Joe A. Conner - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Joe A. Conner

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005
Phone: 423-752-4417

Joe A. Conner has significant experience in a wide range of commercial litigation, with a focus on representing private utilities and businesses in eminent domain actions. Mr. Conner currently serves as lead counsel representing the state court appointed Receiver of the Jefferson County, Alabama wastewater system. He regularly represents clients in dealing with governmental entities on such topics as zoning, property development and regulatory affairs. His eminent domain practice is national in scope and he has an established network of experts in various fields to assist in creating a comprehensive and proactive approach to complex business valuation cases for optimal results.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker – TAMA Automotive Supplier Opportunity Fair (2013)
  • Speaker – Global Water Institute Conference (2011)
  • Speaker – Ojai Valley News Interview (2011)
  • Speaker – California Water Association Spring Meeting (2010)
  • Speaker – NAWC Annual Meeting (October 2009)
  • Speaker – NAWC Water Utility Executive Council Spring Meeting (2009)
  • Speaker – California Water Association Fall Meeting (2008)
  • Speaker – New England Conference of Public Utility Commissioners (June 2006)
  • Speaker – National Association of Water Companies Spring Meeting (April 2006)

University of Tennessee at ChattanoogaBA 1983University of Tennessee at KnoxvilleJ.D. 1986
Tennessee Economic Development Council Hamilton County Board of Education, 1996 – 2008Tennessee Automotive Manufacturers Association (TAMA), 2010 – 2012 National Association of Water Companies American and Tennessee Bar Associations

Case History

Recent Representative Engagements
  • Currently representing the state court appointed Receiver of the Jefferson County, Alabama wastewater system, the largest municipal wastewater utility in Alabama with 144,000 customers.
  • Represented Tower Investments in an eminent domain action filed by Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency in Nashville, Tennessee to acquire 5.1 acres of property owned by Tower Investments for the construction of a new convention center. Result: jury awarded client $30.4 million ($15.6 million more than the government offered).
  • Represented the Chattanooga Electric Power Board (EPB) in two actions instituted by a national cable company and the state cable trade association to block EPB's entry into the internet and cable television business. Result: Both cases summarily dismissed and affirmed on appeal.
  • Represented Pennichuck Water Works in a condemnation action filed by the City of Nashua, New Hampshire. Result: New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission valued the 25,000 customer water system at $203 million (approximately $8000 per customer) and awarded an additional $40 million in severance damages. In March 2010, the New Hampshire Supreme Court affirmed the entire valuation award.
  • Represented California American Water in a condemnation action filed by the San Lorenzo Valley Water District. Result: California American Water's Felton water system fair market value set at $13.4 million (approximately $10,300 per customer).

Office Location

1900 Republic Centre
633 Chestnut Street
Chattanooga, TN 37450
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation (Appellate, Civil Litigation, Complex Litigation, Construction, Eminent Domain, Energy, Land Use and Zoning)
Construction Law (Arbitration and Mediation, Commercial Development, Commercial Litigation, Construction Disputes, Contract Review and Negotiation, Contractors, Land Use)
Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law (Litigation, Zoning)
Energy Law (Clean Water Act, Public Utility, Transactions, Water)
Litigation - Construction
Litigation - Real Estate