Kelly Love Manning is the business/transactional attorney at Kizer & Black, Attorneys, PLLC and has served as the Chief Manager of the firm since 2016. Kelly has a broad range of experience representing clients with regard to entity formation (corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships), entity dissolutions, mergers and acquisitions, business and commercial law transactions (including Uniform Commercial Code transactions), commercial and residential real estate transactions (including leasing), foreclosures, short sales, securitized mortgage transactions, and creditors’ rights. Her experience also extends to the contract side of corporate matters including drafting and reviewing articles of organization, charters, operating agreements, bylaws, partnership agreements, buy-sell agreements, shareholder agreements, asset purchase agreements, stock purchase agreements, LLC membership interest purchase agreements, employment and independent contractor agreements, noncompetition and non-solicitation agreements, confidentiality agreements, letters of intent, and general business contracts. As a small business owner herself, Kelly very much enjoys working with small businesses to help them effectively accomplish their goals.
Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Kelly graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. After working in southern California as a consultant regarding banking regulations and compliance for a national mortgage lender, she returned to Knoxville to attend the University of Tennessee College of Law and graduated Summa Cum Laude at the top of her class. She was on the Dean’s List with Highest Honors and was also a member of the Tennessee Chapter of the National Order of the Coif. After graduating from law school, she accepted a job with a large law firm in Atlanta, Georgia, representing banks and other lenders in securitized mortgage transactions before making her way back home to East Tennessee.
Kelly is a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for the United Way of Blount County and serves on the United Way Community Impact Committee. In 2019, she served on the Board of Directors for Foothills Land Conservancy. She also served for 6 years as a director and officer for the Foundation for the Blount County Public Library. She was an adjunct professor of Contract Drafting and Representing Enterprises for the University of Tennessee College of Law and has participated in the tnAchieves program as a mentor helping high school students to obtain financial aid and to be eligible for the Tennessee Promise program. She was also a member of the Leadership Blount Class of 2014.
She is a member of the Blount County, Knoxville, Tennessee, Georgia, and American Bar Associations and is admitted to practice law in both Tennessee and Georgia. Kelly and her husband, David, reside in Blount County and enjoy attending concerts and comedy shows.
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