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Lee Davis

Criminal defense Attorney at Chattanooga, TN

4.6   10 reviews

also known as Charles Leland Davis

  • State Years
    Tennessee - TN 31 years
    Massachusetts - MA 37 years
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1986
    Status
    Retired No misconduct found

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

About Lee

Learn Lee’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    33%
    I've represented thousands of individuals faced with investigation or potential criminal charges in federal and state court. My years as a prosecutor has given me perspective as to how best to prepare a defense to serious allegations.

    38 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    30%
    I represented thousands of clients faced with DUI in the state courts Tennessee and surrounding jurisdictions. I've handled dozens of jury trials and appeals to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.

    38 years

  3. Federal crime
    10%
    I've represented thousands of individuals faced with investigation or potential criminal charges in federal and state court. My years as a prosecutor has given me perspective as to how best to prepare a defense to serious allegations.

    38 years

  4. Litigation
    10%
    Federal civil and criminal litigation across the United States. If you are going to court, you will want my detailed and thoughtful legal expertise by your side at your trial. Call immediately for a free case evaluation and stop worrying.

    38 years

  5. White collar crime
    10%
    I've represented thousands of individuals faced with investigation or potential criminal charges in federal and state court. My years as a prosecutor has given me perspective as to how best to prepare a defense to serious allegations.

    38 years

  6. Appeals
    5%
    I am capable of handling your case through the appeals process. A successful appeal can be a game changer in your life. Call today for a free evaluation.

    38 years

  7. Sex crime
    2%
    Carnal knowledge | Child enticement & solicitation | Child pornography | Child molestation | Indecent liberties | Online solicitation | Rape | Statutory rape | Sex offender registration | Failure to register | Internet sex crimes | Call today.

    38 years

I have been representing people in court since 1986. I have successfully represented clients in trial and appellate courts throughout the country and I regularly try cases before state and federal court juries.

My career has been varied as I began as a private defense attorney in Boston and then worked for a number of years as a prosecutor when I moved to Tennessee in the early 1990's. Since 1998 I have been in private practice at Davis & Hoss, PC.

Representative cases have included such varied subjects as federal fraud and white-collar cases to innovative homicide cases. I was the first attorney in the United States to introduce mitochondrial DNA as evidence in State vs. Ware. I have been lead counsel in more than 150 jury trials and I have been lead counsel in six death penalty cases. 

As as Assistant District Attorney, I prosecuted serious felony cases including cold case homicide investigations and more than twenty first degree murder cases. 

I ocassionaly serve as Special Prosecutor or as a Special Judge in criminal proceedings in Tennessee.

In civil actions I have represented clients in age discrimination, retaliatory discharge, negligence, accidents, child injury, real estate, and complex personal injury cases.

I have taught Criminal and Constitutional Law at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and previously taught trial practice as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee School of Law in Knoxville.

Outside of work I serve on the Allied Arts board as treasure and Chattanooga Boys Choir board as president. My wife, Heather, and I put on the Chattanooga Bike Camp each June teaching kids with disabilities how to ride a bike. I serve on the board of the camp's parent organization--Lose the Training Wheels. I am an active member of the Chattanooga Track Club and a race director of the Signal Mountain Pie Run 10k.

 

