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Hannah C. Burdine

Divorce and separation Attorney at Nashville, TN

3.8   14 reviews

also known as Hannah Pelham, Burdine Law Firm, PLLC


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About Hannah

Learn Hannah’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    59%
    Contested and uncontested divorces. High net worth to simple divorces.

    14 years, 300 cases

  2. Child custody
    30%
    Establishing paternity, legitimating children born out of wedlock, establishing parenting plans for children born out of wedlock, modification of child custody

    14 years, 200 cases

  3. Family
    10%
    Adoptions, step-parent adoptions, third party adoptions, grandparent custody, dependency and neglect cases.

    14 years, 100 cases

  4. Estate planning
    1%
    Preparing wills, powers of attorney, trusts, conservatorships, guardianships

    14 years, 50 cases

You are going through a difficult, confusing time.  

You have a lot of questions.   Your world has been turned upside down.

What are you going to do with your finances?  What is going to happen to your children?  Where are you going to live?  What are you going to do financially after the divorce? 

You need an attorney you can trust will listen to you and understand you.

You need an attorney who has BEEN THERE HERSELF and also has years of experience in family law, who has handled many of these cases and can help you navigate your unique situation. 

You don't want to spend thousands of dollars and not see results. You do not want to spend thousands of dollars on an attorney who does more harm than good. 

Ms. Burdine offers free telephone consultations to give you the opportunity to kick the tires, to see if she is the right fit for you.  It is important to talk to more than one attorney before you decide to hire one, to be sure that your attorney knows what she or he is doing, has your best interests in mind, and to ensure that your children (if applicable) will not be harmed during this process. 

Attorney Hannah Burdine has nearly 20 years of experience in the legal industry, with more than ten years committed to divorce litigation including high net worth divorce cases and asset protection.

Not everyone needs a fighter.  Ms. Burdine is diplomatic when appropriate, and she fights unyieldingly for clients when necessary. She devotes the time and attention that is required to garner positive results and to ensure her clients receive the attention they deserve during this time of their lives.

She has practiced family law in both the State of Georgia and now the State of Tennessee.  She is a native of Memphis, Tennessee where she went to undergraduate school and law school. She was a paralegal in Nashville, Tennessee for a few years after undergraduate school before going to law school.

While going through her own divorce, she worked for a clinical research organization negotiating contracts for clinical drug trials. It was boring, and she missed the courtroom and engaging with and helping clients get through tough times, so after her divorce she got back into the practice of law. 

She enjoys playing piano to decompress and listening to live music. She looks forward to helping you. 

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Licensed for 16 years
State TN
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 01/17/2023
State GA
Status Inactive Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2008
Updated 06/20/2021

