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David Christopher Veazey

Criminal defense Attorney at Chattanooga, TN

4.3   7 reviews
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: In-House Counsel
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: In-House Counsel
  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 3 years
    Tennessee - TN 14 years
  • Licensed for 3 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2021
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found

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

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    David Veazey actively practices in the General Sessions, Criminal, and Juvenile Courts of Hamilton County and surrounding counties. He has helped a number of clients successfully navigate the treacherous waters of the criminal justice system in Tennessee. If the police think you are involved in a crime, before you talk to police to "tell your side of the story" or "cooperate so the D.A. gives you a fair deal," call David as soon as possible to talk about your options.

    14 years, 650 cases

  2. Child custody
    Whether it is a dad trying to get court-ordered visitation for the first time or a mom trying the complexities of post-divorce litigation, David provides thorough, competent, and zealous representation for his clients.

    14 years, 250 cases

  3. Divorce and separation
    Divorce is never easy and the last thing you need to worry about is paperwork and the stress of navigating the court system on your own. David will handle your case professionally and with dignity to ensure a satisfactory result for a reasonable fee.

    14 years

  4. Adoption
    Contested/Uncontested representing both adoption petitioners and defending parents facing termination of their rights.

  5. Bankruptcy and debt
    Bankruptcy can give the little guy an upper hand. Let David help lift the burden of excessive debt hanging over you and your family and give you a fresh start.

    11 years

Practicing in the Chattanooga area since 2010, David is fluent in Criminal, Family, and Bankruptcy law. He also speaks some Russian and French. Armed with a Master's degree in Economics, he can bring the right financial perspectives to legal issues. David graduated from the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences in 1993 and has since spent time living in Annapolis, Santa Fe, Washington, New York, Knoxville, Moscow, and Kyiv. 

David is admitted to practice in all state courts of Tennessee and Georgia and in the U.S. District Courts of the Eastern District of Tennessee and Northern District of Georgia.  


