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About Shelburne Ferguson, Jr.

        Brief Biography

  • Shelburne Ferguson, Jr.Graduate of the Milligan College with Majors in English and Sociology
  • Graduate of the University of Tennessee, College of Law with the degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • Currently a member of the American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association and Kingsport Bar Association
  • Member of the Family Law Sections of the Tennessee and American
    Bar Associations
  • Recently served on the Executive Board of the Tennessee Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Recently served on the Tennessee Bar Association Family Law Code Commission
  • Appointed by Tennessee Governor as Commissioner on the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability

Mr. Ferguson participates in numerous hours of Continuing Legal Education courses each year in order to remain current on the business, wills and estate and divorce and family law issues he handles for clients. He is a contributor to the Family Law Section newsletter.


In addition to practicing in the field of Family Law, Mr. Ferguson practices Business Law assisting clients in starting, organizing and managing their businesses and with clients will and estate matters.

  • A member of the Family Law and Business Law Section of the American Bar Association
  • Has served as Vice President of the Kingsport Area Chamber representing small business
  • Former Chair of the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council
  • Formerly Vice President and Board Member of Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Founder and originator of the Small Business Council Small Business Start-up Contest
  • Founder and Originator of the Northeast Tennessee Technology Council TechStar Award honoring the innovative utilization  of technology
  • Hosted a business talk show on WJCW radio
  • Kingsport Community Foundation Board Member
  • Recipient of Toastmasters International Communication & Leadership Award, 2003
  • Chair, Downtown Kingsport Redevelopment Task Force
  • Board of Directors of Northeast Tennessee Technology Council
  • Business and Law columnist for Kingsport Times-News. Sunday Business Section
  • Rated A V Preeminent Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory.
  • Awarded Senior Counselor Designation by the Tennessee Bar Association in 2014.

Mr. Ferguson also practices in the field of wills and estates as well as in the area of guardianships and conservatorships. Shelburne is significantly involved in his community having served on numerous boards of nonprofits and in his church as an Elder, Chairman of the Church Board and Sunday School Teacher. He has been married to his high school sweetheart Beulah Mercer Ferguson since 1965. They have four adult, married children and eleven grandchildren and three Great Grandchildren.


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