Edward L. Stanton III is a lifelong Memphian and graduate of Central High School.
He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of
Memphis in 1994 and his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Memphis
School of Law in 1997.
On April 14, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Stanton for the position of United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. His nomination was confirmed by unanimous consent of the United States Senate on August 5, 2010, and he was sworn into
the office on August 16, 2010. In this position, Mr. Stanton is the chief federal law enforcement officer within the 22 counties that comprise the Western District of Tennessee.
Before becoming United States Attorney, Mr. Stanton served as Senior Counsel with Federal Express Corporation, where he was a member of the legal department's commercial litigation team. He also served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Memphis and in private practice with two Memphis law
U.S. Attorney Stanton is a former president of the National Bar Association - Ben
F. Jones Chapter and a former Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility
Hearing Committee Member. He has also served as a board member of the
Downtown Memphis Commission and the University of Memphis School of Law
Alumni Board, and as a Fellow of the Memphis and Shelby County Bar Foundation. He is the immediate past president of Shelby County Books from Birth.
In 2005, Mr. Stanton received the Memphis Bar Association's Sam A. Myar, Jr. Award. This award is one of the highest honors the Memphis Bar Association bestows annually upon a lawyer for outstanding legal and community service.
Mr. Stanton is married and has two children.