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Below is a list attorneys who practice bankruptcy law in the State of Tennessee. Their education, location of there practice and phone numbers are included.

Lawrence Ahern*
Nashville, TN

Steven Crawford*

Knoxville, TN

Joseph A. Livesay

Memphis, TN

James McKoon
Chattanooga, TN
Marcelle Nia
Memphis TN
Mark Young*
Hixson, TN

Types of Bankruptcy (Business, Consumer and Municipal)
  • Chapter 7 - Can be filed by individuals, partnerships and corporations. The most common type of bankruptcy filing
  • Chapter 9 - Adjustment of debts of a municipality
  • Chapter 11 - Filed by large and small businesses. Individuals filing Chapter 11, are involved in business in some capacity, either as sole proprietors, or as principals of a corporation or partnership
  • Chapter 12 - Adjustment of debts of a family farmer or fisherman
  • Chapter 13 - Available for individuals only, no corporations or partnerships may file
  • Chapter 15 - Bankruptcy, reorganization and insolvency cases that have assets, debtors, creditors, and other interested parties in multiple countries

Attorney Name -
Education, Address and Practice

Lawrence Ahern*

Undergraduate School: Vanderbilt University - Nashville, Tennessee
Law School: Vanderbilt Law School - Nashville, Tennessee


Burr & Forman LLP
Attorney Lawrence R. Ahern III
700 Two American Center
3102 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
Telephone: (615) 724-3210
Fax: (615) 724-3310

Practice: Davidson County
Bankruptcy Specialist* - Certified in Business Bankruptcy
Tennessee State Bar - Admitted 1972


Steven Crawford*


Undergraduate School: Arkansas State University - Jonesboro, Arkansas
Law School: Southern Methodist University School of Law - Dallas, Texas


Clark & Washington
Steven F. Crawford, Attorney at Law
2606 Greenway Drive, Suite 105
640 North Building
Knoxville, TN 37918
Telephone: (865) 281-8084
Fax: (865) 862-8799

Practice: Knox County
Bankruptcy Specialist* - Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy
Texas State Bar - Admitted 1997
Tennessee State Bar - Admitted 1998

Joseph A. Livesay, Sr.
Education: Undergraduate School: Middle Tennessee State University - Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Law School: Memphis State University School of Law - Memphis, Tennessee
Address: Joseph A. Livesay, Sr.
Attorney at Law
239 Adams Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
Telephone: (901) 730-6012
Fax: (901) 525-0290
Practice: Shelby County
Consumer and business bankruptcy
Tennessee State Bar - Admitted 1975


James McKoon


Undergraduate School: University of Georgia - Athens, Georgia
Law School: University of Georgia School of Law - Athens, Georgia


McKoon, Williams & Haun Law Firm
1300 Republic Centre
633 Chestnut St.
Chattanooga, TN 37450
Telephone: (423) 756-6400
Fax: (423) 756-8600

Practice: Hamilton County
Georgia State Bar - Admitted 1981
Tennessee State Bar - Admitted 1981

Marcelle Nia
Education: Undergraduate School: Rhodes College - Memphis, Tennessee
Law School: University of Memphis School of Law - Memphis, Tennessee
Address: Jimmy E. McElroy & Associates
Marcelle Zarshenas Nia, Attorney
3780 South Mendenhall Road
Memphis TN 38115
Telephone: 901-363-7283
Fax: 901-794- 4335
Practice: Shelby County
Tennessee State Bar - Admitted 1987


Mark Young*


Undergraduate School: Tennessee Technological University - Cookeville, Tennessee
Law School: University of Tennessee College of Law - Knoxville, Tennessee


Mark T. Young & Associates
2121 Hamill Road
Hixson, TN 37343
Telephone: 423-870-5225
Fax: 423-877-0363

Practice: Hamilton County
Bankruptcy Specialist* - Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy
Tennessee State Bar - Admitted 1977


Bankruptcy Specialist*

       Attorneys listed with an asterisk* (Lawrence Ahern, Steven Crawford and Mark Young) are specialists in certain areas of bankruptcy law and are certified by the American Board of Certification (ABC), located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The ABC is sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Commercial Law League of America. The three areas of certification include the following; Creditors' Rights, Business Bankruptcy and Consumer Bankruptcy. For more information on this subject, please visit the Bankruptcy Specialist section on the web site.

Content written by Jack Garchar


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