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Michael R. Working

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Memphis, TN

The Working Law Firm
917 S Cooper Street
Memphis, TN 38104
Phone: 9015074200
Fax: 901-507-4205
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2016
Licensed in Tennessee Since: 2006
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (80%), Family Law (20%)
Attorney Profile

As founder of The Working Law Firm, Michael R. Working provides dedicated legal representation to people living in Memphis, Tennessee. He focuses his practice on criminal defense, generally handling cases that involve DUIs and DWIs, drug-related offenses and homicide. Mr. Working also accepts divorce cases.

In 1998, Mr. Working received a Bachelor of Science in justice and policy studies from Guilford College. He then went on to earn a Juris Doctor from The University of Memphis – Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, graduating cum laude. Prior to law school, Mr. Working served as a college football coach, fine-tuning his strategic and rapid decision-making skills as the youngest offensive line coach up to that time.

Since founding his law firm, Mr. Working has committed himself to defending clients in the criminal and civil courts. He offers his clients big firm capabilities with small firm attention. Mr. Working focuses on his clients, not just on their cases. Mr. Working's clients can count on him for the legal guidance and advice they need to reach the best possible resolutions to their legal issues. He has an Avvo "Superb" rating, and he was a featured speaker at the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' DUI College, where he was honored with the Workhorse Award.

Mr. Working is an active member of the legal community, serving on the board of directors for the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Mr. Working is also a special judge with municipal courts and the General Sessions Court of Shelby County. He also frequently contributes to the For the Defense newsletter, sharing his knowledge with criminal defense attorneys throughout Tennessee.

Beyond the courtroom, Mr. Working is a member of the Memphis Blues Society and The Blues Foundation. A former restaurant owner and chef, he also enjoys cooking Italian food and spending time with his wife and two sons.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Family Law
Focus Areas

Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Divorce


2 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2015 - 2016

About Michael R. Working

First Admitted: 2006

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • President of Bryan Hall, Varsity Athletic Council
  • Founding member, National Student Athlete Association
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Chairman, TACDL Membership Committee, 2015

Educational Background

  • Guilford College BS, Justice and Policy Studies, 1994 - 1998

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Member, Memphis Blues Society
  • Member, Blues Foundation

Representative Clients

  • We would not use our clients to promote ourselves, 2006

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Tennessee Capital Defense College, 2013
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, 2014
  • Tennessee Criminal Defense College, 2010
  • Special judge, Municipal and General Sessions Courts of Shelby County
  • Tennesee Capital Mitigation CLE, 2012

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Speaker, Challenging the Stop in Suppression Hearings, TACDL Roundtable, 2015
  • Speaker, Challenging the Stop for Suppression Purposes, TACDL Roundtable
  • Featured speaker, Tennessee DUI College, 2013
  • Speaker, Sentencing Hearings in Tennessee Courts, TACDL Round Table, 2014
  • Speaker, Attacking Tennessee Firearms Statutes, TACDL Roundtable, 2012


  • Robert Ritchie Award, Tennessee Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2015
  • Highest grade among all law students in Juvenile Law, Torts, and a seminar class on First Amendment law, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • Dean's Award of Excellence - Religion and the Law, University of Memphis, 2005
  • Lawyer of the Month, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2013
  • Workhorse Award, Tennessee Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2013
  • TACDL Workhorse Award
  • CALI Award Juvenile Law, CALI Award , 2005
  • Founding Member, Public Action Law Society Phi Alpha Delta, The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • Memphis Lawyer of the Month at the Memphis Roundtable, 2013
  • CALI Award Torts II, CALI Award, 2003
  • Workhorse Award, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2013
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Office Location for Michael R. Working

917 S Cooper Street
Memphis, TN 38104

Phone: 9015074200

Fax: 901-507-4205

Last Updated: 6/23/2020

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