Tory Lewis has focused her practice on appellate advocacy. Her experience as a judicial law clerk coupled with her excellent research and writing skills make her an exceptional appellate advocate. Tory graduated first in her law school class from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2009. Following law school, she worked as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable J. Leon Holmes on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas (2009-11) and for the Honorable Lavenski Smith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2011-12). Tory entered private practice in 2012, where she practiced with the Friday Firm until 2016. She joined Taylor & Taylor Law Firm as a part-time attorney in 2017.
Tory and her family answered the call to be missionaries in South America in 2016. She and her husband spend their time studying language, developing cross-cultural relationships, and raising their three young children in South America.
Get to Know Tory
At a young age, I decided I wanted to be a lawyer so I could help people. Whether it’s volunteering in a nursing home, mentoring underprivileged children, or hosting international students, I have always found myself looking for ways to serve my community.
I pursued a law degree because I thought it would provide me with unique opportunities for service – and it certainly has! By providing sound legal representation in difficult cases, I serve not only my clients’ interests but also the community as a whole.
In particular, I love appellate advocacy and using the law to benefit my clients and impact the world around me. I have a special fondness for legal research and writing, which I gained as a judicial law clerk. In my previous position, I enjoyed analyzing a set of facts and proposing whatever outcome the law allowed. In my current position as an appellate attorney, I advocate for outcomes that are supported by the law and that further my clients’ interests.
For help with appeals, look no further than Taylor & Taylor Law Firm, P.A. You can contact our skilled appellate lawyers at (501) 267-9808 or online.
Admitted to Practice
Arkansas 2009; United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
- Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., Founder’s Medalist (first in class), 2009.
- University of Arkansas, B.S.A. in Agricultural Business, summa cum laude, 2006.
- Co-author of the Handling Appeals in Arkansas handbook, published by the Arkansas Bar Association (2015-present).
- Note, Managing Manure: Using Good Neighbor Agreements to Regulate Pollution from Agricultural Production, 61 VAND. L. REV. 1555 (2008).
Law Clerk, Honorable J. Leon Holmes, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas (2009-11); Law Clerk, Honorable Lavenski Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2011-12); Litigation Associate, Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP (2012-2016); Attorney, Taylor & Taylor Law Firm, P.A. (2017-present).
Associations & Memberships
- Arkansas Bar Association
- Arkansas Lawyer Editorial Board
Law School Honors & Activities
Vanderbilt Law Review, Executive Editor; Appellate Advocacy Clinic; Moot Court Traveling Team Member; Moot Court Board; Order of the Coif (top ten percent in class); Harold Sterling Vanderbilt Scholar; Morgan Prize Winner for Excellence in Student Writing; Lightfoot Franklin & White Best Oralist