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Divorce can be emotionally trying, confusing, and expensive.  I will listen, advise, and help you try to reach a fair and reasonable result.  Getting your divorce resolved requires making decisions based on fairness, reason, and responsibility, but that can be very difficult when you are overwhelmed with grief, fear, or anger.  You may also feel pressure from or threatened by the spouse who is divorcing you to do what he/she wants.  I will advise you about your rights in the areas of equitable distribution of marital property and debt, alimony, child custody, child support and other issues that may arise.  


Every divorce is different, and one or more of a variety approaches may be necessary to help you achieve the best resolution with the least possible amount of strife and cost.  If it is not possible to resolve your case, I am an experienced trial lawyer who will advocate for you at trial.  


While a large percentage of my practice focuses on family law, I also handle cases involving personal injury, insurance, business disputes, and general civil litigation.   


Tennessee law requires that I advise you that this communication constitutes an advertisement.  This communication is not intended to be a solicitation or to render legal advice.  The hiring of an attorney is an important decision and should not be based upon advertisements.  Before you hire an attorney, ask me to send you further information about my qualifications and experience.


Unless otherwise indicated, Tennessee attorneys are not certified as specialists by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization in the areas of practice listed on their profiles.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 30%
  2. Litigation: 30%
    19 years
  3. Divorce: 30%
  4. Insurance: 10%
    19 years



Hourly ($275/hour), contingent (33%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Heather Gunn Anderson

    Lisa is an excellent lawyer and does a great job - we have been adverse to one another in cases and she is very pleasant to work with. I highly recommend her.


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Contact info

Hodges, Doughty & Carson

617 Main St
Po Box 869
Knoxville, TN, 37901-0869


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in America 2016 – Insurance LawBest Lawyers in America2016
Top Attorney: AdoptionCityView Magazine2015
Top Attorney: Elder LawCityView Magazine2015
Top Attorney: Family Law/Divorce/Child SupportCityView Magazine2014
Top Attorney: AdoptionCityView Magazine2014
Top Attorney: Family Law/Divorce/Child SupportCityView Magazine2013
Top Attorney: AdoptionCityView Magazine2013
Top Attorney: Consumer Protection – DefenseCityView Magazine2013
Top Attorney: Personal Injury – Motorcycle Accident – DefenseCityView Magazine2013
Top Attorney: Personal Injury - Auto Accident - DefenseCityView Magazine2013
Top Attorney: Elder LawCityView Magazine2013
Top Attorney: InsuranceCityView Magazine2013
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top Attorney: Personal Injury - Auto Accident - DefenseCityView Magazine2012
Top Attorney: Family LawCityView Magazine2012
Corpus Juris Secundum AwardUniversity of Memphis1995
Certificate of Academic Excellence AwardUniversity of Memphis1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberHodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC1997 - Present
Student AttorneyThe University of Tennessee College of Law Advocacy Clinic1997 - 1997
Law ClerkPryor, Flynn, Priest & Harber1995 - 1997
Office ClerkFrantz, McConnell & Seymour1993 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Inns of CourtMaster of the Bench2015 - Present
Knoxville Bar Association Board of GovernorsMember2015 - Present
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember2013 - Present
American Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2011 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Blue Grass Elementary PTAMember2007 - Present
Church Street United Methodist ChurchMember2006 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Knoxville Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Knoxville Bar Association, Work/Life Balance CommitteeCo-chair2004 - 2011
American Inns of Court, Hamilton Burnett ChapterBarrister2001 - 2003
Junior League of KnoxvilleProvisional Member1999 - 2001
Knoxville Bar Association, Knoxville BarristersMember1997 - 2007
Publication nameTitleDate
Dicta, Knoxville Bar AssociationWork/Life Balance: Myth, Reality, or Misnomer?2009
National Business Institute SeminarHandling the Auto Injury Claim2008
Dicta, Knoxville Bar AssociationMothers-in-Law (co-written with Mary Beth Maddox)2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Tennessee College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of TennesseeEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law Conference for Tennessee PractitionersDivorce Discovery2014
Divorce Litigation from Start to FinishDivorce2013
Handling the Auto Injury ClaimAutomobile Injury Claims2008