Shelly WilsonShelly Wilson joined us in June of 1999 as an associate attorney. Her talents quickly earned her a position as partner in 2000 and the role of Managing Partner in 2014. Shelly’s practice includes Complex Litigation and Antitrust, Commercial and Corporate Law, Municipal and Government Law, Employment Law, General Litigation, and Family Law. Shelly serves as general counsel to several non-profit corporations in East Tennessee.

Before joining the firm as an associate attorney in 1999, Shelly worked for over eleven years as an Assistant Public Defender for the State of Florida, defending persons charged with a variety of crimes including capital cases. Shelly serves as co-chair on the Knoxville Bar Association’s Committee on Continuing Legal Education, where she has chaired the Ethics Bowl CLE program planning team for over 10 years. She was the former chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Local Government Section, serves on the Tennessee Bar Association’s Board of Governors and the Tennessee Bar Association’s House of Delegates, where she also formerly served as Speaker of the House. She previously served on the Knoxville Bar Association’s Board of Governors. From January through May of 2019 she also taught Municipal Government Law at the Duncan School of Law, Lincoln Memorial University, Knoxville.

She was born in Saginaw, Michigan, and grew up in Orlando, Florida. She enjoys time with family, especially grandchildren, and volunteer work. Shelly currently serves as a member of the Zoofari Committee for Zoo Knoxville.


Stetson University College of Law – J.D., 1987
Florida Southern College – B.A., 1982, Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

Florida, 1987
Tennessee, 1999
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 1999
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2010
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2015


American Bar Association and Antitrust Division
Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association
Tennessee Bar Association
Knoxville Bar Association
Blount County Bar Association
Florida Bar Association
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women

Special Recognition

Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility Hearing Committee Member
Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Association
Fellow of the American Bar Association
Fellow of the Knoxville Bar Association Foundation

Knoxville Bar Association President’s Award – 2011

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