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Rachel Sharp Upshaw

Family Attorney at Nashville, TN

4.8   20 reviews

also known as Rachel D. Sharp

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  • Licensed for 18 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2006
    Status
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About Rachel

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AGGRESSIVE AND RESULTS-DRIVEN FAMILY ATTORNEY.

My practice has been focused exclusively on family law since 2008.  A divorce is usually not just a divorce, as it also typically involves issues of child custody, child support, and alimony. Even after a divorce or custody battle is over, there may be ongoing enforcement or modification issues. You can rely on Miller Upshaw Family Law for every aspect of your case. 

A little about me:  I grew up in Columbia, Tennessee and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2002, majoring in political science. While attending MTSU, I was a Presidential Scholar and an active member of many campus organizations. I also served as a legislative intern in the Tennessee General Assembly and, after graduation, worked with the Tennessee General Assembly House Clerk’s Office.  In 2006, I received my Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, graduating in the top one-third of my class. While in law school, I was a member of the University of Memphis Law Review and served as an officer for the Student Bar Association. 

I reside in Franklin with my husband, 2 young children, and our dog.  We enjoy traveling and attending comedy shows. 

Awards

Client's Choice 2015,2014
Client's Choice
2015 2014

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Location

Miller Upshaw Family Law, PLLC

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by Treva Young | November 10, 2018
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G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time)!!! Highly Recommended to "Get It" and "Win It"!
I must take a moment to express how wonderfully awesome Attorney Rachel Sharp Upshaw with Karla Miller and Associates has been throughout the course of my family law matter. I cannot express enough how it’s been an absolute relief to have her defend my case from the very beginning to the very end. I was in an extremely stressful and very difficult position and Rachel was very supportive and caring. She made the process less traumatic for me as she was always outstandingly well prepared. Rachel NEVER left an “i” undotted nor a “t” uncrossed. I always felt like I was in exceptionally competent hands. From the bottom of my heart I am so very grateful and I thank her with all that I have.
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Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2016
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Exceptional Attorney
I’d recommend Rachel to any of my friends. After working with a couple attorneys in the past, I’ve learned you don’t always get what you pay for, and that initiative, preparation, and knowledge of “the system” are key qualities to seek in an attorney. Rachel represented me in a challenging custody case and I could not be more pleased with how she handled everything. She shot straight with me, guided me through a very daunting process and protected me from making emotionally driven decisions. While she never made any promises on judicial outcomes, she gave me confidence by being very clear about the strengths/weaknesses of my case and being VERY prepared. As a bonus, while always professional, she also has a good sense of humor (which really helped during the high stress moments!) A great attorney and worthwhile investment.
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Posted by Tim | September 22, 2015
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Saving Grace
I recently went through a very sudden and unexpected divorce and was blindsided with the reality of what that meant for me. Rachel was my saving grace and my guide. Her level headed and even handed approach to each staggering situation helped me to calmly and rationally navigate the waters, trusting her knowledge and experience to lead the way. Thank you Rachel.
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Posted by Amanda | September 18, 2015
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Winner!
I hired Rachel in May for a very complicated custody case. There were three different states involved and my son's father had no intention of backing down. Rachel always remained calm, collected, and informative. She responds quickly to emails and is very efficient. I am pleased to say that after 18 weeks and several court dates, Rachel was able to get my son's father and his attorney to sign an agreed parentage plan. She made me feel like she always had my back and she would only do what was in the best interest of me and my child. If you want someone who is going to work hard, care about your case, and put in the required efforts to WIN, then Rachel is who you should hire!
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Posted by Thomas | September 18, 2015
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Parenting Plan / Child Custody / Relocation
I had a terrible experience with another Nashville attorney while trying to iron out a solid parenting plan. I had almost given up on everything until I contacted Rachel. She was honest, diligent and always prepared. I have had to use Rachel several times over the past two years to deal with a difficult family situation and I am very pleased with the results. I would highly recommend Rachel to anyone dealing with divorce or child custody issues and I will continue to use her in the future if necessary.
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Posted by Keri | September 18, 2015
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Rachel Rocks!
Rachel Sharp (Upshaw) was my lawyer for my divorce and was Absolutely Wonderful! She followed through on everything she told me she would, worked diligently to get me everything possible for my best interests and got me the most compensation from my ex-husband possible. She referred me to a wonderful mediator who worked along side Rachel to get the divorce finalized as painlessly as possible, and got me what I deserved in the settlement. She was there for me in person, over the phone or email whenever I needed her, and she was there for me in spirit as well (supported and encouraged me through a Very tough time in my life). She is a Wonderful lawyer and is backed by a Wonderful law firm as well. I Highly recommend Rachel for a lawyer for anyone going through a divorce...she will make it easier on you and as painless as possible, which isn't an easy task during those types of difficult circumstances. Thank You, Rachel and Thank You, Karla C. Miller and Assocs. You Rock! ~)~
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Posted by Crystal | June 4, 2015
Excellent lawyer, compassionate and understanding
Rachel is a wonderful attorney. Never thought I would be getting divorced but she is a no nonsense lawyer who understands her clients and listens. She got me with the right mediator to get my divorce settled as quickly as she could. She knows how to cut through all the bs and work through issues that need to be dealt with great professionalism. I highly recommend Rachel!
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Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2015
A bridge over troubled waters
Divorce is the #2 most stressful things in life, a close 2nd to the death of a loved one. This was no different for my situation. Never thought I'd be seeking a divorce, but lo and behold, here I was. With many questions and deep stress over what to do I found (or was led to) Miss Rachel, who was the ideal attorney for me, looking back at the results. Rachel is very effective, efficient, professional, intelligent, knowledgeable, and keen and no non-sense about her profession; but she is also kind, thoughtful, and patient. I spilled over concerns about father's rights, voiced over my sweet 2-year old daughter, who is unfortunately involved in the middle of her mom and dad's irreconcilable differences. Rachel worked with me, going the extra miles, to prepare and create a court-ordered plan that I could not be more pleased with [big sigh of relief]. Rachel is not mean or nasty, but a focused and persistently effective attorney that will seek justice for you in your situation. I have the utmost respect for her, and highly recommend her work and services to you.
