Tennessee Litigation Lawyers

At Thompson Burton, our commercial and business litigation attorneys have broad experience in dispute resolution. We represent clients among all industries and are dedicated to keeping their best interest top-of-mind. Whether you’re a small business owner or CEO, we are available to represent you and help move your company forward.  

Commercial Litigation Services

Our litigation lawyers at Thompson Burton are passionate about representing Tennessee professionals. If you need legal support to resolve a business-related issue, contact us. Our dedicated team has years of experience in commercial and business litigation regarding a variety of matters, such as:
  • Breach of contract cases
  • Real estate litigation
  • Construction litigation
  • Employment disputes
  • Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) litigation
  • Business partnership issues
  • Fraudulent activity
  • Business malpractice
No matter how stable your business is, commercial disputes can severely disrupt your operations while costing you a lot of money. If you’re experiencing an issue, it is imperative that you take legal action as soon as possible to avoid risking a negative potential outcome

 

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Have you been faced with a business dispute? If so, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will efficiently review your case and swiftly move the litigation process along.  
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Pro Hac Vice Admission In Tennessee


The rules governing pro hac vice admission vary state-by-state and often court-by-court. I am currently admitted pro hac vice in several courts across the country. In addition, from time to time, I serve as local counsel in Tennessee for out-of-state attorneys. The following is a general overview of the rules governing pro hac vice admissions in Tennessee courts.   Middle District of Tennessee In the Middle District of Tennessee, Local Rule 83.01 requires that non-resident attorneys either become admitted to the bar of the Court, or seek admission pro hac vice and associate themselves with local counsel who are admitted to practice in the Middle District of Tennessee. The Rule requires local counsel to be admitted in the Middle District, and be a resident of Tennessee or have a principal law office in Tennessee. The Middle District provides instructions for pro hac vice admission and a proposed form Pro Hac Vice […]

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Tennessee Court of Appeals Weighs in on Validity of Non-Compete Agreement for a Sales Professional


The Wall Street Journal recently published an article regarding the rise in litigation over non-compete agreements. The article reports that litigation over non-competes has risen 60% in the last decade. While non-compete litigation may be on the rise, the courts have not necessarily clarified non-compete law. I have written blog posts about the general enforceability of non-compete agreements in Tennessee, applicability of non-compete agreements to independent contractors and non-compete agreements for healthcare professionals. In each instance, the enforceability of the non-compete agreement almost always depends on the unique circumstances of each case. Because non-compete cases are highly fact-driven, I was excited to see a recent opinion from the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Carson Combs v. Brick Acquisition Company, E2012-02696-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App., Oct. 30, 2013), which addresses one of the most common type of non-compete agreements – those applicable to salespersons. In Combs v. Brick Acquisition Company, the dispute began […]

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Nashville Local Counsel


The business litigation lawyers at Thomspon Burton PLLC regularly assist out-of-state attorneys, companies and individuals involved in litigation in the Nashville area and throughout the state. The firm has been called on by attorneys across the country to serve as local counsel. The lawyers at Thompson Burton are familiar with the local courts and judges and have succeeded in courtrooms throughout the state of Tennessee. The Thompson Burton business litigation team handles a wide variety of business-related disputes from complex commercial litigation to construction litigation, professional liability defense to contract disputes, and entertainment litigation to employment litigation. Their practice includes handling trials and appeals in state and federal court, in addition to alternative dispute resolution forums, such as mediation and arbitration. The firm has represented clients in a wide range of litigation matters, including: Contract Disputes & Business Litigation Disputes among Business Owners Multi Level Marketing (MLM)/Direct Sales Litigation Trade Secret & Non-Compete Disputes Franchising […]

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Piercing the Corporate Veil – Can You Personally Be on the Hook for Your Business’s Liabilities?


If you are a small business owner, chances are you operate your business through a separate entity, such as the popular limited liability company. Indeed, the protection of limited liability is one of the main reasons business owners go to the trouble of forming and maintaining a separate entity. A lawsuit in Nashville that made local business news headlines last month, D’Affari Properties, LLC vs. Martin Heflin et. al., Chancery Court for Davidson County, Tennessee, No 13-1118-I, involves a judgment creditor’s attempt to pierce the veil of an LLC to hold the members personally liable for the judgment. This likely caused many business owners to contemplate the prospect of being personally liable for business judgments, debts or other obligations. Business owners who operate through a legal business entity are generally protected from personal liability for company debts, business decisions or actions of the company. In Tennessee, there is a presumption that a […]

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Enforcing Out of State Judgments in Tennessee


The goal of a lawsuit is usually to win and obtain a money judgment against the other party. Unfortunately, a judgment is nothing more than a piece of paper. A judgment creditor does not get “paid” unless and until the judgment is enforced and the debt collected. What happens when the judgment debtor is located in another state or re-locates to another state without paying the judgment? What happens when all of the judgment debtor’s assets are located in another state? Is a judgment obtained out-of-state enforceable in Tennessee? No, a judgment obtained out-of-state is not enforceable in Tennessee, unless the out-of-state judgment is properly domesticated in a Tennessee court. Fortunately, judgments obtained in other states are ordinarily entitled to “full, faith and credit” in Tennessee. That is, Tennessee courts are required by Art. IV § 1 of the Constitution of the United States to give full faith and credit to judgments of other […]

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