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

Contact Hannah

Burdine Law Firm, PLLC
2021 Richard Jones Road
Suite 150C
Nashville, TN, 37215

Reviews

3.8 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
Posted by Sean | December 15, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Attorney
Hannah worked with my wife and I on our estate planning. She was efficient, knowledgeable and as sensitive to our needs. She followed all the safety precautions during our meeting during the pandemic and was professional, sweet and polite. We would definitely recommend Hannah to anyone wants a great attorney.
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce Proceedings
I personally sat down with Hannah and discussed divorce with her. She made it so much easier to proceed through the process. I didn’t think I needed a lawyer but I was glad Hannah chose to be mine. She is persistent and constant when it comes to fighting for you. The best part is she is just a very genuine person. Thank you Hannah for your services.
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Posted by Veronica | April 2, 2015
Excellent Lawyer
If your looking for a very energetic, knowledgeable & Trustworthy lawyer Hannah Pelham is the perfect lawyer for you. She will get the job done! I love seeing someone fully prepared for court & she was.
Posted by Jeremy | March 31, 2015
Custody battle
Hannah was great to work with and to have on our team in our custody battle. She was on top of everything and very professional. I will recommend Hannah's services to other people in the future.
Posted by Stacy | March 31, 2015
Child Custody Case
Our case was difficult from the very beginning (statistically). My husband has two young boys from his first marriage and the biological mother had primary physical custody. Due to a major change in circumstances for the worse, my husband knew the boys would be better off living with us primarily and allow the mother visitation rights and joint legal custody. This is not the easiest case to win. While Georgia has come a long way with father's rights, there can still be an imbalance at times. We hired Hannah Pelham to manage the case. There were numerous times over the course of the 9 month period of time, from when we hired her and when we finally went to court, that we became impatient. Hannah kept reassuring us that these things take time and encouraged us, as well as fought for us, to have a guardian ad litem assigned to the case. We did follow her instructions and trusted her advice. Hannah knew that in order to prove some of the claims we were making, an ad litem would be necessary. Needless to say, we finally went to court and won primary custody of my husband's two children. We are very pleased with the outcome. The slow pace of the judicial system can be frustrating, however, had we gone to court when we wanted to instead of waiting as Hannah advised, we probably would not have had the positive outcome we have today. Overall, Hannah really knew the law and what the best plan would be for us. We are pleased with our outcome with Hannah Pelham repre senting our case.
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Posted by Kelvin | March 30, 2015
Mrs. Pelham was an excellent attorney
I couldn't have made a better choice for myself and my daughter. Mrs Pelham was always always there when I had a question and was very easy to reach despite her busy schedule. She always returned my emails and phone calls and was very easy to work with. She definitely knows what she is doing. She would tell me what I needed to bring and I would do my homework and she would present it in court in a professional manner. I don't have any negative remarks about my experience with her. I would definitely recommended her to anyone who needs a family attorney. Great job Mrs.Pelham and Thank you!
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Posted by Raquel | March 30, 2015
THE BEST MOST CARING ATTORNEY I HAVE HIRED
I have been through many attorneys due to a divorce/ child visitation and support issues and got nowhere. I needed someone who truely was on my side and would fight for my rights as a parent with tenacity and gumption...and I found that in Hannah! She is professional, proficient, timely, and most of all the best legal voice I had ever had. She went above and beyond and even helped me find and work with an out of state attorney that I had to hire. I highly recommend Hannah for her outstanding work and dedication!
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Posted by Angie | March 30, 2015
Child Custody Case
I contacted Mrs. Pelham for my daughter and granddaughter when I realized my daughter was being bullied and controlled by the paternal grandparents. When my daughter would not do what the father or grandparents wanted they continued to threaten her in more ways then one. For any man or women to be in a controlling relationship is bad enough but when a child is involved makes this even worse. Whatever the case may be Mrs. Pelham has put my daughter at ease. My daughter is a young mother so this has been a very scary and overwhelming case as it can be at any age. Mrs. Pelham wants what is best for my grandchild and daughter and has continued to try to keep peace and mediation between both parties. Although in our case the other party hired a lawyer to continue to try and bully us through courts just as the ex spouse did in the relationship. Mrs. Pelham knows when the time is right to step in and say enough is enough. Mrs. Pelham continues to impress me with knowing the laws to put a stop to the things the other side continues to throw at my child. Some lawyers will tell you what you want to hear so you will continue to give them money as the case with my daughter's ex's attorney. This is sad and not good for anyone. Mrs. Pelham really cares for the clients she works with and will tell you exactly the truth as to what she can do for you. If you want a caring, honest, knowledgeable (knows the law) , attorney who will fight for you and your family I recommend Mrs. Pelham. You can tell Mrs. Pelham loves what she does. Whatever it is you need, Mrs. Pelham is there for you and your family and never makes false promises!! Mrs. Pelham has put me and my family at ease. As the grandmother and mother of Mrs. Pelham's client I highly recommend her as an attorney! Thank You So Much for helping my daughter get through this very intense time.
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Posted by Carol | November 11, 2013
So easy to work with!
Hannah was so patient with me. I kept changing my mind about which children would stay with me and which would stay with their dad. She told me to take my time and considered my childrens feelings, she'd be happy to make the changes. I really needed that kind of support and patience since during this stressful time. All for a reasonable Fee. I'd recommend her to anyone!
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Posted by Pat | March 30, 2015
She did a great job.
