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Honestly this is the hardest thing to write on this entire profile  I hate to “toot my own horn” because, to me, it can come across as sounding like I’m full of myself.  I can assure you that isn’t the case.  Still you need to know a little bit about me and my background to be able to determine if I’m a good fit for you.


Academics


Well for starters out of the 88 people who graduated in my law school class, I was ranked number 2.  I also graduate summa cum laude (the highest honors your can earn).  I’m also a published author.  My article, A Guide for Tennessee Criminal Defense Attorneys in Capital Sentencing Hearings: Representing Clients who were Acutely Intoxicated During the Alleged Crime and Clients with a History of Addiction, was chosen to be included in the book Perspectives on Capital Punishment in America which was edited by Charles MacLean.


I guess that means I’m suppose to be pretty smart.  More importantly I think it reflects that I’m not afraid to work really hard to accomplish my goals. If you hire me to represent you, I’ll work with the exact same determination to assist you that elevated me to the very top of my law school class.


Life Experience


Some things in life you can only learn from experience regardless of your educational background.  Sometime wisdom only comes with age.  I’ve been around the block a few times and I have the grey hairs to prove it!  I’d like to think that my maturity gives me a unique perspective that can assist my clients in finding a more positive outcome for their situation.


Prior to entering the legal profession I have had a very unique job history. 


For almost 20 I was a professional magician.  Yes, you read that right.  I have literally performed thousands of magic shows for resorts, amusement parks, and corporations around the globe.  I think it goes without saying that I am very comfortable speaking in front of people.


So why is that important for you?


Well, being able to stand up in front of judges and juries and argue for your client is a big part of what lawyers do.  I believe that my ability to be comfortable “standing and delivering” in front of judges went a long way towards my partner and I advancing to the quarter finals of the Charleston School of Law’s National Moot Court Competition.  Don’t you want a lawyer that is comfortable arguing your case, and isn’t afraid to speak in front of a judge or jury?  I believe my prior experience in the entertainment business is a very powerful asset that I’d like to put to work for you.


I can prove that I’m not afraid of a fight


sc01f9ccb9I also have a fourth degree black belt in American Karate and a second degree black belt in Shotokan Karate-Do.  In 1993 I was ranked among the top 20 light weight black belt fighters in the nation by the North American Sport Karate Association.  I think this demonstrates that 1) I’m not afraid of a fight, and 2) I’m not easily intimidated.  If you hire me to represent you, I promise that I will fight just as hard for you.  I won’t be intimidated by the prosecution.  I won’t be afraid to fight for every legal benefit to which you are entitled.  I won’t be afraid to go to trial.

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  1. Child Custody: 20%
  2. Adoption: 20%
  3. Immigration: 20%
  4. Divorce: 20%
  5. Other: 20%
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Law Offices of LaFevor & Slaugther

900 Gay St.
Suite 1704
Knoxville, TN, 37902

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TNActive201308/18/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
10 Best for Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Family Law Attorneys2016
10 Best for Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2016
10 Best for Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Immigration Attorneys2016
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
Summa Cum LaudeLincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law2013
Dean's ListDuncan School of Law2013
Quarter Finalist in National Moot Court CompetitionCharleston School of Law2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentLaFevor & Slaughter2014 - Present
AssociateThe Law Office of Drew McElroy2013 - 2014
PresidentThe Law Office of Patrick Slaughter2013 - 2014
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2016 - Present
Phi Alpha DeltaClerk2014 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Knoxville Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Perspectives on Capital Punishment in AmericaA Guide for Tennessee Criminal Defense Attorneys in Capital Sentencing Hearings: Representing Clients who were Acutely Intoxicated During the Alleged Crime and Clients with a History of Addiction2013
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2013
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityUrban AffairsBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Face and Body Art International ConventionLegal Matters for Family Entertainers2015