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Robert Samuel English

also known as Sam English

About me


My collegues and clients refer to me as "Sam English."  I am aggressive but compassionate with my work as a divorce and custody trial attorney.  I have many years of experience with complex divorce and custody cases.  My practice area is most all of Tennessee.  I have personally experienced the difficult times of divorce and custody difficultities.  I know the emotional turmoil, expense and tragedy associated with divorce.  My personal experience with divorce has made me a more informed trial attorney.  I want to help you through the most difficult period in your lifetime.  I want to assist you in looking at your case from several perspectives that can only come from experience in this area of the law.   My law firm is equipped with the best experts in the area and resources to prepare your case for trial.  Most cases involving children should be resolved by only the mother and father.  I will explore that deeply before you opt for the courtroom experience.   I am committed to get you the best result for you.  Contact my office for a private consultation.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
    18 years, 4.1 thousand cases
  2. Child Custody: 50%
    18 years, 3.56 thousand cases



Hourly ($350/hour), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jere Franklin Ownby III

    I have fought against Sam English several times in Court. He is a great lawyer. Smart, AGGRESSIVE, and experienced. Sam passionately represents his clients. He is respected by other members of the Bar and by the judges. Anybody represented by Sam English is well-represented.


    Jere Ownby Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Gary Todd Dupler

    Sam English has an excellent reputation for good reasons. He represents his clients well and is a credit to the profession.


    Gary Dupler Probate Attorney
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Contact info

The English Law Firm

550 Main Street.
Suite 320
Knoxville, TN, 37902


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2016 Top Attorney for Divorce and Child CustodyCityView Magazine2016
2015 Top Attorney-Family Law (Divorce and Child Custody)CityView Magazine2015
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
2014 Distiniguished Attorney AwardMartindale-Hubbell2014
2014 Client Choice AwardAVVO2014
Top 100 Matrimonial and Family Law AttorneyThe National Advocates2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
15th Year anniversary of proudly serving the communityMartindale-Hubbell2013
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top Attorney - Family LawKnoxville City View Magazine2013
Top Attorney-Child CustodyAVVO2013
2013 Distinguished Attorney AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
Tennessee family law updateM. Lee Smith2013
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
2012 Distiniguished Attorney AwardMartindale-Hubbell2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Trial AttorneyEnglish Law Firm2001 - 2014
Associate AttorneyGuess, English & Robinson, Trial Attorneys1999 - 2001
Divorce CourtCircuit Court For Davidson County1996 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tennessee Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2014 - Present
American Bar AssociationAttorney Member2014 - Present
Knoxville Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
American Trial Lawyers Associationmember2013 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Caplan vs. Walker, Roane County, TNThe Father was granted custody of the special needs child and allowed to relocate with the child. The Court's gavel fell hard in that case. Any case of alienation of a child should be taken most seriously and aggressively.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Martindale-Hubbell publicationDistinguished attorney award2014
Martindale-Hubbell publication10th year distinguished Attorney award 2004-20142014
July 2013 Top Lawyers EditionCityView Magazine2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Atlanta Divorce Mediators, IncN/ACertification for Supreme Court Rule 31 family Law Mediator2006
Nashville School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Web based forumsDivorce Law and Child Custody Litigation2013