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Luke A Shipley

Luke A Shipley

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Child Support, Child Custody, Criminal Defense

About Me

Growing up in the mountains of Northeast Tennessee, Luke learned two things from an early age: that hard work is good for the soul and to enjoy a good challenge. He applied those lessons throughout his high school career at David Crockett High School in Jonesborough, Tennessee and his undergraduate studies at the University of Tennessee.


In 2009, he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Political Science and Legal Studies from UT Knoxville.

That same year, Luke enrolled at the UT College of Law and began his legal education, the first person in his family to ever attend law school. While in law school, Luke was the first law clerk Judge Bill Swann of Knox County 4th Circuit Court ever hired. While working with Judge Swann Luke learned the ins and outs of family law. Luke also tried cases in the UT Domestic Violence Clinic and was a member of UT's National Trial Team where he honed his trial skills and courtroom presence. His studies focused on practical, hands on litigation skills where his hard work and "never back down" attitude could flourish.


In October 2012, Luke was licensed to practice law in Tennessee and has already begun to make a name for himself in the local courts.


When he isn't doing legal work, Luke is an avid UT football and basketball fan. He enjoys unwinding with some good music, a book, and a little quality time with his cats. He also enjoys a good challenge outside of work as well- Luke is the only legally blind person most people know who is a pistol marksmanship enthusiast.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2012

  1. Divorce & Separation: 40%
  2. Child Support: 30%
  3. Child Custody: 20%
  4. Criminal Defense: 10%



Hourly ($250/hour), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • Melanie Jones Hogg

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Melanie Hogg Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Luke. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

1522 Highland Ave
Knoxville, TN, 37916



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Appointed Special MasterKnox County Fourth Circuit Court2014
Certificate of ExcellenceUniversity of Tennessee Domestic Violence Clinic2011
MemberUniversity of Tennessee National Trial Team2011
Dean's ListUniversity of Tennessee College of Law2010

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerHeld Law Firm2015 - Present
AssociateHeld Law Firm2012 - 2015
Law Clerk to Hon. Bill SwannKnox County Fourth Circuit Court2011 - 2011
Student AttorneyDomestic Violence Clinic At The University Of Tennessee2011 - 2011

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Knoxville Bar Association, Small Firm and Solo Practitioner SectionMember2013 - Present
Knoxville Bar Association, Knoxville BarristersMember2013 - Present
Knoxville Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
American Association of Visually Impaired AttorneysMember2012 - Present
National Rifle AssociationLifetime Member2011 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Holley v HolleyWon an all issues
Hocker v HockerWon an all issues

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Publication NameTitleDate
Knox County Fourth Circuit CourtThe Order of Prtoection Process (informational guide)2011

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Tennessee College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2012
University of Tennessee, Knoxville (main)Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2009

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Knox County Fourth Circuit Court Order of protection DayThe Order of Protection Process/Orientation2011