About the Firm

Since Kizer & Black, Attorneys, PLLC was founded in 1968, our law firm has been providing high quality legal services to people and businesses in and around Blount County and throughout East Tennessee. Our attorneys are highly experienced and well-versed in a variety of practice areas, including estate planning, business and commercial law, personal injury law, employment law, litigation, probate or estate administration, real estate, and family law.

Each of our qualified attorneys specializes in particular areas of law allowing our firm to act as a full-service provider of in-depth knowledge and expertise in many areas and as a “one-stop shop” for our clients. We also have an efficient and experienced support staff that are invaluable to us and our clients.

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Our History

Kizer & Black, Attorneys, PLLC was founded in 1968 by Ben Kizer and David T. Black.

Ben W. Kizer was born on September 18, 1920. Mr. Kizer graduated from Maryville High School and volunteered to serve in World War II. As a tail gunner on a U.S. bomber, his plane was shot down, and Mr. Kizer was captured and held for 18 months as a prisoner of war in a German stalag. Mr. Kizer received the Purple Heart for being wounded in action.

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Martindal AV Rating Preeminent


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Attorneys

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J. Kevin Renfro

J. Kevin Renfro

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Melanie E. Davis

Melanie E. Davis

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Matthew C. Haralson

Matthew C. Haralson

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P. Andrew Sneed

P. Andrew Sneed

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Kelly Love Manning

Kelly Love Manning

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Ashley E. Bentley

Ashley E. Bentley

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Cathy H. Morton

Cathy H. Morton

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Ryan W. Goddard

Ryan W. Goddard

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Practice Areas

At Kizer & Black, Attorneys, PLLC, our knowledgeable lawyers have extensive experience in a number of areas of law including:

Business & Corporate Law

A large part of doing business involves interacting with and entering into various agreements with businesses, contractors, vendors, clients, and customers. Unfortunately, these relationships sometimes devolve into serious business disputes.

Car Wrecks

If you've been injured in a car wreck, you are likely dealing with serious financial concerns such as medical bills and lost wages as well as pain and suffering from your injuries. If your accident was caused by another driver's negligence, you may be entitled to money damages.

Construction Law

Construction disputes can involve complex legal and technical issues. We use our trial experience and technical knowledge to assist clients in protecting their interests in construction litigation.

Contract Law

Entering into a contract is a serious matter with many potential risks. Using the correct language in a contract is critical to minimize unexpected circumstances in the future. You should consult with an experienced contract lawyer before entering into any sort of contractual arrangement whether oral or written.

Criminal Law

We can provide effective defense for a litany of criminal matters including driving under the influence (DUIs).

Developer & Property Owners Association Representation

Development of land involves entering into contracts, dealing with governments for approvals and permits, drafting restrictions, and addressing problems and concerns that arise when you improve property to make it more valuable.

Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, and Probate

Putting your affairs in order through a comprehensive estate plan can bring peace of mind and confidence about the future. One of our experienced lawyers can help you achieve an estate plan that reflects your particular circumstances and needs. Our estate and elder practice includes comprehensive estate planning and effective representation through estate and trust administration, will contests, and other estate litigation.

Family Law and Divorce

Family law matters can be overwhelming and emotionally draining. Kizer & Black, Attorneys, PLLC, is committed to providing you with professional and effective representation during one of the most stressful times of your life. We focus on your unique and individual needs as you struggle with important, life-changing decisions. We offer competent, cost-effective legal representation to clients seeking assistance in any area of family law, including divorce, legal separation, post-divorce matters, child custody, child support, adoption, paternity, orders of protection, and juvenile court matters.

Litigation

We can handle everything from simple to complex litigation for individuals and businesses.

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone else's negligence, the law entitles you to compensation for your injuries so you can overcome the burdens of medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. If you have lost a loved one, you may also have a right to seek compensation.

Real Estate Law

A real estate transaction or property dispute without legal assistance can be a complex process with very high stakes. An experienced real estate lawyer can help you sort out the issues and protect your important rights in your real estate investment.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are located at 217 E. Broadway Avenue in Maryville. We are right between Broadway United Methodist Church and the old post office building.

We have several parking spaces in our private parking lot directly behind the building. You may also park along the street when parking is available or there is additional parking across E. Broadway Avenue in the Founder’s Lot.

We want to accommodate you as much as possible, so please mention any mobility or accessibility issues that you have when you make your appointment. If you coordinate in advance with the attorney’s legal assistant, you can park in our private parking lot behind the building and enter the building directly on that level to meet with your attorney. PLEASE NOTE: The back entrance of our building is locked 24 hours per day 7 days per week, so you must make prior arrangements with your attorney’s legal assistant so that they can open the door for you when you arrive. Otherwise, you will not be able to gain access to the back of the building.

No, we do not offer free consultations. In very limited circumstances such as a car wreck case that is being handled on a contingency basis, we may offer a free consultation as part of our services, but you will be made aware of that limited exception in advance of your meeting with the attorney.

Yes, we have a dedicated real estate and title attorney, J. Kevin Renfro.

Yes, we have two estate planning attorneys that handle Will and Powers of Attorney, Matthew C. Haralson and P. Andrew Sneed.

Yes, we have an attorney that handles all business formations, Kelly Love Manning.

Yes, we have two attorneys that handle Elder Law issues, Matthew C. Haralson and P. Andrew Sneed.

Yes, Melanie E. Davis, handles HOA and COA issues.

Yes, Cathy H. Morton practices in the area of Medical Malpractice.

Yes, we have an attorney that handles Employer/Employee or Human Resource issues, Kelly Love Manning.

Yes, we have an attorney that focuses on family law matters, Ashley Bentley.

Yes, we have two attorneys that can prepare prenuptial or antenuptial agreements, Matthew C. Haralson and P. Andrew Sneed.

Yes, please call our main number at 865-982-7650 and we will put you in touch with an attorney that can be of help.

Yes, please call our main number at 865-982-7650 and we will put you in touch with an attorney that can be of help.

Yes, please call our main number at 865-982-7650 and we will put you in touch with an attorney that can be of help.

The hourly rates of our attorneys vary, so you should ask that question when you are making an appointment with the attorney’s legal assistant.

Yes, we have two attorneys that are experienced in criminal law, Ryan W. Goddard and Ashley Bentley.

Yes, we have two attorneys that can handle DUI matters, Ryan W. Goddard and Ashley Bentley.

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If you need a lawyer who will work with you to find positive solutions to your legal concerns, contact Kizer & Black, Attorneys, PLLC.

  • Phone 865-982-7650
  • Address 217 E. Broadway Avenue
    Maryville, TN 37804
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