Jeffrey A. Powell
Jeff was born in Greeneville, Tennessee. He obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting (with Honors) from the University of Tennessee, where he held numerous leadership positions on campus and in his fraternity. Jeff attended Emory University School of Law where he received the American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law.
Jeff focuses his practice on business, contract, employment, and general litigation matters. He represents clients across a broad spectrum of issues in these areas, and regularly handles cases in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts. Jeff understands that his clients need an attorney who not only aggressively pursues their legal positions, but also counsels them on how to identify and effectively manage issues before they turn into expensive litigation. He also uses his experience to help clients understand and navigate the legal system to help achieve the best outcome possible.
Jeff’s talents as a litigator were evident from his first trial out of law school wherein he successfully represented the buyer of a business in recovering a Judgment against the seller for compensatory and exemplary (punitive) damages, by proving that the seller submitted false financial and accounting records about the profitability of the business. He has built upon this success in a multitude of cases in his twenty year career as an attorney, including cases resulting in seven figure recoveries for his clients.
Jeff is admitted to the Bar in the States of Georgia and Tennessee. He is also admitted in the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Georgia, as well as the Eastern District of Tennessee.
Some examples of the specific type of disputes regularly handled by Jeff include the following:
He handles all types of commercial and business litigation disputes including breach of contract and business tort claims.
He represents employers and employees in connection with severance agreements, and in various employment law matters in litigation, administrative charges and investigations concerning race, age, gender, sexual harassment, retaliation and ADA claims.
He regularly represents employers and employees in cases regarding non-compete, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure covenants, as well as trade secret violations, including cases involving requests for immediate injunctive relief.
He represents owners in businesses concerning disputes between themselves and “business divorces.”
He regularly represents clients in Adversary Proceedings in the United States Bankruptcy Courts.
He represents contractors and builders in construction disputes, filing liens, and bringing lawsuits to perfect and enforce liens.
He handles disputes regarding warranties and alleged defects in workmanship. He represents clients concerning disputes over insurance coverage. He represents clients regarding franchise disputes.
- Civil and commercial litigation
- Employment law
- Georgia, 1994
- Tennessee 1994
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
- University of Tennessee, Knoxville (B.S., Accounting with Honors, 1991; recipient, Tennessee Society of CPA’s Scholarship)
- Emory University School of Law (J.D., 1994; recipient, American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law)
- American Bar Association (Litigation section)
- State Bar of Georgia (Business law section, and Labor and employment law section)
- Tennessee Bar Association
- “Practical Legal Ethics,” National Business Institute (1999)