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Mark K. Williams

President, LeConte Title


Mark is from Robbinsville, North Carolina. He attended Western Carolina University where he was a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Student Government Association President and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree, magna cum laude, in 1981. He obtained a Juris Doctor Degree from Duke University School of Law in 1984 and joined the firm in 1985, becoming a shareholder in 1990 and President and Managing Shareholder in 1998. Mark has achieved an AV Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating and is admitted to practice in the States of Tennessee and North Carolina and before the U.S. District Court, Eastern Division of Tennessee and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. His primary practice areas are Corporate Law, Commercial Law, Real Estate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions.  He is a member of the Tennessee, North Carolina, Knoxville, Buncombe County (NC) and American Bar Associations. Mark is a Fellow of the Knoxville Bar Foundation and a member of The Hamilton Burnett American Inns of Court, Knoxville, Tennessee.
Mark has a long history of involvement in community activities and currently chairs the board of Friends of Young-Williams Animal Center.  He was honored as Chair Emeritus of Young-Williams Animal Center, which bears his name.  Mark is a director and former Board Chair of the Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  He also serves as a director and Secretary of The Aslan Foundation, and a director and the Secretary of Cherokee Country Club. Mark has served in other leadership positions, including: Senior Warden and a member of the Chapter of St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral.  founding director of The Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum; member of the University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Associates; founding President of the Sequoyah Hills Preservation Society; chair of the Mercy Health Partners Foundation Board, chair of the East Tennessee Foundation; director of the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership; and member of the Leadership Knoxville Class of 1999.  Mark has also served on the boards of the Knoxville Zoo, The Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation, Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee, the Frank H. McClung Museum and The Wellness Community of East Tennessee. Mark is married to Kristin Williams who owns a graphic design and advertising studio.  Mark and Kristin have a daughter, Anna Bryn Williams who attends Webb School of Knoxville.

Walter T. Partain

Walter has practiced corporate and transactional law with the firm since 2004. Walter grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. After graduating from Duke University with a degree in Philosophy and Psychology, he worked in First Union’s Capital Markets division in Charlotte.

Walter was a Dean’s Scholar and Paul J. Liacos Scholar at Boston University School of Law, and served as Notes Editor on the Boston University Public Interest Law Journal. After graduating with honors in 2002, he worked as Assistant General Counsel for the National Association of State PIRGs in Boston, an alliance of nonprofits that advocate for consumer and environmental safety. Walter is married to Denise Phillips, a history professor at the University of Tennessee, with whom he has two daughters, Jordan and Adelaide.

Matthew Anderson

Matt joined the firm in 2015 and concentrates his practice in real estate, corporate, and transactional law.  Matt is a Knoxville native and received both his undergraduate degree and law degree, cum laude, from The University of Tennessee. Matt is admitted to practice law in the state of Tennessee and is a member of the American and Knoxville Bar Associations.

After earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2005, Matt began his career working in the commercial real estate industry where he gained knowledge in the complexities of real estate transactions and development.  Upon graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2012, Matt moved to South Carolina to serve as corporate counsel for a large privately held company. As corporate counsel, Matt was exposed to a wide spectrum of legal issues.

Matt returned to Knoxville in 2014 to marry his wife Andi, also a Knoxville native and graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, and focus his career on real estate, corporate, and transactional law.  Matt is passionate about providing clients with the highest level of specialized knowledge and expertise.

Gay Hughes

Gay is from Knoxville, Tennessee and lives in Halls. She graduated from Central High School in 1979 and attended Tennessee State Area Vocational School. She has worked in the legal field since 1980 and has been with the firm since 1992. Gay has extensive legal experience in real estate closings, both commercial and residential. She is known and appreciated for her attention to detail and ability to organize efficient, low-stress closings.

She is married to David who is the Warehouse Manager for the Tool Crib Inc., a locally owned company. They have two children and three grandchildren. Gay and David are members of Beaver Dam Baptist Church in Halls and are passionate UT sports fans.