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Paula Rhea Henderson

Criminal defense Attorney at Cleveland, TN

4.8   16 reviews

also known as Paula Ham

  • Licensed for 31 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1993
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Attorney Paula Henderson
121 Broad St. S.W.
Cleveland, TN, 37364

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4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Rachel | August 26, 2023
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Paula is PHENOMENAL!! I faced 6 charges and she was able to get me an offer dropping 4 charges!! My DUI was amended to aggravated reckless driving which kept me out of jail and with my license. She is just as intellectual as she is beautiful!! She is real and to the point! I recommend that you not get in trouble but if you do, you better call Paula!!
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Posted by Marta | June 14, 2023
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Answer to my Prayers!
I had an extremely difficult case and was facing a lot of jail time. She got all of my felonies dropped, no jail time, only 2 misdemeanors. All my prayers for the best outcome, this was it. I could not have asked for anything better. Paula is very professional and results oriented. The type of lawyer you want on your side!
Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2023
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Thank you Paula
Paula was an excellent choice of representation! She read me and my situation like a book and knew exactly how to explain to me my opinions. Because of the way she handled my case I was able to stay out of jail and serve probation time. Thank you for your time and help Paula, because of you and your team I was able to plan and attend my sons wedding along with my youngest son graduation.
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Posted by Patricia | May 4, 2023
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Top of their game
Paula is very clear and concise with information. She exudes confidence and skill. Surpassed any and all expectations and was a pleasant surprise to be represented by her. Also impressive was her professionalism and go getter mentality. I highly recommend Paula. She is not to be underestimated. Thank you Paula.
Posted by Crystal | March 8, 2023
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A Highly Skilled Empath is a Rare & Amazing Attorney
Paula worked my case and she got the false felony charge my narcissist husband tried to file on me as a power move dismissed. She picked up that he was lying immediately. And I now have evidence of his deception in case I need it for the future. She was very understanding and kind, but also plays hard ball and great at her job in court. She went above and beyond for me and I’m still thinking of how to repay her for that. If you've been recommended to Scott's office don't hesitate to let Paula handle your case. She's a force to be reckoned. Thank you so much, Paula!
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Posted by Chris | November 4, 2022
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A attorney that cares
Paula represented me on a domestic case that looked unwindable. Through her knowledge and expertise she represented me on a not guilty verdict. She tirelessly worked on my case and made it her own! She was very thorough and knew the law better than the District Attorneys. Listen to everything she tells you to do and keep nothing from her. Even after some set backs caused by my own decision, which I don’t recommend, she still worked hard on my case and won. She truly is someone that will help you and believe you when know one else does. Thank you to Paula and the Kanavos group for my defense!
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Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2022
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Paula Henderson, one bad mama jama!
She is the real deal! Trust her to get you results! She tore my plaintiff in court a new one and I would hire her again at any point that I need her! She was awesome in court!
Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2021
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Mrs. Paula is absolutely one of the best people I have ever met in my life!
Mrs. Paula is one of the most down to earth, kind hearted, and caring woman and attorney I have ever encountered. She was very thorough with explaining step for step all of the possible outcomes at my court date. She was not my attorney, however, she stepped in and represented me and talked to me with the respect and a heart. After court she talked to me like a motherly figure & I will never forget her talk with me!! Thank you Mrs. Paula for all of your hard work & kind words & advice! I will be keeping in contact with you and I highly recommend you!!
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Posted by Casey | June 18, 2019
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Mrs. Henderson was absolutely amazing. She did an amazing job with my case, and she produced unbelievable results. I was charged a very reasonable fee. My family and I thank you so much Paula.
Posted by Johnny Kaylor | February 14, 2016
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Great attorney! Paula Henderson
If you are looking for a great attorney for a criminal case, I highly recommend Paula Henderson,She is defiantly on your side and don't drag her heels getting things done for her clients,She wastes no time gathering the info and finding out what she needs to do to get justice for her client,If not for Paula...I would probably be sitting in a jail cell instead of here writing a review,Thank you so much Paula!
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Posted by Teresa | May 5, 2015
"a little voice inside my head said 'call an attorney' and without hesitation she was who came to mind"
