R. Wayne Peters began his professional career in accounting in 1966 and the practice of law in 1968. He practices primarily in Georgia and Tennessee. For the past 20 years, he has been selected for inclusion in “Best Lawyers in America” for Trusts and Estates and “Best Lawyers in America” for Litigation & Controversy – Tax, Litigation – Trusts & Estates, and Tax Law and Trusts and Estates; Chattanooga Best Lawyers Trust and Estates Lawyer of the year 2013; Chattanooga Best Lawyers Tax Law Lawyer of the Year 2012,2014; has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” 2006-2013; selected as a 2011 Top 100 Tennessee Mid-South Super Lawyer; and enjoys the highest available rating given by his peers, AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell. In 2010, he was accepted to the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He is also a Certified Estate Planning Law Specialist, an Accredited Estate Planner and is qualified as a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator.
His varied practice involves business, estate and tax matters, with a focus on business, wealth transfer, estate planning, mergers and acquisitions, foundations, and business and estate related litigation. Wayne represents many entrepreneurs, start up companies, closely held and family businesses, manufacturers, professional service companies, banks, restaurant chains, automobile dealerships, construction firms and other businesses in day to day legal matters, sales and acquisitions, operations, planning, and employment matters
Wayne has successfully represented clients in tax and audit matters before the Internal Revenue Service and state tax authorities. He has negotiated numerous favorable outcomes for clients as a result of his thorough and aggressive representation.