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 and he was sworn into the office in August of 2010. In this position, Mr. Stanton is the chief federal law enforcement officer within the 22 counties that comprise the Western District of Tennessee.
As United States Attorney, Mr. Stanton has launched a number of highly successful initiatives including forming a dedicated Civil Rights Unit which has become a nationally recognized leader for its efforts in prosecuting sex trafficking crimes.
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 firms.
U.S. Attorney Stanton has served with numerous community, civic and legal organizations throughout his legal career, including serving as the president of the National Bar Association – Ben F. Jones Chapter.
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.