Cumberland-based Taylor English Duma LLP recently announced Allan Tanenbaum has joined the firm’s corporate practice as Of Counsel and Charles K. McKnight Jr. has joined the firm in its Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group.
Tanenbaum has served as the general counsel of AFC Enterprises Inc., the franchisor of Popeyes Chicken, Church’s Chicken, Seattle’s Best Coffee and Cinnabon, and most recently, served as co-founder, managing partner and general counsel of Equicorp Partners, an Atlanta-based private equity and advisory firm specializing in the quick-service and fast-casual food industry. He also has more than 30 years of experience in private practice.
“Allan’s multidimensional experience serving as in-house counsel, outside counsel and in corporate leadership provides him with a unique perspective on the complex business matters facing our clients daily,” said Marc Taylor. “With more than 25 former general counsel and in-house counsel practicing at Taylor English, his arrival bolsters our exceptional and efficient corporate team that is built for business. We know Allan will be an asset to our firm and to our clients.”
Tanenbaum has a broad range of experience representing public and private companies in financing, mergers and acquisitions, compliance and corporate governance matters. He has managed public offerings of debt and equity securities, institutional private placements of high-yield securities and venture capital financings, as well as transactions between public companies, private companies and bank and private financings.
“I have worked with Taylor English attorneys in a number of contexts over the years, and I have the utmost respect for their talent, passion and knowledge of their clients’ business matters,” said Tanenbaum. “I look forward to working as a part of this team.”
Outside of his practice, Tanenbaum serves on the board of directors for a number of nonprofits, as well as private and public corporations, including DSW Inc., where he also chairs the company’s corporate governance committee.
Throughout his 43-year legal career, Tanenbaum has provided extensive service to the Atlanta Bar, the State Bar of Georgia and the American Bar Association, where he represented the Atlanta Bar and the State Bar in the ABA House of Delegates for more than 30 years. Over the years, he has held leadership positions with the ABA and continues to serve as chair of several ABA committees.
He is a founding member and secretary of The Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation and he is a national board member of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. He is a national board member of the LPGA Foundation and is also director emeritus of The Children’s Museum of Atlanta.
He received his undergraduate degree from the Wharton School of Finance & Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Charles K. McKnight Jr.
McKnight brings with him more than 25 years of experience in representing Fortune 500 companies, privately-held companies and individuals in business disputes and litigation, including domestic and international arbitration and mediation. He was previously with Nations, Toman & McKnight LLP.
“At Taylor English, McKnight joins a team of highly qualified and diverse litigators who provide creative, efficient and cost-effective advocacy for their clients,” said Todd E. Jones, chair of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. “The addition of McKnight, like many of our recent hires, expands our litigation bench in Atlanta, particularly our ability to serve locally-based Fortune 500 companies. His excellent reputation as an experienced and accomplished litigator makes him a great fit for our growing team.”
McKnight has successfully defended numerous class actions and regularly represents clients in breach of contract, condemnation, construction, fraud, insurance, real property, Uniform Commercial Code and business tort litigation. His practice has included the representation of clients in state and federal courts, as well as appellate courts throughout the country.
He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta. He is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.
He received his undergraduate degree from Emory University and his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School, where he was the student writing editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. Following law school, he clerked on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Taylor English Duma LLP is a full-service law firm that was founded in 2005. For more information, visit www.taylorenglish.com.