R. H. “Chip” Chockley
Mr. Chockley has practiced primarily in the area of civil litigation continuously since 2001. He represented plaintiffs in personal injury cases, including medical malpractice, slip-and-falls, and auto accidents, for many years. Most recently, he represented physicians, hospitals, institutions and municipalities in defending those types of claims. He has experience with business litigation and land condemnation cases. He also has extensive experience in the field of domestic relations, including divorce, child custody and child support matters, and adoption.
J.D., University of Memphis Law School, 2000
Herbert Herff Scholarship Recipient
Received Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence and CALI Award for Environmental Law
Moot Court Member
B.A., University of Memphis, 1995
Major in Philosophy, minor in music (concentration in classical guitar)
Jurisdictions Admitted to PracticeTennessee, 2000
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2004
United States District Court Western District of Tennessee, 2012
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
Memphis Bar Association
Member Since: 2001
Young Lawyers Division
Tennessee Bar Association
Member Since: 2001
Many individual plaintiffs and domestic relations clients, also The Regional Medical Center at Memphis, State Farm, Right at Home Memphis, City of Memphis.
Featured Cases and Matters
Athena Copper, In re: John Franklin Copper, 426 F.3d 810 (6th Cir. 2005)
Represented a creditor in a case involving substantial debts arising from a divorce. The debtor was a “serial filer” and flagrantly abused the bankruptcy system. After prevailing in an extensive adversary proceeding at the trial level, the debtor appealed to the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the 6th Circuit, and then to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. At both levels, the trial court’s actions were upheld. This case was cited regularly for issues involving the right of a debtor to convert a case from Chapter 7 to Chapter 13.
Stephanie Dubois, Dubois v. Haykal, et al., 165 S.W.3d 364 (2005)
Represented plaintiff in a complex drug interaction/medical malpractice case. At the appellate level, issues regarding the admissibility of expert proof were litigated. Prevailed in the Tennessee Court of Appeals, and obtained a substantial jury verdict.
Featured Pro Bono Activities
Counsel for Rock-n-Romp Memphis since 2006
Non-profit organization which holds live music events in kid-friendly environments
Representation of indigent individual clients in domestic relations and other matters
Pro-bono representation of indigent clients in many types of matters, through referrals from the Memphis Area Legal Services, and through individual referrals
- Freelance photographer, including editorial work for magazines and newspapers, also portraits, weddings, food and real estate photography
- Founding board member, current legal counsel of Rock-n-Romp Memphis, a non-profit organization which holds live music events in kid-friendly environments
- Founding member of GiVE365, a philanthropic initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis
- Regular tutor of students at Snowden Elementary School
- Judge of Rhodes Invitational Mock Trial Tournament for past 10 years