run and none of my friends can say they’ve done it.
Lewis Thomason: What famous person do you admire and why?
Edd Peyton: Oprah Winfrey. She was born in poverty in Mississippi. She migrated north to Milwaukee and Chicago and began a career in media that led to the highest rated talk show in television history. She has been ranked the richest African-American, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and is North America’s first and only multi-billionaire black person. She is among the most influential people in the world.
Lewis Thomason: What has been your greatest challenge as an attorney?
Edd Peyton: Work life balance.
Lewis Thomason: When I was in high school, my friends would describe me as___.
Edd Peyton: Crazy and smart.
Lewis Thomason: What was your first job and what did you learn from that experience?
Edd Peyton: Worked various jobs in a funeral home. If you look past the first two rows at a funeral, you’ll notice that everyone else is there simply to support the family. Some act like they aren’t at a funeral. I’ve seen some crazy stuff go down at funerals.
Lewis Thomason: My biggest “pet peeve” is___.
Edd Peyton: Someone standing too close to me.
Lewis Thomason: If you could change careers, what would you choose?
Edd Peyton: Author.
Mr. Peyton, special counsel and a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator, is in the firm’s Memphis office. Mr. Peyton’s practice focuses on medical malpractice defense, personal injury litigation, insurance defense, employment, civil litigation, municipal litigation and construction litigation. Since joining the firm, Mr. Peyton has participated in a variety of matters in federal and state trial courts in Tennessee and Mississippi. He also has experience assisting small businesses and nonprofit corporations with a variety of needs. Mr. Peyton is a commander in the United States Navy Reserve.