Alexander O. Waters


Contact Information

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

Phone: 865-584-4040 x212
Fax: 865-584-6084

[email protected]

Alexander Waters concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial real estate transactions, real estate development and leasing, franchise law, conservation easements, entrepreneurial law, and general business law. He 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, and other businesses
  • Representation of land trusts in drafting and negotiating conservation easements
  • Representation of franchisors and franchisees in negotiating franchise agreements and disclosure documents
  • Representation of lenders and borrowers in loan transactions
  • Negotiation and preparation of contracts, leases and other legal documents, including purchase, sale, and easement agreements
  • Formation of business entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies and limited and general partnerships

Alexander is a Peer-Reviewed attorney with Martindale-Hubbell.

Alexander is a Knoxville native, 2006 graduate of the Webb School of Knoxville and the son of John B. Waters III. Waters enjoys remaining active in national, state and local politics and served as campaign treasurer for Mayor Glenn Jacobs’ successful re-election campaign for Knox County Mayor in 2022 as well as the Knox County campaign director for Mitt Romney for President in 2012.

In addition to his classroom experience, Waters completed two month-long excursions to Wyoming and Alaska with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Waters enjoys cooking, boating, attending sporting events, traveling, volunteering and attending live theatre at the Clarence Brown Theatre, regularly attending Laurel Church of Christ, where he is a member of its praise/worship team, and exploring Knoxville with his rescue pittie, Pearl.


B.A., Pepperdine University, 2010
Magna Cum Laude
Political Science and Speech Communication

  • Regents Scholarship
  • Pepperdine Ambassadors Council
  • Pepperdine Lacrosse Team
  • Sigma Chi

Juris Doctor, University of Tennessee College of Law, 2013

  • James H. Jarvis II Scholar
  • National Mock Trial Team
  • Federalist Society
  • Graduate Student Senate
  • Sword and Scales – Founder
  • Phi Alpha Delta


Tennessee, 2013


Tennessee Bar Association

Knoxville Bar Association

Tennessee Trial Court Vacancy Commission, commissioner (2022-present)

Leadership Knoxville, Class of 2017

Leadership Sevier, Class of 2018

Super Lawyers, Mid-South Rising Star (Real Estate, 2020-present)

Clarence Brown Theatre Advisory Board (2012-present), Board Chair (2024-present), Executive Board member (2020-present)

Dean’s Advisory Board, University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences, Board member (2022-present)

Fox 43 “Heavy Hitters” show, regular panelist (2011-2020)

University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Associates, past member

Nucleus Knoxville, member

Fort Kid, redevelopment coordinator

West Knox Republican Club, past president

Laurel Church of Christ, member

Sigma Chi International Fraternity