Melanie E. Davis

Top rated business litigation attorney in Maryville, Tennessee

Kizer & Black, Attorneys, PLLC
Melanie E. Davis
Kizer & Black, Attorneys, PLLC

Practice Areas: Business litigation, State, local & municipal, Civil litigation; view more

Licensed in Tennessee since: 1996

Education: The University of Tennessee College of Law

Languages Spoken: English, French

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2022 Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2011

Kizer & Black, Attorneys, PLLC

217 East Broadway
Maryville, TN 37804 Visit website


Melanie E. Davis is an attorney at Kizer & Black, Attorneys, PLLC, in Maryville, Tennessee. She focuses her practice primarily on property owners’ association law and condominium owners’ association law. She also practices in the areas of municipal law, land use law, contract and property litigation as well as civil litigation, and personal injury. 

Ms. Davis serves as the City Attorney for the City of Maryville, Tennessee, the Municipal Planning Commission, Maryville Board of Zoning Appeals, the Maryville City School System, the Maryville Housing Authority, South Blount Utility District, and Tuckalechee Utility District. She is board-certified in civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. She is also certified as a civil pretrial advocacy specialist by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy. 

Ms. Davis has obtained numerous favorable verdicts and settlements on behalf of her clients, for which she was selected to be a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. 

After graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Tennessee, Ms. Davis earned her Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law. While in law school, she clerked at the U. S. Attorney's Office in Knoxville and for the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. 

Ms. Davis is a member of the Blount County Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Knoxville Bar Association, and the Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association ("TMAA"). She served as president of TMAA from 2019 to 2020.  

Ms. Davis has received the highest peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, the AV Preeminent* rating.  She was listed in the 100 Best Trial Lawyers in Tennessee each year from 2013 to the present according to the National Trial Lawyers Association. She has also lectured at numerous continuing legal education platforms about government law and owners’ association law.  She has argued over 35 cases in the Tennessee Court of Appeals and/or the Tennessee Supreme Court. 

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished, and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Business litigation, State, local & municipal, Civil litigation: plaintiff, Real estate: business, Land use/zoning

Focus areas

State, local & municipal litigation, Condominiums & cooperatives

  • 20% Business litigation
  • 30% State, local & municipal
  • 20% Civil litigation: plaintiff
  • 20% Real estate: business
  • 10% Land use/zoning

First Admitted: 1996, Tennessee

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Educational Background:
  • The University of Tennessee College of Law, Cum Lade, JD 1996
  • University of Tennessee, B.A. in French with Magna Cum Laude, 1992, Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa Kappa Gamma
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Tennessee Council of School Board Attorneys, 2005-Present
  • Blount County Bar Association, President, 2001, 2011; Member 1996 to Present  
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association (TMAA), President 2019 - 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America 2020 - 2022
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • YWCA of Blount County, Former Board Member and President
  • Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, hearing committee member, 2006-2012
  • Blount County Community Action Agency (Meals on Wheels), Board of Directors, Chairman, 2015-2017
  • Blount County American Red Cross, Board Member
  • Blount County Bar Association, President for two years
  • Leadership Blount Class, Member, 2001
  • Vocational Rehab of Blount County, Tennessee, Board Member
  • Children’s International Summer Villages, Board Member
  • Maryville City Schools Foundation, Board Member
  • Sam B. Crenshaw v. Saad Kado, et al., 2021 WL 2473820
  • Barton v. Barton, 2020 WL 6580562
  • Dailey v. Dailey, 2020 WL 3967843
  • Blount Co. Bd of Ed. v. City of Maryville, 574 S.W.3d 849 (Tenn. 2019)
  • Innerimages, Inc. v. Newman, 579 S.W.3d 29 (Tenn. App. 2019)
  • Haiser v. McClung, 2018 Tenn. App. Lexis 509
  • Crisp v. Nelms, 2018 Tenn. App. Lexis 160
  • Blount Co. Bd of Ed. v. City of Maryville, 2017 WL 6606855
  • Floyd v. Akins, 2017 Tenn.App. Lexis 724    
  • F&M Marketing Services v. Christenberry Trucking, 523 S.W.3d 663 (Tenn.App. 2017)
  • F&M Marketing Services v. Christenberry Trucking, 2015 Tenn.App. Lexis 846
  • Haiser v. Haines, 2014 Tenn.App. Lexis 804
  • Laurel Hills Condos Property Association v. Tennessee Regulatory Authority, 2014 Tenn.App. Lexis 205
  • In Re Estate of Miller, 2013 Tenn.App. Lexis 37
  • Tennessee Farmers Mutual Insurance Company v. Need, 419 S.W.3d 262 (Tenn.App. 2013)
  • City of Maryville v. Langford, 2012 WL 2309607
  • Layne v. Adkins, 2011 Tenn.App. Lexis 475
  • Ward v. Yokley, 2010 WL 4342116
  • Proffitt v. Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers Supply, Inc., 2010 WL 1240975
  • Hinkle v. Estate of Hartman, 2007 WL 700973
  • Laurel Valley Property Owners Association, Inc. v. Hollingsworth, 2004 WL 1459404
  • Danny L. Davis Contractors v. Hobbs, 2004 WL 1713209
  • Rodgers v. Rodgers, 2004 WL 129990
  • Michael v. Michael, 2004 WL 362348
  • Stinnett v. Ferguson, 2002 WL 445073
  • White v. Jenkins, 2002 WL 31106423
  • Foster v. Colonial Development, 2002 WL 185477
  • Venable v. Venable, 2001 WL 427650
  • Hopewell Baptist Church v. Southeast Window Mfg. Co., LLC, 2001 WL 708850
  • Sutton v. Sutton, 2000 WL 337567
  • In Re Estate of Peery, 2000 WL 222617
  • Payne v. Savell, 1998 WL 46454
  • Peery v. Swafford, 1998 WL 744109
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Specialist in Civil Pretrial Advocacy, National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers
  • AV rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
  • Named as one of the Top 100 lawyers in Tennessee, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2013-2022, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2022

Office location for Melanie E. Davis

217 East Broadway
Maryville, TN 37804

Phone: 865-980-1625


5 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2010 - 2011

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