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Location

Davis & Hoss, PC
850 Fort Wood Street
Chattanooga, TN, 37403

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Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Jeff Styles | January 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lee Davis is the Absolute Best Defense Attorney!
Lee Davis and the entire staff at Davis-Hoss epitomize professionalism in the legal field. And, in a truly unique way, almost unknown in these modern times, temper it with real human warmth and genuine empathy. From the simple (helping me navigate past a court date missed due to a family funeral) to the VERY complex (standing beside me through an unwarranted charge of Assault when I was the actual victim), the firm never wavered and saw me emerge without a blemish on my record. And for a fee even a regular Joe Six-Pack could afford. They've renewed my faith in "the system" to a huge degree.
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Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Firm in Chattanooga!
I hired Davis and Hoss for a very difficult DUI case. Lee, Janie and Brian worked very hard for me, and after a couple years the case was dismissed! You cannot find better representation in the Chattanooga area. I am so happy I hired them and listened to their advice. I cannot be more thankful and appreciative of them for their hard work and dedication. You will not find anyone in the Chattanooga area who can help you more than Davis and Hoss! Highly recommended!
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Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fantastic attorney who went above and beyond.
I was the victim of an assault but was facing the possibility of criminal charges after the defendants changed their story. Lee guided me through the different phases of the criminal investigation and was not only a strong advocate but an extraordinary source of knowledge who helped make sense of a complex and frightening process. I would have been truly lost without Lee's expert guidance and any client would be fortunate to have him on their side. Lee's knowledge of the law is encyclopedic, and he matches that knowledge with a true passion for advocating on his clients' behalf!
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Posted by Clarence | March 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Defense
Lee Davis represented my son yesterday in Red Bank court. While I know he's been involved in major trials throughout the region, what impressed me was the care and interedt he took in our son's case. Our son's case was dismissed it and what seemed yesterday like a life ending problem is now behind us. Thank you Lee and the staff at Davis & Hoss.
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great Legal Assistance
I hired Mr. Davis to represent me in a DUI case. He assisted me through every phase of the case, and made sure I understood what was going on. He worked diligently on my behalf and was eventually able to have my case dismissed. He helped me during such a difficult time in my life and made sure that my mistake did not jeopardize my future. I cannot recommend him highly enough. If you find yourself in legal trouble, make Davis & Hoss your first call.
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Posted by C.M. | March 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
best call I ever made
The best call I ever made was to Lee Davis. I was the target of a pending federal investigation. I had done nothing wrong, but the government saw things differently. With Lee's help I was able to present my side of things and avoid all criminal charges. I don't think this would have happened without Lee and Stevie another excellent lawyer in the office.
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent defense
Charges following an auto accident were DUI (prescription meds), open container, not maintaining lane and wreckless driving. Blood alcohol was negative and Mr. Davis skillfully guided me through the process of substantiating legal prescription history for all medications.When the ADA offered a plea bargain to dismiss all but the wreckless charge, he advised me to be patient and not accept the plea. At a subsequent court appearance, he was able to convince the ADA to dismiss the case. Throughout the entire process, Mr. Davis and his entire staff were professional, courteous and effective. I was very pleased with his services.
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Posted by Dorothy | July 13, 2015
Excellent attorney for a difficult case.
I highly recommend Mr. Lee Davis and his firm. His team did a tremendous job for me and my family when I needed them. Davis & Hoss was recommended to me by a trusted friend and Lee Davis exceeded my expectations. Thank you!
Posted by Colton Partin | May 28, 2012
A law genius
Mr.Davis kept me calm and very well informed of what was going on in my case. As soon as the words "I would like to hire you as my attorney" came out of my mouth, Mr.Davis took the wheel and steered me in the right direction for the whole unpredictable ride. Mr.Davis did not sugarcoat anything going on he would just shoot me straight and give me all information whether it be positive or negative. Mr.Davis has a God given gift of being quick on his feet in EXTREMELY high pressure situations. I would recommend Mr.Davis for any case that may come up large or small.
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would give Zero stars, if possible.
Lee represented me in a civil suit. He came highly recommended from a close friend. While finding myself in such a situation was a nightmare, working with Lee was even worse. He made me feel like a nuisance and never explained what to expect or how we would handle the case. Once the trial started, he didn’t argue any valid points or offer rebuttal. He disappeared to talk to another client during recess, even though I made it clear I wanted to speak to him. The plaintiff had ZERO proof for their allegations and still managed to win a substantial sum of money. All thanks to Lee’s utter disregard for my well-being and complete inaction during the proceedings. If you’re already in a legal situation, don’t make it worse by hiring Lee. Do yourself a favor and hire a lawyer who actually cares.
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Response from Lee Davis March 23, 2016
I was surprised to see this review. I represented this man several years ago on an attempted murder case. The criminal charges were dismissed and expunged from his record. Because the case involved serious injury as the result of a stabbing, there were of course hospital bills. In the civil case the jury awarded 1/2 of the cost of the medical expenses to the alleged victim. At the time you seemed to understand the verdict. There was no question that you caused the man's injuries. We successfully defended you through self defense in the criminal case. As I said in the beginning, I am surprised to see this negative review. I honestly believe I fully and fairly defended you in court and I am sorry that you feel otherwise. Lee Davis
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • University Of Tennessee At Chattanooga
  • 2000 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Davis & Hoss, PC
  • 1998 - Present
  • Attorney General
  • District Attorney, 11th Judicial District
  • 1993 - 1998

