Zac Greene represents individual and corporate clients in business disputes and white collar criminal matters.
Zac’s civil practice is focused on business litigation in state and federal trial courts and courts of appeal. He frequently represents commercial entities and financial institutions in matters involving breach of contract, negligence, fraud, unfair competition, securities, and government regulation. He also represents public entities in constitutional litigation. Zac's diverse appellate experience includes briefing and arguing cases addressing contract law, antitrust law, public pensions, legislative procedure, legislative privilege, constitutional law, and civil rights.
Zac also represents companies and individuals in internal investigations and government investigations and enforcement proceedings. Zac's experience includes guiding clients through interactions with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), federal inspectors general (OIG), and state agencies. He has represented clients in prosecutions charging mail and wire fraud, healthcare fraud, immigration violations, and public corruption, and in investigations involving those areas as well as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), environmental regulation, nuclear power regulation, and antitrust.
As chair of the firm’s Crisis Management Group, Zac collaborates with attorneys in various practices to leverage Miller & Martin’s deep corporate and dispute resolution experience to help clients prepare for and deal with business crises.
Zac is a member of the firm's Policy Committee.
- Represented former vice-president of a national truck stop company in criminal investigation and prosecution relating to the failure to pay rebates and discounts on diesel fuel purchases over a five-year period.
- Represented former nuclear power industry executive in corporate internal investigation, criminal investigations by U.S. Attorney's office and DOJ, and administrative action by Nuclear Regulatory Commission relating to plant operations. No charges were filed and client was not cited for regulatory violations.
- Represented contractor in Clean Water Act criminal investigation arising from industrial fuel spill in the Tennessee River. No charges were filed.
- Organized legal response to explosion and chemical release at client facility. Crisis management efforts included conducting internal investigation, consulting with in-house and outside public relations teams concerning media communications, preparing employees for interviews with regulators, and advising management regarding legal issues relating to incident and continuing operations.
- Defended registered investment adviser in SEC investigations of alleged unauthorized transactions.
- Represented 10 human resources staff members, including managers, none of whom were indicted, during internal and government investigations arising from nation's largest immigration raid.
- Represented foreign national charged with conspiracy to defraud United States Agency for International Development in connection with the construction of a water treatment plant in Egypt.
- Represented target auto parts manufacturer in antitrust price-fixing investigation.
- Obtained summary judgment, affirmed by Sixth Circuit, in favor of municipal government on challenge to $227 million pension reform program brought by retirees under Contract Clause, Due Process Clause and Takings Clause of the United States Constitution. Frazier v. City of Chattanooga, 841 F.3d 433 (6th Cir. 2016).
- Obtained summary judgment, affirmed by Sixth Circuit, in favor of municipal government on claims by former police chief that pension amendment was passed in violation of city charter legislative provisions and unconstitutionally deprived him of benefits under the Contract Clause, Due Process Clause and Takings Clause of the United States Constitution. Dodd v. City of Chattanooga, 846 F.3d 180 (6th Cir. 2017).
- Obtained dismissal, affirmed by Sixth Circuit, in favor of Fortune 500 company of claims asserted under federal anti-trust and collective marketing statutes. Terry v. Tyson Farms, Inc., 604 F.3d 272 (6th Cir. 2010), cert. denied, 131 S. Ct. 1044, 79 U.S.L.W. 3271 (U.S. Jan. 24, 2011) (No. 10-542).
- Obtained judgment, affirmed by Tennessee Court of Appeals, in favor of city councilman on defamation claims relating to legislative speech. Issa v. Benson, 420 S.W.3d 23 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2013) (perm. to appeal denied Nov. 15, 2013).
- Represented Europe-based fund of hedge funds in its claims of gross negligence, fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty against former hedge fund administrator.
- Won jury verdict on claims of negligence in the sale of $1.5 million tract of real property.
- Successfully tried to defense verdict real property claims against developers arising from multi-million dollar commercial development.
- Represented multi-national group of clients in litigation against nine domestic and foreign companies regarding fishing rights in Russia.
- J.D., magna cum laude, University of Mississippi, 2005
- Associate Notes and Comments Editor, Mississippi Law Journal
- B.S., magna cum laude, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2001
- U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth, Sixth and Eleventh Circuits
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Mid-South Super Lawyers®, Rising Star in General Litigation, 2012-2018
- Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law, Class of 2019
- American Bar Association, White Collar Crime Litigation Subcommittee - Co-Chair
- Federal Bar Association, Chattanooga Chapter - Board of Governors
- Tennessee Bar Association, Litigation Section - Executive Council
- Chattanooga Bar Association
- Defense Research Institute
- Supreme Court Historical Society
- The Stadium Corporation, Board of Directors
- David W. Carrithers Lecture on Law, Politics, and Public Policy, Steering Committee
- Chattanooga Junior Golfers Development Program (formerly The First Tee of Chattanooga), Former Chair
- Chattanooga Room in the Inn, Former Board Member
- 15 Miller & Martin Attorneys Named to 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
- Attorney Zac Greene Selected for Tennessee Bar's Leadership Law Program
- 18 Miller & Martin Attorneys Selected to 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
- Nineteen Miller & Martin Attorneys Named 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
- Miller & Martin Approves Firm Leadership
- Miller & Martin Attorneys Provide Thought Leadership for State Bar of Georgia White Collar Crime Seminar
- Miller & Martin Attorneys Selected as 2016 Mid-South Super Lawyers
- City of Chattanooga Pension Reform Ruled Constitutional
- Why Developing a Crisis Management Plan is Crucial
- Miller & Martin Attorneys Named Mid-South Super Lawyers for 2015
- Zac Greene and the Firm's Crisis Management Practice Group Highlighted in Chattanooga Magazine
- Miller & Martin Attorneys Named Mid-South Super Lawyers® 2014
- Miller & Martin Introduces New Crisis Management Practice Group
- Miller & Martin Attorneys Named 2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers®
- Zac Greene Interviewed Regarding the Tennessee Gun Law Protection Proposal
- Six Miller & Martin Attorneys Named Members
- Attorney Zac Greene Provides Thought Leadership at TBA Litigation Law Forum 2020 Sponsored by Miller & Martin
- ACC TN | Crisis Management & Communication – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
- Griffin and Greene Particpate at White Collar Crime Seminar
- Dickson and Green to Speak at Southeastern Forensic & Valuation Services Conference
- DRI, Intellectual Property Litigation Seminar
- Greene to Speak at DRI's Business Litigation Seminar
- Zac Greene to Speak on the Topic of Crisis Management
For several years, Zac has taught a senior-level class on the Bill of Rights at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.