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Kelly Dean Tanner

Criminal defense Attorney at Knoxville, TN

5.0   33 reviews
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2014
    Active No misconduct found

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About Kelly

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Experienced in the defense of a wide array of criminal charges. I have a lengthy background in law enforcement, which gives insight into the way that these cases are made by law enforcement.

    9 years, 2,500 cases

  2. Personal injury
    Experienced in all facets of personal injury matters, including medical malpractice, nursing home injury/abuse, and of course traffic crashes involving cars and motorcycles. I'm certified as an accident reconstructionist and have investigated hundreds of serious or fatal traffic crashes. I am a court recognized expert in the field of accident reconstruction, giving me an insight that few, if any, other lawyers can claim.

    9 years, 500 cases

  3. DUI and DWI
    Highly skilled in evaluation and defense of DUI cases

    9 years, 250 cases

Having 20 years of experience as a law enforcement officer in Knoxville, Tennessee, I have a unique insight into the defense of individuals who have been charged with DUI, drug offenses, and any other Criminal offense. I know how these cases are put together at the most basic level, and have experience in cases ranging from complex narcotic conspiracies to DUIs to the even most minor criminal offenses. I consider it an honor to help those charged with such offenses and work hard for my clients.


That same experience has also given me training as an accident reconstructionist along with real world experience that comes only through actual investigations of serious and fatal traffic crashes. I offer to my personal injury clients that same insight and experience that other lawyers must pay others their client's expense. I've handled hundreds of personal injury cases and get results for my clients. 

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Law office of Kelly D. Tanner
550 West Main Street
Suite 600
Knoxville, TN, 37902


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Posted by Mike | December 19, 2019
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Fantastic Attorney
Fantastic representation! Best attorney anywhere. Highly recommend! I hired Kelly to fix a sticky legal mess I found myself in. Exceeded my expectations and got all charges dismissed!!!!
Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2019
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Satisfied client
Second time I have used Mr. Kelly Tanner for legal assistance and in both cases I have been extremely pleased with his professionalism and timely correspondence regarding each case as well his knowledge and litigation skills. Kelly has always been very forth right and candid regarding each situation while setting clear expectations as to how each situation needed to be handled. The first time I contacted Mr. Tanner was regarding a dispute for service charges on a job which had not been done properly at which time without hesitation he reviewed my complaint and was able to get resolution within a month or two while keeping me informed the entire time. Without hesitation I recommend Mr. Tanner and found him to be affordable, knowledgeable and someone that takes pride in representing his client.
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Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2019
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Great lawyer
Very professional and thorough. Could not ask for better a better attorney. My case came out with very positive results because of the hard work Mr. Tanner put in.
Posted by Hope | July 31, 2019
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A Life Saver!
Kelly Tanner is conscientious, intelligent and proactive in the professional care and service that he provides his clients. Our family is blessed to have had his representation.
Posted by Chris | July 29, 2019
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Best attorney around!
I recently contacted Mr. Tanner to assist with two charges involving driving and he was able to get both dismissed! The whole process was the smoothest I've ever had dealing with an attorney. He kept it very professional and straight to the point. I will be recommending any one who needs a reliable attorney to Mr. Tanner. You will not be disappointed!
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Posted by Adam | July 17, 2019
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I hired Kelly Tanner to work on my case. He was very upfront and polite with me. Kelly is extremely easy to communicate with. He answered any and all question I had. He is super easy to get in contact with. My case went exactly as he stated that it would and I'm very pleased with the outcome. I would recommend Kelly Tanner to anyone needing an excellent lawyer. He is well worth it!
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Response from Kelly Tanner July 18, 2019
Thank you for your kind words Adam. I count it an honor to have served as your attorney.
Posted by Reecesa | June 27, 2019
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He was great he helped me with everything I needed help with and was very very helpful I would refer anybody I no that needs a lawyer to him hes great.. thank u so much
Posted by Angela | May 21, 2019
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kelly tanner a great lawyer
he makes you feel like family he was very honest upfront never sugar coated anything about our case he called back when we would call him. the case turned out like he said it would. I would recommend him to anyone that needs a great lawyer
Posted by Ed | May 9, 2019
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Phenomenal attorney
I’ve known Kelly for 15+ yrs and 5 of those yrs he was my partner at KPD. I was fortunate enough to get to work with Kelly on several cases. His work ethic and drive will not be out done and that was evident when my daughter was involved in a traffic accident that wasn’t her fault. He stayed on top of the insurance company and didn’t let the case drag on unnecessarily for months. He kept my daughter informed the entire time and didn’t make decisions unless he consulted with her. Kelly Tanner an outstanding attorney
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Posted by Mark | April 24, 2019
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Reliable and Professional
Mr. Tanner has represented me on several occasions. He has always provided me with great direction and advice. Always getting back to me with information in what seems to amazing time! Has has made me feel welcome and important. Not just like I'm another client that that's coming and going. Always shown me respect! Mr. Tanner works extremely hard on my cases and has always astounded me with the results. I wouldn't recommend anyone but Kelly Tanner! He works hard and treats you like a human being, not a criminal. He never settles for less and makes sure his clients get ALL that they deserve in return! In my opinion, he is the BEST lawyer in all of Knoxville hands down!
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Posted by Antwon | April 15, 2019
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Incredible Attorney
I hired Mr. Tanner after I was arrested for dui and possession of a couple different drugs. I was a basket case worrying about losing my job and going to jail, but I had complete faith in Mr. Tanner after some of my friends told me about him - he had saved their ass multiple times. He got all my charges dismissed! His slogan of "Tip the Scales in Your Favor" is 100! You be thankful you called him if you need a lawyer - he's the best.
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Posted by Brian | April 15, 2019
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Outstanding attorney!
Kelly has been my lawyer in not only one situation but two, and each time has been consistent. Always keeping me up to date about my case with what's going on. Very easy to talk to and more importantly actually cares about the individual he's dealing with. We all make mistakes, kelly really does go above and beyond to insure whatever it is you might be up against that point is made. Just wanted to share my gratitude and give credit where credit is do! Thank you again Kelly Tanner
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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2019
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Tip those Scales in your favor!
I needed an attorney and he was recommended highly by another firm. Worked with me and gave me the help I needed. Great attorney! 5 stars easily
Posted by Samuel | April 4, 2019
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Good Attorney
He is a good lawyer that understands you at the time of needs I will recommending any I know to him because he helps me and my family when we need a good hard working lawyer and we find everything we need in him. I will always pray for God blessings to him for his help to me.
Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2019
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I would definitely recommend Mr.Tanner he helped me out with my case and he has been a great friend thru the process.
Posted by Jonathan | April 2, 2019
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The best lawyer around!!!
I could of not asked for a more better lawyer, Kelly went above and beyond on my case. He was there for me every step of the way no matter the time or place he always responded back to me. I have referred multiple people to him and they all have the same outcome. You won’t go wrong hiring Kelly Tanner has your lawyer he’s more then a lawyer he’s a friend to my family.
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Posted by Isaac | March 27, 2019
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I Recommend Kelly Tanner
I met Kelley Tanner through a good friend and in my case his been on top of everything and there's not been a time that I've not been able to get in touch with him day or night he's an excellent attorney and I'd highly recommend him and I really appreciate all his hard work
Posted by Rachel w | March 27, 2019
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Kelly has a passion for law and each case he works on. He is a wonderful lawyer and family man. The only person I would trust to represent me in any case I have had or may need in the future. Nothing but good things to say about this man!
Posted by Sherry | March 27, 2019
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Very Impressive
I contacted Kelly Tanner for a will and living will, he answered all my questions. He was extremely knowledgeable. Each time I called I was able to speak with him or had a return promptly. I highly recommend Kelly Tanner for an attorney.
Posted by Sam | May 4, 2018
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You’re the best !!
Successful did what needed to be done with my brother’s case. It was a DUI, he knew what’s gonna happen and it was exactly the same as he said. And now my brother is living his normal life and taking care of himself and my parents. So I strongly recommend him to anyone who’s seeking a successful attorney. Thank you Mr. Tanner.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/
  • Law office of Kelly D. Tanner
  • 2020 - Present
  • Municipal Judge
  • City of Townsend
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Banks & Jones
  • 2014 - 2020


  • Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014

Legal Cases

  • Policy limits motorcycle wreck recovery
  • Major win for my client
  • Felony theft case win
  • Charges dismissed


  • Hamilton Burnett American Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Membership Committee Member
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Attorney for Justice Pro Bono Award
  • Tennessee Supreme Court
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • Ethics in Criminal Defense Cases CLE
  • Ethics and Criminal Defense
  • 2018
  • 4th annual Senior Financial Freedom summit
  • Estate planning, Nursing Home litigation and other Elder topics
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

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Given (9)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Kelly and personally witnessed his great legal skills on a daily basis. Kelly is extremely hard working and fights tirelessly for his clients' needs. If I needed criminal representation, Kelly one be one of my first calls."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kelly works tirelessly for his clients. He utilizes his unique skill set to achieve the best results."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Kelly for several years now and can say without hesitation that he is a very good lawyer, he is personable, listens and understands his clients, has a proactive courtroom approach, and knows how to get thing done. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kelly is a tenacious attorney who uses his many years of experience to achieve the best possible outcomes for his clients. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Kelly is a tremendous fighter for his clients. He knows the legal process inside and out. I would trust him to handle any legal matter quickly, competently, and professionally."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Kelly is an exceptional attorney and represents his clients with skill and competency. Having worked on matters against Kelly on several matters, I can confidently say that he advocates effectively and successfully."
General practice Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Kelly Tanner for several years. He is no nonsense attorney and doesn’t back down in the courtroom. I know if I needed legal assistance on any personal matters Kelly is the first attorney I’d call."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Kelly for many years and have had the privilege of working with him on several matters. He is a brilliant attorney who doesn't back down from any challenge and has proven himself to be a zealous advocate in the courtroom. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Kelly to anyone in need of legal help."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the privilege of working with Mr. Tanner and he displays a professional demeanor in all aspects of life. As a previous law enforcement officer Mr. Tanner has multiple years experience in the criminal law arena. I would highly recommend Mr. Tanner for your criminal defense needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"When it comes to criminal defense, or any other legal matter, Mr. Tanner is one of the most upstanding attorneys that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. His background has given him a special insight that not many other attorneys possess, and he is not afraid to fight for his client in order to get a more favorable outcome."
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