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Zack R. Gardner, Esq.
Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property

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. 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.

Corporate 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

Zack was recognized in the inaugural Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for 2021, 2022, and 2023 in the practice area of Corporate Law, as well as in Intellectual Property Law and Technology Law in 2023.

Cityview Magazine has recognized Zack as a Top Attorney of Knoxville in the practice areas of Contract Law and Income Tax/IRS Resolutions for 2021, as well as Taxation in 2022.

About Zack

Zack was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 2013. He is also a member of the Knoxville Bar Association ("KBA"), Tennessee Bar Association ("TBA"), and the American Bar Association ("ABA").


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 in 2013. 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 in 2010, where he double majored in Political Science and History. 

Contact Zack Today:
865-546-7311 (Phone) | 865-524-1773 (Fax)



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)

Newsletter Contributions 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
Kennerly Montgomery Top Listed in Best Lawyers