I have been practicing primarily family law for more than fifteen years here in Bradley and the surrounding counties. Family law means almost anything that affects the people in your home - whether it is divorce, custody issues, adoptions, taking care of children that are not your own, or even wills and end of life decisions. I work in the historic law office of Susie Starnes and Associates, in downtown Cleveland, only a few blocks from the Bradley County Courthouse, and I meet personally with every single client, every single time.
My personal goal is to leave each client better off than I found them. I understand how frightening changes in your life can be, but also try to focus on the possibilities for your fresh start we all have after we get through the challenges these changes present. I have helped countless families transition from being under one roof, to sharing time with one another in a different way with less conflict for all involved. I have been there with dozens of step-parents and grandparents adopting children who need a forever home with unconditional love and stability. I have counseled with scared young parents who have separated from their partners and aren’t quite sure how to go about co-parenting. Every client gets my personal attention, every case, every phone call, every day.
After 16 years of marriage and building a business with my now-ex-husband, I divorced in 2016 and started my life and my law practice over from scratch. I am now raising two teenagers as a single mother, running my own business and helping people every day. This personal experience has taught me more than I ever thought I needed to learn about how going through a family conflict truly affects your day-to-day life - while you are going through it and after you have completed the process. I am also a sole practitioner, which means that when you consult with me, you will actually meet with an attorney, and not a paralegal, who is ready to guide you through what is probably the most difficult and uncertain time in your life.
I grew up in a small town called McMinnville in Middle Tennessee. I attended UTC after graduating from high school and was a University Honors Scholar in undergraduate school. During that time, I also waited tables to pay for school, and learned valuable lessons in hard work and multitasking. After I graduated undergraduate school, I attended the University of Memphis’s Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where I served as a peer tutor and graduated with honors. I married my former husband the weekend after I graduated from law school, and practiced in Chattanooga at a 13-member law firm. After my son was born, I joined my ex-husband’s practice here in Bradley County and began practicing family law, all day, every day. I have grown to love Cleveland as my adopted home town, and have raised my two children here. My children attend local schools, we are members of First United Methodist Church and enjoy being active in the community.