Tennessee Accident Attorney
Eric McEnerney is an attorney in the Memphis office of Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Arkansas.
Originally from a rice farming family in the small town of Herald in Northern California, McEnerney attended Lodi High School. He worked on the family farm after school and during summers. He enjoyed playing guitar and singing in high school, so he followed his love for music to South Plains College in Levelland, Texas to perform and earn a degree in Commercial Music, and then ultimately to Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he graduated magna cum laude in 2007 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Music Business. While attending Belmont, McEnerney developed an interest in the law and was subsequently inspired and encouraged to attend law school by several of his professors, who also happened to be attorneys.
McEnerney earned a scholarship to attend a pre-law program at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of law called the Tennessee Institute for Pre-Law (“TIP Program”), after which he attended law school at the University of Memphis. During his first (1L) year of law school, McEnerney won the Dean’s Award for Best Memorandum, placed 3rd Place (out of 46 teams) in the Freshman Moot Court Competition, and served as a JAG Corps Summer Intern with the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Beginning in his 2L, Mr. McEnerney competed, was selected, and proudly served on The University of Memphis Law Review. He also served as Research Assistant to the Herff Chair of Excellence in Law, Torts Professor Andrew J. McClurg, tracking down innumerable hard-to-find sources, editing, and blue booking Professor McClurg’s Temple Law Review Article Fight Club: Doctors vs. Lawyers – A Peace Plan Grounded in Self-Interest, 83 Temp. L. Rev. 309 (2010). Mr. McEnerney is a proud recipient of the Jerome Rosengarten Memorial Scholarship. Following his 2L year, Mr. McEnerney served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Judge Holly Kirby on the Tennessee Court of Appeals (now Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Kirby), drafting opinions and reviewing oral arguments. During his 3L year, he served as Judicial Extern to United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee Magistrate Judge Tu. M. Pham.
Upon law school graduation and admission to practice law in Tennessee, McEnerney briefly practiced immigration law in Nashville and Memphis, allowing him to improve his Spanish-speaking skills while helping people who had fled dangerous situations in their home countries, those who were in fear of being torn away from their families, and those who wanted to lawfully remain in the United States, among others.
McEnerney then joined Nahon Saharovich & Trotz (“NST”) in Memphis, where for 10 years he represented people injured in car wrecks, on the job, and those who needed representation in their Social Security Disability claims. Since 2014, McEnerney almost exclusively focused on litigating car wreck cases, workers compensation cases, and representing Social Security Disability claimants at the hearing and appellate levels.
McEnerney joined Rainwater Holt & Sexton in 2022 in its offices in Memphis, Tennessee, where he enjoys advocating for injured people by intently listening to them to understand their injury and its effects on their life, advocating for them against wrongdoers and wrongdoers’ insurance companies, and fighting for them through negotiation, case development, and jury trials.
In his free time, McEnerney enjoys doing “honey-do” projects on his wife Cristina’s 112-year-old Memphis home, spending time with their dogs Arthur and Boopie, listening to (and sometimes still playing) country and bluegrass music, hunting for duck, deer, turkey, and dove, and going on hikes throughout all of the beautiful places in the Mid-South.