Keene W. Bartley

Attorney Keene W. BartleyKeene W. Bartley ( is a partner and serves as co-manager of  Schulman, LeRoy & Bennett, PC and has been practicing with the firm since 1982. Mr. Bartley received a B.A. from David Lipscomb College in 1979 and a J.D. from Memphis State University in 1982. His areas of practice include civil litigation with special emphasis in the areas of construction law, arbitration and mediation, general business transactions, commercial real estate sales, development, financing, commercial leasing and management issues, and matters arising from the retail sale of petroleum products.  Mr. Bartley has an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubble reflecting the highest level of professional ability and ethical standards as determined by  peer review from practicing attorneys and members of the judiciary.

Mr. Bartley’s primary area of emphasis arises in construction disputes where he represents General Contractors, Specialty Contractors, Owners, Lenders, and Design Professionals in litigation and arbitration proceedings throughout the Southeastern United States.

Mr. Bartley is certified as an Arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association, serving on both the Construction and  the Commercial Panels, including membership on the panel for hearing  Large, Complex Construction Disputes.  Mr. Bartley also serves as an arbitrator for court appointed and private arbitration proceedings.

For more than 20 years he has been certified as a 504 loan closing attorney by the United States Small Business Administration. He has closed more than 200 SBA loans representing the lender and numerous additional occasions representing conventional lenders and borrowers.

Mr. Bartley has a substantial business practice wherein he advises clients upon business matters including acquisition and sales,  contracts, employment matters, and commercial litigation. Mr. Bartley has  has represented his clients in transactions involving the sale or acquisition of multi-million dollar Commercial, Retail, and Multi-Family properties.

Mr. Bartley’s business representation of family businesses also includes providing estate planning and succession advice.

In connection with the petroleum industry, Mr. Bartley has represented clients in contractual and administrative disputes involving environment, taxation, unfair sales practices, and matters involving the Federal Petroleum Marketing Practices Act.  Mr. Bartley has also appeared before legislative committees and administrative agencies in the State of Tennessee regarding petroleum issues.  He serves as counsel for the Tennessee Fuel and Convenience Store Association and represents many of its members on commercial, petroleum, taxation,  land use, environmental, and administrative issues and including licensing  and sales of alcoholic beverages.

His volunteer works include having acted as legal counsel  in Ecclesiastical disputes for the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee, as well as serving for many years on the Architectual  Review Committee for the Diocese. He is also a Life Member and has served on the Board of Directors of BOMA Nashville (Building Owners and Managers Association) also serving as an instructor in its RPA program and teaching seminars on legal and business management matters.

Mr. Bartley is a member of the Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations. He currently serves as a Hearing Committee Member for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.  He has in the past served as a member of the Ethics and Unauthorized Practices Committee of the Nashville Bar Association, and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Certification of Specialists. He is a member of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, where he has served on several committees and has been a presenter at its annual meeting.   He is an original member of and has served as a committee chair and as a member of  the Board of Directors of The Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel.