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Donald Kelly Vowell

Litigation Attorney at Knoxville, TN

5.0   3 reviews

also known as The Vowell Law Firm

  • Licensed for 45 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1978
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    Donald K. Vowell has handled more than 40 appeals in the Tennessee and Federal Court systems, with a record of 28 wins, 6 losses, and 2 draws since 1988.

  2. Litigation
    Whether you are an attorney or a litigant seeking appellate counsel, Mr. Vowell would be glad to discuss your case with you.

Mr. Vowell is Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and has been since 1997. He has completed more than 40 appeals in the Tennessee and Federal Court systems with a record of 28 wins, 6 losses and 2 draws on appeal since 1988. He has had 7 appeals in the Tennessee Supreme Court, winning 6 of them. He has won 7 reversals of the United States District Court (6 times in the Sixth Circuit and once in the Seventh). He has won 14 reversals of trial court decisions in the Tennessee Court of Appeals or Tennessee Supreme Court. 


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The Vowell Law Firm
6718 Albunda Dr
Knoxville, TN, 37919-4803


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Posted by Priya | August 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hurray, Mr. Vowel win my case and protected me from any future case also
I had a very complicated case where some one got a judgement for an unimaginable amount for a personal guarantee case and Mr. Vowell helped me not only dismiss the judgement but also protected me from the plaintiff not going to any court anywhere in the US.
Posted by Larry | April 1, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
My Attorney, My Friend
Around thirty years ago I had the privilege of hiring Don Vowell as our attorney involving a case with the company that I owed with my brother. We immediately liked Mr. Vowell, and we both decided that we wanted him as our go to attorney. Over the next twenty years of business, we had more than our share of opportunities to use Mr Vowell's services. He was always there for us. Always supportive, knowledgeable, and capable of guiding us to make some very tough decisions. Not only did Don Vowell earn our respect and confidence, he would, also, earn the respect of opposing Attorneys. They discovered that Mr Vowell had extensive knowledge of the law, and he was extremely capable in communicating this knowledge both written and verbally. I could write a book about our experiences with Don Vowell, but let me just say this: there is no better feeling when you are experiencing the fear of the unknown than to be able to call on your Champion (knowing that you have the very best). With all that said the most important thing I can say is that I am proud to call Don my friend
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Posted by Vance | March 31, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
A dogged litigator
Don was our attorney in a complicated and long-running suit, and I have never seen anything quite like it. He was a bulldog, and long after I thought we were lost he kept at it, through two appeals, and actually won the case. I had not really thought the suit was winnable, but I do not know if Don ever gave winning any thought. I believe he was entirely driven by what he thought was right. He believed in the case and, believing in it, he was relentless.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-300 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-50%
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Vowell Law Firm
  • 1978 - Present


  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • University of Tennessee, Martin
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1975

Legal Cases

  • Ammons v. Longworth, 2019 WL 6034939 (Tenn. App. 2019)
  • The Tennessee Court of Appeals reversed the trial court in a decision in favor of the plaintiff, represented by Mr. Vowell
  • Williams v. SWS D/B/A Securewatch, 2019 WL 4740106 (Tenn. 2019)
  • The trial court was reversed in this win by the plaintiff, represented by Mr. Vowell
  • Copeland v. Healthsouth/Methodist Rehabilitation Hospital, 565 S.W.3d 260 (Tenn. 2018)
  • Trial court and court of appeals were reversed in a win by the plaintiff represented by Mr. Vowell
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  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016


  • The Warrior
  • How to Win a Case by Going to the Mouse's Ear
  • 2020

Speaking Engagements

  • Nightmare at Volunteer Apartments
  • Landlord/Tenant law
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

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Appeals Attorney | Apr 05
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"Don is the consummate advocate-- passionate, skilled, dedicated, smart, and honest. I would recommend him without hesitation and am proud to call him a friend and colleague. He is a credit to the profession."
Knoxville Litigation Lawyer Donald Kelly Vowell
Donald Kelly Vowell
Litigation Attorney
Knoxville, TN
Licensed for 45 years
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