Business   •   Health Care   •   Labor & Employment   •   Litigation   •   Mediation   •   Wills & Estates   •   Workers' Comp.

Practice Areas


A summary of some of the more significant services provided by the business practice group of Arnett, Draper & Hagood, LLP is as follows:

  • Choice of Entity and Formation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate Formation
  • Limited Partnerships (LP)
  • Other Limited Liability entities
  • Leases and Purchases
  • Employment and Ownership Contracts
  • Business Counseling
  • Taxation
  • Business Litigation
  • Foreign Corporations

Health Care Law

The lawyers of Arnett, Draper & Hagood, LLP provide advice, counseling, training and litigation services for the firm's clients in the following areas of health care law:

  • Hospital Liability
  • Physician Liability
  • Nursing home Liability
  • Dental Liability
  • Nursing Care Liability
  • Pharmacist Liability
  • Physical Therapist Liability
  • Hospital/Physician Credentialing
  • Discovery of Medical Records, Peer Review Records and Incident Reports
  • Development of Hospital/Medical Staff Bylaws, Rules and Regulations
  • Development of Health Care Institution Policies and Procedures
  • HCFA and EMTALA Violations and Termination Proceedings
  • Federal anti-dumping claims
  • Drug Product Liability
  • Third Party Payors (ERISA)

Labor & Employment

The lawyers of Arnett, Draper & Hagood, LLP provide advice, counseling, training and litigation services for the firm's clients in the following areas of labor and employment law:

  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Arbitration
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Counseling of Management and HR Specialists on Employment Law Compliance Issues
  • Discrimination Claims
  • Drug/Alcohol Policies
  • Employee Handbooks and Policy Manuals
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Fair Employment Practices (FEP) Claims
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPPA)
  • Internal Business Investigations
  • Labor Management Relations
  • Litigation in All State and Federal Courts
  • Management and Supervisor Training
  • Mediation
  • Non-Competition Agreements
  • Representation of Management in Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Administrative Proceedings
  • Representation of Management in Tennessee Human Rights Commission (THRC), Administrative Proceedings
  • Separation Agreements and Disputes
  • Severance Agreements and Disputes
  • Sexual Harassment Claims
  • Title VII Claims
  • Unemployment Compensation Claims
  • Wage & Hour Claims
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Discharge Claims

Wills & Estates

Arnett, Draper & Hagood, LLP's wills and estates attorneys provide a number of different legal services in the areas of estate planning and estate administration. The firm is aware of the difficult nature of planning and administration and strives to provide services in a professional manner.

  • Wills
  • Administration of Estates
  • Advanced Directives
  • Trust Design and Implementation
  • Charitable Foundations and Charitable Gifting Plans
  • Estate Planning
  • Tax Issues
  • Estate Litigation


From the very beginning of the establishment of Arnett, Draper & Hagood, LLP in 1954, the firm's practice has focused primarily on civil litigation in all state and federal courts. The range of legal services the firm offers has steadily expanded since its inception to include such areas as commercial and corporate transactions, wills, trusts, estate planning, probate and other matters, in addition to the long standing tradition of the firm's litigation and trial practice.

The areas of litigation covered by the firm's practice include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Aviation
  • Asbestos
  • Bankruptcy
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Corporate
  • Employment
  • Estates
  • Health Care
  • Insurance Defense
  • Labor
  • Maritime/Admiralty
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Surety
  • Torts
  • Trucking
  • Workers' Compensation


Several of the firm's members work as mediators. Three of Arnett, Draper & Hagood, LLP's attorneys are qualified "Rule 31 Mediators" under the Rules of the Supreme Court of the State of Tennessee and two are also certified Mediators for the Unites States Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Workers' Compensation

The lawyers of Arnett, Draper & Hagood, LLP provide advice, counseling, training and litigation services for the firm's clients in the following areas of workers' compensation law:

  • Pre-litigation advice, support and counseling for employers, carriers and third party administrators on various compensability issues
  • Advice concerning general workers' compensation issues, including applicable defenses, causation issues, and return to work issues
  • Assist employers, carriers and third party administrators with pre-litigation Requests for Assistance and filings with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Workers' Compensation Division (TNDOL)
  • Trials in Chancery and Circuit Courts in Knox County, south of Knoxville to Chattanooga, west of Knoxville to Cookeville, and northeast to all counties between Knoxville and the Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol areas
  • Mediations/benefit review conferences before the TNDOL
  • Appellate practice before the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Special Workers' Compensation Appeals Panel
  • Coordination of Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) with workers' compensation absences
  • Assist with reasonable accommodation obligations pursuant to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and returning employees to work
  • Counseling employers to avoid successful pursuit of retaliatory discharge action when employees are not returned to work following an occupational injury
  • Claim evaluation and valuation
  • Preparation of petitions, final judgments, orders and Department of Labor documents for settlement approvals before state courts and the TNDOL
  • Counseling employers, carriers and third party administrators regarding compliance with the Tennessee Workers' Compensation Law, the regulations from the TNDOL, including claims handling standards, case management thresholds, § 204 Panels of Physicians, etc
  • Counsel employers, carriers and third party administrators in the nuances of the Tennessee Drug Free Workplace Act
  • Prepare certified drug free workplace programs for compliance with the Tennessee Drug Free Workplace Act
  • Assist employers, carriers and third party administrators with fraud detection, prevention and prosecution in conjunction with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation