Dan W. Holbrook - Holbrook Peterson Smith, PLLC

Dan W. Holbrook

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1989

Dan is a Fellow, Regent, and past Tennessee State Chair of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and serves on the ACTEC Charitable Planning and Exempt Organizations Committee.

He is a member of the Knoxville, Tennessee, and Florida Bar Associations, The National Lawyers Association, and the Christian Legal Society.

Dan served on the Tennessee Probate Study Group from 1986 to 2008, a joint ACTEC and Tennessee Bar committee responsible for reviewing and drafting proposed state laws regarding estates, trusts, property, and inheritance, including related tax laws.

He is a past president of the Knoxville Estate Planning Council and was an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1998.

Dan is involved with numerous local and national charities, and is a director or pro bono advisor for selected charities.  He was awarded the Knoxville Bar Association annual Pro Bono award in 1991.

Dan is also a Fellow of the Knoxville Bar Foundation and was in the Leadership Knoxville Class of 2002.


From 2000 to 2012, Dan authored a regular column on estate planning in the Tennessee Bar Journal after having published other articles therein.

In 2001, Dan won the Tennessee Bar Association annual Justice Henry award for Outstanding Legal Writing for his column “Top 10 Rules for Estate Planning in Tennessee After Tax Reform,” Tennessee Bar Journal (August 2001).


Dan married his junior high school sweetheart, and they have two sons and four grandchildren.  He enjoys endurance running, having finished the Western States 100 Mile Trail Race at age 61, and can frequently be found on the trails of East Tennessee’s parks.

Rollins CollegeBA 1969Rollins CollegeMBA 1970Willamette University College of LawJ.D. 1977University of MiamiLL.M 1978

Office Location

Tyson Place, Suite 150
2607 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2012 Lawyer of the Year in Trusts and Estates of the Knoxville Metro Area
Dan W. Holbrook has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Non-Profit / Charities Law (Charitable Gift Planning, Private Foundations, Tax-Exempt Organizations)
Trusts and Estates (Estate Planning, Gift Planning, Insurance Planning, Nonprofit Organizations and Charitable Giving, Planning for Closely Held Businesses, Probate, Succession Planning, Tax)