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Attorney, Carey L. Acerra

Carey L. Acerra

5400 Poplar Ave #250
Memphis, TN
Phone: (901) 322-4232
Fax: (901) 322-4231

The Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association recently elected Carey Acerra as President for the 2023-24 term.  “Carey will be a true asset to the Association and the citizens of Tennessee,” stated TTLA immediate Past President Mark Chalos.  “As an experienced personal injury lawyer, she fights on behalf of deserving people and will do a tremendous job leading the state’s top trial attorneys as president.”

Carey Acerra’s legal career reflects both deep determination and a sense of duty toward those in need.  Her trial successes include a $30 million verdict against a Memphis nursing home and its owners, where she pierced the nursing home’s corporate veil and obtained the first verdict in the nation against the individual owner, a feat so unique it was featured in The New York Times.

Carey Acerra founded Jehl Law Group with her law partner and friend of the past twenty years, Cameron Jehl, where she specializes in health care liability cases with a focus on elder abuse and neglect.  Prior to opening Jehl Law Group, Ms. Acerra worked for Wilkes & McHugh, P.A., for nine years, specializing in nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, healthcare liability actions, maritime law, personal injury, and general tort litigation. Ms. Acerra has served on the Board of Governors for the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association for the past ten years.  Prior to taking on the role as President of the organization this year, she served as Vice President for West Tennessee for the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association from 2017 to 2023.  Ms. Acerra also chairs its Women’s Caucus.

Passionate about cultivating the legal professionals of the future, Ms. Acerra is an interviewer for the Tennessee Bar of Law Examiners, helping admit qualified new professionals into the sector and ensuring that robust standards of practice continue to be met in the state.  In 2018, she coached the first ever team from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphrey School of Law in the Regional American Bar Association’s Arbitration Competition.

Ms. Acerra regularly puts on CLE presentations and has obtained favorable appellate opinions in the areas of arbitration, malpractice, and healthcare liability actions requirements.   Ms. Acerra has been selected as a Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer every year since 2016.  She has worked in the legal field since she was a teenager, holding every position, from runner to paralegal to attorney.  Ms. Acerra graduated from the University of Memphis in 1997 magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in English.  Ms. Acerra then received her Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, from the Cecil C. Humphrey School of Law at the University of Memphis in 2004.

Licensed to practice law in Tennessee, Kentucky and Pennsylvania, Ms. Acerra is a member of the Memphis Bar Association, multiple state bar associations, and the American Association for Justice.

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