Many people are wary of lawyers and attorneys. In fact, these individuals are often perceived by society as self-serving and untrustworthy. While it is true that some legal practitioners deserve their notoriety, there remain honest ones that champion honor, integrity, and passion within their profession, such as the inspiring Henry E. Reaves III.
The esteemed attorney is a graduate of Indiana University School of Law. He initially worked for a firm in Memphis that defended insurance companies and corporations. But before long, he realized he did not find fulfillment in helping these already massive and influential organizations. “Basically, what I was doing was keeping hurt people from getting paid, and I had conflicts with that. “It didn’t sit well with me,” said the insightful man.
Motivated by his experience, the brilliant individual created the Reaves Law Firm in 2011. The firm specializes in personal injury law in the Southeast region, including Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. It operates under the tagline, “Let Us Be Your Voice,” a remarkable oath to serve underrepresented populations who feel they are voiceless.
As a testament to its impressive vision and dedication to the community, the venture has helped multiple clients win seven-figure settlements, including jury verdicts of $1.8 million and $1.3 million. As a result, it has become one of the fastest-growing mid-sized law firms in the area.
When asked what allowed Reaves Law Firm to solidify its reputation as an industry authority, the founder and CEO credits the guiding philosophy he has used since the inception of the firm, which goes, “We want to be loved by our clients, we want to be respected by our peers, and we want to be feared by our opposition.”
Aside from his unwavering commitment to his clients, the lawyer’s unrivaled expertise makes Henry highly influential in his job. His experience defending large corporations has given him much-needed insight and perspective, allowing him to devise the best strategies. He excellently explained, “It helps me because I get to see the other side. I know their tactics and how they look at cases and evaluate cases. Just being on that side, living it and walking it, was priceless. “
Because of his passion and relentless drive, the distinguished professional has received several accolades and distinctions. For example, he received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Air Force Achievement Medal during his military service. He was also recognized for his contributions to Operation Enduring Freedom.
Just this month, Henry won Executive of the Year at the recently concluded Memphis Business Journal’s Annual Small Business Awards. It was an incredible evening that honored Memphis’ top business entrepreneurs and visionaries for their exemplary contributions to the community. Unfortunately, the CEO could not attend the event, so Reaves Law Firm Chief Operating Officer, Ted Cummins, accepted the award on his behalf, along with several Reaves Law Firm employees who joined him on stage.
Moving forward, Henry E. Reaves III intends to continue his advocacy of helping underrepresented individuals gain a voice. The admirable attorney declared, “I enjoy many aspects of what I do. But at the end of the day, it comes down to people and having the opportunity to be their voice. Many times, the people we represent are going through the worst times of their lives, and we want to go through that with them. “
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