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Family Law

Divorce Lawyers in Knoxville

Pursuing a divorce is one of the most difficult and emotional decisions many people will ever have to make. Divorce frequently involves complex financial and legal issues and the division of assets. It is easy to get caught up in the situation and make decisions that might have unexpected and negative consequences in the long run. An experienced attorney will assist you in understanding your options, provide objective advice, and help you avoid critical mistakes that may harm you in the divorce process and long afterward.

At Menefee & Brown, P.C., we guide you through each stage of the divorce process from pre-divorce planning through post-divorce enforcement. We understand each divorce is different and requires personalized attention and strategy. We will explain everything to you, advise you about each major decision, and routinely update you about the developments in your case. Our goal is to protect your interests during this difficult time and help you move on with your life.

Child Custody Issues in Knoxville

One of the most difficult aspects of divorce is child custody. Tennessee law requires courts to consider the best interest of children and the continuity of their care as the primary factors when making child custody decisions, Tennessee law also protects parents, grandparents, and caregivers' rights. The court considers several factors that help determine which parent is best able to provide for the children. Once the court orders a custody arrangement, it can be difficult to change. Circumstances must change substantially to justify the court revisiting the original order.

We handle all aspects and stages of custody disputes, from the initial custody determination to issues involving change of custody, long distance visitation, and parental moves. At Menefee & Brown, P.C., we are dedicated to standing up for your parental rights and helping you protect your children's rights.

Child Support Lawyer

Tennessee courts award child support to ensure children share in both parents' resources. At Menefee & Brown, P.C., we are committed to helping clients establish child support payments that are fair, equitable, and in their children's best interests. While Tennessee courts consider several factors to determine support levels, the guidelines are essentially income-based. Judges have broad discretion in deciding what is in the child's best interest and how to award child support payments.

At Menefee & Brown, P.C., we handle all aspects of child support including the initial support award and modifications. We work hard to ensure that the support meets your children's needs. After an order of support has been entered, we assist you with enforcing the order through civil and criminal enforcement procedures.

Knoxville Legal Adoption

An adoption proceeding can be a complex, expensive, and confusing experience. Whether the matter involves an adoption arising from a divorce, foster parent or other non-parental relative, an international situation, a re-adoption, or traditional adoption litigation, the attorneys and staff at Menefee & Brown will provide the personal care and attention that your case deserves.


Establishing paternity is more than just claiming that someone is the father. Many rights and obligations go along with establishing paternity, such as child support payments, inheritance rights, visitation, and custody. The Tennessee paternity statute (section 36-2-301) lays out the procedure for establishing paternity and the liability and rights of the father once paternity is established. At Menefee & Brown, P.C., we recognize that a declaration of paternity can have a significant impact on the lives of the mother, child, and alleged father. We handle all aspects of paternity actions, from establishing or disproving paternity, to enforcing the rights and obligations of the father once paternity is established.

Workers' Compensation Laws

If you have been injured at work, you need an attorney to guide you through the intricacies of a workers' compensation case. Tennessee law provides that accidental injuries arising out of and in the scope of employment are compensable.

Workers' compensation cases are typically highly complex. Although it is possible to deal with your employer and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the amount of compensation you receive often depends on the skill and reputation of your legal representation. Menefee & Brown, P.C. is here to assist you in obtaining the best possible result for your workers' compensation case.

Personal Injury & Accidental Law

If you or a family member has been injured in an accident, the Knoxville attorneys of Menefee & Brown, P.C. are experienced in handling all types of personal injury and accident cases, and we are here to help you through a difficult and uncertain time. Numerous questions, such as who will pay for your medical expenses or lost wages, have probably come to mind. Menefee & Brown, P.C. will put its years of experience to work for you.

Tennessee law allows a person injured by another's negligence and fault accident to recover damages including:

If you or a family member has been injured in an accident, the Knoxville attorneys of Menefee & Brown, P.C. are experienced in handling all types of personal injury and accident cases, and we are here to help you through a difficult and uncertain time. Numerous questions, such as who will pay for your medical expenses or lost wages, have probably come to mind. Menefee & Brown, P.C. will put its years of experience to work for you.

Tennessee law allows a person injured by another's negligence and fault accident to recover damages including:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Loss of past and future earnings
  • Loss of use of property
  • Costs of repair or replacement
  • Economic value of domestic services
  • Loss of employment or business opportunities
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress, including loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium or companionship, and loss of mental faculties

Insurance companies are in business to minimize the damages they have to pay you. Our job is to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries. Contact us for a free initial consultation and let us put our experience to work for you.

