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Our firm is prepared to assist you through the entire lifecycle of your business, from planning and formation, through growth, and into succession planning. We have helped small, single-owner start-ups and established companies in heavily regulated fields navigate all types of legal issues.  The attorneys in our firm serve as general counsel for businesses, assisting them in the day-to-day issues that arise, and also represent companies and their owners in litigation specific to business organizations.

Stephanie Coleman currently serves as general counsel to Presbyterian Homes of Tennessee, Inc., which is a non-profit corporation with continuing care communities located in Knox and Blount Counties, serving hundreds of residents each year.  As part of her representation, Stephanie prepares minutes of board meetings and resolutions enabling the board to act.  She has also served on other non-profit boards and serves as general counsel for several small, local businesses.

Shelly Wilson serves as general counsel for Remote Area Medical, Inc., a non-profit corporation dedicated to providing high-quality healthcare to isolated, impoverished, or underserved communities locally, nationally, and internationally.  To accomplish this, RAM employs pilots, owns aircraft, and has recently purchased a private airstrip.  Shelly has been involved in assisting RAM with lease agreements with the Island Home Airport, with agreements to purchase aircraft, and with other legal issues related to RAM’s airborne operations.

It would be impossible to serve as general counsel to our clients without both broad and deep contracting experience.  We have negotiated numerous maintenance contracts with national manufacturers for various types of equipment, and we have litigated actions on behalf of corporate clients for violation of contracts.  We have drafted and revised consulting contracts, service contracts, land and asset purchase agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, various employment-related contracts, and many other types of agreements and understandings.

Nearly every business will face a labor or employment issue at some time, and our firm has the experience to handle these issues. We have represented business clients regarding discrimination complaints, employee injuries leading to worker’s compensation and disability issues, and questions concerning the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

We have served as general counsel to a business that provided professional human resources services to companies across the country.  Our firm has also developed comprehensive policies and procedures for various entities and developed an affirmative action plan for a government contractor in compliance with federal law. Our firm is a recognized leader in the area of employment law; based on this expertise, John Ownings teaches continuing education to other attorneys and business owners on employment law issues.

If you are beginning to think about life beyond your business, we can help. We have worked with business owners as they prepare to bring in partners, sell their business, or pass it on to the next generation. Our experienced estate planning attorney, Felicia Coalson, works closely with the business transactions attorneys in our firm to ensure both your personal needs and those of your business are met.