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Ryan N. Shamblin, originally a native of Miami, Florida, moved to Blount County, Tennessee in the mid 1980’s where he attended and graduated with honors from William Blount High School. Following graduation from high school, Mr. Shamblin attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he pursued a double major in Political Science and History. While attending the University of Tennessee, Mr. Shamblin was actively involved in the Student Government Association and was inducted into numerous honor societies including: the Golden Key National Honor Society; Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honor Society; and Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Honor Society. In 1997, Mr. Shamblin graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and History. Following graduation from the University of Tennessee, Mr. Shamblin spent two years in pursuit of a Masters degree in Political Science where he maintained a 3.73 G.P.A. 


While preparing to complete his post-graduate studies, Mr. Shamblin was admitted to the University of Tennessee, College of Law. While in law school, Mr. Shamblin was selected to serve as a student member of the Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court; represented indigent defendants in the school’s legal clinic and was accepted into Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity. In law school, Mr. Shamblin academic excellence was recognized by his induction into several honor societies including: Who’s Who: American Law Students; Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and his receipt of various awards including: Dean’s List: Highest Honors; Highest Section Grades in Evidence, Advocacy Clinic & Pretrial Litigation. In 2002, Mr. Shamblin graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee, College of Law with a J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence, having graduated 25th in his class (top 17%).


Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Shamblin decided to trade the azure ocean and sun-soaked beaches of South Florida for the grassy meadows and stately mountains of East Tennessee and took up the practice of law in Knoxville, Tennessee. Mr. Shamblin was licensed to practice law in courts of the State of Tennessee in November 2002 and was admitted to United States District Court for the Eastern District in May of 2003. Mr. Shamblin is a member of the Knoxville Bar Association; the American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America) and is a licensed Notary in the State of Tennessee.


Since his admittance to the bar, Mr. Shamblin has represented clients throughout Eastern Tennessee in numerous counties including, but not limited to: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Grainger, Greene, Hamblin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Roane, Sevier, Sullivan, Union, and Washington counties. Mr. Shamblin has handled or otherwise participated in cases in General Sessions, Probate, Chancery, Circuit and the Appellate Courts of Tennessee as well as in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Although Mr. Shamblin has practiced primarily in state courts located in the Central and Southern portions of East Tennessee, he has represented clients in Middle Tennessee, as far West as Maury County in Federal Court, and was admitted to practice pro hac vice in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Columbia Division.


Straight out of law school, Mr. Shamblin was fortunate enough to be hired by a small close-knit law firm, comprised of two experienced attorneys with successful, albeit very different areas of practice. During this formative period, Mr. Shamblin had the rare privilege of being mentored by a highly skilled litigator whose practice focused on wrongful death/ catastrophic personal injury cases and a prominent attorney who served as local counsel for a large multi-state financial institution.


While working closely with these two exceptional attorneys, Mr. Shamblin expanded on his knowledge of tort law, while at the same time developing an understanding and appreciation for the complexities of bankruptcy, corporate, banking and commercial law. Making the most of his opportunity, Mr. Shamblin gained valuable real-world experience by working extensively on a number of complex commercial and business cases involving issues such as lender liability; breach of commercial construction contracts; breach of depository agreements; forgery and embezzlement.


Today, Mr. Shamblin’s law practice is focused primarily on civil litigation involving: wrongful death; loss of limb; serious/ catastrophic personal injury; automobile accidents; products liability; toxic torts; medical malpractice; will contests/ will construction; breach of contract cases; property line/ boundary disputes and some employment law.


Aside from a growing litigation practice which includes counseling clients; motion practice; conducting hearings, depositions and trials; and participating in mediations, Mr. Shamblin represents various corporate clients and devotes a significant portion of his time to transactional work, such as drafting contractual agreements, deeds or wills.


Mr. Shamblin has proven himself to be a skilled researcher and an adept legal writer through numerous extensive research and writing projects. On a number of occasions, Mr. Shamblin’s researching and brief writing skills have meant the difference between winning or losing close cases and on more than one occasion his compelling briefs, have led to an involuntary dismissal/ directed verdict of an opponent’s case without having to even present a case.


Mr. Shamblin is an avid Big Orange fan and a National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) certified scuba diver. His hobbies include photography, growing scorching hot exotic chili peppers and being a fresh water aquarist (raising tropical Amazonian fish). In 2008, Mr. Shamblin capitalizing on his experience growing and cooking with exotic chili peppers, formed a team of family and friends which won First Prize at the East Tennessee Chili Cook-Off which is held annually in Knoxville, Tennessee to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.


Practice areas


  1. Car Accidents: 29%
    13 years
  2. Personal Injury: 24%
    13 years
  3. General Practice: 24%
  4. Litigation: 9%
    13 years
  5. Other: 14%
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  • Michael S. Waddington

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  • Patrick Dylan Witherington

    I have known Mr. Shamblin for several years. He is an excellent attorney.


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Contact info

The Hurley Law Firm, P.C.

205 Mohican Street
Knoxville, TN, 37919


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Whos who; American Law StudentsWho's Who In American Law2002
American Inns of CourtAmerican Inns of Court2002
National Honors SocietyPhi Kappa Phi2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior Associate Attorney/ Vice PresidentThe Hurley Law Firm, P.C.2003 - Present
Associate AttorneyThe Ritchie Law Firm, PC f.k.s Ritchie Hurley, PC2002 - 2003
Law ClerkStacy Whitt & Cooper2001 - 2001
Law ClerkLaw Offices of Edward Hamilton2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember2005 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2002 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Knoxville Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Towe Iron Works, Inc v. Towe, No. E2006-01971-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. App. Ct. 2007)Trial Court Reversed
Harmon v. Trent, et. al.$1,202,000.00 jury verdict in favor of the Plaintiffs
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Tennessee College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of Tennessee, MartinPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
University of TennesseeHistoryOther - Bachelors1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
University of TennesseeJury Selection2012