Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC

617 W. Main Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
United States
Phone: (865) 292-2307
Fax: (865) 292-2321
Email: sbarrett@hdclaw.com

W. Michael Baisley

Lawyer W. Michael BaisleyMember

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Phone: 865-292-2307
Fax: 865-292-2321
Email: [email protected]
vCard: Click to download

Mike Baisley focuses his practice in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, formation of new business entities including corporations, LLCs and partnerships, private securities offerings, business transactions, contract negotiations and drafting, and complex business litigation and arbitration. Mr. Baisley enjoys working with business clients on an ongoing basis, where he essentially serves as the company’s “outside corporate counsel.”

Mr. Baisley typically assists clients in the following areas:

  • Representing entrepreneurs and startup companies in connection with formation of new LLCs, corporations and partnerships
  • Representing buyers and sellers in connection with stock sales, asset sales and merger transactions
  • Representing both issuers and investors in connection with private offerings and raising capital
  • Reviewing, negotiating and drafting commercial real estate contracts and commercial leases
  • Reviewing, negotiating and drafting various types of business contracts, including intellectual property licenses, consulting agreements, executive employment agreements, physician employment agreements, non-compete agreements, employee severance agreements, as well as warehousing, distribution and fulfillment agreements
  • Representing borrowers and lenders in connection with commercial loans and refinancing transactions

Representative Client Matters

  • Represented local healthcare software company in $10 million merger with publicly-traded competitor
  • Represented family-owned corporation in connection with $130 million stock sale, including Hart-Scott-Rodino premerger notification resulting in approval by Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice
  • Represented physicians’ group in connection with dissolution, windup and liquidation of practice
  • Represented durable medical equipment supplier in sale of LLC membership interests in exchange for buyer’s assumption of debt obligations and payables
  • Represented national tire distributor in connection with $2 million acquisition of competitor’s assets
  • Represented international distributor of automotive parts in establishing U.S. subsidiary
  • Represented regional coal mining company in $18 million stock sale to competing coal processor
  • Represented oil and gas company in connection with $50 million sale of stock and real estate to private equity fund
  • Represented regional shopping-center developer in series of asset divestitures and refinancing transactions, including successful workout of defaulted $10 million credit facility
  • Represented regional commercial bank in a series of commercial real estate loans totaling $15 million
  • Represented owner of Cessna Citation X business jet in $7 million sale transaction
  • Represented professional engineering firm in connection with strategic divestiture of majority shareholder and subsequent purchase of stock by employees
  • Represented investors and developers in connection with various tourist attractions in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg (Sevier County, TN)
  • Represented founding member of regional software firm in connection with exit strategy, culminating in $3 million cross-sale of LLC interest to remaining owners
  • Represented 50 year-old manufacturing company in connection with corporate dissolution, windup and liquidation of assets, including sale of $2.5 million real estate asset
  • Represented contractors, subcontractors and developers in connection with various facets of construction projects, ranging from residential to multi-million dollar automobile manufacturing facilities
  • Represented developers of distressed real estate projects in connection with foreclosures, loan workouts and insolvency issues

Industries Served

  • Venture Capital & Angel Investing
  • Physicians’ Groups
  • Manufacturing
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Oil & Gas / Coal
  • Medical Technology / Medical Devices
  • Software & Web Development
  • Convenience Stores
  • Banking
  • Private Aviation
  • Construction
  • Building Materials & Products
  • Equipment Finance & Leasing
  • Automobile Dealers
  • Scrap Metal Recycling
  • Trucking / Transportation
  • Warehousing / Distribution / Logistics
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Agriculture / Commercial Farming
  • Golf Courses
  • Investment Advisors & Financial Planners


Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Tennessee


Honors and Awards

  • Cityview 2009 Top Knoxville Attorney – Construction Litigation and Collections
  • Cityview 2011 Top Knoxville Attorney – Banking Law, Collections/Foreclosures & Contract Law
  • Cityview 2012 Top Knoxville Attorney – Collections/Foreclosure
  • Mid-South Rising Star 2012 – Business/Corporate
  • Cityview 2013 Top Knoxville Attorney – Banking Law; Business Litigation; Business/Commercial Law; Collections/Foreclosure; Construction Law; Contract Law; Corporate Law; Real Estate Finance & Development
  • Mid-South Rising Star 2013 – Business/Corporate
  • Cityview 2014 Knoxville Top Attorney – Real Estate Finance & Development, Corporate Law, Construction Law, Business/Commercial Law, Business Litigation, Banking Law
  • Mid-South Rising Star 2014 — Business/Corporate
  • Best Lawyers in America 2015 – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Mid-South Rising Star 2015– Business/Corporate
  • Global Awards 2015, Corporate LiveWire, Winner
  • Cityview 2015 Knoxville Top Attorney – Real Estate Finance & Development, Contract Law, Construction Law, Collections/Forclosures, Business/Commercial Law, Business Litigation, Banking Law
  • Best Lawyers in America 2016 – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships). Listed as Best Lawyer since 2015.
  • Mid-South Rising Star 2015 – Business/Corporate
  • Cityview 2016 Top Knoxville Attorney – Business/Commercial Law, Securities – Plaintiff/Defesnse, Banking Law

Professional Associations and Memberships

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • “Handling Real Estate Transactions” – NBI Real Estate Seminar (Knoxville, TN) (December 2015)
  • Tennessee Creates New Business Court to “Fast Track” Business & Commercial Litigation – HDC Blog (May 2015)
  • “Corporate and LLC Formation Issues” – Tennessee Bar Association Transactional Practice CLE (Knoxville, TN)
  • “Confidentiality and Employment Agreements” – Tennessee Bar Association Transactional Practice CLE (Knoxville, TN)
  • “Credit and Bankruptcy Issues” – NBI Real Estate Seminar (Knoxville, TN)
  • “Acquisition Structure Overview” – Tennessee Bar Association Transactional Practice CLE (Knoxville, TN)
  • “Financing Issues” – Tennessee Bar Association Transactional Practice CLE (Knoxville, TN)