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Mari-Elizabeth L. Sanford

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Phone: 901-683-7000
Fax: 901-347-6056

488 S Mendenhall Rd
Memphis, Tennessee 38117

Mari-Elizabeth L. Sanford is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, and she joined Nahon, Saharovich, & Trotz upon graduating from law school in 2018. Ms. Sanford learned discipline early in life as a gifted performing arts student playing the piano at the age of four years. She studied piano in the Suzuki Creative and Performing Arts program at the University of Memphis, and later participated in the performing arts programs at Colonial Middle School and Overton High School. Ms. Sanford graduated sixth in her class from Overton and went on to attend the University of Memphis as a Dean’s Scholarship Recipient. She was inducted into the Helen Hardin Honors College at the University where she majored in psychology with a minor in criminal justice. Always a serious student, she graduated from the University in May 2015 in just three years. She then served an internship with the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office Special Victim’s Unit. While serving in this role, she developed a passion for the pursuit of justice for victims which later fueled her decision to study law.

In the fall of 2015, Ms. Sanford was accepted at the University of Mississippi School of Law where she excelled in her studies and received the coveted Dean’s Scholarship. She participated in several student organizations and also worked in the Child Advocacy Clinic as a student attorney. In this role, she assisted the guardian ad litem with a wide variety of legal issues, and, she even participated in the successful argument of a petition for temporary parental guardianship involving an immigrant minor which was heard in the Desoto County Chancery Court. Because she achieved the highest grade of any student participating in this Clinic, Ms. Sanford was recognized as the most outstanding student in the program and was asked to return as an advanced student the following semester.

In addition to her law school activities, Ms. Sanford served as a law clerk for the Shelby County Attorney’s Office in Memphis. Then, in the summer of 2017, she also had the privilege of serving as a law clerk in the Georgia Department of Law Consumer Protection Unit in Atlanta.

Ms. Sanford is also concerned about important community issues such as the problem of poverty and homelessness in Memphis. Since 2010, she has worked as a volunteer with HER Faith Ministries, a local group that provides food, clothing, transportation assistance, and mentoring to homeless and needy women and children. In her leisure time, she is an active member of her Church and enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. Ms. Sanford’s goals are to continue to develop her career in the field of law and to continue to support important community issues and causes.


J.D., The University of Mississippi, Robert C. Khayat School of Law, 2018
Cum Laude

B.A., The University of Memphis, 2015
Magna Cum Laude
Major - Psychology, Minor - Criminal Justice

Bar Admissions Tennessee, 2018
California, 2020
Honors, Awards, Distinctions
  • Dean’s Scholarship
  • Outstanding Student Award for Pre Trial Practice
  • Outstanding Student Award for Child Advocacy Clinic
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