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Posted by Jeremy | December 18, 2014
No nonsense
Rachel is a no nonsense attorney that listens and understands your issues. Let me rephrase, listens. Hard to find. She helped me tremendously and I have and will recommend her to anyone.
Posted by Sara | December 18, 2014
Rachel Sharp is an Excellent Lawyer
I recently went through a divorce, which has been my most difficult experience thus far in life. I was dealing with so much stress and confusion, and I had so many questions. Rachel Sharp was an amazing lawyer. She was kind, personable, and understanding. She put my mind at ease immediately and walked me through every step of the process. She was attentive to my situation. Any time I called or emailed with a question it was answered quickly. She explained things to me in terms I could understand. In a time of uncertainty and instability in my life, Rachel was reliable, helpful, and supportive. She got me everything that I wanted in the divorce and I am beyond satisfied. She far exceeded my expectations for a lawyer. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Jack | December 17, 2014
Competent professional
I have had the pleasure of working with Rachel on two different occasions. My experience was consistent each time. Rachel was incredibly knowledgeable about the law, the process and the people. She was responsive to my inquiries and spent the time to ensure I was comfortable with the process throughout the proceedings and at the conclusion. I have recommended Rachel twice, with positive feedback, and will continue to do so.
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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2014
Glad I hired her!
I hired Rachel to handle my divorce and also retained her to help with my parental relocation case. I hired her after having had an extremely negative experience with another attorney and having lost trust in attorneys. She blew me away with her responsiveness. She consistently responds to my emails and phone calls in 24 hours, often less. She has also been able to accomplish things at the last minute for me on several occasions. She is available and knowledgeable and personable. She is also honest with you about potential outcomes or problems. She has won me over! I am delighted I made the decision to hire her.
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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2014
Turned around a very bad situation
After months of no action, mounting expenses and stress with another attorney, I switched to Rachel at the advice of a friend. Rachel did more to turn my case around in five minutes than my other attorney did in five months! Rachel is extremely responsive, knowledgeable and professional. I really appreciated the way she was able to take emotion out of the process and focus on the facts to make the best decisions for me and my children. I would highly recommend Rachel.
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Posted by Hillary | December 17, 2014
A wonderful experience.
Rachel was an exceptional lawyer. She kept me very calm while I was going through an emotional time. Her responsiveness was quick and consise. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Rachel | December 17, 2014
Honest and Reliable
Not only do I respect Ms. Sharp on a professional level but she is also honest and reliable on a personal level. Ms. Sharp took time to meet with me every time I needed her and I never felt rushed or "a bother." She returned phone calls and emails promptly and was dependable on our court dates. As an attorney myself, I know that many clients expect us to be "miracle workers;" however, the essence of a good attorney is one that is truthful with the client concerning both the positives and negatives of a case. She did not promise me a certain outcome but rather worked with me to find the best solution for my situation. She was truly engaged in my situation and genuinely cared about me as a person. Family law matters are never easy to face; however, Ms. Sharp was exactly the person I needed to offer hope and support through professional and ethical legal guidance.
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Posted by Darryl | January 12, 2014
EXCELLENT EXCELLENT
Rachel assisted me with not only my divorce but also a later custody battle. She was very responsive, direct and talented. All of which resulted in a positive outcome. She always had my best interest in mind. She is down to earth, easy to work with and made the entire process very comfortable. If you are looking for a Trustworthy, hard working, open / honest, positive results, all around professional attorney; Rachel Sharp IS it.
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Posted by Melissa | October 8, 2013
Honest and Trustworthy
Ms. Sharp represented me in my divorce that involved a minor child. Ms. Sharp was very informative and honest. She was great at explaining everything in the process and made sure I thought out some very difficult decisions. She always returned my calls and emails in a timely manner. I would highly recommend Ms. Sharp.
Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2013
Very Blessed
I found Rachel at a time of need. She made a difficult period in my life very bearable to say the least. As a completely knowledgeable and compassionate woman, she took to me through a very challenging time in a very professional and caring manner. I would recommend Rachel to anyone who is in need of legal counsel with family life matters. I personally felt very blessed to have Rachel in my corner to see my case to a successful closure.
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Posted by Natalie | August 6, 2013
I endorse this lawyer.
Rachel helped me in my international divorce and custody case. I would recommend Rachel for any of your legal needs.
Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2014
Was good in the beginning and seemed very professional
Her presentation was good at first. I eventually was billed outrageous amounts for contacting the other lawyer involved. I totally lost trust in her by the end of our dealings. Had me mediate twice with very expensive mediators and neither worked out in the end. When I finally really questioned her tactics she withdrew from my case leaving me to start all over with another lawyer. I was sent other clients bills and personal information and overall I was very disappointed. I would not recommend her as a lawyer. Every email I was billed a minimum so I started to not even contact her at all because I could not afford it.
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Response from Rachel Upshaw December 17, 2014
I am sorry that the reviewer is disappointed, as I strive to provide every client with honest and diligent representation and I strive for the utmost client satisfaction in each case. I believe this review was written by an individual who I represented in two separate matters, thus the reference to two mediations (one of which was through a free mediation service). Unfortunately, there was ultimately a breakdown in our communications due to repeated failure to follow my professional advice, such that I felt I could no longer represent this client. The client did not notify our office of concerns related to the billing during the course of the representation, as we would have been happy to attempt to rectify any such concerns. I am very willing to discuss any additional, specific concerns directly with the reviewer.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Miller Upshaw Family Law, PLLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Karla C. Miller & Associates, PLLC
  • 2008 - 2018
  • Associate Attorney
  • DuBois & DuBois, PC
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Karen Williams
  • 2005 - 2006
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Education

