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Laura Elizabeth Metcalf

Mediation Attorney

3.6   19 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1994
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About Laura

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Laura is aslo a Rule 31 listed mediator for family and general civil cases. She has collected millions of dollars for her clients in personal injury and worker's compensation cases, and has successfully guided hundreds of clients through the divorce process. She also represents people charged in criminal cases in courts across the state. 

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3.6 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Laura is very knowledge, she handled my case very well, and cared about my well being as her client. I'm very glad I hired her.
Posted by William C. | March 26, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation
I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude & overwhelming satisfaction with the exceptional legal representation that Laura provided during my divorce proceedings. Laura’s effectiveness, dedication, and her unwavering commitment to my best interests were truly remarkable. I cannot thank her enough. I truly appreciated her ability to clearly communicate complex issues and help me understand them fully even when I didn’t want to hear it. Her no BS style of client representation really resonated with me. Laura’s expertise and guidance were truly invaluable throughout this extremely challenging process. I would highly recommend Laura’s services to anyone in need of a skilled and professional attorney.
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Posted by Jenn | February 20, 2024
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Intelligent and aggressive
Ms. Metcalf represented me in a civil legal matter. She was prepared both with the facts of my case and with the small details of the law resulting in a win. I would definitely use Ms. Metcalf again in the future as she was not only excellent in court but she calmed my nerves at every turn. Cannot say enough good things about her.
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Posted by Lauren | April 4, 2019
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Highly Recommend
I would HIGHLY recommend Laura Metcalf after she represented me in a divorce last year. She is confident, experienced and most importantly she works quickly!
Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Everything I could ask for ...
Laura represented me in a divorce that, I was concerned, could have gone on for a long time and had the potential to be negative and costly. Because of her knowledge of the law, her professionalism and, quite frankly, her assertive and confident nature, it was resolved quickly and the outcome was greater than I had expected. She guided me through, answering all of my questions patiently and, at the conclusion of this painful time, I could not have asked for better counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2017
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Great Experience
Ms. Metcalf was my lawyer for my divorce and custody matters and I was very pleased with how she handled the cases. I was constantly updated and given plenty of notice for due dates for all of the paperwork involved and court hearings and never felt overwhelmed at the process. By the time everything was resolved, I felt like her and her assistant were family.
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2016
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lawyer with great skills and sympathy
We highly recommend Laura. We ran into trouble few years ago. We talked to handful of lawyers in the town, and Laura stood out. We hired her, since we were impressed by her being straight forward and setting up our expectation reasonably. After the case was resolved, we thought back and could see that she pointed us to the right path, and really fought for us.
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Posted by Lisa | August 19, 2016
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Easy divorce
Laura was great!! Helped me navigate through a divorce that I thought was finalized many years back. She took over and it was done quickly!! So thankful for her and her willingness to help me. Is he offered a very personalized approach. Quality act!!
Posted by Bianca | October 16, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Divorce
Laura and her office were amazing they always made me feel very confident through everything I was going through. Also ensured me that everything will be ok. I would highly recommend them.
Posted by Kristi | March 31, 2015
Laura Metcalf is an excellent divorce attorney.
I hired Laura for my divorce and she kept me updated throughout the entire process. Her outstanding communication helped me through a very difficult and scary time. I highly recommend Laura Metcalf.
Posted by kim | August 14, 2013
Perfect Ending
Laura kept us informed and was up front about our situation. She gave us excellent advice and also listened to our concerns and was willing to steer us in the right direction for our case. Lawyers have a language of their own, but Laura went the extra mile and explained when we didn't fully understand and was very patient with us. I am very thankful for her because in the end my husband got what he deserved and we don't have to worry about the future.
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Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2013
I would HIGHLY recomend Ms. Metcalf
I hired Ms. Metcalf for a custody and child support issue with my daughter. I also used for a comp case. She has always been helpful ,professional and polite since I have met her. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Amy | July 23, 2020
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Not great communication
In the consultation Laura promised that she would be a good representation and that everything would be fine in my divorce. However, after the consultation, the communication dropped off. She stopped responding to my emails, questions and phone calls and handed me down to an associate attorney who failed to show up for my appointment, didn't return my calls, and overall had very little knowledge regarding divorce. If you are okay just completely handing your case over to Laura, and keeping a hands-off approach, I believe that in the long run, she will probably be a great attorney. However, I needed a level of communication that I was not getting from her office.
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Posted by John | February 19, 2024
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The Worst
Worst experience I could have imagined. She drug the case out for 3 years only to have to plead guilty. I would have been better off representing myself and saving the time and money.
Posted by Anne | October 29, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Do not hire!!
Do not hire this person. Worst attorney I have ever been associated with. She will not return calls. She is cold and feels no empathy or sympathy. Waist of money.
Posted by Adrienne | December 5, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Heartless
Laura represented me in a auto accident. I was very emotional due to the fact my nephew had just drowned in my indoor apartment pool, my Father had just passed, I found my Mother dead on christmas day I was going through losing my husband and children. Losing my home and job all within the six months prior to her representation of my auto accident. I said a few unkind words due to the stress I had experienced. She settled my case for 25.000 dollars. I went to her doctors for physical therapy. Laura told me I could opt to pay monthly for my physical therapy and I agreed. When it was time to finally settle she said that I signed a paper that I would pay the total bill from my settlement, of course I opted to pay the Drs monthly. Beware she is heartless and sneaky. Long story short, out of the 25.000 dollar settlement I recieved 3.000 dollars. completely unimpressed with her.
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2017
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Horrible attorney!
I would not recommend Laura as an attorney. She did not fight for me during my divorce but rather agreed with everything my now ex's attorney said. As a previous poster commented, she just wanted me to sign off on my divorce so she didn't have to deal with it anymore. I had unresolved issues that she acted like she would help with that ended up going nowhere. She never called or emailed back and I got the constant run around. The only way I could ever talk to her was in person, and even then she was doing other things, acted not interested and always made me feel rushed to get out. If you are looking for good legal advice I would not recommend her!
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Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2017
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Horrible attorney!
I agree with the reviewer who said she agrees with the opposing counsel. Every single thing in that review was accurate. To make matters worse, she has lied twice that I know of to cover her mistakes. Her main concern is to socialize prior to court, do as little work as possible, and encourage you to settle. She must be afraid to litigate. She will tell you one thing when you first consult with her and then not follow through at all. I had to continually tell her what was in my parenting plan after we discussed major points. She absolutely is not an attorney who fights for you. She makes the opposing counsel's job easy. She told me she had filed a document a week before she actually did, then that document was only 3 sentences. Horrible! With her, it's settle, settle, settle. I think she doesn't want to go to trial. Must not have much confidence in her own ability. After my case was over, I spoke with several former clients and 2 other attorney's in Knoxville. They all had the same opinion as mine. Don't waste your money on her. You would be better off representing yourself!
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Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2017
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custody issue
laura was a recommendation from someone and she completely messed up my case her communication skills are horrible she takes the opposing attorneys side and didn't file appropriate documents as I was told she would . her legal assistant is a mess as well she is unorganiazed and doesn't return phone calls either its like pulling teeth to get them to answer or call back or even remember your case when they do I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND HER IM SORRY I HIRED HER
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AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding partner
  • Law office of Laura E. Metcalf
  • 2015 - Present
  • Mediation Training
  • Tennessee Mediation School
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Hindman & Associates
  • 1998 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Keaton, turner & spitzer
  • 1995 - 1998
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Education

