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

Corporate / Financial Institution / Business Practice

Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC is a full service business and corporate law firm. Our corporate and business attorneys represent a wide variety of business clients, ranging from entrepreneurs and startup businesses to publicly traded entities.

Our business clients also cover a broad range of industries, including banks and financial institutions, public utilities, manufacturing and distribution companies, oil and gas distributors, convenience stores, internet and online businesses, trucking and other transportation companies, restaurants and retail businesses, real estate developers, construction professionals ranging from general contractors to subcontractors and suppliers, automobile dealers, medical equipment suppliers and distributors, and various professional organizations including hospitals, physicians, dentists, and other health care providers.

Corporations, Limited Liability Companies & Partnerships

The business and corporate attorneys at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC have a long history and a successful track record of counseling and representing our business clients through the various stages of a business entity’s life cycle. We represent clients regarding the formation and operation of various incorporated and unincorporated business entities, including:

  • Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies (LLCs)
  • Professional Limited Liability Companies (PLLCs)
  • General Partnerships
  • Limited Partnerships (LPs)
  • Joint Ventures

In addition to the formation of new business entities, our business and corporate attorneys also represent clients regarding the negotiation and preparation of corporate shareholder agreements, LLC operating agreements, partnership agreements, buy-sell agreements, executive employment agreements, stock option agreements, and numerous other corporate agreements and transactions.

Our business and corporate attorneys are also experienced in litigating shareholder disputes in closely-held corporations, partnership disputes, breach of fiduciary claims, and employment disputes involving termination of key employees and related issues concerning non-compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements.

Financial Institutions

The business and corporate attorneys at Hodges Doughty & Carson PLLC also represent a number of banks and financial institutions, ranging from small community banks and credit unions to large, publicly-held commercial banks and insurance companies. Members of the firm represent financial institutions in collections and bankruptcy matters, real estate foreclosures, lender liability actions, secured transactions under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), and various other debtor-creditor matters.

Our extensive experience representing financial institutions also gives our business clients an advantage when they are represented by Hodges Doughty & Carson PLLC in connection with borrowing transactions. We frequently represent borrowers in secured and unsecured commercial loan transactions, asset-based loans, loan modifications, workouts and other debt restructuring, and bankruptcy proceedings (including Chapter 7, Chapter 13 and Chapter 11). Our attorneys also have experience representing both borrowers and investors in venture capital and private equity transactions.

Business Transactions

Our business and corporate attorneys at Hodges Doughty & Carson PLLC also represent clients in almost all types of business transactions, including real estate purchase and sale transactions and leases, corporate mergers and acquisitions, tax-free reorganizations and share exchanges, stock divestitures and transfers, stock purchase and sale agreements, asset purchase agreements, joint venture agreements, vendor-purchaser agreements, warehousing agreements, license agreements, and Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) sales and secured transactions. We also advise clients regarding restaurant and business franchising transactions, including reviewing, negotiating and preparing franchise agreements on behalf of franchisors and franchisees alike.

Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC has extensive experience representing individuals, corporate entities, developers, and financial institutions in real estate matters. Our attorneys negotiate and prepare sales contracts, lease agreements, and loan agreements. We represent purchasers and sellers in commercial and residential real estate transactions, and lenders and borrowers in loan transactions. We also represent lenders, developers and contractors in the development of real estate projects such as tourist attractions, subdivisions, convenience stores and shopping centers.