John R. LaBar is a named member of Henry, McCord, Bean, Miller, Gabriel & LaBar, P.L.L.C. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law (2000) and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Miami in Real Property Development (2013).
His practice focuses on business/corporate, real property, employment (representing both employers and employees), tax, intellectual property and bankruptcy (creditors). Mr. LaBar has extensive experience negotiating and structuring business, corporate and real estate transactions, including choice and formation of entities, purchase and sale of businesses and corporate assets and real estate, and commercial lending and leasing transactions.
He has also successfully litigated a multitude of cases involving contractual, employment and business disputes.
John represents a multitude of corporations and other business entities with interests both within and outside Tennessee. He advises these clients on issues of corporate and director responsibility and matters of general fiduciary responsibility.
John is the Town Attorney for the Town of Morrison, Tennessee and also currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee College of Law teaching Contract Drafting.
A frequent speaker, John has acted as faculty for legal education seminars on numerous business and employment topics. His firm is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in its Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
John has received an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell in Corporate Law, Business Law and General Practice. Martindale-Hubble is the country's preeminent lawyer rating service. An AV® rating signifies a lawyer has achieved the highest levels of professional skill and integrity. An AV® rating is based on peer reviews by lawyers and judges. Lawyers and judges with whom I have worked closely feel that I rank among the best not only for my legal skills but also for my honesty and integrity.
John has been named a 2013 Mid-South Rising Star by Super Lawyers in the areas of Business/Corporate, Real Estate, and Employment & Labor Law. This designation recognizes attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or have been in practice for 10 years or less. Only 2.5 percent of lawyers in each region are named to the Rising Stars list. This is the fourth year in a row that John has been named to this list.
John has also been named a Top Attorney in Tennessee Rising Star in the December 2012 issue of Memphis Magazine and his biography is listed in the Super Lawyers Rising Stars section of the December/January 2013 issue of Nashville Lifestyles Magazine.
John R. LaBar is listed as a Contributing Expert for the Doing Business 2014 - Understanding Regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises published by The World Bank.
2000, Tennessee; U.S. Tax Court; 2001, U.S. Court of Appeals, Armed Forces; U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts, Eastern and Middle Districts of Tennessee; 2004, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 2005, United States Supreme Court; 2011, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, U.S. District and Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Florida.
University of Miami School of Law, LL.M., Real Property Development, 2013.
University of Tennessee College of Law at Knoxville, J.D., Concentration in Business Transactions, 2000
Cornell Law School-Universite de Paris, Pantheon-Sorbonne, Summer Institute of International and Comparative Law, 1999
Franklin Pierce Law Center, Intellectual Property Summer Institute, 1998
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, B.A. in History, Minor in Asian Studies 1997.
Professional Associations & Memberships
Coffee County (President 2004-2005; Vice-President, 2003-2004; Secretary/Treasurer, 2002-2003), Tennessee Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Business; Labor and Employment; Real Estate; and Estate Planning and Probate) American Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Business; Labor and Employment; Tax; Real Property, Probate and Trust; and Intellectual Property); Tennessee Bar Association House of Delegates Member for the Fourteenth Judicial District (2004 -); Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association; Tullahoma Sunrise Rotary Club, Member 2004- (President 2007-2008).
Honors and Awards
John has been named a 2013 Mid-South Rising Star by Super Lawyers in the areas of Business/Corporate, Real Estate, and Employment & Labor Law. This is the fourth year in a row that John has been named to this list.
John has been listed as a Top Attorney in Tennessee Rising Star in the December 2012 issue of Memphis Magazine.
John’s biography is listed in the Super Lawyers Rising Stars section of the December/January 2013 issue of Nashville Lifestyles Magazine.
A paper authored by John R. LaBar entitled Green Appeal: LEED Certification Appeal Process and Suggestions for Improvement has been published in Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, 14 Tenn. J. Bus. L. 165 (2013).
A paper authored by John has been included (with minor edits) as Section 12.07 (Issues in the LEED Appeal Process) of the treatise, Green Buildings: Law, Contract and Regulation, authored by Peter S. Britell.
Recipient, W.K. McClure Fellowship for the Study of World Affairs, 1999.
Named a 2010 Mid-South Rising Star by Super Lawyers in the areas of Business/Corporate, Real Estate and Corporate Litigation. This designation recognizes attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or have been in practice for 10 years or less. Only 2.5 percent of lawyers in each region are named to the Rising Stars list.