J. Michael Ivens


Contact Information

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

Phone: 865-584-4040 x209
Fax: 865-584-6084


J. Michael Ivens concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate development, lending, commercial transactions, and business planning. He began his law career in 1983 and has extensive experience in commercial transactions. He also represents lenders and borrowers in secured transactions and clients who develop or own real estate, including condominium projects, planned unit developments, resorts, subdivisions, offices, and retail centers.

Mike represents issuers of securities in private placements; buyers and sellers of real property and of business assets or equity; and landlords, tenants, and owners of operating companies. He also handles contract preparation and negotiation and closing of transactions for business entities, both large and small, and for individuals.

Mike, who joined Long, Ragsdale & Waters in 1988, became a shareholder Jan. 1, 1990. From 1983 to 1988, he practiced law with Fennemore Craig, P.C., in Phoenix, Arizona. He was a member of, and reporter for, the State Bar of Arizona Corporate, Banking, and Business Law Section Subcommittee on Rendering Legal Opinions in Business Transactions.  He also was a member of the Tennessee Bar Association Special Committee on Opinion Standards.

He was born in 1958 in Rockwood, Tennessee, and enjoys hunting, canoeing, snow skiing, and the outdoors.


B.S., University of Tennessee, 1980
cum laude
business administration

J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law, 1983
cum laude

Tennessee Law Review

Student Tribunal


Admitted to the Tennessee bar in 1988

First admitted to the bar in Arizona in 1983


Tennessee Bar Association

Knoxville Bar Association

Former chairman of Tennessee Bar Association Real Estate Section

Adviser to Sigma Chi Fraternity at the University of Tennessee

Attends Grace Lutheran Church

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.

  • Mike did excellent work for us in establishing a complex retail condominium. We appreciate his knowledge of condominium law and the care and detail of his legal work.

    James H. Harrison
    University Commons
  • Mike is an outstanding lawyer for commercial real estate and business enterprises. I have worked with him for many years. He has helped me personally and with issues involving my company’s retail center, including tenant space leases, landlord ground leases, mortgage financing, and environmental compliance. I really appreciate his experience, responsiveness, attention to detail, and dedication.

    Mark W. DeLauter
    Olde Kingston Limited Liability Company
  • Mike is an excellent lender’s lawyer with many years of experience. He has helped us with lending issues and transactions, including commercial mortgage financing and personal property secured transactions. He is smart, responsive and thorough in documentation and negotiation.

    Jeffrey L. Cunningham
    Athens Federal Community Bank
  • Mike has helped my companies and me with legal issues involving business entities and commercial real estate development over the years. He is superb at real estate and business negotiation and documentation. Mike has helped us deal with tenants, landlords, buyers, sellers, and lenders in connection with various types of properties, including retail, restaurant, office, and raw land. I appreciate the intelligence, thoroughness, and detail of his legal work.

    J. Mark Tarver
    Tarver Properties, Inc.
  • I am very pleased with Mike’s legal work. He has helped me over the years with issues affecting my medical practice and my real estate. Mike has assisted with contracts, leases, and business negotiations. He has been responsive to my legal needs and has worked with great care and thoroughness.

    R. Shane Roberts, M.D.