Business Disputes

Business disputes cause major interruptions in productivity, and must be resolved efficiently and effectively by sophisticated attorneys who can get clients back to work. While we are aggressive litigators, we know that reaching the best outcome for our clients often requires skillful negotiation to avert expensive litigation.

The attorneys on our Business Disputes Practice Group are business lawyers who have extensive experience resolving disputes for clients, local, national and international. We understand the nuances and complexities of our clients’ business. Our work covers a wide range of industries, including the financial, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, retail, service, technology, health care, logistical and agricultural sectors.

We routinely handle disputes among owners of corporations, family-owned businesses, closely-held companies, large private companies, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, general partnerships, publicly held corporations and other business entities.

Transactional Disputes, Business Divorces and Business Torts – Our specific experience in transactional disputes, business divorces and business tort cases includes:

  • Breach of contract actions, including prosecution and defense
  • Interference with contracts
  • Interference with business relations
  • Sale of goods governed by the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Shareholder derivative actions
  • Dissolution actions
  • Receiverships
  • Breach of fiduciary duty claims
  • Director and officer liability
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Breach of restrictive covenants

We have defended and prosecuted these types of business claims seeking money damages and for extraordinary relief, including restraining orders, injunctions, declaratory judgments and contract rescission.

Member Richard R. Spore, III has authored a volume on business divorces for the American Bar Association, The Guide to Business Divorces, published in 2012.

Insurance Coverage and Disputes – Our team regularly handles cases and disputes involving insurance coverage, and a variety of regulatory insurance matters before the state of Tennessee. Frequently, insurance coverage issues arise in the context of a declaratory judgment action, and we have represented both the insurer and the insured in such cases. We also have represented insurance agents and companies in suits involving agency issues such as commission disputes, terminations and claims of breach of covenants not to compete. Our litigators work closely with our corporate and insurance regulation attorneys to draw upon all aspects of the firm’s insurance experience.

Allison Wiseman Acker
Associate
Elaina S. Al-Nimri
Associate
Russell S. Baldwin
Counsel
H. Lee Barfield II
Member (retired)
Michael A. Brady
Member
Meg S. Casey
Senior Litigation Attorney
E. Steele Clayton, IV
Member
Christopher J. Climo
Associate
Shayne R. Clinton
Member
Michael Cottone
Associate
Joseph B. Crace, Jr.
Member
Nicholas A. Deuschle
Associate
Margaret Dodson
Associate
Craig V. Gabbert, Jr.
Counsel
Scott D. Gallisdorfer
Associate
Nicholas Goldin
Associate
John S. Golwen
Member
Brooke Howlett
Associate
L. Wearen Hughes
Member
Gene L. Humphreys
Counsel
Danielle Dudding Irvine
Associate
Brian R. Iverson
Member
Charles G. Jarboe
Member
Stephen J. Jasper
Member
Paul G. Jennings
Member
Michael P. Kapellas
Associate
Ashleigh Karnell
Associate
Britt K. Latham
Member
J. Brook Lathram
Member (retired)
Christopher G. Lazarini
Member
Anthony J. McFarland
Member
Sarah B. Miller
Associate
Sara K. Morgan
Associate
Jonathan E. Nelson
Associate
Taylor M. Sample
Associate
Lucas Ross Smith
Member
John C. Speer
Member
Richard R. Spore, III
Member
Russell E. Stair
Member
Amy Worrell Sterling
Senior Litigation Attorney
Overton Thompson III
Member
Kathryn Hannen Walker
Member
Hannah E. Webber
Associate
Jeffrey P. Yarbro
Counsel
Virginia Maynard Yetter
Associate