Education

  • Boston University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Thomas McConnell
  • Dismissal of charges
  • United states v. Colton Partin
  • probation
  • State v. Drumm
  • Dismissal after a jury trial of DUI charges.
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Associations

  • Chattanooga Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Inns of Court Foundation
  • Master
  • 2013 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Federal Practice section
  • 2013 - Present
  • Chattanooga Bar Association
  • Board of Governors
  • 2013 - Present
  • Chattanooga Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2013 - Present
  • Chattanooga Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2009 - Present
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Lifetime Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association, Federal Litigation Section
  • Former Board Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Chattanooga Bar Association
  • 1993 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • President's Award
  • Chattanooga Bar Association
  • 2014
  • Chattanooga Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2013
  • volunteer recognition certificate
  • Legal Aid of East Tennessee
  • 2011

Publications

  • Chattanooga Bar Association
  • Now that your 18
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Sixth Circuit Update
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • 2016
  • Annual Review
  • Criminal Law
  • 2012
  • Chattanooga Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Developments in Tennesee Law 2011
  • 2011
  • APRI
  • Mitochondrial DNA
  • 1999
  • APRI
  • Mitochondrial DNA
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (8)
Endorse Lee
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lee is highly respected, highly skilled and always professional. I recommend him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a prosecutor I had many cases with Lee. He is by far one of the most skilled and qualified attorneys I have ever had on the other side of a case. Now as a fellow defense attorney, Lee has been a wonderful mentor and someone I have found I can always look to for advice. He is a true asset to the legal community and his clients couldn't have a better advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lee is one of the best attorneys in Chattanooga/Eastern Tennessee. I endorse him without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lee Davis is not only a top notch lawyer to his clients but a mentor to younger attorneys who seek his advice. When a family member of mine needed a defense lawyer, Lee handled the case and got an excellent outcome. I am proud to call Lee a mentor and a friend."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Having worked with Lee Davis on several cases, he is a professional in all areas of the practice of law. I have collaborated with Lee on several cases including jury trials and court of appeal appearances. I have benefited from watching first hand Lee's work before the jury, arguments to the court, and confidence inspiring interaction with clients. I have no hesitation in endorsing Lee Davis."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Charles. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lee Davis is a highly skilled criminal defense lawyer who is well respected by everyone in the legal community. He skillfully navigates his way through the criminal process and obtains great results on a regular basis."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Lee for years as a fellow attorney, a friend, and a competitor. He hits it out of the park on all levels. I endorse Lee without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lee Davis has the rare ability to present nearly any argument in a manner easy to understand, and easier to believe. Additionally, he possesses the knowledge necessary to navigate the criminal judicial system with strategies most defense attorneys have never considered. As a result of this ability and knowledge, Mr. Davis’ successes in the courtroom speak louder than any endorsement I could make."
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Chattanooga Criminal defense Lawyer Lee Davis
Lee Davis
Criminal defense Attorney
Chattanooga, TN
Licensed for 37 years
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