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Overview

Alan focuses his practice on investment management and private wealth matters.

With decades of comprehensive legal experience, he has guided individuals and their businesses in estate planning and business succession planning. Additionally, Alan has represented individual and institutional executors and trustees in virtually all sorts of litigation matters, both as defense counsel and initiating action. He has also represented taxpayers in administrative proceedings and in courtrooms, and provided critical services to tax-exempt organizations. He also has served as “general counsel” to families and their businesses. Alan’s industry work includes:

  • Assisting one of the largest American banks in the tax-exempt organization portion of a community development project in Chicago involving complex matters.
  • Advising a Fortune 500 bank holding company regarding trust and estate and litigation matters.

In addition, Alan frequently presents on financial topics such as taxation, estate planning, business succession planning and probate and trust issues across the country. He has spoken before the Tennessee Bar Association, the Tennessee Society of CPAs, estate planning councils, and at estate planning and planned-giving seminars at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Texas A&M University and the University of New Haven.

Alan is a member of the Tennessee Probate Study Committee, which reviews and comments on pending legislation in the areas of trusts, estates and similar issues. Before entering private practice in 1975, Alan served as the planned giving officer for the University of Tennessee. He also served on the faculty of the National Planned Giving Institute at the College of William & Mary for more than 25 years.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers In America, Litigation-Trusts and Estates, Non-Profit/Charities Law, Trusts and Estates, 2003-2020; Chattanooga Lawyer of the Year, Trusts and Estates, 2010, 2017; Chattanooga Lawyer of the Year,  Nonprofit/Charities Law, 2020
  • Chattanooga Bar Association, Harry Weill Zealous Practice of Law Award, 2010
  • Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Bruce C. Bailey Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Estate Planning & Probate, 2006-2019

Education

  • J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law
  • B.S., University of Tennessee

Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
  • Chattanooga Bar Association, Fellow; President
  • Chattanooga Estate Planning Council
  • Chattanooga Planned Giving Council
  • Chattanooga Tax Practitioners
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Fellow
  • Tennessee Probate Study Committee
Experience
  • Assisted one of the largest American banks in the tax-exempt organization portion of a community development project in Chicago involving complex matters.
  • Advised a Fortune 500 bank holding company regarding trust and estate and litigation matters.
News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | November 8, 2018
Nine Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to 2018 Thomson Reuters' Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Husch Blackwell has nine attorneys in the 2018 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

News Releases | August 15, 2018
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2019 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 143 Husch Blackwell attorneys in its 2019 directory. The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and five attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | August 15, 2017
Husch Blackwell Places 156 Lawyers in 2018 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 156 Husch Blackwell lawyers in its 2018 directory, breaking the firm’s old record of 151 set last year. The firm also has 10 attorneys listed as “Lawyers of the Year” and 15 lawyers who have made the list for the first time.

Community Leadership
  • First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ, President
  • University of Tennessee National Alumni Association, President