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Cort Sikes

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Knoxville, TN

5.0   16 reviews

also known as James Cortney Sikes


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About Cort

Learn Cort’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    20%
    Most people with debt problems are eligible for bankruptcy relief, but anyone that has debt issues should consult with us so that we can advise you if bankruptcy is an option for you and how it will affect your assets.

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%
    Do not make the mistake of representing yourself. A DUI conviction brings a serious sentence. Let me help.

  3. Family
    20%
    Family law mediation offers an opportunity to take control of your case and reach an agreement that you can both live with. Trust us, you do not want a judge or chancellor, who does not know your child, telling you where your child will live.

  4. Personal injury
    20%
    If you've been hurt due to someone else's negligence and through no fault of your own, call Attorney Sikes today to discuss your case further and let him help you while you heal.

  5. Social Security & Disability
    20%
    Applying for Social Security disability benefits is complicated and leads to many claimants giving up without receiving the benefits you deserve or miss a crucial deadline that requires you to start the process over from the beginning.

I am a trial attorney and Rule 31 Listed Family Mediator based in Knoxville, Tennessee.  I represent clients in counties throughout East Tennessee and the Mid-State.  I focus my practice on representing clients in Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy, Social Security disability cases, serious personal bodily injury cases (including car, motorcycle, truck, and premises liability), child support cases, child custody and visitation cases, family law mediation, and criminal defense.

Licensed for 18 years
State TN
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 01/17/2023

