• Managing Member
• Executive Employment Law
• Team Member Since 1995
That Alan’s personal role model is St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, speaks volumes about him. Seeking God both spiritually and rationally, St. Ignatius taught that because God can be found in our everyday work, all work is important.
When it comes to Executive Employment Law, Alan knows that his work is of the utmost importance to his clients. As the team leader, he works within the team to plan strategies and the tactics required to implement them. By working within the legal system that he holds so dear, Alan and his team fashion relief or solutions that help clients reach their goals or seek redress from those who have done them harm.
His very active political experience gives Alan valuable insight into human behavior and strategic thinking – insight that most often proves quite beneficial to our clients.
A fifth generation Memphian, Alan is a voracious reader, a semi-avid golfer and a devoted husband and father.
Alan Chose to Become a Lawyer Because:
“I was always drawn to the courtroom. At first it was because of the drama of it. As I do it more I really enjoy the challenge of putting the all the pieces of a case together to tell my client’s story. I also enjoy more and more solving my client’s problems whether in or out of the courtroom. Complex disputes with both complex legal and factual issues are my favorite because of the challenge in analysis to figure out what is really going on and developing and executing a plan to solve the problem for my client.”
Alan’s proudest moment as an attorney:
“My business partner and I had been together for about two years. Almost from the beginning we represented a group of small business owners, about 80 in Arkansas and Tennessee, who were the victims of a fraudulent scheme. If nothing happened our clients would end up owing some finance companies thousands of dollars apiece for now worthless equipment. We filed suit against the seller of the equipment and the finance companies who held the paper on the leases of the equipment. As it turns out a lot of people filed the same kinds of lawsuits and at the same time the vendor filed a bankruptcy petition in Tampa, Florida. Our case along with a bunch of others was transferred to Tampa via the Multi-District Litigation Panel. The vendor and the finance companies had a plan to use the bankruptcy process to prevent any discovery of the finance companies’ involvement in the scheme and force the customers (folks like my clients) to continue paying on the leases even though the equipment was essentially worthless. A large national law firm was the architect of this plan. I helped to organize a group of lawyers with clients from around the country to fight this plan. We went up against the best lawyers in the country and adversaries with almost unlimited resources. We won. Our clients not only “got out” of the leases, but every single one received money from the finance companies and most of them got most of the money they paid to the vendor and the finance companies back. The customers who did not join our group were forced to pay off the leases.”
You Might Be Surprised To Learn That:
Alan is both a former seminarian and former theatre major.
Memphis State University (B.A., 1987; J.D., 1990).
Omicron Delta Kappa; Delta Kappa Delta. Member: Moot Court Board; National Moot Court Competition Team.
Appointed Chief Counsel, Tennessee Department of Employment Security, 1995, by Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist.
Co-Founder and Managing Member, Crone & Mason, PLC.
November 1, 1995 to March 31, 2010
Member-Attorney Kramer + Crone, PLC
April 1, 2010 to May 1, 2011
Assistant Shelby County Attorney, 1996-2002.
Honors and Awards
Inaugural Recipient, Holy Family Award, presented by Catholic Charities of West Tennessee, Inc. (2011)
Peer Review Rated ™ AV by Martindale Hubble ®
Listed as Super Lawyer ® (Labor and Employment) (2010)(2011)(2012)(2014)
Commissioner, City of Memphis Landmarks Commission (2006 to 2008)
Fellow: Memphis Bar Association (2006)
Leadership Memphis Class of 2002
Recipient, Top Forty Under Forty Award, 2000, presented by The Memphis Business Journal, November 10, 2000.
Knight of Magisterial Grace: Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta (Order of Malta)
Knight: Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem
Memphis, Tennessee, Arkansas, and American Bar Associations.
Memphis Bar Association – Board of Directors (2005)
Chairman, Employment Law Section of the Memphis Bar Association (2005)
American Bar Association
Litigation Section and its Committees on
(1) Pre-trial Practice and Procedure and
(2) Class Actions and Derivative Lawsuits;
Co-Chairman Employment and Labor Law Subcommittee of the Class Actions and Derivative Lawsuits Committee (2003-Present)
Labor and Employment Law Section and its Committee on Federal Labor Standards Legislation
Licensed to practice law in Tennessee (1990) and Arkansas (1991).
Admitted to practice:
United States Supreme Court (2000).
U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee (1991);
U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas (1991);
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee (2011);
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee (2011);
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western Division of Tennessee (1990);
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas (1991);
United States Multi-District Litigation Panel, (1996);
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (1998);
Federal Circuit Court of Appeals (2003);
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals (2000);
Second Circuit Court of Appeals (2010);
Appeared pro hac vice:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
United States District Court for the Maryland District;
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida;
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York;
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York;
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kansas;
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio;
United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania;
United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania;
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania;
United States District Court for the District of Utah;
United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri;
United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama;
United States District Court for the District of Nevada;
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas;
United States District Court for the Northern District of Virginia;
United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois;
United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana;
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri;
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida;
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of North Carolina;
United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
Florida State Trial Court;
Mississippi State Trial Court;
Colorado State Trial Court;
North Carolina State Trial Court;
Oklahoma State Trial Court;
Idaho State Trial Court;
Utah State Trial Court;
Oregon State Trial Court.
Maryland State Trial Court
Civic and Community Involvement
Communicant, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church;
Board of Directors, House of the Good Shepherd of Memphis, Inc. (2012 to Present)
Board of Directors, St. Louis School (2009 to 2012);
Board of Directors, Catholic Charities, Inc. (2005 to 2010) (Chair 2007 to 2010)
Board of Directors, Family Services of the Mid-South (1996-1998);
Board of Directors, Fire Museum of Memphis (1998 to 2001, Treasurer 1999-2000);
Special Judge, Shelby County General Sessions and City of Memphis Court.
Chairman, Republican Party of Shelby County, 1999-2003