Jeannette Smith Tysinger started her legal career with a title company in Birmingham, Alabama, working with residential and commercial lending institutions. After moving back to Tennessee, her practice quickly evolved to include more complex real estate matters, corporate and business matters, nonprofit organization matters and tax-exempt status, and estate planning and administration.  Ms. Tysinger worked with an estate and tax planning and business law boutique firm in the Tri-Cities prior to coming to Hunter, Smith & Davis, LLP in 2011.

Ms. Tysinger has worked extensively in providing guidance in start-up, tax and employment compliance, non-SEC mergers and acquisitions, and business formation, succession and termination issues for small and medium sized businesses. Her current practice also emphasizes estate planning for individuals and families planning for their future or retirement, including revocable and irrevocable trusts, specialized trusts, such as supplemental needs trusts and pet trusts, asset protection trusts, and/or trusts for charitable endowments or scholarships.  Ms. Tysinger has a background in tax and business, along with her legal education, with a degree in accounting and a masters degree in business administration.

She has successfully worked with clients on matters pertaining to Brownfield projects and Tennessee Department of Environmental and Conservation compliance. Through Tennessee’s Payment in Lieu of Taxes Program, she has obtained property tax reduction or elimination for employers. 

She has worked through the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to provide immigration benefits for employees at local and national companies. 

She has regularly given presentations on various legal topics to attorney and other professional groups.

PRESENTATIONS &
PUBLICATIONS

  • NBI, “Estate Planning from Start to Finish” – Johnson City, Tennessee – June 2014
  • TBA, Tax Law Forum 2018, “Non-Profits And Reporting Requirements,” Nashville, Tennessee – September 2018
  • “Wayfair & You (Sales Tax and the New Economic Nexus),” HSD Newsletter, January 2019
  • Various immigration social media publications
  • Various estate planning, immigration, and business entity lectures and informational programming on behalf of several local businesses and nonprofits for their clients and customers

PROFESSIONAL &
CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

  • Tennessee Bar Association, Member – 1996 to present
  • Washington County Bar Association, Member – 1996 to present
  • Tri-Cities Estate Planning Council, Member and Former Board Member – 2004 to present
  • Zeta Tau Alpha Women’s Fraternity, Lambda Kappa Chapter, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina – Financial Advisor – 2011 to present
  • Tri-Cities, TN, Zeta Tau Alpha Alumni Chapter – former President, Vice-President and MSABC Liaison for American Cancer Society and Tennessee Zeta Day Co-Chair – 2007 to present
  • Holston Habitat for Humanity – Board Member & Financial Committee Member – February 2017 to February 2022

EDUCATION

M.B.A, East Tennessee State University, 2003

J.D., Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, 1996

B.B.A, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 1992

ADMISSIONS

Tennessee Bar, 1996