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Patrick Breca Slaughter

Divorce and separation Attorney at Knoxville, TN

4.6   46 reviews

Licensed for 10 years

About Patrick

Learn Patrick’s areas of practice.

I'LL TELL YOU THE TRUTH; I'LL BE PREPARED; & I'LL CALL YOU BACK

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

I 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.

Licensed for 10 years
State TN
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 01/17/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Patrick

Law Offices of LaFevor & Slaugther
900 S Gay St.
Suite 1704
Knoxville, TN, 37902

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely wonderful!
I couldn't ask for a better experience than I have had with Patrick and his team in the assistance of my husband's immigration. They are absolutely amazing! My husband and I were even told by an official that our case was the most well prepared they had ever seen! :D I recommend Mr. Slaughter with 5 stars to everyone. If you are in need of immigration assistance or any legal help, don't go it alone. Patrick will treat you like family and give you the results you desire!
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Posted by Stacey | January 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney and law office around
Words cannot express how appreciative I am and grateful for Patrick Slaughter, Zena Slaughter, Micheal Davis and staff. I found them by searching for divorce lawyers on google and reading their reviews others had posted. I was very pleased with what I was reading so I set up a consultation. Since then I hired them to deal with my divorce and child custody case. My case has been a very difficult and a time consuming divorce and child custody battle. They have been very patient in helping me and my kids get through the process and looking out for our best interests. They have made it very easy to communicate through emails and certain apps and also have kept me up to date on everything that was happening in my case. I would highly recommend Patrick Slaughter and Michael Davis if you want someone who will look out for you 100%!
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Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Immigration
Great experience overall having Patrick Slaughter as my attorney. He is great when it comes to timely and professional correspondence. He was completely understanding, and worked very diligently to the end. Highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorneys!!!
If I could give this firm 10 stars, I would! The whole office, Patrick, Clay, and Tyler are on top of everything from communication to court! Their dedication, attention to details and determination have shown very positive results in court and outside of court (mediations, etc.). I will definitely recommend this firm to anyone who needs family custody help. They are very responsive to emails and get back to you in a timely manner. If you need an attorney definitely call this firm!
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Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2021
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Amazing service!
They Helped me get my kids back and that means the world to me! If you ever need an experienced lawyer who listens and isn’t just about the money! This is definitely the guy to go to!
Posted by Heather | May 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing!
Patrick has been our lawyer through every step of our immigration process. Patrick and Zena have always answered our questions and always emailed/called back. I would absolutely recommend Patrick and if I ever need a lawyer in the future i will be sure to give him a call. I felt that he was honest, and everything was taken care of as quickly as possible.
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Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer and Team
Mr. Slaughter and his firm are the epitome of professionalism and humanity. Their expertise and knowledge with the immigration system with all its complexity is spot on. They put their clients at ease with the answers they provide to their questions. They were there for us whenever we needed them. We would recommend them to our friends and family anytime, knowing that they will be in good hands.
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Posted by Judith | August 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
BEST legal team to deal with. The staff is very friendly and efficient. Me Slaughter and Mr Davis are amazing.
Hired Mr Slaughter to get my divorce. Excellent attorney and very efficient. The staff is remarkable. Working with this firm has been amazing
Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely fantastic
Patrick and his firm are separated from the rest in many ways but the one that stands out the most is their personal attention to detail. Not just in words, but in your personal concerns as well. He treated me and my family as if the case was personal and his own. He is a phone call away at any time. He will stand by and fight for what he believes in....and he believes in his clients.
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Posted by Justin | March 14, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Made the process easier
First time having to use a lawyer .They were all very helpful and friendly. Explained any questions I had about the processes and what to expect with quick responses . Highly recommend.
Posted by Craig | March 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Immigration
Wonderful job, extremely happy! Mr. Slaughter and his staff are knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, and always responsive, and they helped us navigate through a very successful outcome with our immigration. I highly recommend them. Thank you!
