Zac Greene provides counsel to individual and corporate clients in business disputes and white collar criminal matters.
Zac’s civil practice is focused on complex business litigation, and 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 has briefed and argued numerous appeals in state and federal court, including cases addressing contract law, antitrust law, public pensions, legislative procedure, legislative privilege, constitutional law, and civil rights.
In addition, Zac represents entities and individuals in investigations and enforcement proceedings by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), federal inspectors general (OIG), and state agencies. Zac's white collar experience includes civil and criminal investigations and enforcement actions involving, among other things, fraud, healthcare, immigration, public corruption, including violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, environmental 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 the nation's largest 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Defended registered investment adviser against 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 Egyptian national charged in connection with alleged conspiracy to defraud United States Agency for International Development.
- 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
- American Bar Association, White Collar Crime Litigation Subcommittee - Co-Chair
- Federal Bar Association
- Tennessee Bar Association
- Chattanooga Bar Association
- Defense Research Institute
- Supreme Court Historical Society
- 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
For several years, Zac has taught a senior-level class on the Bill of Rights at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.