Skip to main content

Philip Edward Schell

Business Attorney at Franklin, TN

5.0   1 review

Call and speak with several attorneys to find best fit for your specific legal issue.
Can't find what you are looking for?
Avvo has 97% of all lawyers in the US.
Find the best ones near you.
Find Nearby Lawyers

About Philip

Learn Philip’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    Contracts and agreements; incorporations and LLC's; employment agreements; partnerships; general civil litigation

  2. Probate

  3. Family
    Divorce, Separation, Child Support, Parenting, Parenting Plans, Child Custody, Alimony, Prenuptial Agreements, Mediation, and more.

    34 years, 600 cases

  4. Real estate
    commercial;construction and development; foreclosure;land use and zoning;landlord and tenant;residential

Ed Schell practices in the areas of commercial litigation, family law, probate and personal injury law. He is also admitted to practice in Tennessee’s Appellate Courts. Before entering private practice in 1989, Ed spent nearly three years clerking for Justice Charles H. O’Brien of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Before that, Ed spent two years as a law clerk in the office of the State Attorney General in Nashville.

Since founding this law firm in 2008, Ed has gone through the necessary training to be listed as a Rule 31 Civil Mediator. He also serves as a Hearing Panel Member for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.

Ed represents a number of small business clients, including those in the construction trades, employee benefits, insurance banking and real estate development among others.

In his family law practice, Ed attempts to navigate clients through the complex and often frustrating process of obtaining a divorce. Special attention is paid to advising the client on what to expect in the way of an equitable division of marital assets and debts. Typically the most sensitive issues in a divorce case revolve around the children. Ed is consistently able to assist clients in structuring a parenting arrangement which gives consideration to the needs of the children as well as the rights and responsibilities of both parents. The vast majority of divorce cases settle out of court, either as a result of negotiation between the parties and their counsel or through the process of mediation. Ed has assisted many clients in mediating their disputes satisfactorily and thus, avoiding the expense and emotional turmoil of going to trial. In some cases, however, trial is inevitable and Ed has successfully litigated a number of divorce cases as well as post-divorce cases involving changes in custody and parenting schedules, modification of child support, grandparent rights and alimony modification. Ed frequently practices in Juvenile Court as well, where issues arise concerning paternity, legitimation, child support, visitation and termination of parental rights. Ed also has extensive experience in prosecuting claims for criminal contempt of court and civil contempt of court. This is a particularly tricky area of the law and one that Ed has been involved in for nearly twenty-five years.

Ed also devotes a substantial portion of his practice to preparing wills, powers of attorney and living wills. Ed also represents personal representatives of estates as well as persons serving as conservators for the benefit of an incompetent person. For some years, Ed was regularly appointed by the court to serve as Guardian Ad Litem for persons with certain disabilities.

Ed Schell prides himself on being available to his clients and effectively representing their interests with integrity and professionalism.
He is a Martindale-Hubbell® BV-Rated® attorney and clerked in the Tennessee Supreme Court before entering private practice.

Ed Schell is a Rule 31 listed mediator.

Licensed for 34 years
State TN
Status Active
Acquired 1989
Updated 01/17/2023

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

Contact Philip

Philip Edward Schell
509 New Highway 96 W Ste 201
Franklin, TN, 37064-2545


5.0 / 5.0
  1 customer review
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Posted by Patrick | April 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Deep expertise with great outcomes
I've engaged Ed for nearly a decade for both business and family issues. I tend to press pretty hard for what I want and Ed provides me with that voice of sanity. He spends the time helping you understand the legal system and sensing the moment to act/ not act.


  • Hourly Rates $ 395-420 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.2 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Senior Managing Partner
  • Schell and Oglesby
  • 1989 - Present
  • Law Clerk to Justice Charles O'Brien
  • Tennessee Supreme Court
  • 1987 - 1989
  • Law Clerk to Justice Charles O'Brien
  • Tennessee Supreme Court
  • 1987 - 1989


  • Nashville School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Lipscomb University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982


  • Tennessee Supreme Court
  • Lawyer for Justice
  • 2018 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Hearing Panel Member for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility
  • Hearing Panel Member
  • 2014 - 2020
  • Hearing Panel Member for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility
  • Hearing Panel Member
  • 2014 - 2020
  • Williamson County Bar Association
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • 1997 - 1999
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • John C. Tune Scholarship
  • Nashville School of Law
  • 1989

Speaking Engagements

  • Williamson County Bar Association
  • Ethics
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (0)
Given (0)
Endorse Philip
Endorsements from fellow lawyers are an important consideration for many when selecting the right attorney.
This attorney hasn't created any attorney endorsements recently on Avvo.

Avvo Contributions

This attorney hasn't created any legal answers in Q&A or legal guides recently on Avvo.

Franklin Business Lawyer Philip Edward Schell
Philip Edward Schell
Business Attorney
Franklin, TN
Licensed for 34 years