Attorney at Evans Petree, PC
Mr. Yoakum’s practice includes a wide range of complex commercial litigation in the areas of general and business law, premises liability defense, mass tort defense, contract and transactional disputes and business divorces among owners of all types of business entities. Mr. Yoakum regularly represents property owners and businesses such as restaurants, retail stores, and apartment communities in defense of lawsuits brought pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Housing Act, and the Neighborhood Preservation Act. He also handles commercial tort actions such as procurement of breach of contract, tortious interference with business relations, interference with contracts and breach of restrictive covenants. Mr. Yoakum is a shareholder at Evans Petree, having served on the firm’s Board of Directors. He is a member of the American, Tennessee, and Memphis Bar Associations. He has been selected by Super Lawyers magazine as a Rising Star in the field of business litigation every year since 2014. He was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2020 in the field of Commercial Litigation for the third year. Mr. Yoakum has experience aggressively advocating the interests of his clients before state and federal trial courts, administrative bodies, the Tennessee Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Sixth Circuit. In addition, Mr. Yoakum regularly resolves disputes to his clients’ benefit through alternative dispute resolution vehicles, including negotiations, mediations, and arbitrations.

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