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Shelley Suzanne Breeding

Divorce and separation Attorney at Knoxville, TN

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 10 years
    Tennessee - TN 18 years
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2013
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Shelley

Learn Shelley’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    Assist clients with business formation such as forming a corporation, LLC or partnership. Also assist business clients with litigation, appeals and collection matters as well as advising clients on contracts and day-to-day issues facing businesses. Conduct annual shareholders meetings and certifying elections for annual shareholders meetings for business clients.

  2. Divorce and separation
    Represent clients in an agreed divorce or contested divorce involving child custody, child support, alimony or spousal support, division of retirement accounts, military divorce, father's rights, and many other areas. Assist clients in the process from filing a complaint to mediation to trial. Also assist clients in prenuptial agreements and post divorce matters including parental relocation, changing or modifying a parenting plan or child support and other issues facing divorced parents.

  3. Appeals
    Handle numerous appeals involving business, construction, divorce, child custody, child support, visitation, juvenile court and many other areas of law. The time to appeal is often very short, so it is important to quickly seek legal advice.

  4. Construction and development
    Assist construction companies, subcontractors, builders, home owners and general contractors with numerous construction issues from contracts to litigation.

  5. Adoption
    Assist clients in contested adoptions and termination of parental rights proceedings. Assist clients with a step-parent adoption, related adoption such as a grandparent adoption and numerous other adoptions. Also assist foster parents adopting children in custody. Handle appeals from termination of parental rights cases and adoptions as well.

Shelley Breeding is prominent family law, business law and civil litigation attorney with years of experience handling multi-million-dollar divorce and business cases in state and federal courts. She has argued numerous cases in front of the Tennessee Court of Appeals and cases in front of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Shelley represents individuals as well as corporations, handling everything from forming the corporation to drafting contracts to litigation for her business clients. Shelley's family law practice focuses on adoption and complex divorce cases, which often require expert witnesses for business valuations, commercial and residential property appraisals and frequently psychological experts related to child custody matters.

Shelley has years of trial experience, including both jury and bench trials across East Tennessee. She is skilled at handling all phases of litigation, from filing new cases through discovery and depositions to trial, and when needed, appeals. Shelley has taken dozens of depositions of expert witnesses and is well versed in all aspects of pre-trial motions and proceedings in state and federal courts. She has been lead counsel in hundreds of cases and is well-known in court.

In addition to her construction, divorce and business law practice, Shelley has handled complex adoption, termination of parental rights and surrogacy cases ultimately decided by the Tennessee Supreme Court. She has never shied away from those complex cases because she knows that a forever home for a child is at stake. She routinely handles step-parent, grandparent, foster care and related adoptions, whether contested by the biological parents or agreed upon by all involved.

Shelley is also a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 mediator for civil and family law and is often called upon to mediate cases. She is trained as a collaborative divorce attorney. Her mediation and collaborative divorce practices allow clients an alternative to protracted litigation, and often arrive at unique solutions without having court intervention.

Shelley has been voted as a "Top Attorney" by her peers and featured in Cityview Magazine for adoption and divorce/family law. She has been a featured speaker for continuing legal education seminars presented by the National Business Institute as well as the Knoxville Bar Association. At the University of Tennessee College of Law and Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law, she has served as a guest lecturer for numerous classes and seminars. Shelley is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Virginia State Bar, and Knoxville Bar Association. Shelley is also admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Shelley is originally from Lebanon, Virginia. She graduated from the University of Tennessee as a Whittle Scholar, majoring in Political Science and Japanese and World Business. She worked in the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center as a Graduate Assistant while completing her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law. While in law school, she studied abroad at Cambridge University in England, as well as spending time studying law in Buenos Aires, Santiago and Cape Town. After graduating from law school, she worked in the Office of Global Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia before returning to private practice in Knoxville. She started the firm in 2008 and has represented hundreds of clients since that time. Shelley is married with two sons, a rescued English Mastiff and a cat that made Shelley’s home his home.

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Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2011
Great Attorney
Contacted Shelley about a possible construction case. She was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and informative about the current law and my potential liability. I would strongly recommend Shelley for any construction case.
Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2010
Highly recommend Ms. Breeding for family matters
I met with Ms. Breeding about a possible divorce. I found her to be very caring and understanding of my situation and I felt like she was completely trustworthy. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Becky | August 20, 2010
Effective, Aggressive, Yet Compassionate
Shelley represented me in a sensitive family law matter. She was dedicated and knowledgeable, and she made the process as painless as possible.
Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2010
Great Experience
Great to work with and always kept us very informed with our case. Her office generally e-mailed any paperwork the day they received it and were always responsive. She is easy to talk to and very knowledgeable.


  • Hourly Rates $ 300-750 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • 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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  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Tennessee
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • 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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  • 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
  • Community Mediation Center
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - 2014
  • ABA Representation in Mediation Competition
  • Volunteer Judge
  • 2011 - 2011
  • KBA Barristers
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • Japanese

Honors and Awards

  • Adoption and Family Law/Divorce/Child Support
  • City View Magazine Top Attorneys 2016
  • 2016
  • 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
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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
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Speaking Engagements

  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (12)
Endorse Shelley
Family Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"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."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mrs. Breeding is an excellent attorney. Her knowledge in all areas of the law serve her clients well. I have personally seen her passion for her clients. I 100% endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Breeding is a well organized and knowledgeable attorney in the area of family law. Ms. Breeding is a highly respected attorney in East Tennessee, because of her commitment to her clients and her ability to work with opposing counsel."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Shelley is a passionate litigator. She is committed to excellence in her area of practice and is respected among the members of the Knoxville Bar Association and local judiciary. Great lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Shelley since 2002. Shelley is that rare legal talent that combines fantastic litigation skills, excellent writing, and an uncanny ability to relate to people."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shelley is a top notch, professional lawyer who cares about her clients. I would highly recommend Shelley to anyone seeking a lawyer who is truly committed to achieving excellent results."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this attorney's work."
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Knoxville Divorce and separation Lawyer Shelley Suzanne Breeding
Shelley Suzanne Breeding
Divorce and separation Attorney
Knoxville, TN
Licensed for 18 years