J. Nicholas Arning, Jr.


Nic Arning is a member of the firm whose primary areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, business formation, contract drafting and negotiation, real estate, technology and eCommerce law, health care law and general business matters. He has also represented clients in a variety of business, commercial and contract disputes. Over the course of his career, Mr. Arning has assisted clients across a broad spectrum of industries in creating and organizing new entities, selling or acquiring businesses, and negotiating and drafting a wide variety of contracts relating to business relationships and operations.

Nic is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee. He received a B.A. in political science from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1993. He obtained his J.D. from The University of Tennessee College of Law in 1996. Prior to joining Woolf McClane in 1999, Nic served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Charles D. Susano, Jr., Associate Judge of the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Eastern Section.

Nic is a member of both the Knoxville and Tennessee Bar Associations, as well as the Corporate Counsel, Business Law, and the Health Care Law Sections of the Tennessee Bar Association. Through the Knoxville Bar Association, he served for several years on both the Publications Committee and the Continuing Legal Education Committee. He also previously chaired the Attorney’s Division for the United Way of Greater Knoxville’s annual campaign. In 2012, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Knoxville Bar Foundation.

Nic is a long-time member of the Knoxville Bar Association’s Hunger & Poverty Relief Committee, where he coordinates the Bar Association’s participation in the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee’s Mobile Meals program, and actively participates in several other public service projects throughout the year. In 2019, he received the Knoxville Bar Association’s “Law Through Liberty” award in recognition of his work with the Mobile Meals program.


University of Tennessee, J.D., 1996
Emory University, B.A., 1993

Bar Admissions

Tennessee, 1996


Listed in Best Lawyers in America® in Real Estate Law since 2021

Listed in Best Lawyers in America® in Mergers and Acquisitions Law since 2022

Listed in Best Lawyers in America® in Health Care Law since 2024

Selected as a Top Attorney in CityView magazine in the areas of Business/Commercial Law, Contract Law, Corporate Law, and Health Care Law.