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Brian Lee O'Shaughnessy

Debt collection Attorney at Chattanooga, TN

4.9   43 reviews

also known as Brian OShaughnessy

  • Licensed for 16 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

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

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Practice areas
  1. Debt collection

  2. Federal crime
    The federal criminal justice system demands experience and a specialized skill set. Mr. O’Shaughnessy has defended a variety of federal cases. Give him a call to get the legal representation you need on your side.

  3. Criminal defense
    Simply being accused of a crime can change your life. The penalties of a conviction can haunt you for years after you’ve served your sentence and may affect what kinds of jobs you’re able to obtain and even where you’re allowed to live. Call now.

  4. DUI and DWI
    You are innocent until proven guilty. You deserve respect as a client, and your attorney should thoughtfully review and discuss any possible defense with you. Call Attorney O’Shaughnessy today.

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Brian Lee O'Shaughnessy
735 Broad Street
Suite 1000
Chattanooga, TN, 37402


4.9 / 5.0
  43 customer reviews
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Posted by Joshua | December 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional!
Brian was very honest and thorough. He was careful to not be over confidant to make sure I understood the gravity of my situation but when anything was certain he was very comforting. After two years of fighting something he helped guide me in the right direction to end things after all for the good and sanity of my family. His office works tirelessly to ensure all of their clients’ needs are met in a timely and professional manner. I would highly recommend O’Shaughnessy and Carter for their services!
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Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Very professional! I had a case that felt like the end of the world, but Mr. O'Shaughnessy made the whole process easier and less stressful. He will be there at any time for any questions or concerns you may have! He makes a chaotic process very bearable and makes you feel better along the way! I would recommend hiring Mr. O'Shaughnessy!
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Posted by Tammy | November 4, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I contacted Brian for a telephone consultation, he was very knowledgeable, helpful and kind. If I ever have a need for an attorney in Tennessee again, Briqn is who I will call!
Posted by James | July 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He cleaned up the mess
I got into a mess with a neighbor, almost as many charges as days in a month. Brian explained up front what he thought the entire process would be, showed up in another court twice for hearings that were an extension of this case ( and won) and in between dealt with and set up appropriately with necessary parties, showed up for assigned court dates on time, and in the end negotiated a settlement that resulted in the charges being dismissed and the records expunged. Brian even handled paperwork for one expungement in the matter that was early on and he was not even retained at the time of this initial court case. He just cleaned up the mess. I will call Brian again if needed and recommend others to do the same.
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Posted by Sue | April 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I don't know what this means??
Brian assisted my grandson with a domestic matter. He was competent, knowledgeable, thoughtful, and thorough. He knew the right thing for us to do in an emotional and stressful situation. Our matter was finally resolved with a positive outcome.
Posted by Eric | March 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney!! He will get your case resolved!!
I hired Brian for an for a criminal case with me and my wife. He kept me well informed and did exactly what I paid him to do. This man has an excellent courtroom showing, knows the law, and handles business. If a situation ever arises again he will be my goto guy! Thanks Brian!!
Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Discrete and efficient
He was able to get my case dismissed wth minimal community service served and expunged two weeks after the dismal so my record remains clear. Cost was exponentially higher than other lawyers I'd spoken with, but he delivered the exact services I paid him for so it was worth it. If you need a case handled quickly and quietly, he's your guy.
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Posted by Chase | July 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Organized, efficient, timely, personable
Brian O'Shaughnessy represented me in 2 cases recently. Not only was he always available to answer any questions for me, he was an upstanding guy. He went above and beyond any expectations i could have had. I never had a problem reaching him in a timely manner, and he always had everything in order. The cases i went through could have caused me significant lifelong ramifications and Brian went out of his way to ensure that i got the most personable treatment while maintaining a professional attitude and making sure i had the BEST representation i could have asked for. If any friends or family ever have a need for an attorney, i will not hesitate to give them his number. I cannot recommend his services enough.
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Posted by Amber Carter | July 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest and Trustworthy
Brian is an amazing attorney. My husbands case took 3 years and he was charged with a sexual offense, all the while Brian kept our spirits up while keeping us updated with realistic facts and our expectations reasonable. Brian was the calm in the storm and never swayed. We will always be greatful and thankful we came across and chose him to represent us.
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Posted by Ari | March 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawfirm in Chattanooga!
From day one my experience with O’Shaughnessy & Carter has been excellent! Brian has been attentive to any needs or questions I have had, as has everyone in the office. Throughout the year of dealings that we had in and out of court, they helped make what is normally a really difficult and painstaking process, feel as simple and painless as could be. There was always someone available to answer questions and settle any doubts or concerns that I might have had, and they were answered in direct and understandable ways. I would most definitely recommend this law firm and their services to anyone, no matter what kind of legal representation they need. -Ari
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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Need a Defense Attorney, Call Brian!
Brian O'Shaughnessy is an exceptional attorney, he got an outcome that was simply amazing! While he knows you are hiring him because you have made a mistake, he still treats you with kindness and explains the process thoroughly. He tells you all possibilities of the outcome, no sugar coating.
