Al Holifield, Member

Al Holifield is the founding member of Holifield & Janich, PLLC (H&J).  Al focuses his practice in the areas of employee benefits law, employee benefits litigation, health care compliance, employment law, employment litigation and business law. He represents local and national companies from various industries including, but not limited to, hospitals, insurance companies, restaurants, doctors’ offices, government contractors, and construction companies.

Al represents employers regarding employee benefit litigation and compliance issues.  He assists clients in Department of Labor investigations and Internal Revenue Service audits. Regarding litigation, Al has handled benefit claims litigation, retirement medical claims, health and welfare issues as well as fee and related litigation. Al has represented employers in various Title VII litigation claims. He has served as an expert witness in certain employee benefit matters, and his litigation practice includes matters before state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Regarding compliance issues, Al represents clients routinely regarding the drafting, structuring, amending and terminating of retirement plans, welfare plans, and nonqualified plans as well as counseling them with regard to fiduciary responsibilities, the complexity of class action lawsuits, FLSA, FMLA and ADA compliance, and Affordable Care Act requirements. He provides day-to-day advice to clients regarding best practices for their plans and other compliance issues.

11907 Kingston Pike
Suite 201
Knoxville, TN 37934

phone: 865-566-0115

Professional Recognitions
Management Co-Chair, American Bar Association Joint Committee on Employee Benefits (2018-2022)
Mid-South Super Lawyer (2016-Present)
Cityview Magazine – voted one of the best employee benefit attorneys in Knoxville (2010-2022)
Fellow, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel (ACEBC)
Employer Co-Chair, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law for the Employee Benefits Committee
Track Coordinator, ABA National Labor and Employment Annual Meeting (2013-2017)
Sub-Committee Co-Chair, Fiduciary Responsibility for ABA Employee Benefit Committee (2008-2013)

American Bar Association (ABA)
Knoxville Bar Association (KBA)
Past President, Tennessee Valley Employee Benefits Council
Adjunct Professor, Employee Benefits Law, University of Tennessee College of Law

Licensed to practice in all Tennessee state courts and the following federal courts:
United States Supreme Court
United States Tax Court
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Eastern District of Tennessee
Middle District of Tennessee
Western District of Tennessee


ERISA Fiducary Answer Book (Wolters Kluwer 12th ed. 2023) [Co-author]

ERISA Fiduciary Answer Book (Wolters Kluwer 11th ed. 2022) [Co-author]

ERISA Fiduciary Answer Book (Wolters Kluwer 10th ed. 2021) [Co-author]

ERISA Fiduciary Answer Book (Wolters Kluwer 9th ed. 2020) [Co-author]

ERISA Fiduciary Answer Book (Wolters Kluwer 8th ed. 2019) [Co-author]

Chapter 38 “Age Discrimination in Employee Benefits” in ERISA Litigation (BNA 5th ed. 2014) [Chapter Co-author]

Chapter 10, “Fiduciary Responsibility”, Employee Benefit Law (BNA 2007-2013) [Contributing Author]

J.D. / M.B.A. – University of Tennessee, 1992
B.S., Business Administration and Management – University of Southern Mississippi, 1988
Certified Employee Benefit Specialist, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

Curriculum Vitae

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