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​​Attorney at Law

admitted in Tennessee & Florida

My Staff

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Tracy L. Palumbo

Legal Assistant

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A Little About Myself:


I am a licensed attorney in Tennessee and Florida. I earned my undergraduate degree as well as my law degree  from Nova University in South Florida. After practicing law in Florida for several years, I decided it was time for a change of scenery and pace moved to beautiful East Tennessee. My husband, Terry, and I recently moved to Jefferson County with our dogs Richard and Lucy. When I'm not in the office or at court, we enjoy boating on Douglas Lake and exploring the Smoky Mountains.


My children attended Sevier County Schools and graduated from Pigeon Forge High School. They both still reside and work in the area.


I take pride in knowing that over the last 10 years I have helped hundreds of people from Sevier, Jefferson, Hamblen, and Cocke Counties navigate the legal system in both Civil and Criminal matters. 


I offer a free consultation,  please call my office to schedule an appointment to discuss your legal situation with me personally. 

How To Choose An Attorney

 

Selecting an attorney is a personal decision.  Here are a few suggestions to help you:

 

  1. Comfort - you should feel comfortable when speaking with your lawyer. A comfortable and open relationship will allow you to share information relevant to your case openly, honestly, and completely.
  2. Clear Fee Structure - ​you'll want to make sure that the price of the attorney is worth the case. Smaller disputes generally don't warrant hiring the most expensive counsel. In addition, you should ask your attorney if they bill by the hour or if a flat fee arrangement is an option​ 
  3. Personal ReferralsAsk friends, family members, and even other attorneys if they can recommend someone. You can also check with your state or local bar association, the Better Business Bureau and your local Chamber of Commerce. Another option is to use Google Maps to get a list of attorneys near you. 
  4. Communication & Availability - If this is more than a short-term dispute, such as a contentious divorce, you'll need to stay in contact regularly with your attorney.  What you want to avoid is an attorney or staff that does not return phone calls or emails in a timely manner. Though your case may be routine for them, it is very important to you and should be treated as such.