I am a partner and executive committee member. I view my job very simply: to make money for clients whenever possible and to protect their interests at every turn. My transactional work includes serving as outside general counsel to closely-held businesses and their principals; representing private equity funds and others in their M&A activities; and structuring new businesses, business lines, joint ventures, and other significant commercial relationships. I regularly advise clients on a wide range of topics including fiduciary duties, corporate structuring issues (between shareholders, members, joint ventures, etc.), credit negotiations, general contract issues, succession planning, employee matters, and litigation. I have extensive experience in guiding companies and their constituents through a variety of challenging situations. represent companies in distress, their owners and boards of directors, official and ad hoc creditor committees, buyers, their assignees, receivers, trustees, and other stakeholders in bankruptcy cases, assignments for the benefit of creditors, receiverships, and out-of-court workouts. While I am not a trial attorney, my clients trust me in directing my litigation partners on such matters. After law school, I clerked for a federal judge before entering private practice. I was an Adjunct Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business for several years and was the first Clayton Center for Entrepreneurial Law Visiting Professor of Business Law at the University of Tennessee College of Law. I have been profiled, interviewed, and/or quoted in numerous publications, and am the lead author and editor of several significant treatises, several chapters in other treatises, and hundreds of articles on law and business. I am also the founder of an online provider of continuing education, information, and business intelligence for business owners, investors, and their trusted advisors.