JEFFREY C. GERRISH. Mr. Gerrish is Chairman of the Board of Gerrish McCreary Smith Consultants, LLC and Gerrish McCreary Smith, PC, Attorneys. The two firms have assisted over 1,500 community banks in all 50 states across the nation. Mr. Gerrish’s consulting and legal practice places special emphasis on strategic planning for boards of directors and officers, community bank mergers and acquisitions, bank holding company formation and use, acquisition and ownership planning for boards of directors, regulatory matters, including problem banks, memoranda of understanding, cease and desist and consent orders, and compliance issues, defending directors in failed bank situations, capital raising and securities law concerns, ESOPs and other matters of importance to community banks.

He formerly served as Regional Counsel for the Memphis Regional Office of the FDIC with responsibility for all legal matters, including all enforcement actions. Before coming to Memphis, Mr. Gerrish was with the FDIC Liquidation Division in Washington, D.C. where he had nationwide responsibility for litigation against directors of failed banks. He has been directly involved in fair lending, equal credit and fair housing matters, in raising capital for problem financial institutions and in numerous bank merger transactions.

Mr. Gerrish is an accomplished author, lecturer and participates in various banking-related seminars. In addition to numerous articles, Mr. Gerrish is also the author of the books “Commandments for Community Bank Directors” and “Gerrish’s Glossary for Bank Directors”. He writes a regular blog, “Gerrish on Community Banking,” for the American Bankers Association’s Banking Journal. He also is or has been a member of the faculty of the Independent Community Bankers of America Community Bank Ownership and Bank Holding Company Workshop, The Southwestern Graduate School of Banking Foundation, the Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking, the Pacific Coast Banking School, the Colorado Graduate School of Banking and has taught at the FDIC School for Commissioned Examiners and School for Liquidators.

He is a member of the Board of Regents of the Paul W. Barret, Jr. School of Banking. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Maryland and received his law degree from George Washington University’s National Law Center. He is a member of the Maryland, Tennessee and American Bar Associations, was selected as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” 2005 through 2012 and as the Banking Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers Memphis, 2009. Mr. Gerrish can be contacted at jgerrish@gerrish.com.