Personal Injury Law, Employment Law & Healthcare Law, Commercial Litigation, Collections
George E. Koontz was born October 17, 1953 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia attending the Westminster School and North Fulton High School where he graduated in 1971. He attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he was a House Manager, Treasurer and Vice President of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity graduating with honors with a B.A. in Political Science in 1975. He attended the University of Tennessee College of Law where he was elected to the Dean’s Advisory Committee and won the American Jurisprudence Award for the highest grade in his class for Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law I and Constitutional Law II. He graduated 11th in his class in 1979.
He started as an associate in October of 1979 and became a partner in the Chattanooga law firm of Weill, Ellis, Weems and Copeland in January of 1983. In 1984 he co-founded the firm of Kennedy, Fulton and Koontz which ultimately grew to 10 lawyers at the 320 N. Holtzclaw Avenue location where the firm of Kennedy, Koontz & Klingler is located today. Over the course of his 36 years in the practice of law he has successfully represented both Plaintiffs and Defendants in personal injury, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation, discrimination, retaliatory discharge, FMLA, ADA, ERISA and a multitude of other areas in litigation. He also has represented Chapter 11 debtors and Bankruptcy Trustees in hundreds of fraudulent conveyance and preference claims. For over 15 years he acted as outside counsel for a company employing over 4,000 employees in 6 states in the Southeast handling and coordinating all of their legal representation and needs until they were acquired by a foreign corporation. In the last 15 years he has represented regional and national healthcare entities on a multitude of healthcare issues including negotiating and drafting managed care agreements, internal hospital policies, and in litigation related to a myriad of healthcare reimbursement issues. He has been a Rule 31 listed mediator approved by the Tennessee Supreme Court since 2007.
He is the President of the Chattanooga Cyclones Baseball Inc. for 25 years, which has helped over 300 Chattanooga area baseball players obtain college scholarships and is the majority owner of the Real Sports Academy located in Ooltewah, Tennessee. He and his wife Carolyn are founding members of Grace Works Church in Chattanooga and have a son Dylan who is a Vice-President at First Volunteer Bank in Chattanooga.