Max Bahner’s practice concentration is primarily in complex litigation and he is a Senior Member of the firm's Litigation Section. He is an AAA arbitrator and also a Rule 31 certified mediator.
Max's mediation experience includes difficult contract disputes, some with multi-million dollars at stake, health care-related matters involving hospitals, as well as disputes between insurors and physician groups and other matters. In addition, his accomplishments consist of achieving agreement between bitterly divided parties, sometimes in multi-party disputes, which have resulted in reasonable settlements.
His trial experience includes successful defense of large cases involving trade regulation, indemnity claims and other commercial lawsuits, including complex contractual issues and trade regulation matters.
Max is past president of the Chattanooga and Tennessee Bar Associations and served nearly 17 years in the American Bar Association House of Delegates, leading the Tennessee delegation for nine years. He also served on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association for three years and on the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors during his last year on the Board. He was Chair of the Tennessee Supreme Court's Advisory Commission on the Rules of Civil Procedure for seven years during which the Commission wrote the Tennessee Rules of Evidence, which were adopted by the Tennessee Supreme Court. Max chaired the Task Force to review and recommend changes to the Tennessee Rules of Judicial Conduct which were adopted by the Supreme Court and which have become influential in revisions in other states. Max is a founding Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation and the Chattanooga Bar Foundation and a Life Fellow of the American Bar Association.