Our firm is a General Practice firm with lawyers representing clients in Civil Trials, Business Transactions, Real Estate, Probate and Estates, Construction, Municipal, Domestic, and Environmental issues. The firm was established in 1968, when I joined Ben Kizer in his existing practice. Mr. Kizer was a World War II veteran who began his legal career in 1952. He retired in 1982, and the practice continued to grow and expand to its present size. The firm name was retained to the present day.Example cases
Multiple civil trials involving complex Business transactions, Estate disputes, and Personal Injury. Former Assistant Attorney General for Blount, Loudon, and Roane Counties.
Confidentiality Orders have been entered in major mediated settlements and cases that have been appealed are listed by word search (David Black) in the Tennessee and Federal Reporting System, or by searching Google.
329 Cates Street
Maryville TN 37771
If we do not believe, after initial consultation, that we can be of service, then there is generally no charge.
There are three types of fee arrangements dependent upon a variety of factors: Contingent (a fixed percent of recovery in Plaintiff's case), a fixed fee based upon mutual agreement (dependent upon an evaluation of the reasonable estimated time and difficulty involved) and an hourly rate (time involved). Sometimes a fee can involve a minimum hourly rate plus a partial contingency.
Dependent upon the area of practice and experience of the lawyer handling the matter. Range of hourly fees is from $175 to $295 per hour.
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or by appointment
Melanie Davis speaks French. Our staff speaks Spanish.
A lawyer has a license to achieve a responsible change in the lives of not only one person but many persons.
An informed client is better prepared to relate the facts of his or her case and to ask questions regarding the law applicable to the situation. However, there is so much misinformation available on the web and through form books that a little knowledge can be a dangerous approach.
Document preparation by clients is helpful in identifying issues of concern to the client and may save some time, but a full discussion with counsel is in the client's best interest.
I served in the Army Security Agency from 1969 to 1971 and returned to the practice with Mr. Kizer. Other than the military service, and various jobs prior to and during college and law school, my employment has been continuous with Kizer & Black.
From delivering newspapers, mowing yards, bagging groceries, selling shoes, serving as dorm counselor and assistant head resident, to engaging is multiple student activities as an undergraduate, to completing my undergraduate and legal education by my 23rd birthday, my Military service, to my experience as a part time Assistant Attorney General, as well as a lifetime of dealing with people makes me a better, understanding, and compassionate lawyer.
The ability to communicate without alienating the adversary (unless absolutely necessary).Personal interests:
My interests include family, travel, history, collecting local historical memorabilia, and sports.
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