William D. Edwards received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Management from Lambuth University, a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Mississippi College School of Law, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Mississippi.
Mr. Edwards practices primarily in the areas of wealth transfer tax planning, fiduciary representation, taxation, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate law. He counsels high-net worth individuals, including professionals, executives, and entrepreneurs, on estate planning and administration, charitable giving, business succession planning, asset protection, business transactions, and taxation. He also advises tax-exempt organizations on a variety of corporate governance and tax-related issues including qualification and application for tax exemption, mergers, dissolutions, grantmaking, and excise taxes.
Mr. Edwards represents clients before the Tennessee Department of Revenue and Internal Revenue Service and has obtained private letter rulings on behalf of individuals, estates, and business entities.
Prior to law school, Mr. Edwards worked for an accounting firm. While obtaining an LL.M. in Taxation, he served as a law clerk with the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Chief Counsel.
Mr. Edwards serves on several charitable boards and is currently serving as an officer and director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Knoxville and the Autism Society of East Tennessee. In 2017, Governor Bill Haslam appointed Mr. Edwards as a Commissioner on the Tennessee Council of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Mr. Edwards and his wife, Becca, have two children and attend Resurrection Presbyterian Church. He enjoys the lake, spending time with his family, and following collegiate and professional sports.