Mr. Barlow is Of Counsel with Harkavy Shainberg.  Before joining the firm in 2016, he practiced law as a member of the Brewer & Barlow Law Firm in Memphis, Tennessee. Mr. Barlow is also a part-time staff attorney for the City of Memphis. His practice focuses on issues related to land use, zoning, housing and community development, with a specialty in litigation to reduce blighted and abandoned property in Memphis, Tennessee. Mr. Barlow has been involved in community organizing, legislative advocacy and community development efforts in Memphis, Tennessee since 1995, and has led efforts for the past eight years to use civil litigation in the Shelby County Environmental Court to enforce blight reduction and hold negligent property owners accountable. He handles much of the public nuisance litigation for the City of Memphis and for the Downtown Memphis Commission, and is facilitator of the City of Memphis “Blight Elimination Steering Team”. 

In 2015 Mr. Barlow co-founded and now teaches the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law Neighborhood Preservation Clinic, in which third year law students with limited licenses to practice law manage anti-blight cases on behalf of the City of Memphis. Mr. Barlow frequently consults with local, statewide and national leaders on legislative and practical resolutions to the challenges brought on by vacancy and abandonment, and is an active advocate for creative, data driven, neighborhood-based community revitalization. Mr. Barlow graduated from the University of Memphis with a Masters in Anthropology in 1996, and in 2004 received his J.D., magna cum laude, also from the University of Memphis. He is licensed to practice in Tennessee and Mississippi.

Selected Professional Awards and Associations

  • Selected, Robert Wood Johnson Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Fellowship 2016
  • Named Best of the Bar in Public Service by the Memphis Business Journal 2016
  • Former Associate Director and Housing Director, LeMoyne-Owen College Community Development Corporation
  • Former law clerk, Western District of Tennessee Bankruptcy Judge Jennie D. Latta

Of Counsel

Telephone: 901.866.5342

Fax: 901.866.0196

Email: sbarlow@harkavyshainberg.com

  • The University of Memphis – Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, J.D. 2004
  • The University of Memphis, M.A. in Applied Anthropology, 1996
  • Moody Bible Institute, B.A. Theology/Hebrew, 1992