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Melanie Jones Hogg

Uncontested divorce Attorney at Knoxville, TN

4.7   17 reviews
  • State Years
    Tennessee - TN 16 years
    New Hampshire - NH 17 years
    Vermont - VT 22 years
    North Carolina - NC 33 years
    Georgia - GA 34 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State NH
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State VT
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Inactive Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Melanie

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Melanie is a native of Tennessee, growing up in Nashville and attending undergraduate college and law school at the University of Tennessee.  Life took Melanie far away from her roots in Tennessee and then, as fate would have it, brought her back.  After graduating from law school, Melanie practiced law in Georgia, North Carolina, Vermont and New Hampshire.  In North Carolina, she was a certified family law specialist.  Throughout her career, family law has remained a focus.  She has over sixteen years of experience in the field.  In addition to practicing law, Melanie also is an adjunct professor at Pellissippi State Community College.  Melanie joined the Held Law Firm in March 2015 and now practices in the same neighborhood she lived while attending law school.

 

Melanie is an avid movie fan whose goal is the see all the movies nominated for the major Oscar categories prior to the award show.  She also loves to talk about her almost two hundred pound dog, Samson the English Mastiff.  Melanie has been married for over twenty-five years and has one daughter. 

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Location

Held Law Firm
1522 Highland Ave
Knoxville, TN, 37916

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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you
Melanie did a good job of informing me of options and acted quickly to do what she said she would do. Difficult circumstances made tolerable by efficiency. Thank You Made a big difference in my future.
Posted by June | July 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and timely results
I highly recommend Melanie Hogg for your family law needs. She was attentive, informative, and friendly as I navigated the legal path to divorce. Every situation is different but in my case the process was relatively quick and Melanie was thorough, combining certain filings to save time and expense. I appreciate the financial statements that broke down every single fee charged. Melanie Hogg's expertise was of great value to me and her sensitivity to my needs was a welcome relief. I was in good hands being represented by Melanie Hogg.
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Posted by Amanda | June 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Genuinely supportive and caring
Margaret, Melanie and their team gave me hope from the moment I walked in and had my consultation. I had already gone through a divorce and parenting plan represented by another "big wig" attorney in town who made me feel small and rushed through proceedings...never touched base...never called to check on me...and rushed me through mediation (one of the toughest days I've faced in a long time due to the parenting plan portion). I honestly didn't know if I could go through with another attorney sitting back telling me that the judge isn't going to give me the custody I want and deserve, despite my ex having a horrific track record with drug use, never attempting to see his own daughter, not paying child support or being a responsible parent when he did actually see her, etc. After much research, I came across Held Law Firm and their grassroots efforts caught my eye. I read several reviews of mom like me who won similar cases and it gave me hope. Without hesitation, I scheduled a consultation with Margaret. She didn't doubt for one second that I would win. She immediately introduced me to her team - all amazing people. I love how they all work so closely together on cases. The firm in nestled in the coziest of homes downtown Knoxville - not your typical stuffy office. When it came time to get to work and filing motions, Melanie got right to work. She wrote up the first draft to review with me. I gave a little bit of my input that she added in and then we got it sent off! Every time we got a response, she called me right away and was quick reassure me and then get a response for us back out. The end result was me gaining full custody. It is a temporary full custody plan that requires the other party to provide six months of clean drug screens, proof of income, child support, etc. I couldn't be more ecstatic. Melanie literally did everything I imagined and more. On top of that, she has continued to e-mail me regularly asking how we are doing and to let me know that there has been no news (it eases my mind to hear). That is a good attorney!
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Posted by Sean | June 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Melanie and the whole staff were excellent and courteous throughout my divorce case. Would recommend them to anyone looking for an excellent and professional firm to handle divorces. Thank you Melanie and everyone at Held Law Firm. Keep up the outstanding work.
Posted by Leslie | January 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer!
Melanie has helped me with my custody case and she has been WONDERFUL! I will/do recommend her to everyone I know! Best Attorney around!!!
Posted by Vanessa | January 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended!
Melanie was so incredibly helpful throughout my case. She genuinely cared about any concerns or questions that I had and kept my mind at ease. She’s honest, fair, and truly cares about the best outcome for your children - which is the best thing any parent could ever ask for! I would highly recommend her!!
Posted by Nancy | January 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Very open and upfront on the group policies and procedures to keep from running up your expenses. Very upfront on giving me advise on the pros and cons of how to proceed in putting together my final divorce decreed. Now putting on closure by doing my living will, DNR and power of attorney, and will.
