Dan W. Holbrook

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Dan W. Holbrook

Of Counsel

(865) 525-5293


Dan W. Holbrook

  • Estate Planning
  • Nonprofits
  • Business Entities, Planning and Succession
  • Estate and Trust Administration
  • Beneficiary Representation

For over 40 years, Dan has represented clients across numerous practice areas. His vast experience includes not only legal achievements, but also community involvement, volunteer service, and thought leadership within the industry.

Dan wrote a regular column on Estate Planning for the Tennessee Bar Journal for 18 years and was awarded the Justice Joseph W. Henry award for Outstanding Legal Writing.

He is a Fellow, past Regent, and past Tennessee State Chair of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). He serves on the ACTEC Charitable Planning and is serving as a Dean for ACTEC’s Southeast Fellows Institute to train younger lawyers through a series of in-depth presentations on trust and estate law and social events. You can find additional information at the Institute’s website: https://southeastfellowsinstitute.org.

He is a member of the Knoxville, Tennessee, and Florida Bar Associations, The National Lawyers Association, and the Christian Legal Society.

Dan served for 18 years on the Tennessee Probate Study Group, a joint ACTEC and Tennessee Bar committee responsible for reviewing and drafting proposed state laws regarding estates, trusts, property and inheritance.

He is past president of the Knoxville Estate Planning Council and was an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Dan is involved with numerous local and national charities and is a director or pro bono advisor for selected charities. He was awarded the Knoxville Bar Association annual Pro Bono Award.

Dan is also a Fellow of the Knoxville Bar Foundation and was in the Leadership Knoxville Class of 2002.

Dan has spoken at various local, state and national meetings and remains an occasional lecturer to both professional and lay groups on estate planning topics.

Dan married his junior high school sweetheart, and they have two sons and four grandchildren. He enjoys endurance running, having finished the Western States 100 Mile Trail Race at age 61, and can frequently be found on the trails of East Tennessee’s parks

Areas of Practice

Estate Planning, Nonprofit Organizations, Business, Planning and Succession, Taxation, Probate, Trusts, Fiduciary Liability, Expert Witness


B.A., Rollins College, 1969

M.B.A, Rollins College, 1970

J.D., Willamette University, 1977

LL.M. in Estate Planning, University of Miami, 1978


Tennessee, 1978

Florida, 1978

U.S. Tax Court, 1978

U.S. Supreme Court, 1997


Fellow and Past Regent, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)

Listed among “101 Best Lawyers in Tennessee” in 2004 and “150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee,” 2005 through 2010, Business Tennessee Magazine

Named 2012 “Lawyer of the Year” for Trusts and Estates — Knoxville, by Best Lawyers in America®

Listed in Best Lawyers in America® for Trusts and Estates, and more recently for Nonprofit Law and for Taxation

Listed in Tennessee Super Lawyers for Estate Planning and for Nonprofit Law

Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers for Estate Planning

Certified Estate Planning Law Specialist (EPLS) by the NAEPC Estate Law Specialist Board, Inc.

Master of the Bench, Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court