Jennifer Milligan Swindle


Contact Information

1111 N. Northshore Drive, Suite S-700
Knoxville, Tennessee 37919

Phone: 865-584-4040 x217
Fax: 865-584-6084

Jennifer Milligan Swindle concentrates her practice in real estate law and development, business formations, corporate law, banking law, alcohol sales permits and mergers and acquisitions. She has extensive experience representing clients in a wide variety of real estate and business transactions, including:

  • Representation of clients in the acquisition and sale of real estate, assets, restaurants and other businesses
  • Representation of real estate developers and the formation of subdivision declarations and condominium regimes
  • Representation of lenders and borrowers in loan transactions
  • Negotiation and preparation of contracts and other legal documents, including purchase, sale, lease and easement agreements
  • Formation of business entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies and limited and general partnerships
  • Formation and representation of homeowners’ associations
  • Representation of clients before regulatory authorities, such as the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the Knox County Beer Board and other federal, state and local agencies.

Jennifer has guided numerous clients through the growth and expansion of their businesses, filling the role of trusted adviser for entrepreneurs, restaurateurs, developers and other business owners to assist in the success of their enterprises. She has helped entrepreneurs from inception to sale of their businesses. Jennifer has helped to close the sale of businesses from a few thousand dollars to over $100 million. She has assisted in the purchase, expansion and sale of several Five Guys restaurant franchises and other business ventures.

Jennifer is a lifelong resident of East Tennessee. She was raised in a physician’s family on a farm in Jefferson County, Tennessee, and attended Webb School of Knoxville. She is highly accomplished in equestrian sports. In college, she co-founded and captained the James Madison Equestrian Team. She attended law school in New York and has passed the rigorous New York bar exam. Jennifer is a member of the Junior League of Knoxville and a board member of Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR), and is active in various fundraisers. 

She lives in Knoxville and is married to a general contractor. Jennifer is personally involved with her husband’s construction and development projects, which makes her particularly well-suited to understand the business and legal issues facing her clients. She enjoys the opportunities for fishing, hunting, shooting, hiking and horseback riding available in East Tennessee.


B.S., James Madison University, 2001

Alpha Phi Fraternity, vice president

James Madison Equestrian Team, captain and cofounder

J.D., Hofstra University School of Law, 2004
Dual concentrations in real estate, civil litigation

Phi Alpha Delta

International Law Society, treasurer

Amnesty International, treasurer


Tennessee, 2004

New York, 2007

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee


American Bar Association

Knoxville Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association

New York State Bar Association

Junior League of Knoxville

Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR), board member

Testimonials & clients

We are only as good as the work we do for our clients, and we strive always to represent them efficiently and effectively. Our clients appreciate the devoted effort to solve their legal matters, and we thank them for telling us about their experiences with Long, Ragsdale & Waters.

  • I worked with Jennifer Swindle from the development of our business, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, until we sold it six years later. Jennifer exceeded our expectations and even did the seemingly impossible at times. We never had to follow up on anything. Once Jennifer set a completion date, it was set in stone. Every matter we brought to her was done at the highest level of professionalism and ethics. The lease Jennifer crafted for us was adopted by other developers for future use. Our lawyer was one of the major partnerships we developed as we grew our business.

    Gibby Lepsig
    Five Guys Burgers and Fries
  • Our business needs forward thinking and fast action, and Jennifer delivers both. She keeps us apprised of new developments in the law and are committed to the highest level of ethical standards. Jennifer is genuinely dedicated to our interests and helping us be successful business owners. Jennifer was always immediately available and the communication was clear. Superb service.

    Joe Baker
    Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine