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Dean B. Farmer

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Knoxville, Tennessee
(865) 292-2307
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Dean B. Farmer received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, Masters degree from Harvard University and law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1979. He has served as a member of the Board of Professional Responsibility Hearing Committee of the Supreme Court of Tennessee and holds memberships in the Defense Research Institute, the American Bankruptcy Institute and the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees. His practice involves diverse corporate and commercial litigation, including Chapter 11 reorganization, corporate debtor and creditor representation, and defense practice in civil rights and governmental entity representation. The governmental entity representation includes sheriff's departments, county commissions, school boards, utility districts, ambulance services, highway departments, election commissions and other matters related to county government throughout the State of Tennessee. He was a Certified Business Bankruptcy Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization as well as the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification from 1995 to 2001. He has served as a board member of the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute. Mr. Farmer was qualified as a mediator as approved by the Tennessee Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and participant on the federal mediation panel for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. He currently serves on the Pro-Bono panel of the Knoxville Bar Association. He is panel trustee for the Unites States Trustee's Office in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. He frequently lectures on bankruptcy as well as civil rights topics.

AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate/Financial Institution/Business Practice
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Civil Rights
  • Public Entity Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Real Estate Law

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D. - 1979
  • University of Harvard
    • M.T.S.
  • University of North Carolina
    • B.S.

Honors and Awards

  • Federal Panel Mediator, USDCED
  • Trustee, United States Bankruptcy Trustee Panel
  • Super Lawyers 2009-2013 for bankruptcy practice
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers 2012 - Bankruptcy & Credit/Debtor Rights
  • Cityview 2012-13 Top Knoxville Attorney - Bankruptcy-Creditor, Bankruptcy-Debtor
  • Best Lawyers in America 2013 - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation
  • Cityview 2013-14 Top Knoxville Attorney - Bankruptcy-Creditor; Bankruptcy-Debtor; Business Litigation; Constitutional Law/Civil Rights
  • Best Lawyers in America 2014 - Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers 2013 - Listed among Tennessee Top 100 Lawyers
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers 2013 - Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • Knoxville Bar Associations
  • Tennessee Bar Association

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