I called Hannah Pelham on a holiday weekend. She actually called me back on Memorial Day! My husband and I were in a very tight spot concerning our grandchildren. We needed to intervene for grandparent visitation in a hurry. Mrs.Pelham understood and was very sympathetic to our cause. She jumped into gear and had our motion filed immediately. She worked hard for us. Unfortunately she was unable to finish our case because she moved. Before she moved she made sure we had a new attorney based on a referral. She met with our new attorney got him up to speed on our case. The transition was seamless. She was great to work with and I wish her the best in her new location. Sincerely, Pat LF
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Posted by Mallory | September 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely Unprofessional & Impossible to Work With
We hired Hannah around April 2022, other then our first phone call it was a literal night mare. The very first incident we had with Hannah was two weeks prior to the first court date, where we kept receiving emails stating our court date to be on the incorrect date and time(sent From her Firm). we would then have to call the law firm and inform them of their mistake, this continued 5 additional times in the span of 2 weeks all the way up to the day before our court date. the time errors where also dramatic with some being dated as far as a week off. during this period we requested to speak with Hannah personally multiple times where our request was never met( this will be a recurring theme if you use Hannah). after the 5th time of correcting this me and my fiancé showed up to court as planned, where we sat and waited 3 hours just to be informed by the judge himself that Hannah moved the court date back and that she commonly did this with her clients. Hannah did all this without consulting with us and lettings us know anything. I do believe in giving credit where it's due; she did at least NOTIFY THE PLANTIFFS TEAM just a shame she didn't work for his team. Moving forward we initially paid Hannah half the amount and continued to ask Hannah several times in person when the 2nd half of the payment was due, where she then informed us that the payment would be due at the end of all the court dates and not to worry about it. She then emailed us for payment which was not a problem at all, but we didn't see the email. I admit this was a mistake on my part. Although instead of reaching out through phone call or even sending a letter in the mail like any other business would do, Hannah choose to instead withdraw from our case where once again we found out after the Plaintiffs team did. After reviewing the letter It stated, "I enclose a Motion to Withdrawal, Which will be filed with the court ten (10) days after the receipt of this letter in the meantime, if you wish for us to continue representing you we would be pleased to do so if satisfactory arrangements are met." I proceeded to call everyday to try to find a solution as this was the first I was hearing about this. during the week of me calling my phone calls rang once and was instantly ignored, at this point I assumed my number was blocked so I had my fiancé call. He was able to get through on his first try when asked to speak with Hannah and explain that we had every intention of paying and would like to continue having her and her firm represent us. It seemed after finding out it was us calling though, they gave us the typical run around that they would call us back and never did. Instead of calling us and communicating like a decent business, Hannah elected to not have any form of communication and went straight to withdrawal. Although we were frustrated that Hannan's team went to such dramatic measures before contacting us, we still tried to call to fix the issue as we didn't want to try to find a new lawyer like we should have sooner just to be further ignored. Ultimately this letter was a huge shock as I just asked Hannah about payments in Person after court where I got told to pay the rest after the entirety of the case and that we would set up a payment plan soon. In conclusion my experience was horrible. I found my self doing their job; correcting dates Multiple Times, a lack of communication, and a lack of any respect as a client to acknowledge any of our phone calls. If you use Hannah you will only be able to talk to her when she decides to show up to court. Please choose your lawyers and how you spend your money better than we did.
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Posted by Kelci | May 27, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Disappointed/ Wouldn't recommend
I originally reached out to Hannah through legal match in August 2021. We communicated a few times through email and then she stopped responding and answering calls. My issue wasn't time sensitive, so I wasn't too concerned about her not responding and just let everything go. Well things changed and a few days ago I found myself seeking legal advice with the intent on paying a retainer and getting the ball rolling after our initial consultation. Because now my issue is something that needs to be seen in court. Signed up for legal match again and sure enough Hannah was the first attorney to respond (or so I thought). Because I appreciated the urgency of acceptance I decided to give her firm another shot in hopes that maybe the instance in 2021 were one in a million. Boy was I wrong!! Hannah was the first attorney to accept and respond to my available interview times, requesting we meet at 10a. 10:05 came around and still no call or email. So I called her office. The receptionist answered, "Thank you for calling Boris....Burdine Law, how can we help you?" I told her that Hannah scheduled me for a 10a meeting and I hadn't heard anything, so I was wondering if I was supposed to call them. She stated, "no, she gets backed up sometimes and will give you a call as soon as possible. But I'll go ahead and let her know you are waiting." 2 minutes later I receive a phone call. This time from I'm assuming Hannah's legal aid. She asks my name and then tells me that, "Hannah can indeed take my case and that it would be a $1500 retainer. Would I like to go ahead and schedule a sit down with her?" I told her that I was supposed to be having an initial consultation and I haven't had that. She then told me, "Hannah's consultations are $150, would you like me to schedule it?" I then told her that, "the meeting at 10a that Hannah herself requested was supposed to be for a 15 minute free consultation and then after we decide if we're going further with services." She responds oh ok. At this point I had not even spoke to Hannah one time yet she had missed an appointment she scheduled, had someone else contact me about services, and had a receptionist that couldn't remember the name of the firm she was working for. So I told the lady on the phone that I was not interested in Hannah's services since she had not had the decency to contact me herself to see if we would even be a fit for the case, she had not given me any type of game plan or assurance that she would be the one to handle the matter, and all I kept hearing was about how much her fees were and pressure to hurry up and book services. So if you are someone who wants an attorney that cares and sees you as a person, not just a case number, DO NOT go with Hannah Burdine. I now have an attorney who took the time out to contact me directly and have already shown me that they are 1000% capable of handling my case, so I have no need to worry. And because of this, I had no problem paying their $2500 retainer and starting with their services!
