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Patti Jane Lay

Family Attorney at Knoxville, TN

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1979
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    I have represented hundreds of clients in various domestic law cases in juvenile, chancery, and circuit courts in over 20 East Tennessee counties.

    34 years, 2,500 cases

  2. Mediation
    I am a Rule 31 mediator in the State of Tennessee as well as a approved federal court mediator.

    27 years, 500 cases

  3. Litigation
    I have handled thousands of cases state-wide involving a vast range of civil trial case including personal injury, products liability, and medical malpractice. I also handle criminal defense cases.

    44 years, 10,000 cases

  4. Probate
    Estate disputes and probate matters. I also prepare wills, powers of attorney, and handle conservatorship matters

    44 years, 200 cases

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Patti Jane Lay
4617 Chabliss Ave
Knoxville, TN, 37919


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Posted by Jonathan | August 3, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
A Lawyer who cares and gets results
I am a father of three. I was never married to their mother, and she was not allowing me to see them. I wanted to just get visitation rights to see my children again. I had been paying for child support, and knew that I had rights as their father. However, I was unclear as to what they were. A friend had referred Patti Jane Lay to me. I will say that I almost hired another attorney because she is difficult to get a hold of. Luckily, God put in my heart to just be patient, and she returned my call the next day. Patti Jane was amazing in just explaining to me the different options I could take. After a troubling phone call from my son, I decided that I needed to go after emergency custody. We had to travel across the state just to even take it to court. She made me feel confident every step of the way. Patti Jane seemed to anticipate everything that would take place, therefore she prepared me for everything. I didn't just get rights to my children, I now have full custody of my children, and I am so grateful for her. I found it comforting that her husband is a retired attorney, that came to the courthouse as well, and her son is an attorney as well! What's even better was when I got my bill, and I really feel like I got the deal of a lifetime! She was so helpful and an absolute Godsend. The best part about her is that, she actually cares as to what is best for the children. I highly recommend her if anyone is curious about child custody.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney & Owner
  • Law Office of Patti Jane Lay
  • 1995 - Present
  • Parnter & Shareholder
  • Kennerly, Montgomery & Finley
  • 1983 - 1995
  • Attorney
  • Poor, Cox, Baker, Ray & Byrne
  • 1980 - 1983
  • Legal Intern
  • Poore, Cox, Baker, Ray & Byrne
  • 1977 - 1979
  • Intern
  • Congressman John J. Duncan
  • 1976 - 1977
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  • Emory University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976
  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Knoxville's Community Development Corporation v. Wright, 600 S.W. 2d 745 (Tenn. Ct. App. 1980).
  • KCDC won


  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Judiciary Committee
  • 2011 - Present
  • Lincoln Memorial University
  • Dean's Advisory Committee
  • 2009 - Present
  • Knox County Fourth Circuit Court
  • Special Master
  • 2001 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Family Law Section
  • 1997 - Present
  • University of Tennessee
  • Dean's Circle/ Advisory Board
  • 1995 - Present
  • Junior League of Knoxville
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Chairman
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • President
  • 1975 - 1976
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Young Lawyer in America
  • ABA
  • 1983
  • Law Review
  • University of Tennessee
  • 1978
  • Mortar Board
  • Emory University
  • 1976
  • Salutatorian and Cum Laude Society
  • Webb School of Knoxville
  • 1973
  • Schumerman Scholarship, Leadership and Character Award
  • Webb School of Knoxville
  • 1973
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  • KBA and ETLAW
  • Domestic Violence Handbook
  • 1997
  • Tennessee Law Review
  • The Legislative History of the Tennessee Products Liability Act of 1978
  • 1978
  • Emory University Library
  • The South's Reaction to Brown v. Board of Education
  • 1976

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Probate Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. We worked together on a very difficult probate matter and she has also served as a mediator. Very effective and always a pleasure to work with."
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Knoxville Family Lawyer Patti Jane Lay
Patti Jane Lay
Family Attorney
Knoxville, TN
Licensed for 44 years