Law Offices of David C. Veazey
1100 Market Street 6th Floor
Chattanooga, TN, 37402
Mailing Address:
PO Box 3206
Chattanooga, TN, 37404
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4.3 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
Posted by Leigh Ou | September 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
David answered an obscure legal question for me pertaining to something that happened to me at a U.S. Consulate in Europe. He managed to find law relevant to my case, and he proposed a solution for me. David found the answer to my question quickly and easily.
Posted by Heather | August 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We would hire him again in a second
My husband and I hired David for a custody dispute over my nephew. He was always kind, answered our questions appropriately, returned calls promptly and explained the complicated juvenile court system to us. I recommend him to all my friends in need of representation. Our case hasn't always gone as we would have liked but not because of David. He has been wonderful to work with and we wouldn't go elsewhere.
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2012
Thank you David!
When criminal charges were filed against my son for allegations I knew were false our world came unraveled. Although I have an attorney brother he does not practice in the Chattanooga area, nor is he familiar with Tennessee state law. He intervened immediately on my son’s behalf however we then had a daunting task of hiring a local attorney. We talked to several attorneys. Some were not familiar with juvenile criminal law and the one who was charged an outrageous retainer let alone hourly fees. We initially used him because he had prior experience with the charges we were up against. We met David during our 1st trip to juvenile court and thankfully he had provided us with his card during our encounter. We followed up with David and immediately knew he was the right choice for our family. David was concerned about my son and his well-being during this ordeal (others seemed more concern with their payment). David was the 1st one to speak with my son which made him feel comfortable and optimistic. My son was unfortunately immediately assumed guilty because of the type of charges. No one truly seemed concerned about the truth. David actually cared. David was quick to respond to our questions and kept us well informed throughout the process. David shared all of the “evidence” being used by the prosecution so there were no surprises when we went to court. He prepped all of us for the possible outcomes and worked until the last minute asking the DA to review their own “evidence” which in and of itself proved my son was innocent. Through his diligent handling of the background work we were prepared when the trial day came. The DA had no case and after months of emotional ups and downs the case was dismissed. I cannot express in words how thankful we are that we met David that day in juvenile court. He took the time to speak with my son and believed he was innocent. David made no assumptions and actually worked to obtain the facts. Because if his hard work and dedication my son has his youth back. Thank you David!
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Posted by Sherry | July 13, 2012
An exceptional attorney...
I have worked with several attorneys in the past out of necessity, but was never especially impressed with any of them. David Veazey however, has proven to be the exception. I was lucky enough to have been referred to him by a friend and he handled what turned out to be a rather difficult case overall. I couldn't be more impressed with the manner in which he dealt with everything. If you are in need of an attorney or legal services of any kind, then I highly recommend Mr. Veazey. He is the most honest, moral, and reputable attorney I have ever worked with and an honor to his profession.
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Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2010
I contacted David for some legal advice pertaining to a contract dispute I had. He informed me of my options and even offered to make a courtesy call to the Plaintiff's attorney. With his call, I was able to come to a resolution that I could not have on my own. I would recommend David to anyone seeking legal advice.
Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Could have taken my money and sent me away, but didn't
I've not hired Mr. Veazey myself, but am fam illiar with him through the Occupy Chattanooga lawsuit. Not being one of the main organizers, I was not personally his client. However, Mr. Veazey was clearly a capable attorney who fought for a client with whom the public in Chattanooga had little sympathy. Later when I thought I needed an attorney, I consulted Mr. Veazey who could have taken my case and charged me quite a bit of money. Instead he directed me to a not-for-profit who would assist me in filing a complaint via a regulatory agency and gave me the name of a more specialized firm to consult if that process was unsuccessful. If I ever need a lawyer again, he will be my first call.
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Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
David failed to be an appropriate attorney in all aspects! He did absolutely nothing to help our case and did not have our daughters best interest at heart. We paid upfront for services that we did not get and no effort was put forth. Of course he showed up to court and that might as well of been it! He stood there, said nothing, didn't fight for us and didn't stand up for us. For someone that says they specialize in custody and seperation he sure doesn't care about his clients! This is a childs life and one we care so deeply about and to trust someone to do the right thing for you and get this piece of crap was sad! We hired another attorney within a weeks time of court to hopefully fix the mess that David created for us. And then come to find out that he signed paperwork for us and did not discuss it with us prior. If it was up to me he would be out of a job and I have no problem stating how useless he was to us. I wish we could get our money back, we didn't pay for any services anyhow. So for those of you out there that care about your children and actually need someone that will stand up for you and do the right thing DO NOT, I repeat do not hire this so called attorney!
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Response from David Veazey August 17, 2016
I wish I could have done more to help in your case and I understand your frustration. There is little any attorney can do when a judge simply makes the wrong decision, other than advise their clients on options to appeal to a higher court. However, to suggest that I "said nothing," "didn't fight," or signed anything unethically is simply not true. And I would not characterize going from a position of no visitation to some visitation with an invitation by the court to ask for more down the road as getting a "piece of crap." Nevertheless I wish you and your family the best and I hope you have better results from your new attorney.
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AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of David C. Veazey
  • 2010 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Eric Buchanan & Associates
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Senior Adviser - Proposal Development
  • AIDS Foundation East-West
  • 2002 - 2006


  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2009
  • Fordham University
  • M.A.
  • 2002
  • St. John's College
  • B.A.
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Alexus F., No. E2014-00723-COA-R3PT, 2014 WL 5854819 (Tenn. Ct. App. Nov. 13, 2014), appeal denied (Mar. 9, 2015)
  • Partially in favor of client but ultimately upheld
  • In re Zoey F., No. E2013-02603-COA-R3PT, 2014 WL 2466328 (Tenn. Ct. App. May 30, 2014)
  • Partially in favor of client but ultimately upheld.
  • Long v. Brown, No. E2013-00802-COA-R3CV, 2014 WL 295713 (Tenn. Ct. App. Jan. 28, 2014)
  • In favor of client
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  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court
  • Student Member
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Tennessee Law Women
  • Treasurer
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Tennessee Law Review
  • Student Materials Editor
  • 2007 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Russian

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Membership
  • Omikron Delta Epsilon International Economics Honor Society
  • 1999
  • Presidential Fellow
  • Fordham University
  • 1998


  • Kyiv Post
  • Fighting HIV Hysteria in Ukraine (op-ed)
  • 2005
  • Moscow Times
  • AIDS not as Simple as ABC (op-ed)
  • 2004
  • Residential Property News
  • Charity in Russia
  • 2003
  • Reuters Health
  • HIV human rights laws lacking worldwide
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (3)
Endorse David
Child custody Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David is an excellent attorney. He has a sharp mind, and he is a skilled litigator in the court room. I endorse him without reservation."
Family Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. When I know people who need help in the Chattanooga area, I'm happy to refer them to David."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Veazey is a respected attorney in the Chattanooga area. I endorse this lawyer Without hesitation!"
Unknown Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have have worked with Mr. Veazey on many occasions. He is an excellent attorney and I would highly recommend his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a lawyer who cares about his clients and who will go the extra mile to make sure their rights are protected."
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