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About Me

Karrah has served as a member of the Knoxville Bar Association; Knoxville Barristers (Mock Trial Committee Co-Chair- 2013-2014); Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity- Knoxville Alumni Chapter (Service Chair- 2014-2015); and IDEAL Sisterhood (Downtown Divas Chapter Vice President- 2014-present).


Karrah graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in May 2012 with a concentration in Advocacy and Dispute Resolution. While in law school, Karrah worked as a law clerk for Legal Aid of East Tennessee, where she gained exposure to many areas of civil litigation, including: family law, social security/disability benefits, collections defense, detainer, and elder law matters. At Legal Aid, Karrah had the opportunity to interact with clients as well as negotiate and advocate on their behalf. Karrah participated in UT Law’s Domestic Violence Project, where she assisted clients with obtaining Orders of Protection. She received training in facilitative co-mediation and observed and conducted mediations in General Sessions Court through UT Law’s Mediation Clinic. She was selected to the Hamilton-Burnett Chapter of the American Inns of Court and was a member of Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity. During law school, Karrah received the Gold Pro Bono service award for volunteering over three hundred hours of pro bono service to individuals who otherwise would have been unable to afford legal assistance. She received Deans List Honors in Spring 2011 and Spring 2012 and was the recipient of the Excellence in Mediation Clinic Award in Spring 2012.


Karrah graduated magna cum laude from Furman University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2009. She was a recipient of the Honors and Achiever Scholarships, member of Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society, and member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. 


Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 30%
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
  3. Business: 20%
  4. Family: 20%



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Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • Nicholas William Lee

    Karrah Leary is not only an amazing lawyer, but a truly good person who deeply cares. Smart and dedicated, Karrah provides excellent legal representation and will fight for her clients, constantly going that one-extra-step to do the job right. I could write pages about her involvements, her endeavors coordinating volunteer projects, and her legal successes, but all I need to say is that I would endorse Karrah to my own family and closest friends. Hire Karrah Leary and you are in excellent hands.


    Nicholas Lee Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Benjamin Timothy Barnett

    Karrah is exceptionally prepared and dedicated to a win for her client.


    Benjamin Barnett Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Chattanooga, TN



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Award for Excellence in Mediation ClinicUniversity of Tennessee College of Law2012
Dean's List Honors- Spring 2012University of Tennessee College of Law2012
Pro Bono Gold AwardUniversity of Tennessee2012
Dean's List Honors- Spring 2011University of Tennessee College of Law2011
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Associate AttorneyThe McKellar Law Firm2012 - Present
Student AttorneyDomestic Violence Clinic at University of Tennessee College of Law2011 - 2011
Law ClerkLegal Aid of East Tennessee2010 - 2012
Association NamePosition NameDuration
IDEAL Sisterhood- Downtown Divas ChapterMember/Vice President2014 - Present
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Knoxville Alumnae ChapterCommunity Service Chair2014 - Present
Knoxville Bar Association, Knoxville BarristersHigh School Mock Trial Tournament Co-Chair2014 - Present
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW)Member2014 - Present
Ideal Sisterhood Networking GroupMember2013 - Present
Tennessee AchievesMentor2013 - 2013
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity- Knoxville Alumnae ChapterMember2012 - Present
Hamilton Burnett American Inn of CourtStudent Member2012 - 2013
Knoxville Bar Association, BarristersMember2012 - Present
Knoxville Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Publication NameTitleDate
The McKellar Law Firm WebsiteKnoxville DUI Defense Blog2014
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Tennessee College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2012
Furman UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2009
Girls Preparatory SchoolN/AHigh School2005
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Tight Ship January Lunch & LearnMinding Your Business: Selecting the Appropriate Business Entity2014
UT College of Law Pro Bono Panel DiscussionPro Bono Experience and Opportunities2013
Oak Ridge Small Business MattersBusiness Entity Structures: The Basics2013