Posted by Dustin Waggoner | October 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
I hired Melanie to represent me while trying to modify my parenting plan. She is very knowledgeable, personable and kept me informed throughout the entire process. I have had other attorneys in the past that may have been cheaper and as the old saying goes, "you get what you pay for." When it comes to the custody of your children you're better off spending the money for a good attorney. If I would've done that In the beginning I would have saved money in the long run. I will no doubt use Melanie with any future issues that I have and recommend her to anyone I know who needs a great family law attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing and Insightful Lawyer!
Melanie was truly amazing! My case was fairly routine but, for me, it was full of anxiety. Melanie was calm, listened, and walked me through every step. She was the first lawyer I have ever worked with who listened and responded to every question I had, no matter how insignificant. I really appreciate the thoughtfulness and caring with which I was treated. If you need a lawyer, there is no question in my mind that Melanie is the best attorney for you!!
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Posted by Leah | June 14, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Honest&Firm
Melanie has been with me through a tough child custody case,she is very detail oriented and a good planner,she was firm but also reasonable(as was i)with our mediation. I have been through a few lawyers and none were behind me and had my childs best intrest like Melanie. She got some things for me i never saw happening. She is very professional and personable. She is also on time as I have noticed many attorneys have a hard time with. I value and trust Melanie with my life and my child which as a mother comes very hard. Melanie is the real deal!
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Posted by Jennifer Dills Jessie | April 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Diligent and thorough.
Melanie really kept the ball rolling during my Mom's divorce case. She worked very hard to make the process easier for us, all while still getting the results or information needed to continue. She also made sure all questions and concerns were addressed promptly. I cant say enough about Melanie and all involved during this trying time for our family. Very highly recommended.
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Posted by Carolyn | March 31, 2016
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Estate Closing
Melanie completed closing the estate of a family member for whom I was caregiver. She was thorough and she kept me informed throughout the process. She also worked as quickly as possible to minimize the amount of my fee.
Posted by Maura | January 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely amazing!
I can't say enough positive things about Melanie Hogg! She was always available to answer my calls and kept me informed about my case. She is hardworking, organized, knowledgeable and really cares about you. She was absolutely amazing and got the job done! I highly recommend Melanie Hogg and the Held Law Firm
Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highest Recommendation
Ms. Hogg is an outstanding lawyer. She is diligent, meticulous, honest, fair and hardworking. She is passionate and extremely knowledgeable about the law. My divorce case is legally challenging, and opposing counsel has a top notch reputation. She was able to isolate the important legal facts and convince the judge of our position. Ms. Hogg leverages the resources of her firm to give the best possible legal representation at a reasonable cost. If you're looking for excellent legal representation, look no further. Ms. Hogg and Held Law Firm are second to none.
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Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2015
Top notch representation
Ms. Hogg helped me wrap up a complicated divorce by doing a Qualified Domestic Relations Order. She was thorough, precise, knowledgeable, and kind. I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer. I definitely recommend her services.
Posted by Jonathan | March 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thankful
Melanie and her team at Held Law firm were efficient and informative during my recent divorce settlement. Melanie was courteous and listened to my many questions. She seemed to be genuinely concerned about me and my situation and had good suggestions. Melanie represented me well in the proceedings and it would be easy to recommend her to someone else.
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Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
very disappointed
PLEASE BE CAREFULL ABOUT SPEAKING TO THIS LAWFIRM ASK ABOUT PRICES UP FRONT . PAID $300 FOR 45 MINUTES.
Response from Melanie Hogg January 8, 2019
We offer case assessments in order to meet with potential clients and determine if we are a good fit and to determine what legal fees will be required. We try to be clear that the fee for the case assessment is to allow the attorney an opportunity to get details about your case and give you an idea of the legal fees that are likely to be incurred. A case with many complexities and matters pending in several courts will likely have higher fees than a simple, straightforward divorce but we may not have all of those details until we do the case assessments. We encourage any potential clients to ask about our fee arrangements and we will be happy to explain.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Held Law Firm
  • 2015 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Pellissippi State Community College
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Welts, White & Fontaine, P.C.
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Barr, Sternberg, Moss, Lawrence & Silver, P.C.
  • 2001 - 2005
  • Associate
  • Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers, LLP
  • 1992 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Donald H. Solomon, P.A.
  • 1990 - 1992
  • Associate
  • Rosenzweig, Kam, Jones & MacNabb
  • 1989 - 1990
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Education

