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R. Deno Cole

Criminal defense Attorney at Knoxville, TN

5.0   1 review

also known as Deno Cole

  • Licensed for 27 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

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

About R.

Learn R.’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense

    28 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Personal injury

    28 years, 500 cases

  3. Other

  4. Family

    28 years, 1,000 cases

  5. Chapter 7 bankruptcy

    28 years, 250 cases

I am a trial lawyer and have been one for 18 years. As such, I focus my practice on personal injury and criminal defense. When you are making a decision to hire an attorney, make sure that your attorney has the experience to take a case to trial and to the appellate level, if necessary. On average, I try about three jury trials and dozens of non-jury trials each year. I typically handle at least one appeal each year. Although most cases resolve themselves short of trial (through mediation or otherwise), you will get the best result when you are prepared to go to a trial.

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R. Deno Cole
709 Market St
Po Box 57
Knoxville, TN, 37902-2300

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Posted by J | May 18, 2014
DCS petition and custody trial
After having hired three other attorneys that sat in the court room with nothing to say to help me in my case. I finally hired Deno and I just wish I had done so from the very beginning. Deno is very smart and knows the laws and put a stop to the Juvenile Judge and DCS dragging me and my children through the ringer even though I did not get 100% of what I wanted Deno was able to get more done in a timely manner and did not waste my money. I have plans to appeal my case as soon as the order is signed and I plan to continue to use Deno to represent me. I highly recommend Deno to anyone who has said they need legal counsel. Deno ' s assistant is also amazing and very helpful!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-300 per hour
  • Contingency 20%-50%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • McGehee & Cole, P.C.
  • 2000 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Yancey, Copper, Simpson & Cole
  • 1997 - 2000


  • Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Citadel, Military College of South Carolina
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Tennessee v. Teddy Ray Mitchell, 343 S.W.3d 381 (Tenn. 2011)
  • Trial Court Affirmed
  • Chris Lawrence v. Leigh Ann Lawrence
  • Trial Court Affirmed
  • Loftis v. United Parcel Serv., Inc., 342 F.3d 509 (6th Cir. 2003)
  • Appeal dismissed and case returned to State Court
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  • Knoxville Bar Association, CLE Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • Knoxville Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Knoxville Bar Foundation
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Federalist Society
  • 1994 - Present
  • Knoxville Bar Association, Work Life Balance Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • President Award
  • Optimist Club
  • 2012


  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Voir Dire
  • 2014
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Opening Statements
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • The Criminal Defense Trial-
  • The Criminal Defense Trial- From Start to Finish
  • 2014
  • Domestic Violence Seminar
  • Orders of Protection
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (7)
Endorse R.
Family Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Deno Cole is a highly respected attorney who is a strong advocate for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Deno is not only a highly ethical and professional attorney, he has considerable experience zealously representing his clients. My experience has been that he is readily available to his clients and even opposing counsel to assist in the prompt fair resolution of his cases."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Deno Cole. We have represented opposing parties in several family law cases over the years. Deno has always aggressively represented his clients while exhibiting the highest degree of professional courtesy. I have turned to him on several occasions with questions on bankruptcy and he has proven to be very knowledgeable in that area of the law. Anyone is well served to hire Deno."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Custody matters can easily turn nasty, but professional attorneys should be able to cooperate and work toward a resolution for the child's best interests, while advocating for their respective clients. Deno is a true professional. We were able to work together productively, and I respect his knowledge and attitude towards his work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Deno is truly a lawyer who cares about his clients. He is also highly effective in his representation."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"It would be hard to find a lawyer who has more knowledge in more areas of the law than does Deno Cole. Deno is smart and efficient, and he fights hard for his clients. He has a sophisticated understanding of both legal theory and its practical application, and his ethics are unshakeable. Well before I started practicing law with Deno, he helped me get my start in my legal practice in Knoxville, after I had been practicing primarily criminal law in Kentucky. If I have any legal questions, I go to Deno, as do a number of other lawyers. If I were to need legal help, there is no one I would trust more with my case."
Family Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Deno Cole displays professionalism, insight and a zealous advocacy for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Deno. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As my divorce attorney, Deno provided excellent legal representation on my behalf. Steve Erdely"
Family Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Deno is a rare breed of lawyer. He's honest, smart, professional, and a genuinely good person. I've worked with and against him. It's always a pleasure and the outcomes are always fair and reasonable."
Family Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I've watched Deno work from the time I was a judicial clerk to having him as co-counsel to having him as an opposing. Deno gets it. He knows the law, he doesn't play games, and he gets stuff done. If more lawyers were like Deno, the bar would be a better place."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cole represented a client of mine in a previous matter. I contacted his office to further assist our mutual client. Mr. Cole was immediately responsive in providing information to the benefit of our client and very knowledgeable in the subject matter addressed."
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Knoxville Criminal defense Lawyer R. Deno Cole
R. Deno Cole
Criminal defense Attorney
Knoxville, TN
Licensed for 27 years