Posted by Christopher | October 6, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Stellar Lawyer
Brian O'Shaughnessy is a great lawyer. Kind, Charismatic, Polite and Smart!. He did great things for my case and went over and beyond representing me. I was 100 percent satisfied with his representation. I would recommend him to any person looking for legal help. Mr. O'Shaughnessy is a professional and performs at the top level in his field. Overall my experience with him was exceptional and the results of his legal expertise surpassed my expectations
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Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Criminal Case
I hired Mr. O'Shaughnessy to help with a domestic case. I was defending myself against my husband but because my husband had marks, I was arrested. I have never had anything on my record. I was terrified. My divorce attorney recommended Mr. O'Shaughnessy. He was very knowledgeable of the law, explained everything about my case to make sure I completely understood the details, and was very respectful to me. He worked hard for me and the charges were dropped. I highly recommend Brian O'Shaughnessy to anyone.
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Posted by James Kinsey | April 17, 2015
Tenant Eviction
I had never had to use a lawyer before and was apprehensive but Brian and his staff were excellent. I live in California and own property in Chattanooga. My tenant refused to pay and refused to move. Brian and his staff did an outstanding job getting the tenant removed. If you ever need a good honest lawyer, I highly recommend Brian O'Shaughnessy. James Kinsey from San Jose, California.
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2015
Let Brian take care of your legal problems
Let Brian O'Shaughnessy take care of your legal problems! Nobody wants to deal with lawyers for any reason, but if you have to - pick a good one. Brian is awesome to work with, his practice has been established in Chattanooga for over a decade and he knows people. I am not willing to discuss details of my case in a review, but I can't imagine it handled any better than how Brian's legal team did. As a side note, Brian's services are not cheap, but you'll get what you pay for. Cheap lawyer to me is sort of like cheap insurance - you don't need it until you need it but if you do... Recommended highly!!!
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Posted by Frank | January 9, 2015
Peace of mind
Not knowing is quite stressful. In a case like mine that rang true ,but Brian made it easy for us and gave us peace of mind that only a good attorney can. Much thanks! I hope I never have to go through that again but if I do I will use this firm as well as recommend them.
Posted by BW | December 22, 2014
The Best Lawyer Ever!!!
Mr. Brian O' Shaughnessy is the greatest lawyer ever. He is well focused to every detail of your case. He is right on point and handles your case with the upmost care and performance. When I was in a state of worry and tears he came through for me and gave me over and beyond perfect results in my case. He and his staff are professional and caring people. They took my calls and returned my calls when I had constant questions. If you need a great lawyer on your side, Mr. Brian O'Shaughnessy is the one. I thank God for sending me to Mr. Brian O'Shaughnessy.
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Posted by Michael | October 22, 2014
Really works for you
As most of you looking at this probably have, I found myself in a pinch. I was charged with something that I wasn't guilty of. I was worried about what this would do to my family, work, etc. I contacted Brian and found him to be very helpful, supportive, and knowledgeable. Brian was able to get a deferment and it has been expunged from my record. I got minimum community service as well. Very happy and should I ever be in need of a lawyer again I will be going to Brian.
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Posted by Michael | January 11, 2014
Outstanding attorney!
Brian is an excellent, knowledgeable, honest, professional and hardworking attorney. He was extremely dedicated to my case and put in a great effort to get me the best results possible. Brain made me feel like I was his most important case and went above and beyond to get the best outcome. He is respected by the D.A's and got me a better deal than I could have ever hoped for. I highly recommended Brian , he got me a second chance of life without a criminal record.
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Posted by Stephen | January 10, 2014
Excellent Attorney
My son and I hired Brian to represent my son in a criminal matter after reading the reviews posted here on Avvo. All I can say is that I am so glad we hired Brian and everything we read on here regarding his professionalism, honesty, integrity, and his hard work are absolutely true. Brian worked to get us a better deal than we thought possible. Because of Brian's outstanding work, my son has a second chance at being able to live a clean, productive , successful life without a criminal record hanging over his head for the rest of his life. Thank You for everything Brian!!!
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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • O'Shaughnessy & Carter, PLLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University Of Tennessee At Chattanooga
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Chattanoga State Community College
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Owner
  • Brian L. O'Shaughnessy, Attorney at Law
  • 2007 - 2010
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  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2006
  • University of Florida
  • B.A.
  • 2001
  • Universität von Mannheim
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • State v. D.B.
  • Charges reduced to reckless driving.
  • State v. K.M.
  • Case dismissed on appeal of certified question.
  • State v. R.H.
  • Dismissed.
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  • Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee, Inc.
  • Board of Directors
  • 2012 - Present
  • Chattanooga Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Boy Scouts of America - National Eagle Scout Association
  • Lifetime Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • CJA Panel Committee for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Committee Member
  • 2010 - 2016
  • Chattanooga Federal Bar Association
  • Social Chair
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Chattanooga Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Chattanooga Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • President
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Legal Aid of East Tennessee
  • Board of Directors
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Legal Aid of East Tennessee
  • Annual Campaign Committee
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Justices Ray L. Brock, Jr. - Robert E. Cooper American Inn of Court
  • Associate Member
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Chattanooga Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Board of Directors
  • 2007 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • German

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Mid-South Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • 2015 Mid-South Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • 2014 Mid-South Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • 2013 Mid-South Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • 2012 Mid-South Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
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  • Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy
  • The Growing Need for an Alternative to the AMT
  • 2006
  • The Tennessee Journal of Business Law
  • Post-merger Continuation of a Consolidated Group after Its Common Parent Merged Downstream into a Subsidiary
  • 2006
  • The Tennessee Journal of Business Law
  • Tomorrow’s Tax Issues and Yesterday’s Tax Laws
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (7)
Endorse Brian
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is an excellent attorney. I frequently see him in court, and he is always a strong advocate for his clients. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian and I have worked together on several matters over the past few years. I endorse this attorney without hesitation!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Brian. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian O'Shaughnessy is an exceptional criminal defense attorney. He works hard for his clients, and it pays off. He consistently gets outstanding results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"For many years, I have referred criminal matters to Brian O'Shaunessy who has always delivered a conscientious, devoted and powerful defense to his clients, no matter how steep the challenge. And I will continue to refer him business in the futre."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian consistently achieves excellent results for his clients. He goes above and beyond to ensure that his clients receive the best representation possible, whether that's filing briefs, arguing in open court, or negotiating with prosecutors. Brian is hard-working and very bright. If I had a family member or friend in need of a criminal defense, Brian is who I would call."
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