George R. Arrants Jr.

George R. Arrants Jr.

Partner
Location:
Knoxville, Tennessee
Phone:
865-525-5134
Fax:
865-522-5723
Email:
Martindale Hubbell

George R. Arrants, Jr. focuses his legal practice in the areas of Corporate and Transactional and Employment and Labor. He has extensive experience in his practice areas as well as a thorough knowledge of his clients' businesses and unique legal needs. While simultaneously protecting their business interests from unintended or unexpected legal consequences, he efficiently and effectively identifies and pursues the best options and/or solutions to their employment or business-related legal matters. He is diligent and honest in his relationship with his clients and finds the practice of law to be both challenging and highly rewarding. He is admitted to practice in the Tennessee Supreme Court, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit.

In his Corporate and Transactional practice, Mr. Arrants handles the follows:

  • Entity formation
  • Contract drafting and review for unique transactions
  • Transactional work (business and assets Buy-Sell), ranging from drafting to closing

Mr. Arrants' Employment and Labor practice is concentrated on matters arising from:

  • Legal compliance with employment regulations and the law
  • Wage and hour compliance
  • Counseling on workplace policies and practices - termination or disciplinary
  • Employment agreement drafting, with emphasis on separations and hiring
  • Employment Discrimination Defense litigation

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate and Transactional Law
  • Employment and Labor Law

Bar Admissions

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

Education

  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D. - 1987
  • Vanderbilt University
    • B.A. - 1984

Representative Cases

  • Pruitt v Citizens National Bank, U.S. D. Ct. E.E.Tenn., Civil Action No. 3:08 CV 373 (ADEA Wrongful Termination Defense)
  • L-S Industries, Inc.v. J. Christopher Matlack, U.S. D. Ct. E.D.Tenn., Case No. 3:07-cv-00273 (Interference with Business and Unfair Competition Clams for Plaintiff)

Representative Clients

  • In one instance, Mr. Arrants represented a client who was involved in a legal dispute with the buyer of that client's business properties. The buyer had not made a payment on the client-financed transaction for over three years and owed a substantial amount of the debt under the contract, despite operating the business. Mr. Arrants focused attention on the client's rights to foreclose the guarantor's equity interest in the debtor's operating entity. This cause of action did not interfere with the buyer's pending sale transactions but successfully persuaded the buyer to make payment on the contract, with the end result of his client being paid 90% of the total accrued debt.
  • In another instance, Mr. Arrants consulted with an employer client regarding the potential harassing conduct of an experienced company officer who had significant business responsibility. Mr. Arrants provided counseling through conducting the investigation and documentation of interviews, which ultimately led to the employer's decision to terminate the employee. Mr. Arrants assisted his client when an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charge of discrimination was filed by the terminated employee, and he successfully defended his client against the discrimination lawsuit subsequently filed in federal district court. A four-day jury trial resulted in the jury upholding the employer's non-discriminatory termination decision.

Honors and Awards

  • Barrister, Hamilton Burnett Inns of Court
  • Judicial Clerkship, Hon. R. Allen Edgar, USDJ, EDTN 1987
  • Rated as Distinguished by Martindale-Hubbell, 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Hamilton Burnett Inns of Court