Shelley Breeding was born in Bristol, Virginia and grew up in Lebanon, Virginia. She graduated from Council High School, a small public high school in Virginia, where she was part of a graduating class of 20 students. Shelley was a Whittle Scholar at the University of Tennessee in the University Honors Program. While in college, she majored in Political Science as well as Japanese and World Business with a minor in Asian Studies. While in college, Shelley interned at Grandsoul Nara in Utano, Japan.
Shelley studied law at the University of Tennessee College of Law. At the College of Law, Shelley acted as president of the International Law Society, an oralist for the Jessup International Law Moot Court team, a member of the Moot Court Board, a member of the Student Bar Association and a volunteer with the Homeless Project, among other activities. Throughout law school, she worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center working with student-athletes at the University of Tennessee from the men's basketball, baseball, football and swimming and diving teams.
While pursuing her law degree, Shelley studied international law at Downing College, a constituent college of the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. She also studied international law in Santiago, Chile; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Cape Town, South Africa.
After law school, Shelley worked in the Coordinating Office for Global Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia as part of the federal Presidential Management Fellows program. She returned to Knoxville to practice law in 2006 and opened her own firm in 2008.
Shelley is married to John Payne, a Professional Engineer with Rogers Group, Inc. She enjoys spending time with her two cats and three dogs, including Bentley, a rescued English Mastiff. Bentley visits the office of Breeding & Dothard, LLC as often as Shelley's schedule allows.
Languages Spoken: Japanese
Licensed since 2005
Hourly ($200-275/hour), Contingent (25-33%), Retainer (Sometimes)
Cash, Check, Credit Card
I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Breeding is a well organized and knowledgeable attorney in the area of family law. Ms. Breeding is a highly respected attorney in East Tennessee, because of her commitment to her clients and her ability to work with opposing counsel.
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Adoption and Family Law/Divorce/Child Support||Cityview Magazine 2013 Top Attorneys||2013|
|Adoption and Family Law/Divorce/Child Support||Cityview Magazine 2012 Top Attorneys||2012|
|Order of the Barristers||University of Tennessee College of Law||2005|
|Oralist||Jessup International Law Moot Court||2005|
|Managing Partner||Breeding & Lodato, LLC||2008 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Howard & Howard, P.C.||2006 - 2008|
|Presidential Management Fellow||U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention||2005 - 2006|
|Summer Law Clerk||Compton & Compton||2004 - 2004|
|Graduate Assistant||University of Tennessee||2002 - 2005|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Community Mediation Center||Board Member||2011 - 2012|
|ABA Representation in Mediation Competition||Volunteer Judge||2011 - 2011|
|TN Supreme Court Rule 31 Family Mediator||Mediator||2010 - Present|
|Knox County Foster Care Review Board||Volunteer||2010 - Present|
|Tennessee Valley Mediation Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|TN Supreme Court Rule 31 Civil Mediator||Mediator||2007 - Present|
|Knoxville Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Tennessee Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|KBA Barristers||Member||2006 - Present|
|National Business Institute Seminar||Family Law from Start to Finish||2012|
|National Business Institute CLE Seminar||Family Law from A to Z: Child Custody and Visitation||2011|
|National Business Institute CLE Seminar||Family Law from A to Z: Finance 101 for Family Law Practitioners||2011|
|National Business Institute: Preventing Financial Mistakes During Divorce||Failure to Properly Manage Personal Affairs After a Divorce||2010|
|The Hiragana Times (Japan)||Japan's Health Care System: The Rise and Fall of a Once Great System||2001|
|UNIV TN||LAW||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|University of Tennessee||Political Science; Japanese and World Business||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2002|
|National Business Institute CLE Seminar||Family Law from Start to Finish||2012|
|KBA Annual Law Day Celebration||Status of the Legal Profession||2012|
|KBA Annual Ethics Bowl||Legal Ethics||2012|
|National Business Institute CLE Seminar||Family Law from A to Z||2011|
|NBI: Preventing Critical Financial Mistakes During Divorces||Preventing Financial Mistakes During Divorce||2010|
|LMU Duncan School of Law||Benefits of Membership in the Tennessee Bar Association||2009|
|UT Athletics Department||Alternative Dispute Resolution||2006|
|UT International Law Society||Practicing International Law||2005|