Stephen M. Darden

Hunter Smith & Davis LLP
Asheville, North Carolina 28704


Areas Of Practice

Non Compete
Partnership Disputes
Sexual Harassment
Wage and Hour
Wrongful Termination



Received a degree in accounting from the University Of Tennessee College Of Business Administration in 1982 and his law degree from the University Of Tennessee College Of Law in 1985.  Steve is a past President of the Washington County Bar Association in 1994 and has written numerous articles including a quarterly "Legal Watch" article for the Johnson City Business Magazine and other publications.

Personal Information:

Steve is married and has two college-aged children.  He is a believer in public service and has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hands On Regional Children's Museum, Chair and founding member of the Washington County Economic Development Councol, a member of the City of Johnson City Board of Commissioners  (elected 3 times) and former Mayor and Vice-mayor of Johnson City,Tennessee.

Practice Emphasis:

  • National Labor Relations Act practice, including the preservation of a union-free workplace.
  • Negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and arbitration advocacy.General day-to-day advice is a major part of Steve's preventive las practice.
  • Employment litigation and representation before administrative bodies.
  • Workplace investigations.
  • Listed Mediator.

Hunter, Smith & Davis was formed in 1916 in connection with the industrial development of East Tennessee.  As the region attracted new industry, attorneys were needed to acquire railroad rights-of way and to make land acquisitions for industrial development and related matters. The attorneys who originally formed Hunter, Smith & Davis also prepared the charter to incorporate the City of Kingsport as a municipality in the State of Tennessee.  With our firm’s participation in the original economic development of East Tennessee, we have represented virtually all of the large industries, employers and commercial business in Northeast Tennessee.

Today, we have offices in Kingsport and Johnson City, Tennessee and Gate City, Virginia.   All of our attorneys are licensed to practice in Tennessee.  In addition, various attorneys hold licenses to practice in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, New Jersey and Montana.

100 Medtech Parkway       

Johnson City, TN 37604   

Phone: (423) 283-6303  

E-Mail: [email protected]