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Memphis Business Journal’s Executive of the Year Henry E. Reaves III Shares Advocacy of Defending the Oppressed

Because of Henry’s impeccable leadership skills, passion, and commitment to his cause, he recently won Executive of the Year at this year’s iteration of Memphis Business Journal’s Annual Small Business Awards. The prestigious event honored the city’s most distinguished business entrepreneurs and visionaries for their outstanding contributions to society. Even though the founder could not attend the event, Chief Operating Officer Ted Cummins was joined onstage by several other Reaves Law Firm employees to accept the award.

Aside from this, Henry has received other accolades and titles, such as the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Air Force Achievement Medal, both of which were awarded during his military service. In addition, he was recognized for his exceptional efforts toward Operation Enduring Freedom.

What pushed Henry to become an advocate for the oppressed and abused is his firsthand experience with defending bigwigs. Right after graduating from Indiana University School of Law, he worked for a firm that defended insurance companies and corporations. However, witnessing how these influential players strongarm ordinary people to follow their whims left many negative emotions on the principled man.

“Basically, what I was doing was keeping hurt people from getting paid, and I had conflicts with that. It didn’t sit well with me,” he explained. Given this, the visionary has decided to start his own practice. Using the knowledge he acquired from his first job, Henry is now on the other side of the fence, defending the rights of the common people. “It helps me because I got to see the other side. I know their tactics and how they look at cases and evaluate cases. Just being on that side, living it and walking it, was priceless,” he shared.

Now, Reaves Law Firm is one of the fastest-growing mid-sized law firms in the Southeast region. It caters to a broad area, including Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Aside from its impressive track record, what allowed the venture to achieve massive success is its unwavering dedication to its goal. As Henry meaningfully declared, “We want to be loved by our clients, we want to be respected by our peers, and we want to be feared by our opposition.”

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