Linda W. Knight Partner



Linda Whitlow Knight practices in the areas of bankruptcy and commercial law, litigation and general business counseling.  Her experience includes corporate reorganizations, avoidance actions and other adversary litigation and contested matters, receivership proceedings in state and federal court, and the purchase and sale of assets in and out of bankruptcy.  In bankruptcy cases, she represents business debtors (both individuals and entities), secured and unsecured creditors, lessors, creditors’ committees, purchasers of assets, and trustees in reorganization and liquidation bankruptcies.

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In addition to work in bankruptcy cases, Linda negotiates and documents out-of-court or informal workouts and debt compositions.  She works with clients to analyze and implement alternatives to bankruptcy, which can result in cost savings and can be a better way, in a particular matter, to preserve assets and continue the client’s commercial viability.  Linda has assisted both lenders and borrowers in renegotiating bank loans and covenants, revising debt instruments, and working out vendor payment plans, as well as in restructuring her clients’ businesses.  She has participated in successful mediations in bankruptcy and commercial cases.

In prosecuting and defending litigation arising in bankruptcy cases, Linda has resolved many types of contested matters, such as plan confirmation, claim objections, cash collateral and automatic stay matters and debtor-in-possession financing, and has litigated numerous adversary proceedings, including appeals.  She advises clients on structuring settlements and evaluating third-party claims.  In bankruptcy cases, she deals with numerous areas of non-bankruptcy law including real estate, the Uniform Commercial Code, franchise, state tax, domestic relations, trust, tort, landlord-tenant and banking.

Linda has represented clients from such diverse industries as retail, manufacturing, technology, distribution, agribusiness, food processing, automotive and transportation, entertainment and hospitality, real estate and healthcare, among others.

She also has represented clients in non-bankruptcy matters involving areas of law besides those mentioned above, including estate, probate and trust law, title insurance claims, utility law, bond law, federal and state election law and state campaign finance law.

From 2006 through 2010, Linda was a founding member of the Tennessee Ethics Commission, appointed by the Speaker of the House.  The Commission governs lobbying, financial disclosure by public officials, and other related issues.  In addition to the Tennessee governmental ethics statute, Linda acquired expertise with the Tennessee Public Meetings Act, Open Records Act and Administrative Procedures Act.  From 1998 to 2004, she served on the Tennessee Economic Council on Women, appointed by the Governor, and was Secretary during her entire tenure.

Linda has produced and spoken at numerous continuing legal education programs.  She served as a law clerk to Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Frank F. Drowota.  As such, she participated in the preparation of Supreme Court opinions.  For the first four years of her practice, she was an associate with the Birmingham, Alabama firm of Balch & Bingham LLP.  She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Linda and her husband, an attorney, are the parents of two grown daughters, who are also attorneys.

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Professional & Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Sections on Litigation (Bankruptcy & Insolvency Litigation Committee) and Law Practice Management (Women Rainmakers Committee)
    • Member, Judicial Division
  • Tennessee Bar Association
    • Bankruptcy Section
    • Emerging Legal Markets Ad Hoc Committee
  • Alabama State Bar (Special Member Since Moving to Tennessee in 1980)
  • Nashville Bar Association
    • Past Secretary
    • Member and Past Chair, Bankruptcy Court Committee
    • Member and Past Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee
    • Member, Appellate Practice and Federal Court Committees
  • Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society
    • Director
    • Secretary
    • Past President
    • Past Newsletter Editor
  • Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women
    • Treasurer and Past President
    • Past Ex Officio Member, Tennessee Bar Association Board of Governors
    • Past Ex Officio Member, Tennessee Judicial Conference Executive Committee
    • Past Chair, Appointive and Elective Positions Committee
  • Cumberland School of Law Advisory Board
  • Federal Bar Association
    • Treasurer, Nashville Chapter
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Nashville Lawyers’ Association for Women
    • Past Chair, Networking Committee
    • Past Chair, New Admittee Breakfast Committee
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation
  • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Secretary, Phi Beta Kappa Association of Nashville
  • Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument, Inc.
    • Board Member
  • Jamestowne Society
    • Board of Directors
    • Executive Committee of Board of Directors
    • Chairperson, Bylaws Committee
    • Governor and Member of Council, Tennessee Valley Company
  • Churchill Society of Tennessee
  • Board of Professional Responsibility
    • Past Hearing Panel Member
  • Past Member, Tennessee Judicial Conference Bench-Bar Relations Committee
    • Past Chair
  • Tennessee Ethics Commission
    • Founding Member, Appointed by the Speaker of the Tennessee House, 2006-2010
  • Tennessee Economic Council on Women
    • Founding Member, Appointed by the Governor, 1998-2004
    • Past Secretary
  • Tennessee Women’s Economic Council Foundation
    • Past Director and Secretary, 2001-2006
  • Past Board Member, Sugartree Homeowners’ Association
    • Past Secretary
    • Past Chair, Bylaws and Covenants Committee
    • Past Chair, Architectural Review Committee
  • Law Clerk, Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Frank F. Drowota, 1981-82
  • Associate, Balch & Bingham, Birmingham, Alabama, 1976-1980

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers for Bankruptcy: Business
  • 2016 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, Cumberland School of Law
    (Jointly with her Husband, Richard H. Knight, Jr.)
  • Nashville Business Journal’s 2016 Best of the Bar
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Recipient, CLE Excellence Award, Nashville Bar Association, 2005

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