  • University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Associations

  • Lawyers' Association for Women
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Belmont American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Nashville Junior Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Maury County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Kiwanis Club
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Law Review- Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • Associate Editor
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Law Review- Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • Associate Staff
  • 2004 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Attorneys for Customer Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Family Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • 10 Best in Tennessee for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • MidSouth Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Nation’s Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • MidSouth Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction in Tennessee
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Mid-South Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • 1st place
  • ASCAP Nathan Burkan Memorial Writing Competition at University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • 2006
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Publications

  • Volume 36, Books 1-4
  • Associate Editor- University of Memphis Law Review
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Law association for women
  • Enough to be dangerous - Family law question and answer
  • 2017
  • Belmont University College of Law American Inn of Court
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (12)
Endorse Rachel
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Rachel is an excellent attorney who represent her clients well. She is organized and knowledgeable. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Upshaw is ethical, knowledgeable about the law and represents her clients zealously. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with her on a pro bono divorce, and she was as diligent and well-prepared. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rachel Sharp is an excellent attorney and has earned her reputation in the Nashville legal community. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Rachel Sharp is an ethical and hardworking attorney. She does an excellent job representing the interests of her clients while still being considerate of the special nature of legal matters involving children and families."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Rachel is an intelligent and experienced attorney who always puts her clients first. I highly recommend her for family law matters."
Family Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rachel is an excellent advocate for her clients. She is very knowledgeable, particularly when it comes to family law. She has an excellent reputation in our legal community."
Family Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.I have had several cases against Rachel. She is always well-prepared. She is a strong advocate for her clients. She is well-respected by fellow attorneys and by judges."
Family Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rachel is hardworking and professional. She zealously advocates for her clients."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Rachel is a very smart, hardworking attorney, who cares about her clients!"
Family Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Rachel is a fireball! Her opponents know they have a worthy adversary when Rachel is on the case, and they may have met their match. She is smart, savvy and tough in court, and our clients are lucky to have her!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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