Kelly Tanner Law

Tip the Scales in your Favor

Kelly Tanner

550 W Main St Suite 600, Knoxville, TN 37902

Having 20 years of experience as a law enforcement officer in Knoxville, Tennessee, I have a unique insight into the defense of individuals who have been charged with DUI, drug offenses, and any other Criminal offense. I know how these cases are put together at the most basic level, and have experience in cases ranging from complex narcotic conspiracies to DUIs to the even most minor criminal offenses. I consider it an honor to help those charged with such offenses and work hard for my clients.

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Kelly Tanner a Great Lawyer

Posted by Angela | May 21, 2019

He makes you feel like family he was very honest upfront never sugar coated anything about our case he called back when we would call him. the case turned out like he said it would. I would recommend him to anyone that needs a great lawyer.

Phenomenal Attorney


Posted by Ed | May 9, 2019

I’ve known Kelly for 15+ yrs and 5 of those yrs he was my partner at KPD. I was fortunate enough to get to work with Kelly on several cases. His work ethic and drive will not be out done and that was evident when my daughter was involved in a traffic accident that wasn’t her fault. He stayed on top of the insurance company and didn’t let the case drag on unnecessarily for months. He kept my daughter informed the entire time and didn’t make decisions unless he consulted with her. Kelly Tanner an outstanding attorney.

Reliable and Professional


Posted by Mark | April 24, 2019

Mr. Tanner has represented me on several occasions. He has always provided me with great direction and advice. Always getting back to me with information in what seems to amazing time! Has has made me feel welcome and important. Not just like I’m another client that that’s coming and going. Always shown me respect!

Mr. Tanner works extremely hard on my cases and has always astounded me with the results. I wouldn’t recommend anyone but Kelly Tanner! He works hard and treats you like a human being, not a criminal.

He never settles for less and makes sure his clients get ALL that they deserve in return! In my opinion, he is the BEST lawyer in all of Knoxville hands down!

Incredible Attorney


Posted by Antwon | April 15, 2019

I hired Mr. Tanner after I was arrested for dui and possession of a couple different drugs. I was a basket case worrying about losing my job and going to jail, but I had complete faith in Mr. Tanner after some of my friends told me about him – he had saved their ass multiple times. He got all my charges dismissed! His slogan of “Tip the Scales in Your Favor” is 100! You be thankful you called him if you need a lawyer – he’s the best.

Outstanding Attorney!


Posted by Brian | April 15, 2019

Kelly has been my lawyer in not only one situation but two, and each time has been consistent. Always keeping me up to date about my case with what’s going on. Very easy to talk to and more importantly actually cares about the individual he’s dealing with. We all make mistakes, kelly really does go above and beyond to insure whatever it is you might be up against that point is made. Just wanted to share my gratitude and give credit where credit is do! Thank you again Kelly Tanner.


Tip those Scales in your Favor!


Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2019

I needed an attorney and he was recommended highly by another firm. Worked with me and gave me the help I needed. Great attorney! 5 stars easily!


Good Attorney


Posted by Samuel | April 4, 2019

He is a good lawyer that understands you at the time of needs I will recommending any I know to him because he helps me and my family when we need a good hard working lawyer and we find everything we need in him. I will always pray for God blessings to him for his help to me.




Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2019

I would definitely recommend Mr.Tanner he helped me out with my case and he has been a great friend thru the process.


The Best Lawyer Around!!!


Posted by Jonathan | April 2, 2019

I could of not asked for a more better lawyer, Kelly went above and beyond on my case. He was there for me every step of the way no matter the time or place he always responded back to me. I have referred multiple people to him and they all have the same outcome. You won’t go wrong hiring Kelly Tanner has your lawyer he’s more then a lawyer he’s a friend to my family.

I Recommend Kelly Tanner


Posted by Rachel w| March 27, 2019

Kelly has a passion for law and each case he works on. He is a wonderful lawyer and family man. The only person I would trust to represent me in any case I have had or may need in the future. Nothing but good things to say about this man!


Posted by Rachel w | March 27, 2019

Kelly has a passion for law and each case he works on. He is a wonderful lawyer and family man. The only person I would trust to represent me in any case I have had or may need in the future. Nothing but good things to say about this man!

Very Impressive


Posted by Sherry | March 27, 2019

I contacted Kelly Tanner for a will and living will, he answered all my questions. He was extremely knowledgeable. Each time I called I was able to speak with him or had a return promptly. I highly recommend Kelly Tanner for an attorney.

You’re the Best !!


Posted by Sam | May 4, 2018

Successful did what needed to be done with my brother’s case. It was a DUI, he knew what’s gonna happen and it was exactly the same as he said. And now my brother is living his normal life and taking care of himself and my parents. So I strongly recommend him to anyone who’s seeking a successful attorney. Thank you Mr. Tanner.

Exceptional Litigator


Posted by Elizabeth | March 7, 2018

I came to Kelly upon recommendation from several peers in my field as well as my personal physician. I had been injured severely in a car wreck and spent several weeks in the hospital as a result. I had plenty to worry about without having to think about medical bills and my ability to work in the future…I literally did not know if I would walk again. I am so thankful for this man, and to my peers and physician for telling me about him. In short, he handled my case from start to finish and got me a very large settlement that will certainly help me in the future. I constantly refer people to him for a variety of legal needs and he’s the only lawyer I would ever trust.

