Bret J Chaness


Mr. Chaness is a Partner and a member of the Litigation Department. His primary practice areas include real estate litigation, mortgage servicing and foreclosure litigation, and bankruptcy litigation. He represents clients in a wide variety of complex civil litigation and bankruptcy matters involving contract disputes, real estate and quiet title actions, and lien priority actions. Mr. Chaness has been clerking at the firm since his second year of law school and, while a law student, he won the Exemplary Real Property Law Student Award from the State Bar of Georgia and was a member of the Emory Moot Court Society, competing in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Practice Areas

  • Litigation (Federal and State)
  • Real Estate Title
  • Banking Regulatory Compliance and Litigation involving T.I.L.A., R.E.S.P.A., and F.D.C.P.A. issues regarding mortgage servicing and foreclosure practices
  • Creditor’s Rights
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Bankruptcy Litigation involving lien avoidance, preference, and other contested and adversary proceedings related to lenders’ security interests


  • J.D., Emory University School of Law (2012)
  • B.A., University of Michigan (2008)


  • Licensed In: Georgia, Tennessee
  • Admitted to Practice Before:
    • Georgia Supreme Court
    • All Georgia trial and appellate courts
    • All Tennessee trial and appellate courts
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, and Eleventh Circuits
    • United States District Court for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Georgia
    • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Tennessee


  • Member, State Bar of Georgia – Executive Committee/Litigation Chair of Real Property Section, Bankruptcy Section
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association – Real Estate Section, Bankruptcy Section