Posted by Mike & Jayne | November 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Prfessional. Extremely Knowledgeable. Goes the extra mile!
From the moment we walked into the office until our last call, we were very impressed with the service and attention we received. The preparation time for a divorce can be a stressful time, but all of the team members who worked on the case made sure we understood and had the information we needed to make it run as smoothly as possible and never making us feel like anything other than their top priority. I would highly recommend Patrick and his team and would never hesitate to call them if needed legal services in the future.
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Posted by Mark | October 2, 2018
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Steadfast and Loyal to my case!
Patrick was amazing to work with. Excellent communication. You get what you pay for in this world and he was worth every penny. He put together an amazing case that rivaled the D-Day invasion! He does not overwhelm himself taking on more cases than he can handle; he stays focused on his existing clients!
Posted by Allison Markovic | September 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Immigration
Mr. Slaughter and staff were amazing through my process to get my husband here. Though ours was a difficult case with all the new processes and paperwork my husband is here. He was always helpful, caring and courteous. I am completely satisfied with his help and the help of the rest of his office. Zena was a tremendous help and guide as well.
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Posted by Stephen | February 7, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
So very grateful
I would highly recommend this lol team to anyone that needs a lawyer who will stand up and fight for them and make sure they get what they deserve. I came to Mr. Slaughter very nervous, scared, and unsure of what to do. He and his wife walked me through every step of the way and when it came time to fight, Mr. Slaughter showed up with a fire that made me feel very comfortable. I cannot begin to extend my gratitude for Mr. and Mrs. Slaughter for what they have done for me and my family
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Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not just an attorney.
Patrick helped me out during my divorce. I had initially planned on solving these matters on my own with my exwife and her attorney, but the arrangements were unbearable and quite frankly ridiculous. It's amazing what a person does when they feel sad and just plain empty. I hired him about six months after signing those legal separation documents. He listened to what I had to say and gave me solid advice. With his help I was able to come to agreeable terms. I felt like I not only hired an attorney but I ended up with a friend. Patrick, thank you again for your help and friendship!
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Posted by Cheryl | April 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Fantastic Representation!!!
Patrick helped my family in a lawsuit against a large governmental organization and he helped us prevail. We went through quite a few attorneys before we found Patrick and we are so thankful we found him. He had an initial consultation and made us feel like he cared for us and what we were going through. I was so touched by his kindness and concern that I was amazed. He is GENUINELY kind and such a good man. It's rare to find attorneys who care and who aren't just in it for the money. When you hire Patrick and his team (including Zena his AWESOME wife), you're hiring a GREAT ADVOCATE! He's someone who will fight for you. Another thing, he's honest. And he'll tell you up front what his thoughts are and he will be straightforward with you. Now THAT is unusual for lawyers. Hire this man. You will NOT be disappointed. We were completely satisfied with his work for us and highly recommended him to anyone. Don't believe me? Call him. Do a consult and see. You will agree.
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Posted by Bridget | March 16, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Professional , understanding, dedication
Attorney Patrick Slaughter was anxious to help, organized and confident from the moment he heard my case. I did not have any reservations in trusting them with handling my difficult case. He was professional and sensitive in all of my dealings with him, and as a woman I really appreciated that. If you are looking for someone who is caring, trusting, dedicated and truthful then Patrick is the one you need to call today to help you in your difficult time.
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Posted by Humberto fernandez | March 16, 2017
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Immigration case
Our case is complicated and kind of a new area ! But they have taken it on without question ! Very knowledgeable and hard working. Always returns calls and keeps us updated. Have only our best interest at hand
Posted by Debbie | January 30, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Firm review
Pleasant and efficient staff. Really helpful at explaining legal terms and providing options to clients.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • LaFevor & Slaughter
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate
  • The Law Office of Drew McElroy
  • 2013 - 2014
  • President
  • The Law Office of Patrick Slaughter
  • 2013 - 2014

Education

  • Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • William August Lockler, III v. Pamela Michelle Barr Lockler E2016-02308-COA-R3-CV
  • The court sided with my client and agreed that the trial court had intended for her to received ½ of the husband's military retirement benefits.

Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Clerk
  • 2014 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Attorneys for Family law
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Immigration Attorneys
  • 2017
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Immigration Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 2016 Client Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • 2015 Client Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law
  • 2013
  • Dean's List
  • Duncan School of Law
  • 2013
  • Quarter Finalist in National Moot Court Competition
  • Charleston School of Law
  • 2012
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Publications

  • Perspectives on Capital Punishment in America
  • 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
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (20)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Talented, tough, and thorough litigator."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patrick is a thorough, knowledgable, and competent lawyer. Having known him for eight years now, I can say with absolute confidence that he is an excellent choice for your representation, and he unequivocally has my endorsement."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I don't think I've ever met an attorney with the same combination of knowledge, confidence, work ethic, and wit as Patrick. He cares about his clients, he knows the law, he works like a fiend, and puts on an impressive show in court. I hope I never need to have a divorce lawyer, but if I do I call dibs on him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Slaughter without hesitation. He is unwavering in his pursuit of his client's interests. You will be making a solid decision by retaining his services."
Entertainment Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Friend
"I first met Mr. Slaughter when he was in law school. He so impressed me that I hired him. He is very a very dedicated legal professional. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked both with and against Patrick Slaughter and I happily endorse his work ethic, honesty, and advocacy for his clients. I have endorsed him for immigration, but he works equally hard in all his practice areas."
Family Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Patrick is a great advocate & a great person to work with. He is very professional & diligent."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Slaughter is a personable attorney who will get the job done! Look no further, this attorney is knowledgeable, creative, and driven. He embodies exactly what every client needs. Slaughter is a pleasure to collaborate with and I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a family attorney."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Patrick Slaughter is a truly exceptional attorney. He zealously advocates for his clients in an aggressive yet professional manner. He is personable and easy to work with. If a family member or close friend had a family law matter, I would not hesitate to refer them to Patrick."
Adoption Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have seen Patrick go out of his way to make sure an adoption gets completed. He's gone to a jail to meet the birth mother so that she could sign surrender paperwork and he's even convinced a JUDGE to go with him to the jailhouse to conduct the surrender hearing. All of this helped Patrick's clients get their adoption completed quickly and easily. His efforts helped a young child's stability and allowed the family to come together without a long, drawn-out court process."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Slaughter is well-known and respected as a talented lawyer. He truly cares about his clients. I recommend him without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patrick is a competent and well respected lawyer in the community. I endorse and recommend this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Slaughter without hesitation. He is a tough litigator and fights tirelessly for his clients. Mr. Slaughter is very knowledgeable in the practice of law and will not stop until the needs of his clients are met."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have very high regard for Mr. Slaughter and his skills. I would not hesitate to recommend him to my closest friend."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Incredibly quick thinking and always two or three steps ahead of the others, Patrick would be a formidable opponent for anyone. I would hire him to go to court for me and I have been in practice for almost 30 years. He's new, but he comes across as though he is a seasoned veteran. A good hire if you need a litigator in one of Patrick's practice areas."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Slaughter is extremely precise and conscientious in his work for his clients. Mr. Slaughter possesses an acute eye for detail and will leave no stone unturned in the zealous representation of his clients. I would further recommend and endorse Mr. Slaughter in the areas of Family Law and Personal Injury Law as well."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patrick and I attended the same law school and I know him personally to be a wonderful person. I am confident in his skill as an attorney and would recommend him to anyone needing legal services. Robin"
Family Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Slaughter is an absolute pleasure to work with, all while he zealously advocates on his client's behalf. He is diligent, professional, and above all exceptionally knowledgeable of the law. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mr. Slaughter to anyone in our community."
Family Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Patrick works hard for his clients and is a diligent and competent attorney. I am glad to be a friend and fellow attorney with this caliber of attorney! Patrick is one of the most hardworking and intelligent lawyers I have ever met. He will go above and beyond the call of duty to do the best for his client."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"For the entire time that Patrick and I have been colleagues, I have known him to be a competent, personable, and ethical attorney. Often the only person in the courtroom speaking up for his clients' rights, he will adamantly advocate your case."
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