Hire him!! Best criminal defense lawyer in Knoxville


Posted by Justin | January 19, 2018

Mr. Tanner was recommended to me by a family member who called him a “miracle worker” I was arrested and charged with a felony and a misdemeanor. My story was on the news and they altered every bit of my story to attempt to make me look guilty however when i met with Mr Tanner he assured me everything would be fine and he was up for the challenge of this case, and he did not lie. I was expecting a very long legal process. And my case was dismissed after 3 months at a preliminary hearing. Mr. Tanner’s background in law enforcement makes him a one of a kind lawyer and I am absolutely speechless at how great he was in my defense and bringing the truth out. He is excellent at communication and making his clients feel like family. He kept me extremely informed every step along the way and answered every question I had. If you need an amazing lawyer and first class person, hire Kelly Tanner! You will not regret it! He saved my life and my reputation.

Mr. Tanner went above and beyond expectations


Posted by Marcus | August 9, 2017

I was fortunate enough to have Mr. Tanner on my side during a DUI case in the very tough area of Gatlinburg. I contacted many attorneys before a family friend highly recommended him to me. Most of the attonerys I spoke with were not even willing to attempt to defend a client in that area. Mr. Tanner was not concerned and happy to take on the task at hand. I probably had unrealistic goals going into this battle especially for the city I was charged in. During our time in court Mr Tanner was able to keep me well informed with everything happening and coming in the future. He was very knowledgeable of the laws and what was needed for a strong case. I believe one of the most valuable assets of Mr. Tanner being on your side is his extensive history through the ranks of a local police department. Mr. Tanner was not intimidated or reluctant to go to trial with the judicial system. He was able to obtain my unrealistic wants in this matter and get my charge of DUI dismissed. I could not be happier with his services and professionalism on the whole case. He is not the type of guy to tell you what you want to hear just to make you happy he is a very realistic person. He makes you very aware of all options and possible outcomes of your situation even if they aren’t the ones you want to hear. I appreciate that in the situations of this matter. I would much rather be informed and prepared for a worse case scenario then get better. I would not been happy with someone promising the world then under delivering from what was promised, which he did not do. Although I really appreciated his hard work and detication to my case I really hope I do not need to use him in this manor again. Although if I or anyone I know need legal help in the future I will not hesitate to refer or call him.

Depend on Kelly to Work for your Best Interest


Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2017

Kelly’s years on the police force were invaluable as he defended me against a DUI charge in Oak Ridge, TN. He knew the techniques the police and the D.A. would use to try and convict me, recognized there was nothing remarkable in the video evidence of the event, and won me a much lower charge of “reckless driving”, a very rare accomplishment in Oak Ridge General Sessions Court. I’d call on Kelly for any legal help and highly recommend him to anyone else.



Posted by Chad | February 9, 2017

Kelly is a amazing lawyer, he has let me know every detail of my case as it unfolds. He has led me to the smartest desisons in my case , and he genuinely cares for his clients

Dedicated; Succeeded in getting charges dismissed!


Posted by Dwayne | November 14, 2016

Kelly was very dedicated to making sure my case ended in a positive outcome right from the start. He was extremely thorough and worked hard to get my charges dismissed in a case where I was wrongfully accused and he succeeded! Any questions or concerns about my case were answered promptly. He always made me feel he had my best interest at heart and kept me in the loop each step of the way. I could not have asked for a better outcome or a better lawyer. I have already hired him to address another legal matter for me and will use him in the future as well if another cause arises.



Posted by Mary | October 27, 2016

My husband and I needed a will and living will. Mr. Tanner took considerable time helping us to determine how the will should be constructed to best fit our wishes. He was articulate and timely. We were very pleased with his services. If I need a lawyer again, he will be the one.

Hired Him!


Posted by Marie | October 12, 2016

I met with Mr. Tanner and he was very professional and helpful to get my car accident resolved. I would highly recommend him to anyone. He answered all my questions and helped understand all my legal options.

Excellent Attorney!


Posted by Keith | September 27, 2016

Mr. Tanner has been with me every step of the way. He has always taken the time to explain the legal process and my options in terms that are easy to understand. Mr. Tanner is driven and has given my case 100% of his attention. I trust Mr. Tanner completely and would highly recommend him to anyone needing a top notch attorney.

Efficient, Persistent, Professional & Informative


Posted by Sharon | September 9, 2016

I worked with Mr. Tanner almost 2 years ago in the legal field. I had the opportunity to observe his many various abilities as an attorney and the assistance his lengthy background as an officer was able to contribute to his profession. Mr. Tanner is extremely driven and consistent in the way he practices law, while also being able to communicate with his clients in a way they fully understand all options offered to them. I was privileged to assist him in numerous cases in which the ability to “win” seemed unreachable; however he prevailed!! I would recommend Mr. Tanner to anyone willing to listen.

Personable, efficient & well versed


Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2016

Kelly has taken the time to speak with me regarding several issues. Each time he informs me of my options and gives me his advice on how would be the best to proceed. He is interested in helping the client and finding the best possible outcome for me. I really appreciated his help. I have sent a lot of friends to him as well and they have all been equally satisfied.

Won for me at Trial


Posted by James | February 18, 2016

I hired Mr. Tanner to represent me in a civil lawsuit where I was sued. Mr. Tanner did a fantastic job, actually representing me in a full blown trial -and won, getting the judge to dismiss the suit against me. I liked this attorney so much that I hired him on a 2nd lawsuit similar to the first and he won for me again at Trial. I also use Mr. Tanner for all of my business related legal matters. Top shelf attorney and a true gentleman.

Superb Representation


Posted by Carla | October 22, 2015

Kelly did a really good job handling some very serious criminal charges against our son. I was very concerned when he was charged, but Kelly was with us every step of the way and my son sings his praises. I would highly recommend this gentleman for any legal need. I pray we never need legal help of any kind again, but I would call Kelly in a new york minute if I did.