Probate Court Clerk & Judges

About the Clerk

Paul Boyd was elected as Clerk of the Shelby County Probate Court in August 2010. The Probate Court clerk is responsible for the administration of the court's two divisions. While this was Mr. Boyd’s first run for political office, he has been involved in public service and community enrichment for many years. He has held leadership positions of several conservative and Republican organizations, served on the board of directors of The Memphis Gridiron Show, and is a proud and active member of MPACT Memphis.

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About the Judges

Shelby County Probate Court has two judges:

Division I

Judge Kathleen N. Gomes: After earning her B.A. in Political Science from UT-Chattanooga in 1974, Judge Kathleen N. Gomes moved to Washington, D.C., and spent a year working as a Staff Assistant for a member of Congress until moving to Nashville to become Assistant to the Director of the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System. Judge Gomes made her final move to Memphis after enrolling at The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (formerly Memphis State University School of Law), where she earned her J.D. in 1980.

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For three years she worked for the Memphis law firm Canale, Mitchell, Lucas & Watson (formerly Ratner, Sugarmon) before starting her own practice—Mitchell, Gomes & Ballew—in 1982. In 1985, Judge Gomes moved her practice to Peppel, Gomes & MacIntosh, where she remained until appointed Judge for Shelby County Probate Court, Division I, in 2013.

Judge Gomes has practiced law for over 34 years, and practiced exclusively in the area of probate law for the past 15 years. Before her appointment to the bench, Judge Gomes sat as a Substitute Judge for Probate Judges Karen Webster, Robert Benham, and the late Leonard Pierotti on many occasions. Her extensive experience in probate litigation, focusing on conservatorships, guardianships, wills and estates, allowed her to give many seminars on probate practice, receive numerous referrals and consultations from other attorneys, and successfully handle several Court of Appeals cases regarding probate matters.

Outside of the courtroom Judge Gomes remains civically active in the Memphis community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Arc of the Mid-South and as a Cantor at Church of the Holy Spirit in Memphis, Tennessee, where she also serves on various committees. She is a member of the Memphis and Tennessee Bar Associations, Treasurer of the St. Thomas Moore Catholic Lawyers Guild, formerly served as Chairman of the Wills and Probate Section of the Memphis Bar, and from 2005 to 2011 served as a Board of Professional Responsibility Hearing Officer. She was selected as a fellow for the Memphis Bar Foundation in 2012.

Division II

Judge Karen D. Webster: Judge Karen D. Webster was elected to the Shelby County Probate Bench in August 2006. Although new to the bench, she has more than 15 years litigation experience that began in 1985, where she served as an assistant city attorney / city prosecutor for seven years. After being promoted to chief prosecutor, Judge Webster served another seven years as a litigator, handling dockets of approximately 400 cases daily. During these periods, Judge Webster was also employed part-time as an academic support instructor at the University of Memphis (Memphis State University), as a business tax auditor at the IRS, and as an affiliate broker at a local realty agency.