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Lanis Loretha Karnes

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Tennessee City and County courts,  Court of Appeals, State Supreme Court,

Virginia City and County courts, Court of Appeals

 4th, 8th, 6th Federal District Court

 4th,  8th  6th Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals

U. S. Office of Personnel Management Appeals

Veteran’s Administration Appellate Court

Unemployment, Social Security, and Administrative Courts

Public Defender State Court of Appeals 2004

Virginia third year practice attorney 1995


MEDIATOR - Family Alternative Mediation, Norfolk, VA

2006    present  Tennessee Supreme Court trainer for Juvenile Law and Guardian ad Litem



Practice areas


  1. Family: 40%
    20 years
  2. Juvenile: 20%
    20 years
  3. Personal Injury: 18%
    20 years
  4. Estate Planning: 12%
    20 years
  5. Criminal Defense: 10%
    20 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • James William Friauf

    Lanis is one of the most dedicated and hard working attorneys I have met. If you are in need of a child custody or adoption attorney, I recommend her whole-heartedly.


    James Friauf Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Karnes Legal Services

2273 North Highland Avenue Suite A
Jackson, TN, 38308


VAAuthorized to practice law199609/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Attorney for Justice 2013 - 2015Tennessee Supreme Court2015
Top 100 Most Influential Women in TennesseeSterling Award2014
Bronze AwardAlliance Defending Freedom2014
Top 20 Most Influential Women in TennesseeSterling Award 20132013
Attorney of the YearCASA2007
Pro Bono Attorney of the YearWest Tennessee Legal Services2007
Honor RollTBJ2005
Honor Roll for Pro Bono WorkTBJ2005
Faculty Achievement AwardRegent University School of Law1996
Miss Tennessee CATennessee District A/G1991
Director's Special Service Award Adoption SpecialistState of Missouri1988
Ester AwardGeneral Council of the A/G1982
Miss MissionetteTennessee District A/G1969
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyKarnes Legal Services1996 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
DCS Children's Justice Task Force; Court Improvement Committee MemberAppointed position2011 - Present
TLAWState Board Member2011 - 2015
Supreme Court of Tennessee Court Improvement CommitteeAppointed Position2010 - Present
Alliance Defending FreedomHonor Guard Ranking2008 - Present
Madison County LAW AssociationFormerly on Western Region Advisoty Board2000 - Present
Madison County Bar AssociationN/A2000 - Present
Tennessee Bar Association, Family Law SectionN/A2000 - Present
Christian Legal SocietyN/A2000 - 2015
Virginia Bar Association, Family Law SectionN/A1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
IN THE MATTER OF: LEVI D.No. W2012-00005-COA-R3-PTprevailed
. IN THE MATTER OF: DEON S. No. W2012-01950-COA-R3-PTprevailed
. IN THE MATTER OF: DEON S. No. W2012-01950-COA-R3-PTprevailed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Regent University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Central Bible CollegeEducationBA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Urban Child InstituteGuardian Litems in Juvenile Court2015
Representing Families in DCS casesRule 40 Guardian Ad Litem Training2015
Estate PlanningWills, Trusts and Estates2015
Representing Parents Against DCSTrial Skills Training2014
The Tennessee Court Improvement ProgramIntroduction to Child Dependency Law2013
Court Improvement ProgramIntroduction to Child Advocacy2013
Understanding the Foster Care ExperienceIntroduction to Child Dependency Law2012
Personal Injury MattersPersonal Injury2011
Introduction to Child Dependency CasesTrain Attorneys Regarding Child Welfare Cases2011
Family Law Legl EducationChild Support2010