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

Contact Cort

Wykoff & Sikes, PLLC
135 Fox Road
Suite A
Knoxville, TN, 37922

Reviews

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Posted by Bryan | January 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Communication and Courtroom Presence
If you're looking for an attorney who will faithfully represent your interests, be your advocate in the courtroom, and always, always get back to you quickly with clear and concise responses, then I hope you'll consider Cort Sikes. Cort has represented me on matters of family law and helped me ensure that my young child will be protected throughout his childhood from a parent with recurring substance abuse issues. He thoroughly advised me every step of the way and fought hard for a favorable outcome all the way through trial. Retain Cort with the utmost confidence. He's a high quality individual that ticks all the boxes one considers when asking what separates an outstanding attorney from his peers.
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Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible attorney
Cort took over my case and completely turned the direction it was taking around. He advocated for myself and my child. He was kind, courteous and professional. I cannot recommend him enough. His staff is very helpful too.
Posted by Holly | April 12, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Registered Nurse
Cort was able to come in after I had already retained another lawyer and get the job done. He truly is very talented, won’t waste your time or money and you will get results you want. I highly recommend him and his office staff is very professional and was very attentive to all of my needs.
Posted by Alicia | March 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very helpful
Cory and his staff were wonderful to work with! They were very helpful in getting my disability approved and preparing for my hearing. I would recommend them to anyone needing a reliable lawyer!
Posted by Tracy Long | May 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest !
Mr. Sikes is an extremely well spoken honest individual. When dealing with my extremely complicated case his experience with the sitting judge gave me a clear and realistic expectation of how the judge had ruled in similar cases he had been apart of over the years. He listened to my concerns and addresses them in court in a very professional way. When opposing counsel attacked some of the facts he was quick to stand up and be firm with the other lawyer! This is someone you want to use, he will not sit there and tell you what you want to hear, but tell you the truth and not give you false hope. BTW , we won with a home run over the fence ruling ! Allowing Cort Sikes to stand with you will be a wise decision when facing someone that is looking to tear you down .
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Posted by Mary | May 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent comprehensive service
I hired Cort after being injured in a traffic accident. Cort managed all of the details of my case, even working with my parents to help get specific information that I could not recall, which allowed me to focus on healing. The whole process is quite overwhelming and I cannot imagine trying to handle all of that on my own. Cort was very professional, readily available, and knowledgable. If I ever need legal services again I will not hesitate to contact Cort.
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Posted by Alison | May 3, 2016
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Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption
Cort represented my husband and me for a TPR case and subsequently the adoption of our son. While we had several bumps in the road along the way, Cort was always personable, accessible, knowledgable and confident. He listened to our concerns intently and was consistently able to come up with a smart and successful course of action. He explained every step with great detail and continuously ensured that we were fully aware of what was going on with our case. I would absolutely recommend Cort Sikes to anyone in need of a kind and dependable attorney.
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Posted by Jeff Guinn | April 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
I hired Cort to take on my case to finalize my divorce. Cort was spot on in communication and giving me the facts. There was no "dragging" the case out. It was so cut and dry. Wish I would have went with him all along.
Posted by Frank and Arianna | February 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Worked Hard When Others Wouldn't
We searched months for a lawyer to represent us in our injury case, but were always met with a "no" or "you do not have a case", that is until we got ahold of Mr. Sikes. Mr. Sikes knew we had a tough case but that did not stop him from rolling up his sleeves and putting in the hard work to see that we were compensated. The fruit of his labor was a settlement that we are more than satisfied with. We would highly recommend Mr. Sikes to anyone looking for a lawyer.
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Posted by Christy | January 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Mr. Sikes was very knowledgeable and patient during my case. He offered excellent advice and listened to my concerns. I will definitely recommend him to others.
Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service!
Cort has been amazing through our custody case. He always keeps us informed and also helps us to see the whole picture. Cort has given us more guidance in a short period of time than our previous lawyer did in 3 years. He has a great personality and makes you feel comfortable.
Posted by Michael | January 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Heaven's send
After hiring Cort to take over my case, he has been a heaven's send. He has been very professional, listened, and proactive. Cort has accomplished more in the first 45 days than had been done in the last almost 3 years. Cort's professionalism and open honesty have been a breath of fresh air for me.
Posted by TJ | January 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Will
Cort helped my wife and I protect the future of our children by putting together a comprehensive Last Will and Testament. He took the time to explain how the process worked and helped us address some really difficult things to think about. He is very knowledgable and easy to work with. If we ever need legal services in the future, he is the one we will entrust.
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Posted by Merna | January 16, 2016
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Cort's Review
When needing help following the sudden death of my husband, Cort was the only attorney I even considered. We knew Cort from our church and my husband enjoyed playing golf with him. We have grew to love his family, so when tragedy hit, i never considered anyone else. He has taken my situation and literally removed all fear of how to handle my legal matters. I would not even consider taking my affairs to anyone else.
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Posted by Mike | January 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
Cort is a very knowledgable instinctive lawyer that goes the extra mile for his clients. I am very satisfied by the reasonable outcome of my case. Cort was very honest straight forward in his explanation of the expectations I should have at all stages of the process, always giving me the choice of what I wanted to do at each stage of the process.
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Posted by Dave | January 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Child Support Attorney
Cort Sikes is an amazing lawyer. He handles issues timely and thoroughly. He does not miss any details and is very knowledgable of the law. If there is ever anything he is unsure of, he will cite the law before giving any answers. By far one of the top family lawyers I have ever encountered. I will definitely re-hire him if the need arises.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Wykoff & Sikes, PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Sexton & Wykoff, PLLC
  • 2005 - 2016

Education

  • University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville (main)
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002