  • Vanderbilt University
  • 1991
  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Seal v. Morgan
  • Argued at 6th circuit, remanded

Associations

  • Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators
  • 2013 - Present
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Criminal defense, divorce, mediation
  • CityView Magazine
  • 2016

Publications

  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • How mediation changed my practice
  • 2016
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • 10 Tips for a Successful Mediation
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Famly mediation
  • 2016
  • Become a rule 31 listed family mediator
  • Rule 31 mediation training
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (16)
Endorse Laura
Mediation Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Laura is an excellent mediator who consistently gets the job done. Anyone needing a mediator, or needing representation in any family law matter, would be well served by retaining her services."
Mediation Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Laura, he is one of the finest lawyers in the Knoxville Bar and is what all of us should aspire to be with regards to the way she conducts business in an ethical and professional manner. I wholeheartedly endorse her!"
Unknown Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Laura is a strong advocate for her clients. She is always prepared, skilled in the courtroom, and professional and courteous with opposing counsel. Laura is also a highly talented mediator who is most creative at helping parties reach a resolution."
Mediation Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Laura is an outstanding mediator and I highly recommend her. I often refer persons I am unable to represent to her for family and criminal matters. She is personable and a high achiever."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Laura is dedicated, passionate and zealous when representing her clients. I use her as a referral source for domestic law matters"
Mediation Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I took Laura's mediation class and absolutely loved it. It was informative and Laura did a great job making it engaging and informative. Fantastic job."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Laura is an excellent lawyer with many years of experience in divorce and criminal cases. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Mediation Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Laura is one of my favorite mediators to work with on domestic law cases. She is able to identify the issues and develope unique solutions for every problem. Ms Metcalf connects well with my clients and really allows them to feel comfortable mediating and be happy with the outcome of their case when agreements are reached. I endorse this lawyer."
Mediation Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Laura is one of Tennessee's top mediators. She is very patient, creative, and will work hard to settle your case."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Laura is exceptional. She is the type of lawyer other lawyers go to for advice. She solves problems that's others just refer out as too complicated. I have been on about every side of a case with Laura and am consistently impressed. My endorsement could not be higher."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Mediation Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have used Ms. Metcalf in the past as a Rule 31 mediator for my domestic cases. She was superb! She was knowledgeable in the area and was able to guide the parties to a resolution. My clients and I have always been very satisfied with her services as a mediator."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a great lawyer and great mediator. I have been on the other side of her on cases. She is committed to excellence and a very fine trial lawyer!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Laura is a fantastic lawyer and person. Hard working and goal driven. Very perceptive and always looking for a different approach to get her cases where they need to be."
Family Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.Laura is an outstanding lawyer. She is ethical, smart and fights hard for her clients. She's also a top notch mediator to boot!"
Family Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Metcalf is not only a great attorney who works at getting the best solutions for her client's individual needs, she is also very good at seeing the bigger picture and working out solutions that benefit their long term goals."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer! Ms. Metcalf is an experienced attorney who cares about her clients and has deservedly earned the respect of other attorneys in the Knoxville area."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Metcalf is experienced, talented, and will strive for the best outcome for her clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Laura is an experienced, aggressive attorney who always puts her clients first. She is professional, prepared and understands the intricacies of the court system."
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Mediation Lawyer Laura Elizabeth Metcalf
Laura Elizabeth Metcalf
Mediation Attorney
Licensed for 30 years