Alan G. CroneFounder & CEO

The more complex the case, the more interesting. I love unraveling facts and figuring out what’s really going on and come up with a sure-fire strategy for a solution.

Alan’s personal role model is St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, who taught that, because God can be found in our everyday work, all work is important. That’s why Alan listens so carefully to his clients and takes their concerns to heart.

Founder of The Crone Law Firm, Alan is our Team Leader.  Whether he’s helping achieve a business dream or seeking compensation for someone who’s been treated unfairly, he draws from a deep well of compassion and experience.  He’s a master at devising winning strategies and innovative tactics.

Sometimes the only thing to do is file a lawsuit and fight it out in court.  And other times it’s better to negotiate a settlement.  Either way, Alan knows how to get the best outcome.

A fifth generation Memphian, he is a voracious reader, semi-avid golfer.  The art of political negotiation has always fascinated him.  He has been active in local and state politics for more than 22 years.  He is former head of the Shelby County Republican Party and Special Counsel to the Mayor of Memphis.

He is also the very proud father of 3 children and is devoted to his wife Allison.

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Catherine (Katie) WalshSenior Attorney

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.

Katie grew up in Dallas and came to Memphis to attend Rhodes College and The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. 

She tells people she became an attorney to follow in the footsteps of her great uncle Billy Walsh and cousin Kevin Walsh, who both practiced in the Memphis area.  While that is true, she was also influenced by Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird), Elle Woods (Legally Blonde) and Abbie Carmichael/Jack McCoy (Law and Order).

Katie is thankful to be at a firm where client service is paramount and the work environment is collegial and helpful.  Her first job was as a prosecutor in western Tennessee, where she gained invaluable courtroom experience which she translated into an employment litigation position at FedEx prior to joining The Crone Law Firm

Katie spends her free time experiencing all the food, music and activities Memphis has to offer.  She is a fan of the Memphis Grizzlies, Memphis Tigers, and her beloved Dallas Cowboys.

Philip OliphantSenior Attorney

If you are not willing to risk the usual, you have to settle for the ordinary.

Philip grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, but has lived in California, New York, and Iowa, as well as Nashville and Memphis. He earned his MBA at UCLA and worked as both a corporate banker and a database developer in the New York banking industry for many years.

Mid-career. Philip returned to school and obtained his law degree at Vanderbilt University, inspired by the events of 9/11/2001 to contribute to making this a better world. He has since worked as law clerk in the federal court system, Assistant City Attorney, and as a civil litigator.

Philip is grateful to work for a firm that truly cares about its clients and has the expertise and resources to get them the justice they deserve. Outside of work, he enjoys artisanal baking, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.

Amanda GarlandAssociate Attorney

For many clients, their livelihood is at stake. I like to be available to help and support them.

Amanda grew up in Memphis and is a graduate of Christian Brothers University and The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

She was inspired to become an attorney after reading the book To Kill A Mockingbird.  Her first job was in labor and employment law, where she quickly learned she liked doing good work that solved people’s real problems. She has recently decided to specialize in this field.

What she enjoys most about The Crone Law Firm is the unwavering professionalism coupled with the individual care and attention given to each client.

Amanda is a voracious reader of everything—from Supreme Court rulings to science fiction. About the only thing, she doesn’t read is courtroom dramas. “Too much like work,” she says. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her husband, Andy and exploring the city of Memphis.

Roy Smith IIStaff Attorney

The pursuit of excellence is less profitable than the pursuit of bigness, but it can be more satisfying.

Roy grew up in Memphis and is a graduate of The University of Memphis with a degree in political science and history. Roy is also a graduate of The University of Mississippi School of Law. During law school was a member of the Dean’s Leadership Counsel, Trial Advocacy Board, Alternative Dispute Resolution Board and President of the Black Law Student’s Association.

Roy was inspired to become an attorney after becoming a member of The University of Memphis mock trial team. He chose to work in labor and employment law after being exposed to the practice area while working as a Summer Legal Intern with The International Paper Company and FedEx Express. He enjoys working with the experienced team at The Crone Law Firm and fight for every client. 

As a former car salesman, he is fascinated by negotiation and deal making strategies. Roy spends his free time playing golf and spending time with his family.

Maggie CroneSenior Intake Specialist

Each case and each client is different. The variety keeps me on my toes. I learn something new every day.

Maggie gets the facts and verifies them.  She’s good at her job because she’s passionate about the truth and genuinely cares about people. Having endured a corporate downsizing herself, she lends a sympathetic ear to anyone experiencing injustices that may be awkward, embarrassing or difficult to discuss.  She’s understanding and easy to talk to, but make no mistake–she is also a highly experienced investigator with a track record for uncovering all the facts.

Once she’s met with everyone involved, Maggie summarizes the salient points for the attorneys and the judge, if needed.

Maggie is Alan’s younger sister.  She says her brother inspires her. “He’s all about fairness. He tries his best to be fair to everyone he encounters and he expects everyone to conduct themselves the same way.”

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DeRicka KingIntake Specialist

Our clients are really interesting people. I’m glad we’re able to help. The ones we can’t help still thank us.

DeRicka is often the first person with whom our clients come in contact.  She is ideal for this position because she’s naturally warm and welcoming—a true people person.

She chose to work for The Crone Law Firm because she thought she might want to be an attorney.  Now that she’s seen the job close up, she’s sold.  In the near future she plans to attend law school and hopes to return to the firm as an attorney.

A graduate of Christian Brothers University, she has a BA in Art and Psychology.

Sheila LindseyLegal Administrator

After working in law firms for over 20 years, nothing can surprise me anymore, but no day is ever the same. I look forward to each new day in front of me!

Sheila is originally from a small town in the Mississippi Delta where she started her career as a Legal Assistant. She has over 20 years’ experience as an administrative professional working in the legal field.

She moved to the Memphis area in 2002, and in 2005 she joined the Crone & Mason Law Firm where she worked side-by-side with the firm co-founder, Alan G. Crone, as his Executive Secretary/Legal Assistant. She later took on the role of Legal Administrator and manage the financial aspects of the business until 2010.

Prior to re-joining The Crone Law Firm in 2019, she worked with several law firms in the Memphis area as both a Legal Assistant & Paralegal. She is experienced in many phases of the law firm but now devotes herself specifically to overseeing all the administrative functions of the office as Legal Administrator.

When not spending time with her children and grandchildren, Sheila enjoys playing tennis, or being at their lakehouse.

James CroneMarketing Director

Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another. But by all means, try something.

James graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2018 with a degree in journalism with a concentration in advertising and public relations and a minor in business with a concentration in marketing and logistics. Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, he is Alan’s son and a 6th generation Memphian.

James is in charge of all the marketing aspects of the firm. He handles the social media accounts, website, email lists, google accounts and everything else in between. He has always been inspired by his father’s entrepreneurship, and the way he leads The Crone Law Firm.

James is an avid basketball player that plays in a men’s league year round and coaches middle school ball in the winter. Growing up, he watched Darren McFadden dominate for Arkansas football and Derrick Rose for Memphis basketball. If either team is playing, he never leaves the room. Once the two schools start to play each other again, things will get awkward at work as James (Go Hogs) will have to root against his University of Memphis fanatic father’s team.

James is very excited to be with the firm and continue to help clients discovery our incredibly attorneys, and help each of them go get some justice.