Last year I found myself in a situation that I never thought I'd be in and, it was clear from the start, I was being "damned" prematurely right off the bat. I called Paula in a panic. I had never needed the services of an attorney before and it was all new to me. She immediately took control of my emotions over the phone and guided me in the right direction to protect my rights. I met with her the following day and she was very frank in explaining every possible outcome. She kept in touch and worked diligently during the 8 months I was her client. She is a go getter and will protect your rights and liberties. I never doubted her or her loyalty to me, as a client. She has integrity like no other! On the day of my resolution she appeared to be as happy for me as I was for myself. I highly recommend Paula for your peace of mind! She one tough cookie and I will forever be grateful for her expertise and guidance. If you feel you need representation, YOU DO, don't hesitate to call her.
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2015
I got myself in to a sticky situation. I didn't really think I had much of a chance, to come out of this on top. After meeting with Paula I felt a lot better about everything. Every time I spoke with Paula she had new, and more helpful, information. She was always personable, and friendly. She always made sure I knew exactly what was going on. I could have lost pretty much everything. She really did go the extra mile to make sure I didn't get "steamrolled" by the system. I got a better outcome than I ever expected, and it's because she put the extra effort in to my case. I would definitely recommend Paula to anyone needing a good attorney.
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Posted by Maria | April 2, 2015
We Love Our Lawyer
Paula has been helping us in a case with our son. Their is not enough words to describe how great she has been in our case. She is smart and aggressive and not intimidated by no one. She pores her heart and soul into her cases. She is determine to fight for her clients and does not back up. Me and my family are very grateful to her for all her hard work. She was made for this career and will highly recommend her to work on any case you need a lawyer.
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Posted by Megan | March 27, 2015
Life Changing
As a young lady I made many mistakes, just as many people do. I was in a dangerous situation in my life, doing dangerous things, and with a dangerous crowd. The court appointed a lawyer to me then and it was Paula. I had court appointed lawyers before so I did not expect much because I was not paying her. Then I met her. You can see the heart of this woman through her eyes. You can see that her passion is to help you upon your first meeting. She will be straight forward with you, and honest about how you can help yourself. Her profound wisdom is priceless to me. She sat me down as a young lady, and in the very frank conversation that she had with me, she lined me right up for the right path and gave me courage to protect myself and my daughter in the process. She fought so hard for me in court, and then she brought me a FAFSA to fill out to go back to school. Anyone with a lawyer like this is fortunate to have her. I owe her my life, and I am so thankful that God brought her into my life in my time of need.
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Posted by Kimberly | February 16, 2015
Paula is, without a doubt, THE most professional and understanding attorneys whom I have ever come in contact. She is very easy to talk to and listens without judgement. I was never left wondering what was going on in my case and I was never left alone, everywhere we had to be either she was with me (including to and from court), or one of the representatives that work at this firm. My case was handled very professionally and if the need arose again that required me to seek counsel I wouldn't have to look anywhere except my phone for her telephone number. Not only did I hire an attorney for my case.......I gained a friend. If you are reading this and wondering if she is the best decision you could make at this moment.....she is !!!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2022
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Rude and untrustworthy
Left a $3000 set of pearls for a $1000 case that she bailed on. Said I didn’t pay when her boss took my case for the pearls as collateral knowing they are my most prized possession and I would be back for them with cash in hand. I explained my situation back in June for a September case and was working towards it facing divorce and many other challenges. She thinks she can treat people how she wants and speak to them like they are dirt beneath her feet. I could have saved my cash the previous time I hired her and defended myself. A public defender did a better job than she ever dreamt of doing. Money hungry rude twit. Now the entire office is fired as my attorneys for all. I’ll be there to get my pearls Monday morning looking better than she ever dreamed of being. Cannot stand this prude. What a waste of human space on earth.
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Chancy, Kanavos, Love, & Painter
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of James A.H. Bell, P.C.
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Paula Ham
  • 2005 - 2011
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Office of Knox County District Attorney General
  • 1993 - 2005
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  • The University of Tennessee School of Law, Knoxville
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990


  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • N/A
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • N/A
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Nationally Ranked Top Ten Attorney
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014

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Endorse Paula
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer wholeheartly. Paula is an exceptionally skilled trial lawyer and a very skilled negotiater. She brings to the courtroom a persuave manner of truth, justice and sincerity."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Cleveland Criminal defense Lawyer Paula Rhea Henderson
Paula Rhea Henderson
Criminal defense Attorney
Cleveland, TN
Licensed for 31 years