Associations

  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • United States District Court
  • Member of Bar
  • 2005 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Member of Bar
  • 2005 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Knoxville Bar Association CLE Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2012 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Top Attorney Social Security Disability
  • CityView Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top Attorney DUI Defense
  • CityView Magazine
  • 2019
  • Golden Gavel Winner for Social Security Disability
  • City View Magazine
  • 2019
  • Client Champion
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • 5.0 out of 5.0 star client review rated
  • Google
  • 2017
  • Client Champion Silver 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • 5.0 out of 5.0 client rated
  • Lawyers.com
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice Child Support
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Cityview Top Attorney -- Social Security Disability
  • CityView Magazine
  • 2016
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • 5.0 out of 5.0 client reviewed
  • Lawyers.com
  • 2011
  • Best Oral Advocate
  • Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Tennessee Family Law Mediation School
  • Family Law Mediation Technology
  • 2020
  • Mediation Training
  • How Social Security Disability and Bankruptcy Comingle with Divorce Mediation
  • 2019
  • Law Call
  • Bankruptcy
  • 2019
  • Divorce and Child Custody
  • Law Call
  • 2018
  • New Lawyer Series
  • In Chambers with Judge John Rosson
  • 2014
  • New Lawyer Series
  • In Chambers with Magistrate Michael Fortune
  • 2013
  • New Lawyer Series
  • In Chambers with Judge Tim Irwin
  • 2013
  • Small Law Firm Practice Toolkit CLE Series
  • How to Get and Keep Clients
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (26)
Endorse Cort
Mediation Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Cort is an excellent attorney and mediator. He is effective and efficient at his work and gets the right results for clients and parties to mediation. I recommend Cort to any prospective client or attorney needing a mediator."
Mediation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cort is an hard working, efficient, and effective advocate for his clients. The same applies to him as a mediator. I would highly recommend him for representation or mediation."
Mediation Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am a big fan of Cort Sikes. He has always been a pleasure to work with in family law cases, and, though I have not had the pleasure of using him as a mediator yet, I know that his temperament, ethics, and knowledge of the law will make him an excellent mediator. I wholeheartedly endorse Cort and readily recommend him to clients and lawyers, alike, in the fields of family law, family law mediation, and personal injury work. Sincerely, Sherif Guindi"
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Conducted himself with a high degree of professional courtesy while aggressively representing his client."
Family Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I readily endorse Mr. Sikes. I have seen him represent folks in our community and have always been left very impressed by his advocacy on behalf of his clients. Not only is he well respected within the legal community and by judges, but he is also a persuasive and vigorous litigator for his clients. He would be well worth the money for anyone considering hiring Mr. Sikes for their legal needs."
Family Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Cort Sikes is a top-notch lawyer. As a former child support prosecutor, I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Sikes on many, many cases. I would recommend him to anyone."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this attorney. Mr. Sikes works diligently to achieve his client's goals while at the same time maintaining a professional relationship with opposing attorneys. I would not hesitate recommending him to my friends."
Child support Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Cort Sykes is a terrific advocate for his clients. I can pay him my highest compliment which is that if I had a legal issue I would hire him to represent me."
Family Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I 100% endorse Mr. Sikes. He is knowledgeable and he is able to communicate well with both clients and judges. Clients using Mr. Sikes will be happy that they did."
Mediation Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Sikes is a fantastic mediator. He is able to connect with the client and really understands their concerns. He also was able to offer a different way of looking at issues to reach creative conclusions. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Friend
"I have the highest level of confidence in Mr. Sikes and endorse him without reservation. I would not hesitate to send friends and family to him for legal services."
Family Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Cort on multiple cases dealing with complex child support and disability issues. I have always found him to be extremely knowledgeable and a great advocate for his client. I would recommend him without hesitation."
Family Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have litigated cases against Cort as well as using him as a mediator. He has a very effective manner of diffusing difficult situations and always strives for the best outcome for his clients. As a mediator, he works through the issues patiently while not allowing the process to get off track."
Family Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Sikes is an excellent choice for your divorce or child support case. Mr. Sikes is honest, compassionate, and hardworking!"
Family Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Cort and I were opposing counsel in a divorce matter which not only involved custody issues and property division, but also was consumed with high emotions of both parties throughout the entirety of the matter. Cort and I worked very well together to help our clients reach a fair mediation settlement. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working with Cort for a few years now. He is always the utmost professional and strives for the best for his clients. He is passionate about the law and very will respected within the community. I 100% endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Sikes is a top notch lawyer in family practice. He knows the law and knows the right time to pounce on an issue."
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Divorce and separation
Criminal defense
Child custody
Child support
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Juvenile law
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Knoxville Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Cort Sikes
Cort Sikes
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Knoxville, TN
Licensed for 18 years
Free Consultation