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Response from Hannah Burdine June 1, 2022
Hi Kelci, We are sorry that you did not have a good experience with Burdine Law. We have in our notes that we contacted you on May 26, 2022. The record of the phone call is stamped 10:14 a.m. which shows that our firm did speak with you at the scheduled time. Our policy is to charge for consultations with the attorney, which will be applied toward the retainer, and it is in our notes that this was conveyed to you. The free phone call is with the staff, where we the staff asks you questions and gathers more information from you for the attorney to assess whether the case is a good fit for the Firm to take on. Then the actual meeting with the attorney is scheduled for a fee, depending on how much time you request for speaking with the attorney. I am happy you found an attorney that fits your expectations and wish you the best in your endeavor.
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Posted by D'Andrea | February 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
poor communicator
I hired her in April 2021. I explained to her how my previous attorney wouldn't communicate about my case, wouldn't return my calls or emails, and how she didn’t submit some documentation. She assured me to my face that day before I hired her that she would communicate with me. She even showed me in the contract that it’s her job to communicate with me and my job to communicate with her. From April until August, we didn't talk because I was waiting until I had my baby. I contacted her in August several times, she finally contacted me back a few weeks later close to September. I remember sounding frustrated on the call with her due to her very delayed response time. She told me “You should be nicer to me; I gave you a discount and you are taking away from my other clients!" Wtf! The second time I ever saw her was in December at court. She didn’t know who i was, but I waved at her once she entered the court room. She never came to talk or pull me out to debrief, never discussed what to expect before court. She requested documentation a week before court. I asked if she looked at it, she said no! WTF! So, the next court date was rescheduled. I was never informed! I showed for court and none of the other parties was there, so I texted her telling her I was there. She then informed me that it was rescheduled. I told her I wasn’t informed at all. She didn’t say “I’m sorry or I apologize” or anything. 2 days ago, she texts me “check your email.” I did and there were 2 attachments, no explanation, nothing typed in the email, just the attachments. I texted her asking what the documents were and could she explain. No reply, no explanation, nothing. I was scheduled for court yesterday, it sleeted, and metro schools was closed so I assumed court was closed too so I didn’t go. She called me at 9:50, court started at 10. I told her I thought court was closed. Instead of her having the court date rescheduled, which should have happened anyway, the hearing went on. I told her to withdraw from my case. This attorney wasn’t a good attorney to me. Very uncaring, unprofessional, unempathetic. She did the exact same thing as my 1st attorney! Find a good attorney who will communicate and keep you up to speed about your case because she’s not the one.
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Response from Hannah Burdine April 6, 2022
Hello, I am sorry you are not a happy person. I know you are upset about the judge's ruling, but I told you by several text messages that morning that you needed to be in court that morning. I did not have an answer for you at 7:00 a.m. when you asked, because I had to wait for the Court to open up that morning to call and confirm whether the judge was holding hearings that morning due to the previous night's inclement weather. When I learned at 8:12 a.m. that morning from the Court that the judge was holding hearings, I immediately informed you multiple times. I then called you from the courthouse at 9:30 a.m. where it sounded like I woke you up. You then verbally assaulted me on the phone and I told you I can't represent people who verbally abuse me like that and informed you that I would be withdrawing from representing you, due to your failure to follow instructions as you agreed to in the Attorney/Client Agreement. I asked you to be there by at least 10:00 a.m. The judge called your case at 10:15 a.m. and you were not there, when everyone else was. Because you did not come, the judge struck your motion. There is no need to trash me on the internet because you didn't come to court that morning and the judge struck your motion. I hope your THIRD attorney can make you happy.
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Posted by Michelle | November 9, 2013
I do not recommend this attorney
She made several mistakes on my legal documents, leaving out one of my children. When she revised the form she would leave out another one of my children. On the final draft she left out all four of my children and listed another child's name, unrelated. She then billed me for all the time she spent revising her repetitive careless mistakes.
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Response from Hannah Burdine March 9, 2015
This individual threatened to smear my reputation on social media sites if I did not give her a full refund. I did not give her a full refund, and she lived up to her threat. None of the documents that I filed for this person were inaccurate. This is someone who wanted something for nothing. She is lucky I didn't press charges for extortion.
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Burdine Law Firm PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Hannah C. Pelham, P.C.
  • 2008 - 2016

Education

  • University of Memphis
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of Memphis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • Pelham v. Pelham
  • Victory

Associations

  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2016
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law institute
  • Family Law institute CLE
  • 2021
  • National Business Institute
  • Tennessee Adoption Law
  • 2020
  • National Business Institute
  • Prenuptial Agreements: The Ultimate Guide
  • 2020
  • National Business institute
  • Attorney Ethics Of Emails and Texting: Do's and Don't's
  • 2020
  • National Business Institute
  • Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates
  • 2020
  • National Business Institute
  • Using LLCs to Protect Assets
  • 2020
  • National Business Institute
  • Asset and Debt Division in Divorce
  • 2020
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Hannah is an ethical and responsible attorney. An aggressive advocate for her clients."
Nashville Divorce and separation Lawyer Hannah C. Burdine
Hannah C. Burdine
Divorce and separation Attorney
Nashville, TN
Licensed for 16 years
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