A seasoned trial lawyer and former government attorney, Will Helou helps clients strategically avoid problems, as well as proactively handle those that arise. Clients rely on Will’s knowledge of the law, creativity, and past government experience to achieve their objectives.
Representative companies include:
- Public utilities
- Business owners
- Hospital companies
- Banks / Investor groups
- Casino operators
- Nonprofit corporations
- Multi-site physician practices
With constant attention to clients’ big-picture objectives, Will has guided clients through complex commercial litigation, internal investigations, bankruptcy issues, compliance and licensing issues, and nonprofit governance/merger/dissolution issues. Clients have benefited from his experience, knowledge, and holistic approach to issues facing businesses.
Before establishing WSMLEGAL, Will served as law clerk to the Honorable Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr., Senior Judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. After his clerkship, Will served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Special Litigation Division of the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Tennessee, where he represented the State as counsel to the Governor, the Speakers of the House and Senate, the Secretary of State, and other state officials in high-profile litigation matters in state and federal courts. After his government experience, Will joined a boutique firm that was acquired by a large regional firm. Will has the unique experience of having worked in government, at a small firm, and at a large firm. It gives him a perspective very few attorneys have.
Highlights & Recognitions
- Mid-South Super Lawyer, 2020
- Mid-South Super Lawyer, 2019
- Mid-South Super Lawyer, 2018
- Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2017
- Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2016
- Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2015
- Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2014
- Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2013
Memberships & Affiliations
- Jason Foundation, Executive and Full Board Member
- The Belmont University College of Law American Inn of Court, Founding Member
- Represented seller of a business, through trial, in matter filed by buyer alleging fraud in the sale.
- Represented nonprofit in internal investigation with multi-million dollar implications.
- Represented both employers and employees in relation to enforcement of noncompetition agreements.
- Represented multiple healthcare providers in licensing issues with the State of Tennessee.
- Represented casino operator in several high-dollar litigation matters.
- Represented several banks/creditors in complex lending relationships in actions to enforce security agreements and collect amounts owed.
- Represented the Attorney General, as a result of an appointment by the Governor, through two trials and two appeals, in matter arising from a university’s attempt to convert a charitable gift to cash.
- Represented investor in a movie project in a matter filed by investor against producer and director.
- Represented title company, through trial, in matter filed by buyer of real estate.
- Represented secured creditor in defeating debtor’s Chapter 11 plan in contested confirmation hearing.
- Negotiated termination of term employment agreements for both employers and employees.
- Represented the Tennessee Senate and Lieutenant Governor in litigation arising from the Senate’s decision not to seat a candidate after an election.
- Represented the Governor in First Amendment litigation arising from the passage of a specialty license plate.
- Represented numerous state officials and agencies in challenges to the constitutionality of state statutes.
- Represented the Governor in litigation arising from actions of the Tennessee Judicial Selection Commission.
- Represented clients seeking public records from government entities.