Tracy has represented both large and small business clients, in private practice and most recently as General Counsel/Chief Legal Officer at a mid-market medical device manufacturer and distributor. In addition to advising on all legal matters impacting the business, Tracy also managed the Quality Assurance/Regulatory Affairs and Safety/Risk Management departments. He is a licensed Patent Attorney and routinely counsels clients on strategies in protection, transactions and potential litigation related to intellectual property assets and, guides them on how to minimize the intellectual property risks associated with such activities. He also takes a particular interest in the product realization process and his clients’ electronic presence on the web and in social media.
Tracy’s knowledge of business operations and management allows him to integrate solid legal advice into his clients’ business and financial objectives. As a legal advisor, Tracy’s primary objective is to identify a client’s primary business objectives and strategies, while utilizing his legal expertise to facilitate the implementation of those strategies in order to achieve the client’s objectives. His experience includes providing legal advice and ongoing corporate support for the establishment of holding companies and operating entities in the Netherlands, Ireland, the U.K., Hong Kong, China, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Costa Rica.
Tracy has routinely worked with in-house and private practice counsel in the formation and leadership of the Knoxville Bar Association’s Corporate Counsel Section, and has been a speaker in numerous seminars relating to business law, litigation and intellectual property. He also routinely speaks at the University Of Tennessee College Of Law in the Technology Law course with regard to the legal implications of the product realization process and has taught contract drafting at U.T. as an adjunct professor. He has also voluntarily advised businesses in the incubator stage with respect to regulatory and intellectual property issues.
In addition to his legal practice, Tracy is active in the community. He has recently served on the Vestry and as Senior Warden at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension and led the parish through the retirement of its Rector and the hiring of his replacement. He also volunteers with several service ministries at Ascension and with FISH Hospitality Pantries in Knoxville.