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About me

I grew up in central Ohio, received a degree in social work from Ohio State University in 1980, and obtained my law degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1983.  Immediately after completing law school, I took a position with an Ohio state agency dedicated to protecting the rights of disabled persons.  After several years in this position, I joined a Legal Services agency that provided representation to low-income persons throughout Ohio.

In 1992 I came to Knoxville to become Litigation Director of Knoxville Legal aid Society (now Legal Aid of East Tennessee).  After seven years with that agency, I started my own law practice in 1999.  I've now joined the firm of Eshbaugh, Waters, Strange-Boston and Kern.


I have taught classes in interviewing and negotiations at the University of Tennessee College of Law, and I am a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 listed mediator.  I am also a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.

My goal as an attorney is to help my clients make the best decisions for themselves, and to obtain the best results, in any situation.  My philosophy is that I and my staff work for our clients.  Our job is to give each client the attention he or she deserves, to ensure that each client is provided all of the information necessary to make the best informed decisions, and to plan and execute a course of action that will create the greatest chance of obtaining each client's wishes.



Contact info

Eshbaugh, Waters, Strange-Boston and Kern

800 S. Gay Street
Suite 1600
Knoxville, TN, 37929

Practice areas


  1. General Practice: 40%
    24 years
  2. Family: 30%
    24 years
  3. Adoption: 30%
    17 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Nicholas William Lee

    Ted is a phenomenal attorney and I know many consider him to be an authority on Tennessee Family and Adoption Law. I have worked with Ted for years and know that many attorneys, including myself, turn to him when we have questions on the finer points of the law. I fully recommend this attorney, and would recommend him without hesitation to my own family and closest friends.


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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Theodore. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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Legal answers
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Adoption AttorneysN/A2012 - Present
Knoxville Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Tennessee Bar AssociationN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Understanding Grandparent RightsGrandparent visitation rights2013