Wrongful Death

If you and your family have suffered the tragic loss of a loved one by another's negligence or intentional act, you may be entitled to recover damages. Tennessee law allows a surviving spouse, or in some cases children, next of kin or parents, to institute a wrongful death suit against the responsible party. You can recover damages based on the economic value of the services the person would have rendered to you as the survivor, but for the person's death. You may also be able to recover survival damages, which would have been available in a personal injury action if the person had survived. We realize that no amount of money can compensate you for your loss. However, we are ready to use our knowledge, experience and advocacy skills to successfully guide you through the emotional and difficult process of a wrongful death suit.

Criminal Defense Law

If you or a family member is facing a criminal charge of any kind, we encourage you to contact Menefee & Brown, P.C. in Knoxville as soon as possible. The criminal defense attorneys at Menefee & Brown, P.C. have both state and federal criminal defense experience. Getting us involved as your defense team quickly can have a major impact on your case. Whether you admit guilt, plead guilty, or are convicted by a jury, you may face fines, imprisonment, probation, community service, and other penalties. The outcome of your case will depend upon the facts, the strength of the evidence, if law enforcement made any errors, the government's aggressiveness, and the quality of your defense team. If you have been charged with a crime, you should engage a criminal defense team as early as possible because the government will already be working hard to convict you.

At Menefee & Brown, P.C. we are dedicated to providing you with thoughtful, professional and discreet representation for any crime of which you have been accused.

Juvenile Crimes

In Tennessee, juvenile crimes are treated differently. Every juvenile crime is serious and potentially has serious consequences. If your child has been charged with a juvenile offense, contact us as soon as possible to ensure that your and your child's rights are protected.

Business Services

If you are a business owner or are contemplating starting a new business, you need an experienced attorney. The attorneys of Menefee & Brown, P.C. have experience in representing businesses of all sizes and types.

General Counsel

Many small businesses cannot afford the luxury of having an in-house attorney to advise you and address issues that arise in the ordinary course of business. We are available to fill the role as your general counsel as an affordable alternative to hiring an in-house attorney. Your business also needs a law firm that can offer dynamic and creative solutions to problems that arise in the business world. Whether the matter involves drafting a contract, termination of an employee or defending your business in a litigation matter, Menefee & Brown, P.C. is here for you. Call us today for an experienced and affordable solution to your business needs.

Business Litigation

Unfortunately, disputes often arise in the business world. The attorneys at Menefee & Brown, P.C. have wide-ranging experience in business litigation from representing one of the world's largest financing companies in a Federal Court class action suit to representing a large over-the-road trucking operation in a breach of contract case. Each case is unique and it requires an experienced attorney who has the background and work ethic to ensure that your interests are protected. We possess the experience and knowledge to guide your business through the sometimes complex world of a business litigation case. Contact us for a free consultation and discover how our experience can work for you.


It is inevitable in the business world that at some point you will need an experienced attorney to assist in collecting debts owed to you by customers or other businesses. There are complex federal and state laws governing collection actions that if not followed can lead to exposure for your business. The money due your business is too important to allow an inexperienced attorney to litigate your collections case.

Mr. Menefee and Mr. Brown understand the laws governing collections and have conducted seminars instructing other lawyers and bank executives on how to successfully collect debts. The attorneys of Menefee & Brown, P.C. have extensive background collecting debts on behalf of small businesses, major auto finance companies, banks and one of the largest real estate franchisers in the Southeast. The attorneys of Menefee & Brown, P.C. have litigated collection cases in all levels of state and federal court. In addition to hourly rates, we also handle collection cases on a contingent fee basis. Call us today to discuss your case and our fee arrangements.

Business Incorporations/Start-Ups

You finally made the decision to strike out on your own and open your own business. At Menefee & Brown, P.C., we understand and share your entrepreneurial spirit and we are here to help you. Incorporating a business is a fairly straightforward, but technical process that requires an attorney with experience to ensure that the right forms and documents are filed and that you select the type of entity that best fits your needs.

Tennessee law provides that a business entity may be, among other things, a corporation, a limited liability company or a partnership. The type of business entity you select will have lasting tax and legal liability implications. We possess the experience and business knowledge to help you decide which type of entity best fits your needs. Once you have made a decision, we can prepare the proper paperwork to incorporate your business, ensure that it is properly filed with the Tennessee Secretary of State, and get you on your way to fulfilling your dream of being a business owner.