Edward L. Stanton, III, the United States Attorney for the 22 counties comprising the Western District of Tennessee, is a lifelong Memphian whose first job was at Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Prior to his appointment as U.S. Attorney, Stanton served as Senior Counsel with Federal Express Corporation’s commercial litigation team. He has also served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Memphis and with the law firm of Armstrong Allen, PLLC.
Stanton has a long record of community service. He has been active and has served on the boards of numerous organizations including the National Bar Association – Ben F. Jones Chapter where he served as president, Tennessee Commission on National and Community Service, and as chairman of Shelby County Books from Birth. In 2005, at the age of 33, Stanton received the Memphis Bar Association's Sam A. Myar, Jr. Award – the highest honor the Memphis Bar Association bestows annually upon a lawyer under the age of 40 for outstanding legal and community service.
Stanton received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Memphis. While in law school, he was the President of the Black Law Students Association, Vice-President of the Student Bar Association, and selected by his classmates to give the commencement address. He was honored to return to the Law School as commencement speaker in May 2011. Stanton is married and has two children.