Shelley Breeding was born in Bristol, Tennessee and grew up in Lebanon, Virginia. She graduated from Council High School, a small public high school in Virginia, where she was part of a graduating class of 20 students. Shelley was a Whittle Scholar at the University of Tennessee in the University Honors Program. While in college, she majored in Political Science as well as Japanese and World Business with a minor in General Business. While in college, Shelley interned at Grandsoul Nara in Utano, Japan.
Shelley studied law at the University of Tennessee College of Law. Throughout law school, she worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center working with student-athletes at the University of Tennessee from the men's basketball, baseball, football and swimming and diving teams.
While pursuing her law degree, Shelley studied international law at Downing College, a constituent college of the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. She also studied international law in Santiago, Chile; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Cape Town, South Africa.
After law school, Shelley worked in the Coordinating Office for Global Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. She returned to Knoxville to practice law in 2006 and opened her own firm in 2008.
Shelley's practice has focused on business law, family law and civil litigation. She has been part of numerous appeals and argued cases in front of the Tennessee Court of Appeals and Tennessee Supreme Court. She has tried jury trials and bench trials in most East Tennessee counties, as well as U.S. DIstrict Court in Knoxville. Shelley has overseen cases from the beginning of the process to trail and, when necessary, through all levels of appellate courts in Tennessee.
Shelley is married to John Payne, a Professional Engineer with Rogers Group, Inc. She enjoys spending time with her young son, Jack, as well as Bentley, her rescued English Mastiff. In her free time, she loves to cheer on her beloved Volunteers.
Languages spoken: Japanese
Hourly ($275-350/hour), contingent (25-33%), Retainer (sometimes)
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Knowledgeable, professional, courteous, pleasant. My experience with Shelley is that she resolves her cases in a prompt manner. She is easy to speak with (even as the attorney opposing her), supports her positions with both the facts and law necessary to prevail, and ultimately works very hard to obtain a great result for her client.
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|VA||Authorized to practice law||2013||03/31/2016|
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|Adoption and Family Law/Divorce/Child Support||Cityview Magazine Top Attorneys 2015||2015|
|Adoption and Family Law/Divorce/Child Support||CityView Magazine 2014 Top Attorneys||2014|
|Adoption and Family Law/Divorce/Child Support||Cityview Magazine 2013 Top Attorneys||2013|
|Adoption and Family Law/Divorce/Child Support||Cityview Magazine 2012 Top Attorneys||2012|
|Ethics Bowl Championship||Knoxville Bar Association||2012|
|Order of the Barristers||University of Tennessee College of Law||2005|
|Oralist||Jessup International Law Moot Court||2005|
|Managing Partner||Breeding & Associates, LLC||2008 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Howard & Howard, P.C.||2006 - 2008|
|Presidential Management Fellow||U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention||2005 - 2006|
|Summer Law Clerk||Compton & Compton||2004 - 2004|
|Graduate Assistant||University of Tennessee||2002 - 2005|
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|TN Supreme Court Rule 31 Family Mediator||Mediator||2010 - Present|
|Knox County Foster Care Review Board||Volunteer||2010 - Present|
|Tennessee Valley Mediation Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|TN Supreme Court Rule 31 Civil Mediator||Mediator||2007 - Present|
|Knoxville Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Tennessee Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|KBA Barristers||Member||2006 - Present|
|Community Mediation Center||Board Member||2011 - 2014|
|ABA Representation in Mediation Competition||Volunteer Judge||2011 - 2011|
|Moore v. Gaut||Favorable ruling for client|
|In Re Baby||Favorable Outcome for Client|
|In re Taylor BW||Favorable ruling for appellant (client)|
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|National Business Institute Seminar||Family Law from Start to Finish||2012|
|National Business Institute CLE Seminar||Family Law from A to Z: Child Custody and Visitation||2011|
|National Business Institute CLE Seminar||Family Law from A to Z: Finance 101 for Family Law Practitioners||2011|
|National Business Institute: Preventing Financial Mistakes During Divorce||Failure to Properly Manage Personal Affairs After a Divorce||2010|
|The Hiragana Times (Japan)||Japan's Health Care System: The Rise and Fall of a Once Great System||2001|
|University of Tennessee College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|University of Tennessee||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2002|
|Rule 31 Mediation Training||Family Law in Tennessee||2014|
|National Business Institute CLE Seminar||Family Law from Start to Finish||2012|
|KBA Annual Law Day Celebration||Status of the Legal Profession||2012|
|KBA Annual Ethics Bowl||Legal Ethics||2012|
|National Business Institute CLE Seminar||Family Law from A to Z||2011|
|NBI: Preventing Critical Financial Mistakes During Divorces||Preventing Financial Mistakes During Divorce||2010|
|LMU Duncan School of Law||Benefits of Membership in the Tennessee Bar Association||2009|
|UT Athletics Department||Alternative Dispute Resolution||2006|
|UT International Law Society||Practicing International Law||2005|