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Zack R. Gardner

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Phone: (865) 546-7311
Fax: (865) 524-1773

ZACKARIJ ("ZACK") R. GARDNER is an individual with a strong work ethic and an affinity for attention to detail.  Mr. Gardner’s practice includes business entity law, technology transfer and commercialization, and general intellectual property law. Mr. Gardner assists businesses and corporate clients in a range of business planning and operations services, including establishing, organizing, reorganizing, and maintaining their business entities in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Mr. Gardner’s thorough nature allows him to effectively assist nonprofit and tax-exempt entities with forming their organizations as well as obtaining and maintaining their non-profit and tax-exempt statuses.

 In the area of technology transfer and commercialization, Mr. Gardner provides exemplary legal services related to intellectual property licenses and options, non-disclosure agreements, trademark registration, and more. Mr. Gardner’s trademark services include state and federal trademark registration, licensing, rights enforcement, and representation against claims of infringement.

Mr. Gardner graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law with a Concentration in Business Transactions from UT’s Clayton Center for Entrepreneurial Law. While in law school, Mr. Gardner served as Acquisitions Editor for Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law and Articles Editor for the Tennessee Law Review. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Gardner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee, where he double majored in Political Science and History.

Areas of Practice

Corporate and Business Law
Intellectual Property
Churches, Nonprofit, and Tax-Exempt Organizations


University of Tennessee – J.D. 2013
University of Tennessee – B.A. 2010

Bar Admissions



Knoxville Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
American Bar Association

Publications and Articles

501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organizations and Lobbying Revisited: Grassroots Lobbying

Clarifying the Tennessee Public Records Act

In the Spotlight: Zack R. Gardner | KMF Newsletter: Winter 2017

Rollovers as Business Startups (ROBS): Viable Funding Option or Terrible Retirement Plan? | KMF Newsletter: Summer 2017

Charitable Organizations: Lessening the Burdens of Government | KMF Newsletter: Fall 2016

501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organizations and Lobbying | KMF Newsletter: Summer 2016

An Introduction to the Ministerial Exception | KMF Newsletter: June 2015

Ministerial Housing Allowance: A Brief Overview | KMF Newsletter: May 2015

Churches and the FMLA's New Definition of "Spouse" | KMF Newsletter: April 2015

Brian K. Krumm & Zackarij R. Gardner, Registering Trade and Service Marks in Tennessee: A Brief How-to Filing Guide, 16 TRANSACTIONS: TENN. J. BUS L. 179 (2015).

Zackarij R. Gardner, Case Commentary - Golden Telecom, Inc. v. Global GT LP, 13 TRANSACTIONS: 13 TENN. J. BUS. L. 196 (2011)
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