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G. Earl Patton

Divorce and separation Attorney at Crossville, TN

5.0   15 reviews

also known as Earl Patton, George Earl Patton

  • Licensed for 24 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2000
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About G. Earl

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When new clients arrive at my office, they are sometimes hopeless.  They have heard horror stories about the legal system.  Part of my job is restoring hope and convincing clients that the system is not going to eat them alive.  I am fond of telling clients when they first walk into my office that I'm sorry they are here.  I understand that most people would prefer to lead lawyer-free lives.  My middle name is Earl and that is what my friends call me and that is what I want my clients to call me.  If you want to hire me and I think enough of you and your case to accept the representation, I will be your highly educated friend, wise confidant and fierce advocate who will fight for your full recovery or vindication. 

My practice consists mostly of the following types of cases:  Personal Injuries, Divorce, Child Custody, and Criminal Defense.

PERSONAL INJURY:  As a first year law student, I went to work for a law firm  preparing personal injury cases for trial. During my last year of law school, I accepted employment with State Auto Insurance as a Claims many ways, the exact opposite role!  I did this because I wanted to know how both sides of a personal injury case worked and thought.  Since then, I have dedicated a substantial portion of my career to keeping abreast of personal injury law and trial strategies for people who have been hurt in car, truck and motorcycle accidents.  I'm sorry you've been hurt and I will do everything I can to make it right.  I love fighting for clients I believe in.   

DIVORCE AND CHILD CUSTODY: I am a 49 year old father of four kids...11, 13,18 and 21.   I am divorced from the mother of my oldest two kids.  I am not particularly proud of that, but I am not ashamed of it either.  I understand that marriage is unbelievably difficult in even the best of circumstances.   My oldest kids were about 2 and 5 when the divorce occurred.  By that time in my career, I had successfully tried a number of divorces, but in retrospect, going through my own probably taught me the most about this area of the law.  I empathize with my clients because I know what's at stake. I am now happily married to the mother of my youngest two and am proof that rainbows sometimes do follow rain.  Chances are that no matter how unique your own circumstance is, if I have not seen it before in a case I have tried, I have lived through it personally.  I have the knowledge and experience that can help you through it too.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE:  What can I say?  I went to college!  I have always cheered for the little guy...the underdog. Make no mistake about it... in a criminal prosecution, the Defendant is the underdog.  The government has a full staff of lawyers who sometimes believe the police can do no wrong  and that the word "defendant" is equivalent to the word "criminal".  Every criminal defendant needs a champion with the heart of a teach the government the difference. DUI convictions have devastating consequences and you cannot afford NOT to have an experienced lawyer in your corner when facing such charges.  I can, and will, help.




Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice


645 S Main St Ste 104
Crossville, TN, 38555-5069
Patton & Hyder, PLLC
4120 Peavine Road
Crossville, TN, 38571
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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2022
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Very professional and a great listener!
I contacted Mr. Patton to ask some questions about an order I felt uneasy about. After meeting with Mr. Patton I felt better about a situation that could have been ugly. I could tell he genuinely cared and showed an honest concern. He was very professional and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend Mr. Patton.
Posted by Robin | October 3, 2017
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Professional, Good Listener, Supportive, and Compassionate
Mr. Patton was very professional in all his interactions with me. He listened and understood what was happening in my life and marriage. He was very supportive and compassionate. I would use Mr. Patton again, and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a divorce attorney.
Posted by Jenny | August 9, 2017
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Our knight in shining armor!
When my husband and I learned of his ex-wife's habit of doing drugs in front of their children we were horrified and had no idea what to do. On the recommendation of a friend we contacted Earl who took a heartfelt approach to our case and helped us immensely. He was very honest and straightforward and it was clear that he really cared about us and the well-being of our children. It was very long but very rewarding, in June of 2017 I adopted my step-children and they will never again be exposed to drugs and domestic violence as they were in their biological mothers homes, plural as she was constantly living with different men. We have Earl Patton solely to thank for that and nothing I could ever do could show how grateful I am for that. I 100% recommend Earl for any situation you may have, it is clear that he is in it to help you out and not just to demolish your bank account as I have come across with other lawyers. Earl is a wonderful honest man, one in a million for sure.
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Posted by Todd | September 21, 2016
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What a worker!
George Earl fought my divorce for me. He most definitely pays attention to your case and what the DA is saying. He pointed out all the flaws to the DA that they were bringing against me. Walked out of courtroom happier then I walked in. Don't understand why people hate lawyers. George Earl will make you love your lawyer. Thanks, Earl, for everything you've done for me.
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Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2016
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Confidence during a stressful event
I, as many of us have, made the mistake of driving after having a few beers watching a band. Mr. Patton was successful in having my charges decreased to reckless driving vs. DUI. I am very thankful for his commitment to me as his client, his professionalism and tenacity.
Posted by Jerry | October 21, 2015
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viking struggle
Mr Patton was very patient with me, his staff was very professional. He was compassionate and gave me the asssurance that I needed in times doubt. He is an asset to the community.
Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2015
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The Right Lawyer
I knew when I sat down with Mr. Patton the first time that he was the right lawyer for me. As my case progressed, he was encouraging, frank, patient, considerate, diligent, and resourceful. He had a keen sense of when to be patient and when to push ahead. My case was dismissed. In the hands of another lawyer, I’m not so sure it would have turned out that way. “Earl” is easy to talk with, clear about the process, and happy to deliver results. I could not recommend any other attorney any higher.
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Posted by Dave | August 15, 2015
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Mr. Patton
Every experience that I have encountered with Mr. Patton I have found him to be thorough, detailed, and knowlegable. As for his character, he is compassionate and trustworthy. I would highly recommend his services.
Posted by Leigh Ann | August 12, 2015
I could not be more pleased
Mr. Patton has been an amazing help during some tumultuous times in our lives. He has been very professional, forthright and honest as well as successful in our endeavors. His office staff is helpful and courteous and they work diligently to keep you informed of any pertinent changes that you need to be aware of. I am so pleased with our choice to use Earl Patton as our lawyer and recommend him to anyone that I know who is in need of legal counsel.
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Posted by Jerome | August 12, 2015
Earl Patton serves Cumberland County with integrity
On three separate cases I have acquired the services of Earl Patton and every time I understood cost , the exact process , and the outcome was in favor with out fail. In one case he sent me a refund of $20.00 , I was shocked first of all so I called to thank him and I have used his services ever since.
Posted by Rebecca | August 12, 2015
Mr. Patton is a wonderful attorney, he has been my attorney for several years and handled a few cases for me and did great. I am very thankful for the honesty and hard work he puts into his clients. He treated me with respect and I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2015
Best lawyer ever
Very professional, well dressed, articulate, really cares about his clients-exactly what you want in a lawyer. He helped my daughter when an apartment complex was asking her for money in addition to what was in the lease. He had it handled very quickly and efficiently.
Posted by Andy | August 12, 2015
Disability case
After several attempts to get disability insurance for my wife, (should have been a no brainer.) Mr. Earl Patton took our case, worked diligently for us, got our case heard. End result got approved. I highly recommend Mr. Eall Patton.
Posted by James | August 12, 2015
Extremely Diligent & Effective Attorney
I've used Mr. Patton several times for various issues including family law scenarios, and I can't say enough about how he and his staff worked quickly and efficiently. Documents were filed, letters were mailed all in a very timely manner. Time is often money, and I was saved lots of headaches and costly experiences due to his experience & fast turnaround. We were beyond satisfied with the experience that we had with Mr. Patton! Beyond all of this, "Earl" is a super nice person and really cares about his clients! Highly Recommended!
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Posted by Bradley | August 5, 2015
Mr. Patton was attentive to my case, swift in his actions, and always was concerned what was best for me in my case.
excellent attorney
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AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Patton & Hyder, PLLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Bean, Smith, Burnett & Patton
  • 2002 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • 2000 - 2002


  • Nashville School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993


  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • N/A
  • Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National School Boards Association, Council of School Attorneys
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022

Speaking Engagements

  • Cumberland County Board of Education Inservice
  • Discipline of Certified Employees in a School System
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (5)
Endorse G. Earl
Unknown Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Patton is a strong advocate for his clients and handles himself with the utmost decorum and professionalism. If you are looking for an attorney with the heart of a teacher, look no further. I would not hesitate to recommend any of my friends or family to him."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Earl Patton is a hard-working, intelligent lawyer who demonstrates professionalism in every aspect of his practice. I highly recommend him to potential clients and endorse him as a colleague."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Earl is a very aggressive attorney who fights for his clients, and has a vast knowledge of not only Personal Injury cases, but also Social Security, Criminal Defense and Family law cases."
General practice Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Earl Patton and I attended law school together and studied for the bar exam together. He is intelligent, hard working, and a fine attorney. I am proud to call him a friend. I would recommend a family member or friend to Earl without reservation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Earl is a very good lawyer for the legal needs of people in and around Crossville, and I highly recommend him"
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