Kennerly, Montgomery & Finley P.C.
Rob Quillin

Rob W. Quillin, Esq.

Municipal Law, Civil Litigation, and Bankruptcy and Creditor's Rights

Rob W. Quillin devotes his practice to representing governmental clients, lenders, real estate developersbusinesses and individuals with matters involving real estate, eminent domain, municipal law, contracts, corporate law, bankruptcy, and civil litigation.

U.S. News & World Report has named Rob in The Best Lawyers in America© in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, and Real Estate Law for 2024.

Cityview Magazine recognized Rob as a Top Attorney in Knoxville in 2021, 2022, and 2023 in the following practice areas: Banking Law, Business Litigation,  Collections/Foreclosures,  and Real Estate Finance & Development. He was also recognized in 2021 in Civil Litigation, and Contract Law. Bankruptcy - Creditor was an area he received honors in 2021 and 2023.

Municipal Law

Mr. Quillin’s governmental work on behalf of housing authorities, utility districts, municipal utilities and cities includes handling a very large volume of eminent domain lawsuits involving the acquisition of utility easements and of whole parcels of land for redevelopment and neighborhood improvement; advising them in the acquisition of real property; representing their governing boards during the conduct of their public meetings; advising and representing a housing authority client through contentious litigation over the composition and make-up of its governing board; representation of utility district clients in litigation with other utility districts, municipal utilities and cities over the scope of the utility districts’ service territory; service as issuer’s counsel for bond transactions; prosecution of detainer actions against housing authority tenants to recover possession of apartment units; representing housing authority clients in construction lawsuits against contractors and/or bonding companies; and providing general legal advice on the vast multitude of legal issues facing such governmental clients. 

Bankruptcy and Creditor's Rights

Mr. Quillin represents lenders in Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 bankruptcies including plan objection/confirmation, reaffirmations, adversary proceedings and obtaining stay relief.  He frequently conducts foreclosure sales and pursues repossessions of personal property and deficiency actions on behalf of lender clients.  He also represents lender clients in court and in arbitration in disputes over title issues and has defended lender liability claims in federal court.

Real Estate Law

Mr. Quillin assists real estate developers, businesses, and property owners with the financing, sale/purchase, leasing, entity formation, and development of commercial shopping centers in multiple states.  He assists business clients with the drafting and negotiation of long-term contracts for supplying raw materials to mid-size and Fortune 500 manufacturers and provides general corporate counseling.  He regularly represents clients in commercial litigation in state, federal and appellate courts including disputes with contractors, the resolution of title issues, and disputes with tenants and adjoining property owners.

Mr. Quillin also has represented numerous individuals in probate court.

About Rob

Rob was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1998 and is a member of the Knoxville Bar Association ("KBA") and the Tennessee Bar Association ("TBA"). He was admitted to the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee in 1998. He is also a member of the TBA's Corporate Counsel and Business Law Section.

Mr. Quillin previously served on the City of Knoxville’s Solicitations Board and currently serves as a Hearing Officer for certain matters by appointment of the Knox County Mayor with the consent of the Knox County Commission, and has previously served on the Firm’s management committee for ten years.  He is actively involved in his church and is particularly proud that he has coached several Upward Sports basketball, soccer, and football teams.


Rob graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law with his JD, in 1998 with the distinction of being Summa Cum Laude. In 1995, he graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Business Administration (Finance Major), also with the Summa Cum Laude distinction.

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Phone: (865) 546-7311

Fax: 865-524-1773

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