Areas of Practice

CRIMINAL DEFENSE
Mr. Utter has defended criminal cases involving various charges including:  Assault/Domestic Assault, DUI, Drug Possession, Manufacture and/or Delivery of Controlled Substance, Conspiracy, Robbery, Burglary, Theft, Vandalism, Driving on Revoked License, and Probation Violations.  He has represented clients in both General Sessions, Criminal Court and the Criminal Court of Appeals.

FAMILY LAW
Mr. Utter has represented clients in the following areas: Contested and Uncontested Divorces, Contempt of Court, Child Support, Visitation, Child Custody, and Orders of Protection.

CIVIL LITIGATION
Mr. Utter handles a wide variety of cases ranging from: Insurance Claims/Disputes to Landlord Tenant Disputes, Partnership Disagreements, Breach of Contract Cases, Assault and Battery Suits, Personal Injury Cases, Malicious Prosecution Claims, and Other Areas of Tort Law.

In addition to trial practice, Mr. Utter also provides services drafting contracts, assets purchase agreements, and corporate and limited liability company organization documents.

APPEALS
Finally, should the need arise, Mr. Utter provides representation to clients that wish to appeal an adverse decision from a Tennessee Trial Court, to the state’s Appellate Courts.

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