Knowledgeable, Experienced, & Trusted Attorneys at Law.
Sparta | Cookeville (931) 837-2050
Crossville | Rockwood (865) 354-3333
Griffin & Davis, PLLC is a general practice law firm servicing the Upper Cumberland region of Middle and Eastern Tennessee, with offices located in White, Roane, Putnam, and Cumberland Counties. Our firm employs seven attorneys and an of counsel attorney with a focus on civil litigation, criminal, divorce and custody, real property, bankruptcy, trusts, corporate, estate planning and probate, bankruptcy, juvenile, child support, landlord-tenant, traffic ticket defense, data privacy, healthcare, personal injury, and debt collection, immigration, social security, employment, mediation, and appellate law.
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OUR PRACTICE AREAS
Being charged with a crime can be one the hardest, most stressful points in a person’s life. It is important for you to know your rights under the state and federal constitutions, and to have the advice of an attorney who has handled your type of case before. Our office has handled cases across the entire spectrum of misdemeanors and felonies in Tennessee. We understand the importance of answering your questions promptly and the importance of keeping you fully informed about the case against you.
Our firm helps people take control of their financial future. We can help you with debtor-creditor problems, mortgage foreclosure defense and alternatives, Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Chapter 13 bankruptcy, and alternatives to bankruptcy. To help you take control, we’ll apply our legal, economic, and business expertise to your particular situation and then provide you with options on how best to proceed. Whether you need to protect your home, get creditors off your back, or just need advice, let us analyze your situation and give you the tools you need to take back your life.
Rule 31 Mediation offers the parties in a law suit the opportunity to settle their issues before going to trial in a non-judicial and informal setting. Courts throughout Tennessee are increasing turning to mediation in civil matters to help clear large dockets, while providing parties more control over the outcome of their case.
Not all couples who have children are married. Custody can include an array of issues such as the establishment of a parenting plan and the paternity of a father or a modification of an existing permanent parenting plan. The paramount consideration in issues of custody is what is in the best interests of the children. This can result in greed parenting plans or highly contentious, complex litigation. Nevertheless, the attorneys at Griffin and Davis are equipped with handling all aspects of the custody process.
Offenders who have not yet reached 18 years of age usually enter the juvenile justice system rather than the criminal justice system. Juvenile offenders are subject to different laws and procedures than adults who have been charged with crimes. Contact the attorneys at Griffin & Davis to advocate for your cause.
Whether you are a permanent resident working towards citizenship, or an undocumented immigrant, any number of criminal or civil issues could cause problems for your status in the United States. From renewing expired visas to pursuing legal status or even citizenship, there are many remedies that may be available to you to help you avoid status revocation or deportation.
Real Property Law
Real property law can be complicated and fraught with pitfalls. Whether you are transferring a piece of property as a gift, part of a divorce or other judgment, a sale, or part of an estate, it is essential that the transfer is done properly to avoid future complications. Our office has handled many types of transfers, both residential and commercial, on behalf of both private individuals and corporate entities.
The probate process begins with the unfortunate death of a loved one. We can help you navigate this complicated area of the law in an efficient and compassionate manner. Whether you are dealing with a small estate under $50,000 dollars, probating a properly-drafted will, or administrating an intestate estate, we can help you through the process from start to finish. Following filing, Tennessee’s probate process can last anywhere from four months to multiple years if it is a contested probate. Properly dealing with the courts and creditors is of utmost importance during this process. One mistake can delay an estate’s probate and cost you time and money. Let us be there to help you every step of the way.
Laws and regulations govern the practice of medicine. There are many fields of medicine and equal branches of regulations. Here at Griffin & Davis we cover all areas of health care regulation. As an individual, your health information is protected. If you feel your right to health care privacy is not safeguarded, give us a call. If you are a healthcare entity looking for advice on storing and protecting healthcare information or need help deciphering the regulations imposed on the medical field, give us a call. Likewise, if you are an individual trying to understand Medicare or TennCare regulations, give us a call. Should you find yourself being sued for negligent acts as a health care provider call us to discuss your options.
As a consumer, you have rights to protect your electronic presence. Companies are required to safeguard data collected from your visit to its website. At Griffin & Davis, we draft policies that outline what data is collected, stored, and how it is used. If you are a company with an online presence give us a call to make sure your company is correctly handling consumer data.
There are several forms of business entities to choose from in Tennessee, including corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and general partnerships. Your choice of form will have repercussions on how you are taxed and what personal liability you may have for your company’s dealings. Forming an entity, however, is just the beginning of your business venture. It is important for those with a stake in the entity to understand the laws governing such entity and to comply with such laws or risk losing the protection of the corporate form.
Civil litigation is a wide ranging field that covers issues ranging from contract disputes and debt collection to personal injury and orders of protection. While these matters can often be settled out of court, knowing how to file complaints, answers, and motions–not to mention knowing how to argue those matters to a judge or jury–is essential in making sure you are compensated for your losses.
Family law is an area of law concerning issues of spouses and children. The areas include divorce, custody, child support, establishing paternity of a child and parenting plan, dependency and neglect proceedings, grandparent visitation, terminating parental rights and adoption. Whether the case is contested or agreed upon, the attorneys at Griffin and Davis are equipped to handle all matters of family law.
The breakdown of a marriage can be an extremely difficult and nuanced process. The attorneys at Griffin and Davis have extensive experience in handling a wide array of divorces. We have represented clients with extensive property and business assets as well as complex custody issues. We are equally adept at handling divorces where clients agree on all aspects of property and debt distribution as well as custody determinations. We pride ourselves on identifying the most pragmatic and efficient solution to dissolving our client’s marriage.
In all cases of custody and divorce, support of one parent will be set. The attorneys at Griffin and Davis have experience in handling establishing child support, modification of child support obligations, and defense of contempt issues that arise as a result of a parent’s child support obligations.
The relationship between a landlord and tenant is not always a harmonious one. As a landlord, it is important to understand that an expertly drafted lease can help you avoid unnecessary litigation or issues during any eviction process. As a tenant, it is important to be familiar with your rights under Tennessee law to fair notice of any breach, and in some cases, rights you may possess as a tenant in certain government housing.
Trusts & Estates
Estate Planning is essential for your family’s future. It is important to ensure that you have properly planned for yourself and your family in the event of your death. Trusts are estate-planning tools that can replace or supplement wills and help manage property during life. We can also handle specialty trusts such as spendthrift trusts, gun trusts, honorary trusts, and qualifying income trusts. The attorneys at Griffin & Davis will advise clients to help minimize risk and give you peace of mind in estate planning.
Appeals are in integral part of any judicial process. It is essential that you understand the procedure for filing an appeal when an adverse judgment has been rendered against you. Whether you are filing an appeal as of right to the Court of Appeals or the Court of Criminal Appeals, an permissive interlocutory appeal, or seeking permission to appeal to the Tennessee Supreme Court, you will need an attorney who has handled numerous civil and criminal appeals in order to best make your case before the appellate courts of Tennessee.
If you owe someone a debt, the person to whom the debt is owed is called a creditor. Creditors have rights in Tennessee to collect debts owed to them. Creditors may seek help from the court system to collect that debt. Creditors may seek a judgment and garnish your wages for that debt. Creditors are subject to certain laws for obtaining a judgment and garnishment. Call the attorneys at Griffin & Davis to discuss the options you have to handle debt collection.
Land is unique. Issues involving land are unique. Our attorneys at Griffin & Davis are skilled in the areas of real estate. Whether it be a disputed boundary line, transference of title, or trespass to land, the attorneys at Griffin & Davis will interpret deeds, surveys, plats, and maps to handle your unique issue. We also handle real estate closings.
ATTORNEYS AT LAW
Brandon S. Griffin
Admitted in: Tennessee and U.S. District Court for Middle Tennessee.
Counties Served: Putnam, Overton, White, Clay, Pickett, and Van Buren.
Practice: Criminal Law, General Civil Litigation, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Debt Collection, Mental Health, Traffic Ticket Defense, and Medical Malpractice Defense.
Brandon Griffin was born and raised in Sparta, Tennessee. He graduated from White County High School in 2006. He went on to graduate from Tennessee Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, where he earned high honors. Mr. Griffin graduated in the top 25% of his class from the Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law in May of 2013. During his time at Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law Brandon Griffin earned CALI Awards for Academic Excellence in two classes. The classes were Decedent’s Estates and Admiralty Law. Mr. Griffin enjoys practicing in the areas of criminal defense, estate planning, and business law.
Mr. Griffin especially enjoys helping small businesses find legal solutions that meet their needs. Mr. Griffin believes in a client focused style of practice and will strive to find a pragmatic solution to your legal issue.
Mr. Griffin has helped a diverse client base ranging from ordinary individuals and small town businesses to out of state Companies. He is an active member of the Tennessee Bar Association and the Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Division. Mr. Griffin enjoys fishing, kayaking, and spending time with his daughter Irelia.
If you need an attorney in Sparta, Celina, Cookeville, Crossville, Spencer, Livingston, Doyle, Byrdstown, Algood, Baxter, Monterey, or the surrounding areas, give Brandon a call today!
Tyler S. Davis
Admitted in: Tennessee and U.S. District Court for Middle Tennessee.
Counties Served: Roane, Fentress, Cumberland, Loudon and Meigs.
Practice: Estates, Probate, Criminal Law, General Civil Litigation, Family Law, Divorce, Real Property, Traffic Ticket Defense, and Juvenile Law.
Tyler graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee in 2011 with a double major in History and Political Science. He then attended the University of Memphis’s Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where he graduated with honors and in the top 20% of his class. Tyler was admitted to the Tennessee bar in October 2015.While in law school, Tyler garnered invaluable experience by:
– serving as an Articles Editor on The University of Memphis Law Review;
– interning at the City of Memphis’s City Attorney’s office;
– externing for the Hon. Bernice B. Donald of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit;
– serving as a hearing officer for the Memphis Housing Authority in conjunction with the law school’s Housing Adjudication Clinic; and
– interning and then later clerking for the Hon. Donna M. Fields, Circuit Court judge for Tennessee’s Thirtieth Judicial District.
Tyler was also honored in law school by winning the CALI award for highest grade in a class in both Federal Courts and Jurisprudence and receiving the 2013 Federal Bar Association’s Memphis & Mid-South Chapter Award.
In his spare time, Tyler enjoys sports and spending time with his family, including his lovely wife Jennifer, his son James, and their three dogs, Dalton, Dani, and Buddy. Tyler is a member of the First Baptist Church of Kingston, Rockwood Civitan Club, and Outdoor Kingston board.
If you need an attorney in Kingston, Rockwood, Crossville, Harriman, Oliver Springs, Crab Orchard, Jamestown, Loudon, Lenoir City, Philadelphia, Clarkrange. Grimsley, Decatur, or the surrounding areas, give Tyler a call today!
Daniel J. Barnes
Admitted in: Tennessee and U.S. District Court for Middle Tennessee.
Counties Served: Warren, Dekalb, White, Van Buren, Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Putnam and Cumberland.
Practice: Criminal Law, General Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Debt Collection, Traffic Ticket Defense, and Immigration.
Daniel Barnes graduated cum laude with a degree in English from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2009. He attended law school at the University of Tennessee, where he was a member of Moot court board and the black law students association. He also received the “Raptor Award” in first semester torts, and received an award for the highest grade in Criminal Seminar. He graduated and was admitted to the Tennessee bar in 2012 and takes cases in the fields of criminal law, immigration, and civil litigation, and has bench and jury trial experience, including multiple not guilty verdicts.If you need an attorney in Smithville, McMinnville, Sparta, Spencer, Cookeville, Crossville, Doyle, Algood, Baxter, Monterey, Pikeville, Dunlap, or the surrounding areas, give Daniel a call today!
C. Shawn Roberts
Admitted in: Tennessee.
Counties Served: Roane, Loudon, Morgan, Meigs, Rhea, Anderson, Cumberland and Knox.
Practice: Family Law, Divorce, Juvenile Law, General Civil Litigation, Trusts & Estates, Real Property, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Debt Collection, Traffic Ticket Defense, and Bankruptcy.
Shawn was born and raised in Kingston, Tennessee. He graduated from Midway High School in 2005. Shawn then went on to graduate cum laude from South College with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Legal Studies. While at South College, he was awarded the Outstanding Legal Studies Student Award. Following college, Shawn earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law in 2013 as a member of the school’s first graduating class. During law school, he was a member of the Family Law Society.In his spare time, Shawn enjoys spending time in the Great Smoky Mountains, going to movies, visiting historical places, and studying the paranormal. He also has a huge soft spot for animals–especially for his two beautiful calico cats, Jolene (JoJo) and Fancy. Shawn is a member of the Rockwood Civitan Club.
If you need an attorney in Kingston, Rockwood, Harriman, Oliver Springs, Wartburg, Oak Ridge, Clinton, Crossville, Decatur, Dayton, Sunbright, Loudon, Lenoir City, Philadelphia, Knoxville, or the surrounding areas, give Shawn a call today!
Tara I. Ray
Admitted in: Tennessee.
Counties Served: Putnam, Clay, Overton, Smith, Jackson, Dekalb, White, Van Buren, Warren, Pickett, Macon, and Trousdale.
Practice: Family Law, Divorce, Juvenile Law, Estates, Traffic Ticket Defense, and Probate.
Originally from Nashville, Tara graduated in the top 20% of her high school class in 2011. She went on to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, graduating magna cum laude in May 2014 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in English Writing. She then moved to Knoxville and attended the University of Tennessee College of Law, graduating in May 2017.While in law school, Tara was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity, and she was an active member of Law Women and the Pro Bono Executive Board. Tara volunteered several hours to pro bono service during her time at UT by helping homeless men and women with legal issues, working with Legal Aid in both Knoxville and Chattanooga, and serving as a law clerk at the Federal Defender Services of East Tennessee office in Knoxville. Tara also organized an event as a member of Law Women, and she was able to help raise money to donate to the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee.
Tara also felt very committed to having a hands-on approach in law school, and has extensive clinic experience. She served in the Domestic Violence Clinic, where she helped women get orders of protection; the Expungement Clinic, where she assisted citizens with expunging criminal matters off their record; and Advocacy Clinic, where she represented juveniles in delinquent matters.
Through this work, she realized that she really had a passion for helping others during sensitive times in their lives, and she has decided to dedicate most of her practice to family law. She has been a member of the Tennessee Bar since December 2017. When she isn’t practicing law, Tara enjoys staying at home with her cats, reading, going to concerts, playing video games, babysitting her niece and nephew, Lilly and Griffin, and journaling.
If you need an attorney in Sparta, Celina, Cookeville, Spencer, Livingston, Doyle, Byrdstown, Smithville, McMinnville, Gainesboro, Carthage, Algood, Baxter, Monterey, Lafayette, Hartsville, or the surrounding areas, give Tara a call today!
Kaitlin J. Justus
Admitted in: Tennessee, Virginia, U.S. District Court for Eastern Tennessee, U.S. District Court for Eastern Virginia.
Counties Served: Roane, Loudon, Monroe, Anderson, Knox, Putnam, Cumberland, White, Van Buren, Meigs, Morgan, and Overton.
Practice: Bankruptcy, General Civil Litigation, Real Estate, Data Privacy, Corporate Law, Healthcare Liability, Estates and Trusts, Probate, Criminal Law, Family Law, Real Property, Traffic Ticket Defense, Debt Collection, and Juvenile Law.
Kaitlin is an attorney licensed to practice law in Virginia and Tennessee. Kaitlin attended the Appalachian School of Law where she served as Student Bar Association President. She also held the roles of Student Bar Association 1L and 2L Senator and President of Phi Alpha Delta fraternity. While in law school, Kaitlin completed a clerkship with the first female Circuit Court Judge for the 28th Judicial District in Virginia.Before moving to Tennessee, Kaitlin practiced in a small firm in Grundy, Virginia. She handled matters in civil litigation, debt collection, domestic relations, criminal law, real estate, and estate planning. Kaitlin also held several appointments while practicing in Virginia. She was appointed as General Receiver for Buchanan County, where she held funds in trust. Kaitlin served as the Chair of the 29th Judicial District Young Lawyer Division of the Virginia State Bar and Treasurer of the local county bar association. She also assisted her prior firm with two appellate briefs to the Virginia Supreme Court in estate and criminal matters.
Kaitlin now joins Griffin & Davis to continue expanding her civil litigation practice, domestic relations, real estate, bankruptcy, and estate planning, specifically focusing on trusts. If you or a family member are looking to create a Spendthrift Trust, Qualifying Income Trust, Gun Trust, or Honorary Trust come see Kaitlin.
If you need an attorney in Kingston, Rockwood, Harriman, Oliver Springs, Knoxville, Crossville, Cookeville, Sparta, Loudon, Lenoir City, Philadelphia, Madisonville, Oak Ridge, Clinton, or Crab Orchard, give Kaitlin a call today!
Michael J. Rocco
Admitted in: Tennessee, New York, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and U.S. District Court for Middle Tennessee.
Counties Served: White, Grundy, and Van Buren.
Practice: Appellate Law, Real Property, Real Estate, Family Law, Divorce, Criminal, and Mediation.
Michael Rocco earned his J.D. from Albany Law School in 2006. He has interned for the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, in Brooklyn where he conducted legal research for the justices of the Court and readied opinions for publication.After being admitted to the New York State Bar in 2007, Mr. Rocco joined Neil H. Kupferman, Esq., P.C. in Brooklyn, New York, where he represented clients in multi-million dollar commercial and residential real estate transactions, represented both private and institutional mortgage lenders, and practiced general business law.
In 2009 he moved to Tennessee where he was admitted to practice law in 2010. Prior to his admission to the Tennessee Bar, Mr. Rocco volunteered for the Public Defender’s Office for the 13th Judicial District of Tennessee.
Mr. Rocco has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia, and has lived in both Hong Kong as a student and mainland China as a teacher. He speaks rusty Mandarin Chinese. In his free time, he enjoys sports, reading, and computer programming.
If you need an attorney in Sparta, Spencer, Doyle, Altamont, or the surrounding areas, give Michael a call today!
Prior to beginning a career in the legal field, Cyndee was a Salon Owner and Master Barber Stylist for 19 years. For 3 years she worked for a local attorney’s office before taking a job as a Deputy Clerk at the White County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office for almost 3 years before joining Griffin & Davis in July 2016. She was born and raised in White County and still resides with her husband, Matt, and her two children, Christian and Taylor. Cyndee and her husband are actively involved with ministry and mission-based trips.
Jennifer has had myriad experiences in the law from her employment as a 911 dispatcher and a security officer at a casino in Tunica, Mississippi to her nine years as Legal Assistant to one local attorney before joining the ranks of Griffin & Davis. She enjoys being part of the legal community and assisting her attorneys in their practices, particularly interfacing and assisting clients.