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Kelly Tanner

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.

That same experience has also given me training as an accident re-constructionist along with real world experience that comes only through actual investigations of serious and fatal traffic crashes. I offer to my personal injury clients that same insight and experience that other lawyers must pay others for…at their client’s expense. I’ve handled hundreds of personal injury cases and get results for my clients.



Criminal Defense

Experienced in the defense of a wide array of criminal charges. I have a lengthy background in law enforcement, which gives insight into the way that these cases are made by law enforcement.

5 years, 2,500 cases


Personal Injury

Experienced in all facets of personal injury matters, including medical malpractice, nursing home injury/abuse, and of course traffic crashes involving cars and motorcycles. I’m certified as an accident reconstructionist and have investigated hundreds of serious or fatal traffic crashes. I am a court recognized expert in the field of accident reconstruction, giving me an insight that few, if any, other lawyers can claim.

5 years, 500 cases


Juvenile Law

I’ve handled many cases involving juvenile defense (criminal), as well as allegations against parents or guardians that involve juveniles.

5 years, 300 cases

Why Choose Us

Honest, Expert Lawyers

Modern Legal Care

Over 900 Cases Won


James Ammons

Criminal Defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Kelly works tirelessly for his clients. He utilizes his unique skill set to achieve the best results.

Lance Baker


Criminal Defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

I have known Kelly for several years now and can say without hesitation that he is a very good lawyer, he is personable, listens and understands his clients, has a proactive courtroom approach, and knows how to get thing done. I endorse this lawyer.


Forrest Wallace


Criminal Defense Attorney

Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Kelly is a tenacious attorney who uses his many years of experience to achieve the best possible outcomes for his clients. I highly recommend him.

Matthew Hall

Probate Attorney
Relationship: Co-worker

Kelly is a tremendous fighter for his clients. He knows the legal process inside and out. I would trust him to handle any legal matter quickly, competently, and professionally.

Seth Oakes

Probate Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

I endorse this lawyer. Kelly is an exceptional attorney and represents his clients with skill and competency. Having worked on matters against Kelly on several matters, I can confidently say that he advocates effectively and successfully.

George Blackburn

Criminal Defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

I have known Kelly Tanner for several years. He is no nonsense attorney and doesn’t back down in the courtroom. I know if I needed legal assistance on any personal matters Kelly is the first attorney I’d call.

Rachel Donsbach

Juvenile Law Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

I have known Kelly for many years and have had the privilege of working with him on several matters. He is a brilliant attorney who doesn’t back down from any challenge and has proven himself to be a zealous advocate in the courtroom. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Kelly to anyone in need of legal help.

Mandy Hancock

Divorce & Separation Attorney
Relationship: Co-worker

I have had the privilege of working with Mr. Tanner and he displays a professional demeanor in all aspects of life. As a previous law enforcement officer Mr. Tanner has multiple years experience in the criminal law arena. I would highly recommend Mr. Tanner for your criminal defense needs.

Devin DeVore

Social Security Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter

When it comes to criminal defense, or any other legal matter, Mr. Tanner is one of the most upstanding attorneys that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. His background has given him a special insight that not many other attorneys possess, and he is not afraid to fight for his client in order to get a more favorable outcome.


State Status Acquired Updated
Tennessee Active 2014 03/18/2019

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Award name Grantor Date granted
10 Best Attorneys American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys 2019
Attorney for Justice Pro Bono Award Tennessee Supreme Court 2019
Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys The National Trial Lawyers 2018
Title Company Name Duration
Attorney Banks & Jones 2014 – Present
Municipal Judge City of Townsend 2017 – 2017


Association Name Position Name Duration
Hamilton Burnett American Inns of Court Member 2016 – Present
Knoxville Bar Association Membership Committee Member 2014 – Present


School name Degree Graduated
Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law JD – Juris Doctor 2014


Conference Name Title Date
Ethics in Criminal Defense Cases CLE Ethics and Criminal Defense 2018
4th Annual Senior Financial Freedom Summit Estate planning, Nursing Home litigation and other Elder topics 2018


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