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Margaret Beebe Held

Margaret Beebe Held

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Criminal Defense, Child Custody, Employment & Labor

About Me

Margaret Held has known she wanted to be a lawyer since she was 8 years old, hearing the stories of her grandfather’s practice in Knoxville. "When you decide to become a lawyer when you are a kid, it’s because you want to stick up for the little guy and take down the bully."


As a new attorney, that attitude landed Ms. Held a prestigious Equal Justice Fellowship, awarded by the National Association for Public Interest Law to honor lawyers who make unique contributions in public law. The Fellowship allowed Ms. Held to represent entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations to create and retain jobs in poor neighborhoods. "These folks could not afford corporate counsel," says Ms. Held. "It was great to be a new attorney, working up the legal documents to start a bank, suing the government over its use of economic incentives, and representing welfare moms to start businesses ranging from child-cares to ice cream parlors."


After the fellowship ended, Ms. Held continued her mission by founding Held Law Firm. "The Firm exists to support lawyers who have enough little kid in them to love the fight - who wake up each morning excited to take on the big boys, and who haven’t become cynical about ideals like justice and fair play."

Ms. Held represented India Tracy in her lawsuit against the Union County school system for religious discrimination. She represented Citizens for Police Review in its battle for increased accountability within KPD. She helped the Tennessee Industrial Renewal Network to fight for a living wage for Knoxville workers. She obtained a record-breaking settlement for a Department of Energy whistleblower who reported safety violations in Oak Ridge. She represented KnoxRecall in its drive for increased accountability from Knoxville city lawmakers, and Knox County over abuses within the juvenile detention facility. "I suppose that these sorts of lawsuits haven’t made me many friends in certain circles," laughs Ms. Held. "But they weren’t who I went to law school for anyway."


"But seriously," she continues, "As fun as those cases are, the issues that matter most to real people are much more personal. Law, for regular people, is about your kids, your job, your business, your neighborhood. That’s why we specialize in family law, employment law, and non-profit law." "My best hope is that we will take the mystery out of the legal process for my clients - that they will know how the legal system works, feel like they got sound advice and a good outcome, and know that, win or lose, we fought the good fight for them. Big cases are great, but there’s nothing more satisfying for me than to represent an honest, hard-working person well."


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1996

  1. Divorce & Separation: 35%
    20 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
  3. Child Custody: 25%
    20 years
  4. Employment & Labor: 10%



Hourly ($350/hour), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

14 total 

  • Melanie Jones Hogg

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Melanie Hogg Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Robert Samuel Gilligan

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Robert Gilligan Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

Held Law Firm

1522 Highland Ave

Knoxville, TN, 37916-1410

Held Law Firm

1522 Highland Avenue
Knoxville, TN, 37916





Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Peer rated "excellent" for ethics and professionalismMartindale-Hubbell2012
"Legal Eagle Award"Tennessee Industrial Renewal Network1999
Annie Selwyn AwardKnoxville Women's Center1998
Equal Justice AwardNational Association for Public Interest Law1996
Dean's listUniversity of Tennessee college of law1995
Public interest fellowTennessee bar foundation fellow1991

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerHeld Law Firm1999 - Present
AttorneyKnoxville Legal Aid Society1992 - 1999
Law clerkGilreath and associates1989 - 1990
Law clerkMildred Cunningham, esq.1988 - 1990
Legal secretaryRainwater, humble and vowel1988 - 1989
Legal secretaryPoore, cox, baker, ray, and Byrne1988 - 1989


Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Employment Lawyers Association (Illinois chapter)Affiliate Member2001 - 2004
Knoxville Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
National association for public interest lawFellow1995 - 1997

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Tracey v. Union county schoolsSettled for all requested relief
Gamaleldin v. KcdcSettled for all requested rekief
Holley v. HolleyWon

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Tennessee College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of Tennessee, KnoxvilTennesseePhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Firman universityPhilosophyUnknownN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Family rights for same sex couplesFamily rights for same sex couples2012
Continuing Legal Education SeminarFamily Law Rights for Gay and2012
interview with local mediaFacebook and Divorce,2011
Ut college of law orientationCareers in law2010
(private speech)First Amendment and Public Education2003
private speechHate Crimes and Police Brutality Claims1998
stand-alone speechGovernment Accountability for Economic Development Incentives1997
private speechThe Use of Public Benefits to Spur Economic Growth in Low Income1996