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Charles Leland Davis

also known as Lee Davis

About me

I have been representing people in court since 1986. I have successfully represented clients in trial and appellate courts throughout the country and I regularly try cases before state and federal court juries.

My career has been varied as I began as a private defense attorney in Boston and then worked for a number of years as a prosecutor when I moved to Tennessee in the early 1990's. Since 1998 I have been in private practice at Davis & Hoss, PC.

Representative cases have included such varied subjects as federal fraud and white-collar cases to innovative homicide cases. I was the first attorney in the United States to introduce mitochondrial DNA as evidence in State vs. Ware. I have been lead counsel in more than 150 jury trials and I have been lead counsel in six death penalty cases. 

As as Assistant District Attorney, I prosecuted serious felony cases including cold case homicide investigations and more than twenty first degree murder cases. 

I ocassionaly serve as Special Prosecutor or as a Special Judge in criminal proceedings in Tennessee.

In civil actions I have represented clients in age discrimination, retaliatory discharge, negligence, accidents, child injury, real estate, and complex personal injury cases.

I have taught Criminal and Constitutional Law at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and previously taught trial practice as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee School of Law in Knoxville.

Outside of work I serve on the Allied Arts board as treasure and Chattanooga Boys Choir board as president. My wife, Heather, and I put on the Chattanooga Bike Camp each June teaching kids with disabilities how to ride a bike. I serve on the board of the camp's parent organization--Lose the Training Wheels. I am an active member of the Chattanooga Track Club and a race director of the Signal Mountain Pie Run 10k.



Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    30 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 40%
    30 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  3. Litigation: 10%
    30 years, 1 thousand cases



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  • Meredith Mochel Ziebold

    Lee Davis is not only a top notch lawyer to his clients but a mentor to younger attorneys who seek his advice. When a family member of mine needed a defense lawyer, Lee handled the case and got an excellent outcome. I am proud to call Lee a mentor and a friend.


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Contact info

Davis & Hoss, PC

850 Fort Wood Street
Chattanooga, TN, 37403


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
President's AwardChattanooga Bar Association2014
Chattanooga Bar FoundationFellow2013
volunteer recognition certificateLegal Aid of East Tennessee2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity Of Tennessee At Chattanooga2000 - Present
AttorneyDavis & Hoss, PC1998 - Present
Attorney GeneralDistrict Attorney, 11th Judicial District1993 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chattanooga Bar AssociationTreasurer2014 - Present
Chattanooga Bar FoundationFellow2013 - Present
Chattanooga Bar AssociationBoard of Governors2013 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationFederal Practice section2013 - Present
American Inns of Court FoundationMaster2013 - Present
Chattanooga Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2009 - Present
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2005 - Present
Federal Bar Association, Federal Litigation SectionFormer Board Member1998 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysLifetime Member1998 - Present
Chattanooga Bar AssociationN/A1993 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Tawana BlairNot Guilty
Wells v. City of ChattanoogaDirected Verdict in favor of our clients.
State v. DrummDismissal after a jury trial of DUI charges.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Chattanooga Bar AssociationNow that your 182014
Law BlogDavis-Hoss Tennessee Law Blog2013
Athletes in CourtRoger Clemens Redux2012
Athletes in CourtSaints Defensive Coordinator faces possible criminlal charges2012
Tennessee Criminal Law ReviewProsecutor's Note Grounds for Appeal2012
Tennessee Criminal Law ReviewSupreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Cocaine Cases2012
Tennessee Criminal Law ReviewEvolution Bill Becomes Law2012
ChattanooganNote Leads to Request for New Trial2012
Athletes and Coaches Law BlogAthletes in Court2011
Promega Profiles in DNAState v. Paul Ware (mtDNA)1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Sixth Circuit UpdateFederal Criminal Law2016
Federal Trial Barfederal criminal law 6th Circuit2013
Chattanooga Bar AssociationBridge the Gap Seminar2013
Annual ReviewCriminal Law2012
Chattanooga Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionDevelopments in Tennesee Law 20112011
APRIMitochondrial DNA1999
APRIMitochondrial DNA1998