Anne M. McKinney, Special Counsel

Bio / Profile


Anne M. McKinney serves as Special Counsel for Estate Law on the Gale Allison team where she applies her four decades of legal and tax experience in estate planning, probate and estate administration, and estate taxes. Ms. McKinney holds a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, graduating magna cum laude and earned her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

She is licensed to practice in Tennessee and North Carolina, all the courts in those states, and before the U.S. Tax Court, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. McKinney previously served as an Estate and Gift Tax Attorney with the Internal Revenue Service.

As an Adjunct Professor of Law, Ms. McKinney taught undergraduate Estate Planning, Wealth Transfer Tax, and Business Law at the University of Tennessee.

She is a member of the Tennessee and North Carolina Bar Associations and the American Bar Association and is a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Trust and Estate Counsels (ACTEC).

Ms. McKinney co-authored Estate Planning in Tennessee. She also lectures frequently before professional and civic groups throughout the nation on the subjects of estate planning and taxation.

Practice Areas

  • Probate and Administration of Estates

  • Estate Planning (i.e. Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Prenups, and other agreements)

  • Charitable Planning

  • Business Succession Planning

  • Preparation and Defense of Death, Gift, Generation-Skipping, & Fiduciary Income Taxes

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Knoxville Bar Association

  • Tennessee Bar Association

  • American Bar Association

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsels (ACTEC), Fellow


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina,  Juris Doctor

  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina,   B.A. magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee

  • North Carolina

  • U.S. Tax Court

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit

  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • AV-Rated Pre-eminent Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell

  • SuperLawyers


  • Estate Planning, Wealth Transfer Tax, Business Law (University of Tennessee)

  • Asset Protection, Estate, Planning, Tax Planning, Women’s Issues (National Speakers Association)

  • Required Continuing Legal Education Units (Tennessee Bar Association, Knoxville Bar Association, Tennessee Society of CPAs, and National Business Institute/NBI)

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