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Aaron Joseph Chapman

About Me

Life has transitions.  An aging loved-one unable to care for themselves.  A serious injury.  A criminal charge.  A divorce.   


Many transitions like these can be frightening.  Regardless of these transitions or their circumstances, it's important to realize that transitions are not always signs of failure.  Instead, transitions are often opportunities for growth.  I've seen this every day in my client's lives, as I've seen my clients become better fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, and citizens while facing the harrowing challenges that a legal matter can bring.  Seeing loved-ones navigate life's transitions and overcome obstacles is part of what inspired me to become an attorney.


I grew up in East Tennessee, and aside from a quick law school semester studying International Law in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I have always lived in East Tennessee.  I went to Morristown East High, where I served as president of my class.  I graduated With Highest Honors and enrolled at the University of Tenessee on a full-tuition scholarship.  I was a four-year member of the University's Honors Program and majored in Public Administration.  I completed my required Senior Honors Project on the subject of Special Education Law.  I graduated With Honors with a B.S. in Business Administration and was admitted to the University of Tennessee College of Law. 


At UT Law, I participated in coursework covering advocacy and trial work,  business issues, estate planning, criminal sentencing issues, education law, administrative law, and numberous other important fields of law.  I earned scholarships for dedication to public service and international study.  I was honored to serve as an editor of the Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy.  During my third year, I studied both International Trade Law and Comparative Corporate Governance in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in a program with students from several prestigious law schools.  I also represented Knoxville-area citizens in their court cases under special licensure as a Student Attorney in the UT Legal Clinic, which has routinely been ranked as one of the top clinical legal training programs in the U.S. 


Upon passing the bar, I went to work at a firm in Upper East Tennessee while residing in the Morristown Area.  I decided after a year that I would be better able to serve clients in my own practice in Morristown, so I founded my firm in 2010 with a focus on being accessible and client-centered.  I have handled approximately 600-800 cases since 2009.  To date, I have practiced in at least 18 East Tennessee counties in 7 judicial districts and have handled several cases in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee in both the Knoxville and Greeneville Divisions. I have also practiced in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.


Service to the public and profession is a priority that I've honored by helping found and manage Hamblen County's free Legal Clinic and serving as a member of the Tennesssee Bar Association's House of Delegates.  I have also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Legal Aid of East Tennessee.  In 2012 I was elected by the Rutledge, Tennessee Board of Mayor and Alderman to serve as City Attorney.


Law is about more than what gets put in the law books. I've honestly learned most of what I know about law from my seeing how my clients handle their transitions, because I've seen how law affects them and their families.  This experience has allowed me to become more observant and understanding, and, in turn, has made me a better advocate for my clients.


If I can assist you during a time of need, please contact me.


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  1. Family: 75%
    6 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 15%
    6 years
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    6 years



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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2014
Robert W. Ritchie Scholarship AwardTennessee Judicial Conference Foundation2008
W.K. McClure Fellowship for International StudiesUniversity of Tennessee2008
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
City Attorney (Part Time)Town of Rutledge, Tennessee2012 - 2014
AttorneyKloosterman & Associates PLLC2009 - 2010
Student AttorneyUniversity Of Tennessee Legal Clinic2009 - 2009
Graduate RecruiterUniversity of Tennessee College of Law2009 - 2009
Law ClerkBrewer & Terry, P.C.2008 - 2009
Law ClerkA. Everett Attorney at Law2007 - 2008
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Legal Aid of East TennesseeBoard Member2015 - Present
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2014 - Present
Yes on 2Third Judicial District Steering Committee Member2014 - 2014
Tennessee Bar AssociationHouse of Delegates Member-Third Judicial District2013 - Present
Cherokee Lake Users AssociationBoard Member2013 - Present
Grainger County Chamber of CommerceMember2013 - 2015
Hamblen Legal Link Legal ClinicCo-Founder2012 - Present
Hamblen County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember2010 - 2011
American Bar AssociationMember2009 - 2010
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In re Joseph G.Partial Reversal of Trial Court (Affirmed on Other Grounds)
USA v. SnyderClient sentenced below federal sentencing guidelines
State v. IveyCourt Dismissal of Felony Charges
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Tennessee College of LawLawJ.D.2009
University of TennesseePublic AdministrationB.S. Business Admin.2006
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Turning PointWills, Powers of Attorney, Conservatorship2015
Dignity Memorial Seminar-Morristown, TNSimple Estate Planning & Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors2014
Dignity Memorial SeminarSimple Estate Planning: Wills & POA's2012