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James H. Snyder Jr.

Divorce and separation Attorney at Alcoa, TN

5.0   10 reviews

also known as Jim Snyder

  • Licensed for 35 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1988
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    I handle both contested and uncontested divorces. Usually, the parties are in agreement that a divorce is inevitable. The hard part is setting up a plan for co-parenting minor children, and equitably dividing the parties’ assets and debts. While I try to assist my clients in reaching an amicable settlement of these issues, I both prepare and am willing to represent you aggressively in Court.

    28 years

  2. Child custody
    The Custody of a parent's child or children determines in large part who that child is ultimately going to be. I will assist you and your children in obtaining the very best parenting plan.

    33 years

  3. Family
    The Divorce simply recognizes that two people no longer need to be married. Unfortunately divorce does not usually resolve all the co-parenting, child custody, child support, alimony and property issues. Post divorce matters are often even more complex than the initial divorce. It is essential to have a lawyer experienced in both divorce and post-divorce matters.

    33 years

  4. Adoption
    Handling adoptions is one of the most satisfying experiences in my practice. Sometimes a step-parent desires to adopt a child for whom they have been a de facto parent. Sometimes people who are providing care for a child have to fight the birth parents to terminate their parental rights and to adopt the child. Other times, a birth mother and father recognize that another person or persons can best parent their child

    28 years

  5. Juvenile law
    Children can be charged with committing either an Unruly or a Delinquent Offense. Or, they can be alleged to be Dependent and Neglected. Adults can be charged with contributing to the Delinquency or Unruliness of a child. Juvenile Court handles paternity cases, child support matters, custody, guardianship, termination of parental rights and child abuse, petitions for

    33 years

James H. Snyder, Jr., Trial Attorney I handle the most difficult family law cases.  If you have a "difficult" spouse or ex-spouse and they believe you won't stand up for your rights...CALL ME.    Your case is important and who you hire to handle your divorce is going to make a huge difference in your life from this point forward.    I love handling simple uncontested divorces because I have the ability to make certain that all the issues that need to be addressed are handled correctly.  But, uncontested cases are a small part of my practice....because so many simple divorces don't get the attention they deserve initially I am often hired to resolve post-divorce issues.  These are the most difficult cases...ones where the parties are already divorced but did not properly provide for their children or themselves.    I graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1987.  Upon graduation I clerked for the Honorable Joe D. Duncan, Presiding Judge of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals until his retirement on September 1, 1990.   On September 1, 1990, I joined the District Attorney General’s Office for the Fifth Judicial District (Blount County, Tennessee) until I went into private practice on September 1, 1996.    I now focus on primarily helping people who need assistance with family matters: Divorces (either contested and uncontested), Post-divorce matters (such as child custody and child support), Orders of Protection, Adoptions (including step-parent, agreed and contested hearings).    Because of my previous experience as a prosecutor and working for the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, I am still hired to handle criminal matters such as DUI's, Felonies, Misdemeanors, Sex Crimes, and etc.

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James H. Snyder, Jr., Attorney at Law
345 S Hall Rd
Alcoa, TN, 37701-2643


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Posted by Ally | October 17, 2022
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If you are looking for someone to fight as hard for your family as you do, this is who you need. He's aggressive in the best way possible with such dedication to your case. I have so much respect for him. He's in a league all his own. 100/10 recommend!!!
Posted by Chris | May 24, 2022
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A lighthouse during a difficult storm.
Mr. Snyder is patient, wise and a expert at divorce litigation. The best decision I made during this difficult and trying time was to be quiet and do exactly as Mr. Snyder instructed me to do. Two years later, the mediation was completed to my satisfaction. Mr. Snyder dealt with a contentious opposing counsel, a unstable spouse and kept me on track. My life is much better due to his commutate leadership and expertise. The fees were reasonable. They could have been much worse. However, when nothing needed to be done, Mr. Snyder sat patiently. He never abused my trust nor abused his fees. You need look no further. Hire Mr. Snyder.
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2020
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Mr Snyder is the best darn lawyer around he got mine and my mother's case took care of in less then 8 hours and if I ever need representation ever again there is only one attorney I will ever won't on my side.and that is M.R. James H Snyder attorney. Aka the best attorney in tenn.
Posted by Lisa | January 12, 2017
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Caring & understanding lawyer who gets things done!
The first time I hired James Snyder was so I could adopt my oldest daughter from my husband's first marriage and that was very easy to do thanks to Mr. Snyder. The second time I hired him was a year later because my husband wanted a divorce out of the blue. I went through some unbelievable stress and untrue accusations for many years due to my ex-husband and his wife. With James Snyder at my side, he has helped keep my children safe, he has helped me get child support that was way past due and he has kept me in line when I wanted to be selfish and vindictive. James always worked hard for me every step of the way. I do not think I would have made it through that horrible time in my life without such an understanding, honest and hardworking attorney. Although, I am finally through with all of that in my life, James Snyder will always be my attorney, I will call on him if I ever need legal help again. I recommend James Snyder to anyone I hear that needs an attorney. James is smart, caring & diligent. He is a hidden treasure in the world of lawyers. If you find yourself with a need for legal counsel, you will not go wrong with hiring James H. Snyder Jr. He is my hero.
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Posted by Joyce | January 9, 2017
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James H Snyder Jr.
In 2010 my family had a problem that needed a lawyer, Mr. Snyder was so kind and handled the problem in a most professional manner. We had paid a lot of money to another local lawyer who did not help. If I need a lawyer again Mr. Snyder will be who I would trust.
Posted by Brian | January 5, 2017
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Honest, Affordable, and most important Integrity
I can only say good things about Mr. Snyder and his work. My family had to deal with some legal issues several years ago. Mr. Snyder was very honest and upfront about every detail of the process, he kept us all informed as the process played out, and was always prepared. Having never dealt with the legal system before it was an incredibly scary experience for us all. However Mr. Snyder made that process as least painful as possible, and for that my family will forever be thankful. One thing that you will notice if you hire Mr. Snyder is that he is very respected within the legal community. I can only believe that if Mr. Snyder takes your case then his reputation is on the line personally and professionally, and if he takes your case he has the respect of the legal community. I would recommend to anyone to talk with Mr. Snyder if you need help legally. He is professional, honest, fair, affordable, and his integrity is above and beyond.
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Response from James Snyder January 5, 2017
Thank you Brian, I am glad you gave me the opportunity to assist your family. Sometimes attorneys forget how scary the legal system is. I try to keep that in mind, but your review is a nice reminder that what I do everyday, my clients usually will deal with only once in their lifetime.
Posted by Charlene | January 4, 2017
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Knowledge and helpful
I came to Attorney Snyder several years ago when I was starting down the divorce path. I was nervous and really didn't know what to expect. Attorney Snyder was so kind and helpful in guiding me through the process. He asked all the right questions and helped us to set up our plan for child support, alimony, and child custody. Several years later when I needed to change the alimony plan, he was just as helpful in redoing the paperwork. I would highly recommend Attorney Snyder to anyone. He is very knowledgeable and kind in dealing with clients during such a confusing and difficult process.
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Response from James Snyder January 5, 2017
Thank you Charlene. It was my pleasure to assist you and your kids. I appreciate your kind words.
Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2015
Simply The Best!
It was a such a relief to turn all the details of Mom's auto accident over to Jim Snyder, knowing that he would handle everything correctly and to the best of his ability. Once again, he has proven himself to be meticulous, determined, and dedicated to excellence. There is no way that Mom would have received a fair settlement without Jim Snyder. Hire him again? ABSOLUTELY!
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Posted by Shea | November 7, 2014
Knowledgeable, Caring, and Experienced
I had to go through a very complicated parental relocation/custody case, and Mr. Snyder was there for my family every step of the way. He answered every question I had honestly, efficiently, and went out of his way to make me feel secure in the situation. I cannot imagine anyone else taking the time that he did to ease my anxiety about this life-changing move. Thanks to him, my family is together, happy and thriving in our new home. We owe that all to Mr. Snyder.
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Posted by Tammye | October 29, 2014
Excellent Attorney
James Snyder has been our family attorney for nearly a decade. He has been to court, filed Powers of Attorney, and given general legal advice for us. He is professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate. I would definitely recommend him to anyone.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of James H. Snyder, Jr.
  • 1996 - Present
  • Magistrate
  • Blount County Juvenile Court
  • 1996 - 2004
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • District Attorney's Office
  • 1990 - 1996
  • Judicial Clerk
  • Tennessee Court Of Criminal Appeals
  • 1987 - 1990
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  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • University of Tennessee
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1982

Legal Cases

  • My Client Won


  • Kiwanis
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Good Neighbors
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Kiwanis of Alcoa, Tennessee
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Knox County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Blount County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Blount County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2013 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Eagle
  • Scouts
  • 1976


  • Tennessee Judicial Newsletter
  • Post Judgement Garnishment
  • 1987

Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Education
  • Ethical Considerations for Healthcare Providers
  • 2014
  • Continuing Education Seminar
  • Legal Issues Relating to Healthcare Providers
  • 2013
  • Blount County Education In-Service
  • Tennessee Parent Educational Participation Act
  • 2006
  • Area Conference for Animal Control
  • Legal Issues Relating to Animal Care
  • 1992
  • Legal Issues for Police Officers
  • Criminal Law Update
  • 1990
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (9)
Endorse James
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Friend
"Jim is a phenomenal attorney and person. He is one of the most respected attorneys in Blount County and rightfully so. I would recommend Jim to anyone, who needed representation on a divorce or any other legal matter."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is a very knowledgeable attorney who zealously represents his clients. He is well respected by other lawyers and often answers their tough questions on various family law issues."