Robert Abney & Associates Law Firm Memphis: Partners

ImageThe partners of Cochran, Uhlmann, Abney, Duck and Wright  have over 100 years of combined legal experience, and are all dedicated to serving the needs of clients in a professional and timely manner.  However, if our expertise does not meet your specific needs we will refer you to an attorney who can render the same quality of work as we do, rather than try to represent you in an area that we are not as qualified to handle.

Please feel free to visit each partner’s page, to learn more about their educational and professional backgrounds and their respective areas of expertise.



Robert Abney & Associates Law Firm Memphis


United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Hon. Julia Gibbons – 1 member

United States Dist. Court, W. Dist. of Tenn., Hon. Jon P. McCalla – 1 member

United States Dist. Court, W. Dist. of Tenn., Magistrate Judge Tu M. Pham – 1 member

Circuit Court, 30th Judicial District of Tennessee, Hon. Donna Fields – 1 member

Chancery Court, 3rd Chancery District of Mississippi, Hon. Vicki B. Cobb ­– 1 member


Collierville Law Firm – 1 member

Farris Bobango, PLC – 1 member

Law Office of John E. Dunlap – 1 member

Marr & Malone Law Offices – 1 member

Rice, Amundsen & Caperton, PLLC – 1 member


Shelby County’s Public Defender – 1 member

Shelby County District Attorney – 3 members

Memphis Immigration Court – 1 member

West Tennessee Violent Crime & Drugs Task Force – 1 member


U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper’s office – 1 member

U.S. Senator Bob Corker’s office – 1 member

First Tennessee Bank – 1 member

International Paper – 1 member

Benefit Recovery, Inc. – 1 member

Advance Memphis – 1 member

Research Assistant to Professor Andrew McClurg – 1 member

Research Assistant to Professor Steve Mulroy – 1 member

Robert Abney & Associates Law Firm Memphis: The University of Memphis Law Review

The University of Memphis Law Review


Membership on The University of Memphis Law Review is one of the highest honors a law student can attain.  Members vastly improve their legal abilities with respect to writing, researching, and editing.  In addition, members have the opportunity to deepen their substantive understanding of diverse legal fields and interact with many of the country’s most highly regarded legal scholars.   Because of the skills developed during this process, your association with the Law Review will be weighted substantially throughout your career as a legal practitioner.  The most sought-after law firms do not simply recommend Law Review as a prerequisite to the interviewing and hiring process, but require it.  A list of all the summer clerkships that our 2L staff members have accepted for the upcoming summer is attached.


The goal of the Law Review is to select students who exhibit a high capacity for comprehending legal concepts, an excellent writing style, and the ability to correctly edit a potential law review article.  The Law Review chooses its new members anonymously based on a summer writing competition held after completing the first year of law school.  Students must meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirement of 2.5.  The summer competition consists of writing a case comment on a recently decided case and completing a Blue-Booking/editing exercise.


Second-year members participate in the weekly editing assignments, which usually amounts to about ten hours per week.  Second-year members also write a Note, a written work of legal scholarship that explores a specific issue within an area of law.  Third-year members of Law Review participate in weekly editing assignments, as well, and can serve on the Law Review’s Editorial Board.    Members successfully completing all Law Review obligations for both their 2L and 3L years earn three academic credits and satisfy the law school writing requirement.  Law Review members chosen to serve on the Editorial Board during their third year receive a total of four hours of academic credit.

Robert Abney & Associates Law Firm Memphis: About Us

Founded in 1944 by Hunter K. Cochran Sr., Cochran, Uhlmann, Abney, Duck and Wright has been providing the Memphis community with quality, professional legal services for both people and businesses for more than 60 years.

Individual Attention

Unlike many other of today’s firms that try to manage their clients like a herd of cattle, we pride ourselves on personally getting to know all of our clients, so we may tailor our work to fit their specific needs. 

Quality Work

We, the partners of Cochran, Uhlmann, Abney, Duck and Wright, are committed to producing quality work. Because of this, we do not haphazardly breeze through our cases, but instead are attentive to detail and work relentlessly until the job is done. 


Each partner of the law firm specializes in a different area of law, meeting the needs of almost any legal situation.

Legal Services:

  • Automobile Accidents
  • On-the-Job Injuries
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Premises Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Commercial Law
  • General Corporate Law
  • Business Law
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Family Law
  • Civil Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Law
  • Tort Defense
  • Insurance Defense
  • Product Liability

Robert Abney & Associates Law Firm Memphis: Charles D. Wright

WrightCharles D. Wright is a founder/partner of Cochran, Uhlmann,Abney, Duck and Wright.  His practiceareas are general civil and criminal law with emphasis on property and casualty insurance law, personal injury law and commercial litigation. He was admitted to the Tennessee State Bar in 1974 and to the Mississippi State Bar in 1975. He is admitted to practice in the state courts of Tennessee and Mississippi, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Wright attended Mississippi State University, receiving his bachelor’s degree in science in 1957. He then received a Master’s in Business Administration from The University of Memphis in 1968 and his juris doctor from the University of Memphis Law School in 1974. Mr. Wright also served in the United States Army and retired from the Reserve with the grade of Colonel.

Mr. Wright was a member of the Shelby County Public Defender Staff for 30 years and prior to entering the practice of law, he was an insurance claim representative and manager.

Mr. Wright is a communicant of Rosewood United Methodist Church and an active member of both the University of Memphis and Mississippi State University Alumni Associations.


  • Civil Law
  • Insurance Law

Property Insurance Law

Casualty Insurance Law

  • Personal Injury Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Law


  • Mississippi State University

Bachelor’s Degree

Sciences- 1957

  • University of Memphis

Master’s Degree

Business Administration- 1968

  • University of Memphis Law School

Juris Doctor- 1974

  • U.S. Army Command

General Staff College- 1974


  • Memphis Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bar Association

Robert Abney & Associates Law Firm Memphis: John W. Duck

ImageJohn W. Duck is a founder and partner of Cochran, Uhlmann, Abney, Duck and Wright. He concentrates his practice in the areas of Bankruptcy and Family Law. He is a member of theMemphis Bar Association and the Tennessee State Bar as well as a member of the Bankruptcy Section of the Memphis Bar. He is admitted to practice in all the Courts in Tennessee, the United States District Court of Tennessee and the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Western District of Tennessee, Eastern and Western Divisions.

       Mr. Duck attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where he received both his Bachelors Degree and his Juris Doctorate.

       Mr. Duck has done pro bono work through Memphis Area Legal Services where he worked for two years at the beginning of his career. Mr. Duck is a past President and Vice-President of the Mid-South Sport Riders motorcycle club. Having lived in Brazil for much of his early life, Mr. Duck is fluent in Portuguese and conversational in Spanish.


  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Family Law         


  • University of Tennessee

                                Bachelor’s Degree- 1973

  • University of Tennessee Law School

                        Juris Doctor- 1976


  • Memphis Bar Association

               Bankruptcy Section

  • Tennessee Bar Association

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