Howard R. Peppel

Howard Peppel is a member with Peppel, Grice & Palazzolo, P.C. in Memphis, Tennessee. A native of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, Mr. Peppel received his degrees, both undergraduate (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1970) and law (Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1973) from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. While in law school he worked for the Knoxville law firm of Finkelstein, Kern, Steinberg & Cunningham, P.C. and also received his commission as a second lieutenant of the United States Air Force through the University of Tennessee R.O.T.C. program.

After being admitted to practice law in Tennessee in October 1973, Mr. Peppel began a four year tour of active duty with the United States Air Force as a Judge Advocate (JAG) assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. The first two and one-half years were served in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at Keesler Air Force Base where he was a prosecutor for military courts-martial and administrative law proceedings as well as an administrative law judge. For the remainder of his active duty tour he was reassigned to Headquarters, United States Air Force Trial Judiciary, where he served as a public defender for military courts-martial of both Air Force personnel at Keesler Air Force Base and Navy personnel who were assigned to the United States Navy Construction Battalion installation at Gulfport, Mississippi. On November 30, 1977, Mr. Peppel was released from active military service and moved to Memphis, Tennessee to begin the private practice of law with the firm that is now known as Peppel, Grice & Palazzolo, P.C.  

Initially, he began a general practice of law handling both civil and criminal matters. However, he quickly limited the focus of his practice to cases of contract litigation and creditor’s rights, such being the only legal disciplines in which he now practices. Representative clients include building and maintenance supply companies, clothing manufacturers, commercial and residential property management companies, commercial equipment leasing companies, construction companies, financial institutions, freight carriers, insurance companies, international air carriers, law firms, medical service providers, medical supply and distribution companies, print media publication companies, telecommunications service companies, and television and radio broadcast media.

Mr. Peppel served as an adjunct instructor in the Legal Studies Department at the University of Memphis from 1984 until 2018, where he has taught several courses, among them being Introduction to Law, Torts, Family Law, Civil Procedure and Contracts and Commercial Law.

In addition to being engaged in the private practice of law and an adjunct instructor at the University of Memphis, Mr. Peppel continued his association with the United States Air Force as a Reserve Judge Advocate. While in the reserves, he was first attached to the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate of the 97th Bombardment Wing (Strategic Air Command) at Eaker Air Force Base, Arkansas. Upon the closure of that installation in 1992 he was reattached for duty to the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at the Air Force Armament Center (Air Force Material Command) at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida where he served until his retirement from the Air Force in 2002 as a lieutenant colonel. 

Mr. Peppel is a member of both the Tennessee Bar Association and the Memphis Bar Association.

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Chasity Sharp Grice


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Chasity Sharp Grice is a member with Peppel, Grice & Palazzolo, P.C. in Memphis, Tennessee. She is admitted to the Bars of Tennessee (2009) and Texas (2007).  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and obtained her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law, with a concentration in Transactional Tax Planning. 

Chasity began her career at a Certified Public Accounting firm where she focused in estate planning for middle to high net-worth families. Several years later, she opened her own law practice, focusing on probate, estate planning, and family law. In 2015, she joined the firm of Peppel, Gomes & MacIntosh, P.C. where she practices in the areas of estate and trust administration, estate planning, probate litigation and elder law.  In 2017, the firm changed its name to Peppel, Grice & Palazzolo, P.C.

Chasity has previously taught as an adjunct professor in the Legal Studies department at the University of Memphis where she taught family law and estates, trusts, and probate law.


Chasity is also a member of the Memphis Bar Association's Estate planning and probate section. She is active with the Probate and Estate planning section of the Memphis Bar Association and has previously served as West Tennessee Governor for the Tennessee Bar Association, Young Lawyer’s Division, For many years, she served as the coordinator of the Annual Wills for Heroes clinic, which was responsible for providing free estate planning for hundreds of first responders and their families. Mrs. Grice has just completed her fellowship as a Trusts and Estates fellow of the American Bar Association Real Property Trust & Estate section and now serves as a Young Leader of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.  Additionally, she is the vice chair to the Elder Law and Long-Term Care committee with the American Bar Association's Real Property, Trust and Estates section.

Chasity is regularly appointed by the Probate court judges to serve on probate matters and also occasionally serves as Substitute Judge for the Shelby County Probate Court.  

One thing is for sure, Chasity has dedicated her career to assisting people, including those with disabled loved ones, small children, and small business owners in their estate planning, business succession and other transactional needs.  She frequently works with families with disabled loved ones to assist them in their elder law needs.  She strongly supports public education and holds seminars to educate the community on various legal rights.  She is always ready to be the voice of those who are dealing with issues that are foreign to them.  Chasity has always viewed her job as the person who helps clean up life's messes.  After all, EVERYBODY deserves a voice.

In 2017, Chasity was voted as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers.  In 2017, she was also voted the Nation's Best Advocate "40 under 40" by the National Bar Association.

She was recently appointed by the American Bar Association president as a member of the Commission of Law and Aging.

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee 2009
  • Texas 2007

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Paola Palazzolo-West


Ms. Palazzolo-West is a member with Peppel, Grice & Palazzolo, P.C. 

Her practice focuses on domestic and family law, including cases involving divorces, alimony, child custody disputes, child support, grandparents visitation, child relocation, prenuptial agreements and protective orders. In addition, she serves as a guardian ad litem, meaning that she is eligible to serve as a child's advocate in court.  Ms. Palazzolo-West has also maintained an active practice in the areas of landlord-tenant matters, collections, and creditor bankruptcy representation since 2005. Ms. Palazzolo-West  is committed to providing her clients with the best professional representation and support possible throughout the legal process. 

Before joining this firm, Ms. Palazzolo-West worked for Siskind Susser P.C., one of the largest immigration law firms in North America. 


Ms. Palazzolo-West is a native of Haifa, Israel. Born to a diplomatic family, her father worked at the Italian Embassy in Tel Aviv while living in Haifa where she attended and graduated from Haifa University School of Law in 2000.

Growing up in Israel exposed Ms. Palazzolo-West to different cultures and helped her learn many languages. Ms. Palazzolo-West is fluent in Hebrew, Arabic, Italian and English. She practiced law in Israel until she moved to Memphis, Tennessee in October 2003 to work for Siskind Susser and utilize her knowledge in law and languages.

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee 2005
  • Israel 2001


  • Memphis Bar Association 2005
  • Tennessee Bar Association 2005
  • Israel Bar Association 2001-2005


  • University of Haifa  Bachelor of Science in Economics  2000
  • Haifa University, Israel Faculty of Law  JD - Juris Doctor  2000 

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Chad A. Cardwell, LL.M.

Chad believes in helping clients through processes that can be challenging by giving each matter personal attention, providing sound legal information and having open communication with every client. He has dedicated his career to practicing exclusively in the area of estate planning since 2008. Chad was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Tennessee in 2007 and the United States Tax Court in 2008, and holds the distinction of being an Accredited Estate Planner® designee by the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils.

Chad advises clients in the following areas of the law:

  • Estate Planning
  • Business Succession
  • Charitable Gifting
  • Probate Administration

Client satisfaction is Chad’s top priority. He is now welcoming new clients from Memphis, Midtown, Germantown, Cordova, Bartlett, Lakeland, Arlington and all of west Tennessee. Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm. Out of office appointments are available on a case-by-case basis.

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