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John Edward Nanney

Business Attorney at Chattanooga, TN

5.0   4 reviews

also known as J. Edward Nanney, Ed Nanney

  • Licensed for 42 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1981
    Active No misconduct found

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"Counsel for Those Who Mind Their Own Business"

Ed Nanney has been licensed to practice law in Tennessee since 1981. He began his career in a civil litigation practice before joining the law department of a Fortune 500 company in 1987. Over 17 years with that company, he managed litigation throughout the country and was promoted to executive positions in both the United States and Canada. He left the "large company" world in 2004 to form his own business. Practicing solo since 2007, Ed concentrates his practice on the legal interests of small and medium businesses (SMBs), entrepreneurs and the self-employed. He focuses on the management of legal risk -- helping business owners recognize the legal risks they face and to implement the appropriate steps to eliminate, avoid or reduce those risks. He also helps owners derive optimal value from their businesses through estate planning, asset protection and business exit / transition planning services.

He recently served as Assistant Professor of Paralegal Studies at Chattanooga State Technical Community College teaching legal research, case writing and analysis, trial practice and civil procedure, torts, contracts, criminal law and procedure, insurance law, real estate and wills, trust and estates. 

Ed is a mediator and serves as a mediation trainer with Private Dispute Resolution Services in Chattanooga.

Ed earned his undergraduate and law degrees (BA with Honors in American Studies, JD) from the University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill where he was inducted to Phi Beta Kappa, elected a member of the Holderness Moot Court Bench and awarded Order of the Barristers for excellence in trial advocacy. Ed and his wife have two children and live in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee.

Service areas: Areas of concentration are business law, estate planning, asset protection, transition/succession planning, risk management, employee benefits, negotiations, mediation and alternate dispute resolution, transactions, contracts and franchise law.

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Posted by Caroline | September 15, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Employee discharge case
Ed helped provide invaluable guidance to handle the employee discharge case. From the beginning till the end. Ed walked us through steps to take and help us weigh our options.
Posted by Michael | September 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent service and advise
Ed prepared our wills and did work on behalf of our company. Work has always detailed and timely. He has always worked with us for the best results. We highly recommend him.
Posted by Dan | September 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Language used persuasively not manipulatively!
Ed masters written and verbal business language in such a persuasive ways, void of the negative connotation attributed to manipulation, that what could be difficult message can be heard and often accepted. Add to his character of wanting to do the “right” thing in advising his clients, he is trustworthy and steady. I have worked with Ed when he was my employer’s corporate attorney and I am hiring him again as my companies outsourced attorney.
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Posted by Scott | September 7, 2016
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Estate Planning
Ed took the time, and had the patience, to explain all aspects of the estate planning process. His responses were clear and concise and most certainly understandable to the layman.


  • Hourly Rates $ 250-300 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • J. Edward Nanney, Attorney at Law
  • 2007 - Present
  • Assistant Professor - Paralegal Studies
  • Chattanooga State Technical Community College
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Franchise Area Developer
  • Island Ink-Jet
  • 2005 - 2008
  • National Accounts Executive
  • UnumProvident
  • 1998 - 2004
  • VP - Canadian Risk Management
  • P)rovident Companies
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Counsel
  • Provident Companies
  • 1987 - 1996
  • Associate
  • Spears Moore Rebman & Williams Incorporated
  • 1981 - 1987
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  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978


  • National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 1981 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Trailblazer Award
  • American Association of Franchisees and Dealers
  • 2007
  • Order of the Barristers
  • UNC School of Law
  • 1981
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  • 1977

Speaking Engagements

  • NNEPA Fall Collegium
  • "The 3-Step Strategy for Business Assets"
  • 2016
  • NNEPA Spring Collegium
  • "Planning for 'No': Conflict Resolution and Plans that Work"
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

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Business Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Ed Nanney since beginning law school with him in 1978. He is fair, conscientious and will work hard for his clients. He brings special passion to representing small business owners since he founded his own venture and lived that life for several years."
Business Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Ed Nanney because I know him to be smart, diligent, dedicated to his clients, and personable. I have recommended him, without hesitation, to many people seeking legal help with their business issues."
Business Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ed Nanney is one of those rare lawyers who is very knowledgeable and skilled at both business law and estate planning. This gives him the ability to guide clients through the difficult process of turning a business into family wealth."
Trusts Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Nanney. We have a working relationship with Ed and are aware of the care and expertise he provides to clients. He is a trusted and experienced attorney in the Chattanooga area. Whether you require simple or more complex estate and business planning, Ed Nanney will provide you with excellent advice, service and support."
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Chattanooga Business Lawyer John Edward Nanney
John Edward Nanney
Business Attorney
Chattanooga, TN
Licensed for 42 years