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I am a Solo Practitioner Attorney, not an adoption agency, based in Strawberry Plains, Knox County, Tennessee, and I practice from Nashville to the Eastern edge of Tennessee. My practice is limited almost solely to adoption law,  including representation of birth parents and adoptive parents and sometimes agencies. 


I feel that insuring the security of a child in his or her home is one of the most important obligations an attorney can undertake.  As an experienced adoption practitioner, I know the value of a methodical, conservative approach to adoption cases.  I endeavor to treat all parties with respect and sensitivity while not substituting my own goals or values for that of the parties. Representing a party in an adoption is an honor.




Practice areas


  1. Adoption: 98%
    23 years
  2. Unspecified: 1%
  3. Mediation: 1%
    14 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

2 total 

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  • Agnes Sipple Trujillo

    Dawn is the leading voice in TN on adoption law. In working with her on a matter, I found that she made me want to be a better lawyer - to aspire to her level of professionalism and insight into the making of a legal family a reality.


    Agnes Trujillo Social security Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Stanton E Phillips

    I endorse this lawyer. Dawn represented the birth parents who placed a child with my clients. She did an outstanding job on each and every step of a complicated process. She also showed a real compassion for the birth mother and made sure she received all necessary services.


    Stanton Phillips Adoption Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Po Box 388
Strawberry Plains, TN, 37871-0388


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Knoxville's Top AttorneysCityView Magazine2012
Bill Williams Service AwardTennessee Department of Children's Services2010
Distinguished Young AlumnaCarson-Newman College, Business Department2005
Tennessee's Best 150 LawyersBusiness Tennessee Magazine2005
Angel In AdoptionCongressional Coalition on Adoption Institute2004
Best 101 LawyersBusiness Tennessee Magazine2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney / OwnerDawn Coppock, Attorney At Law1993 - Present
AttorneyRainwater, Humble & Vowell1987 - 1993
Law ClerkU.S. District Court1986 - 1986
Purchase SpecialistIBM1983 - 1984
InternCongressman, James H. Quillen1982 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers Association for WomenMember2015 - Present
Sevier County Bar AssociationN/A2009 - Present
Tennessee Bar FoundationN/A2009 - Present
Hamilton Burnett American Inn of CourtN/A2008 - Present
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for WomenN/A2008 - Present
American Academy of Adoption AttorneysN/A1992 - Present
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for WomenN/A1988 - Present
Tennessee Bar Association, Family Law SectionN/A1987 - Present
Knox County Bar AssociationN/A1987 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1987 - Present
Tennessee Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A1989 - 1993
Publication nameTitleDate
Lexis Nexis PublishingCoppock on Tennessee Adoption Law with Forms and Statutes, 6th Ed.2011
DictaAdoption Questions: The Short Answers2009
Lexis Nexis PublishingFederal Adoption Laws (Forward)2002
Michie PublishersTennessee Adoption Law with Forms and Statutes1997
DictaTennessee Adoption Law Distilled1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Carson-Newman CollegeManagement & Business Data ProcessingBS - Bachelor of Science1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers Association for WomenRelative & Agency Adoption2015
Bristol Bar Association EventInterstate Adoption2015
Your Family Law PracticeInterfamily & Step Parent Adoption2012
Family Law ConferenceNew Developments In Adoption Law2012
UT Non-Credit Course for Prospective Adoptive ParentsAdopting A Child: Myths & Realities2011
Recent Chances In Tennessee Adoption LawRecent Changes In Tennessee Adoption Law2011
Tennessee Judicial ConferenceAdoption & Termination of Parental Rights2007
Tennessee Judicial ConferenceSurrender of Parental Rights2001
Tennessee Judicial ConferenceAdoption Law Update1998