The Kendall Law Firm

Hugh Kendall


Hugh has practiced law in Chattanooga for 50 years.


Hugh is a native of Ducktown, Tennessee. He is a graduate of The McCallie School in Chattanooga. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in history and economics and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from The University of Tennessee.


Hugh and his wife, Kay Marie, formerly of Maryville, Tennessee, have been married since 1970 and have two sons. Jonathan lives in Bluffton, South Carolina, and David lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Hugh is a former member of the Center for Professional Responsibility of the American Bar Association and of the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility of the Tennessee Bar Association.


Hugh is a Past President of The Estate Planning Council of Chattanooga,  Chattanooga Tax Practitioners, the Tennessee Federal Tax Institute, and a former Chairman of the Tax, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association.


Hugh is a Fellow and former Regent of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). He is a former Tennessee State Chair of ACTEC, a former Editor of its quarterly professional journal, ACTEC Journal, and a former Chair of its Professional Responsibility Committee.


Hugh is a Fellow of the Chattanooga Bar Foundation.


Hugh has been listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Directory of Pre-Eminent Lawyers® in the area of trusts and estates and estate planning; in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of trusts and estates, wills, and probate; in Super Lawyers in the Mid-South® in the area of estate planning and probate; in The Top 100 Super Lawyers in Tennessee®; and in the U.S. News and World Report–Best Lawyers list of Best Law Firms.


Hugh has been a frequent speaker to professional groups on topics relating to estate planning, wills, trusts and estates, and legal ethics, including groups such as the Chattanooga Bar Association, Chattanooga Tax Practitioners, The Estate Planning Council of Chattanooga, the Atlanta Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Tennessee Federal Tax Institute, the Mid-America Tax Conference, the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, the Duke University Estate Planning Conference, the New York State Bar Association Sophisticated Trust and Estate Institute, the American Bar Association, and The University of Miami-Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning.

History and Mission of the Practice

From 1972 through 1988, Hugh Kendall was an associate and partner of a prominent Chattanooga law firm, Shumaker & Thompson.

In January 1989, Hugh established his solo practice.

Hugh believes that he has been called by God to his law practice. He considers his law practice to be a Christian ministry and a fundamental component of his life as a believer in Jesus Christ as his Savior and as a disciple of Christ Jesus as his Lord. Accordingly, Hugh aspires that his legal services be rendered in a manner that reflects the character of Jesus Christ and brings honor and glory to Him. It is Hugh’s objective that his law-practice manifest a distinctively Christian character.