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Shelley Suzanne Breeding

Shelley Suzanne Breeding

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Construction & Development, Business, Adoption, Appeals, Juvenile

About Me

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

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2005

  1. Divorce & Separation: 30%
  2. Business: 20%
  3. Construction & Development: 20%
  4. Juvenile: 10%
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Hourly ($200-275/hour), Contingent (25-33%), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Vanessa Samano

    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.


    Vanessa Samano Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Robert Samuel English

    I endorse this lawyer. Shelley is a passionate litigator. She is committed to excellence in her area of practice and is respected among the members of the Knoxville Bar Association and local judiciary. Great lawyer.


    Robert English Child Custody Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Breeding & Lodato, LLC

117 Center Park Drive, Suite 201
Knoxville, TN, 37922-2139




Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Adoption and Family Law/Divorce/Child SupportCityview Magazine 2013 Top Attorneys2013
Adoption and Family Law/Divorce/Child SupportCityview Magazine 2012 Top Attorneys2012
Order of the BarristersUniversity of Tennessee College of Law2005
OralistJessup International Law Moot Court2005

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerBreeding & Lodato, LLC2008 - Present
Associate AttorneyHoward & Howard, P.C.2006 - 2008
Presidential Management FellowU.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention2005 - 2006
Summer Law ClerkCompton & Compton2004 - 2004
Graduate AssistantUniversity of Tennessee2002 - 2005


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Community Mediation CenterBoard Member2011 - 2012
ABA Representation in Mediation CompetitionVolunteer Judge2011 - 2011
TN Supreme Court Rule 31 Family MediatorMediator2010 - Present
Knox County Foster Care Review BoardVolunteer2010 - Present
Tennessee Valley Mediation AssociationMember2010 - Present
TN Supreme Court Rule 31 Civil MediatorMediator2007 - Present
Knoxville Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
KBA BarristersMember2006 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Gross et al. v. McKenna et al.Favorable ruling for appellees (client)
Brewer v. BrewerSettlement
Miller v. WelchFavorable ruling for appellee (client)

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Publication NameTitleDate
National Business Institute SeminarFamily Law from Start to Finish2012
National Business Institute CLE SeminarFamily Law from A to Z: Child Custody and Visitation2011
National Business Institute CLE SeminarFamily Law from A to Z: Finance 101 for Family Law Practitioners2011
National Business Institute: Preventing Financial Mistakes During DivorceFailure to Properly Manage Personal Affairs After a Divorce2010
The Hiragana Times (Japan)Japan's Health Care System: The Rise and Fall of a Once Great System2001


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
UNIV TNLAWJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of TennesseePolitical Science; Japanese and World BusinessBA - Bachelor of Arts2002

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
National Business Institute CLE SeminarFamily Law from Start to Finish2012
KBA Annual Law Day CelebrationStatus of the Legal Profession2012
KBA Annual Ethics BowlLegal Ethics2012
National Business Institute CLE SeminarFamily Law from A to Z2011
NBI: Preventing Critical Financial Mistakes During DivorcesPreventing Financial Mistakes During Divorce2010
LMU Duncan School of LawBenefits of Membership in the Tennessee Bar Association2009
UT Athletics DepartmentAlternative Dispute Resolution2006
UT International Law SocietyPracticing International Law2005