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Shelley Suzanne Breeding

About me

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

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Practice areas


  1. Business: 30%
  2. Divorce: 30%
  3. Appeals: 20%
  4. Construction: 10%
  5. Adoption: 10%



Hourly ($275-350/hour), contingent (25-33%), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • James H. Snyder Jr.

    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.


    James Snyder Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • James George Carter

    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.


    James Carter Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Breeding & Associates, LLC

900 South Gay Street
Suite 1950
Knoxville, TN, 37902


VAAuthorized to practice law201303/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Adoption and Family Law/Divorce/Child SupportCityview Magazine Top Attorneys 20152015
Adoption and Family Law/Divorce/Child SupportCityView Magazine 2014 Top Attorneys2014
Adoption and Family Law/Divorce/Child SupportCityview Magazine 2013 Top Attorneys2013
Adoption and Family Law/Divorce/Child SupportCityview Magazine 2012 Top Attorneys2012
Ethics Bowl ChampionshipKnoxville Bar Association2012
Order of the BarristersUniversity of Tennessee College of Law2005
OralistJessup International Law Moot Court2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerBreeding & Associates, LLC2008 - Present
Associate AttorneyHoward & Howard, P.C.2006 - 2008
Presidential Management FellowU.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention2005 - 2006
Summer Law ClerkCompton & Compton2004 - 2004
Graduate AssistantUniversity of Tennessee2002 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
TN Supreme Court Rule 31 Family MediatorMediator2010 - Present
Knox County Foster Care Review BoardVolunteer2010 - Present
Tennessee Valley Mediation AssociationMember2010 - Present
TN Supreme Court Rule 31 Civil MediatorMediator2007 - Present
Knoxville Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
KBA BarristersMember2006 - Present
Community Mediation CenterBoard Member2011 - 2014
ABA Representation in Mediation CompetitionVolunteer Judge2011 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Moore v. GautFavorable ruling for client
In Re BabyFavorable Outcome for Client
In re Taylor BWFavorable ruling for appellant (client)
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Publication nameTitleDate
National Business Institute SeminarFamily Law from Start to Finish2012
National Business Institute CLE SeminarFamily Law from A to Z: Child Custody and Visitation2011
National Business Institute CLE SeminarFamily Law from A to Z: Finance 101 for Family Law Practitioners2011
National Business Institute: Preventing Financial Mistakes During DivorceFailure to Properly Manage Personal Affairs After a Divorce2010
The Hiragana Times (Japan)Japan's Health Care System: The Rise and Fall of a Once Great System2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Tennessee College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of TennesseePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Rule 31 Mediation TrainingFamily Law in Tennessee2014
National Business Institute CLE SeminarFamily Law from Start to Finish2012
KBA Annual Law Day CelebrationStatus of the Legal Profession2012
KBA Annual Ethics BowlLegal Ethics2012
National Business Institute CLE SeminarFamily Law from A to Z2011
NBI: Preventing Critical Financial Mistakes During DivorcesPreventing Financial Mistakes During Divorce2010
LMU Duncan School of LawBenefits of Membership in the Tennessee Bar Association2009
UT Athletics DepartmentAlternative Dispute Resolution2006
UT International Law SocietyPracticing International Law2005