Knoxville, TN Small Business Lawyer

Small Business Attorneys in Knoxville Committed to Helping You Succeed

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our nation and the Knoxville community. They provide jobs, create wealth, and promote commerce that is necessary to sustain a healthy city. Sooner or later, however, your business will face challenges. A skilled and experienced small business attorney can help you plan for those challenges, overcome your obstacles, and eventually grow your business to its full potential.

At the Barnes Law Firm, we’re proud to be members of the Knoxville small business community and value the opportunities we’ve been given. As members of that community, we have the perspective, experience, and values to provide you with high-quality legal services that will help your business thrive. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, give us a call at 865-805-5703 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.

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We Work with Tennessee Startups

Starting a new business is incredibly exciting, but can also seem incredibly daunting. We understand the challenges that startups face, but more importantly, we know how to help you best position yourself for future success. The small business attorneys at the Barnes Law Firm helps startups navigate the following issues:

  • Choosing your corporate structure – what type of entity is right for your business?
  • Preparing and filing and necessary legal documents
  • Drafting the internal foundational documents that will govern how your business operates
  • Drafting and negotiating contracts, leases, and other agreements for your customers and business partners

We Work with Established Businesses

In addition to startups, we also work with established small businesses, from family-owned-and-operated businesses that have been around for decades, to small sole-proprietorships that are established but still young.

We work with our small business clients to meet the following needs:

  • Ensuring that your business complies with all state and local government obligations
  • Ensuring that you are in compliance with any industry regulations
  • Helping you plan for the future by addressing any legal issues related to financial or tax matters
  • Addressing any concerns you have regarding the future succession or dissolution of your business
  • Helping you guard against potential liability exposure
  • Assisting in the negotiation of any contracts or other agreements
  • Helping you settle any disputes

We provide a value-added service to our small business clients by addressing the issues that take your time and focus away from your core business activities.

Representation Inside and Outside the Courtroom

Many small business owners think that you only need a lawyer if you are being sued or if you need to sue someone. This is an unfortunate misconception. A small business lawyer can help you with almost every aspect of your business so that you can reach your goals more quickly and with minimal trouble. Hiring a small business lawyer is an investment in optimizing your company’s future.

That said, your small business lawyer should be equipped to handle all of your litigation needs in addition to your operational needs. From filing suit to enforce a contract to defending against meritless claims, we help our clients navigate whatever litigation challenges they are facing.

  • Breach of contract lawsuits
  • Collection lawsuits
  • Shareholder and partner disputes
  • Employment lawsuits
  • Bankruptcy issues
  • Non-compete issues
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Regulatory disputes such as zoning or taxation issues

We represent Knoxville businesses in almost any forum, both in state and federal court. We can also handle the following cases:

  • Appeals
  • Arbitrations and mediations
  • Administrative proceedings
  • Post-judgment actions

We also understand that for many businesses, litigation is a last resort. Depending on your objectives, we can help you assess potential issues, minimize liability exposure, and possibly avoid litigation when it seems unavoidable by negotiating a favorable settlement.


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We Understand What Makes Small Businesses Unique

We are small business owners ourselves, so we understand the challenges small businesses face compared to larger businesses. We believe that your most valuable asset is your time. You don’t have the staff or resources to devote to tracking and managing your company’s legal needs. As a result, we provide our clients with timely and responsive service. We work hard to make sure that your needs are met when you need them because we know you don’t have time for follow-ups and delays.

We also understand that your company’s reputation in the local community is critical to the success of your business. We work to protect that reputation by providing high-quality legal services that help you meet your goals.

Finally, we believe that your business is unique. Therefore, we provide tailored solutions to your challenges – we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach in serving our clients.

Cost-Effective Legal Services

We know that small businesses don’t have money to waste and are very careful with their money. Lawyers can be costly, but an investment in quality legal counsel and representation can save time and money in the long run. One of the biggest challenges for small businesses is staying within their budget for legal expenses, especially when those expenses were unexpected.

We work closely with our clients to develop a realistic budget that meets their legal needs. We understand that the expense of legal services is often a factor in deciding how a small business should proceed, so we work to provide creative solutions that meet your budget goals. At the end of the day, we want to help your business thrive – not be a drag on the bottom line.

Call the Knoxville Small Business Attorneys at the Barnes Law Firm

You don’t have to wait until your business has been sued to hire a lawyer. The small business attorneys at the Barnes Law Firm have the knowledge and skills necessary to not only protect your business but to help it thrive. We can help you prioritize your business goals, identify your needs, and then scale our services to meet your objectives and your budget. If you’d like to discuss your business and how we can help, call us at 865-805-5703 or send us an email to schedule a free consultation.

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Client Testimonials

"John is amazing not only did he get the outcome he promised he did it in a shorter time than he originally said. He went above and beyond in returning my emails and phone calls. John and staff truly cared about me as a person. I highly recommend John Barnes."

Coach M.

"I would highly recommend Mr. Barnes to everyone & I would definitely contact Mr. Barnes if I or anyone in my family should ever need an attorney again:) They were all very professional, friendly & treated our case with importance:) Mr.Barnes got my son’s DUI dropped to reckless driving so I would definitely recommend him to everyone!!!!!!!"

Alicia U.

"Mr. Barnes and his staff are amazing. I can’t imagine anyone doing a better job with my case. At no point in the long process was I disappointed in any way with how things were handled."

Scott C.