  • University of Tennessee
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of Tennessee
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts with High Honors
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Divorce - Personal Jurisdiction
  • Won on issue of personal jurisdiction

Associations

  • The Optimist Club
  • Board of Directors
  • 2017 - Present
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Wake County Family Lawyers
  • Treasurer
  • 1997 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Family Law Specialist
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • 1998

Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Monthly Meeting of East Tennessee Collaborative Alliance
  • Collaborative Law: Presentation of Case
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (17)
Endorse Melanie
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"Melanie has been a wonderful mentor since I started working for Held Law Firm. She handles the practice of law with such a deft touch and knows that sometimes the best results are gained through less fighting and more talking. Aside from her ability to manage relationships with other attorneys and clients, Melanie is also brilliant and has a wealth of knowledge to work with. She is also unafraid of saying "I don't know," but you can be sure that she will by the end of the day. Just an all around rock star!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melanie is a highly effective practitioner and excellent in collaborative law. I would definitely recommend her to any prospective client particularly in the area of collaborative law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Melanie is one of the most competent lawyers I've had the pleasure of working with because she is always prepared, knows the law, and ready to advocate for her client. She projects a calm and collected manner that helps diffuse tense and/or conflictual scenarios and provides a unique perspective on the situation that helps her clients save time and money during their case. I would 100% recommend Melanie to anyone out there that needs high quality, family litigation representation."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I fully endorse this lawyer. Melanie is a hardworking lawyer who truly represents her clients' best interests. She is quick to get answers and the results her clients needs."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Melanie is a consummate professional. She is knowledgeable, always prepared, and a strong advocate for her clients. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She was always well organized and prepared to discuss the case with me in an attempt to resolve the matter for our clients."
Child custody Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the opportunity to work with Ms. Hogg on a difficult custody matter. She was very professional and was a passionate advocate for her client. I endorse Ms. Hogg to any client seeking her services."
Child support Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Hogg and I have worked on two matters together in the last year and in both instances I found her to be professional, timely, and thorough. I appreciated her clear legal reasoning and felt I could rely on her advice. Thank you, Melanie, for assisting me and my clients with their matters. I would work with you again without hesitation."
Family Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Melanie is always prepared, professional, and enjoyable to work with. I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Melanie is committed to each of her clients. She is knowledgeable and diligent in each of her practice areas, including wills and estate planning, divorce, and post-divorce modifications."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Melanie fought hard for her client while maintaining a high-level of civility and professionalism. Although we had opposing goals for our respective clients, we were able to work together towards a favorable settlement without running up unnecessary legal fees. I also know Melanie's stellar reputation for representing clients in the area of estate planning and probate."
Family Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Melanie was opposing counsel on a post divorce matter. She worked diligently to represent her client's best interests. Her research, preparation and professionalism, along with a realistic outlook on the end result, allowed us to resolve the matter without unnecessary time and expense for our clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Other
"Estate planning can be a tedious and difficult task for an attorney, with your work not being tested often for years to come. Melanie has the foresight to plan for your family's future."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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