Business Opportunity Analysis
C. Paul Harrison concentrates his practice in the areas of litigation, transactions and general business. He has a diverse client base with business owners being a large contingent. He represents owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in construction-related litigation and arbitrations. He handles employer-employee, non-compete and shareholder litigation and has experience with complex creditor/debtor workouts.
Harrison represents clients in landlord-tenant cases; condemnation; contract and business litigation; acquisition of businesses; real estate and lease negotiations; and other corporate, contract and business matters. Harrison also serves as counsel for clients evaluating investment opportunities in real estate and business ventures.
Harrison is an “AV” rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. He has extensive experience in bench and jury trials and special master and arbitration hearings. He has successfully navigated both the prosecution and defense of complex commercial litigation. A sample of cases handled by Harrison includes:
- Prestige Land Company v. Brian Mullins Excavating Contractors, Inc. Successfully prosecuted the suit and defended a substantial counterclaim by grading contractor against owner/developer seeking substantial damages, through bench trial and appeal.
- American Mosaic Inc. v. United States of America. Successfully sued the IRS as a result of a wrongful levy upon stone and marble inventory of the client.
- Gatehouse Condominiums v. C.W. Contractors. Successfully handled suit against a general contractor for deficiencies in a condominium project in Gatlinburg.
- Frizzell Construction Company v. Gatlinburg, LLC. Successfully prosecuted suit and defended countersuit by owner for general contractor against the owner of hotel development to collect the balance owed under a construction contract, including arbitration and related appeals.
- Reagan v. Higgins. Represented contractor in suit against owner that involved arbitration, appeal and bankruptcy proceedings prior to collecting on balance owed by hotel owner.
- Workout projects. Successfully managed workouts for numerous business owners that found themselves in an adverse real estate climate after the 2008 recession.
In addition to practicing law, Harrison is an active investor/developer in a wide array of real estate projects. He grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Loudon and remains close to the agricultural community. He is married and has two college-age sons. Besides practicing law and managing properties, he is active in his church. In his spare time, Harrison enjoys sports and investment analysis, as well as historical research.
B.S., University of Tennessee, 1983
Torchbearer, highest student honor conferred by UT
Alpha Gamma Rho, fraternity president
Federal Land Bank, Bank for Cooperatives, intern
J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law, 1986
Phi Kappa Alpha, president
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
Tennessee Bar Association
Knoxville Bar Association
Tennessee Association of Construction Lawyers
Knoxville Leadership Foundation, former board member
Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, served as Elder and Stewardship Committee chair