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Hoyt O. Samples

Hoyt Samples has been practicing law since 1979. Serving Chattanooga and surrounding communities for years, he is ready and experienced in business transactions, litigation and estate planning, and can help give you and your family peace of mind.

Education

  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (BS, magna cum laude, 1976)
  • University of Cincinnati (JD, 1979)
  • Academic Honors
    • Phi Eta Sigma
    • Alpha Society
    • Blue Key

Memberships

  • University of Cincinnati Law Review 1977–1979
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Chattanooga Bar Association
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Supreme Court

Practice Areas

  • Commercial, Transactions, and Business Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Estate Planning

Contact Information

hsamples@sampleslaw.com

 

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Michael S. Jennings

A founding member of our law firm, Michael Jennings has been practicing law since 1984. With knowledge and experience in both the adoption process and in estate and business planning and administration, he can help give you and your family peace of mind and will work hard for those you love. Michael and his wife Sandy have been married for 35 years and have 4 children who are now grown and married, and have blessed Michael and Sandy with four grandchildren. Michael and Sandy are members of Woodland Park Baptist Church.

Education

  • University of Georgia (BA, summa cum laude, 1981; JD, summa cum laude 1984)
  • Academic Honors
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Order of the Coif

Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Chattanooga Bar Association

Practice Areas

  • Adoption, throughout all of north Georgia and middle and east Tennessee, including:
    • Birth parent representation
    • Independent adoptions
    • Agency adoptions
    • Stepparent, grandparent and other relative adoptions
    • Termination of parental rights
    • Adult Adoptions
  • Corporate
  • Estate Planning (including wills, trusts & tax planning)
  • Estate Administration
  • Probate

Contact Information

mjennings@sampleslaw.com

 

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J. Christopher Clem

 

Chris Clem has more than 24 years of legal experience. He has experience representing clients in multi-million dollar civil claims ranging from car accidents to divorce. No matter how big or small a case may be—every case is important to Chris.

Personal Achievements

  • Admitted to the bar: Tennessee, 1993; Georgia, 1996
  • TN Judicial Nominating Committee, 2009–2013, Vice Chair
  • TN Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee, 2012–present
  • Certified Public Accountant, Tennessee, 1993 (inactive)

Education

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville:
    • BS, 1990 with honors
    • JD, 1992 on Dean's List

Memberships

  • Chattanooga and Tennessee bar associations
  • Christian Legal Society
  • (Former) Tennessee General Assembly, 27th House District
  • Member State Bar of Georgia
  • Member Judicial Nominating Committee (2008–2012)
  • Member Judicial Evaluation Committee (2012–present)

Practice Areas

  • Auto Accident/Personal Injury
  • Divorce
  • Social Security Disability

Contact Information

cclem@sampleslaw.com

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James A. Fields

James A. Fields joined our law firm in 2015. For more than 30 years, Fields has focused in the areas of civil litigation; commercial litigation; corporate and business transactions; wills; probate; creditor rights in bankruptcy; foreclosures, repossessions and collections in Tennessee and Georgia; transactional work representing buyers and/or sellers of business and other assets; and domestic relations.

Personal Achievements

  • Associate professor with the University of Phoenix
  • Member of the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners, serving as the Commissioner for District 2

Education/Military Service

  • Juris Doctor, University of Memphis (Memphis State) Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, May 1985
  • Member of Law Review, Managing Editor 1984–85
  • BS Public Administration, University of Tennessee, June 1982, Graduated with Highest Honors
  • U.S. Navy 1972–1978. Radioman Second Class
  • 1972–1974 NAF Sigonella Sicily
  • 1974–1978 U.S.S. Sierra AD-18, Charleston, SC
  • 1978–1980 U.S. Naval Reserve

Memberships

  • Member of the Georgia, Tennessee and Chattanooga bar associations
  • Served as a member of the board of governors
  • Served as secretary/treasurer, vice president and president in the Chattanooga Bar Association

Professional Licensure/Training

  • Licensed to practice law: Tennessee (1985) and Georgia (1986)
  • Admitted to practice in Tennessee Supreme Court, Georgia Supreme Court, Georgia Court of Appeals, U.S. Court of Appeals (6th circuit), U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, U.S. District Court for Middle District of Tennessee, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • Rule 31 General Civil Mediation
  • Rule 31 Family Mediation with Domestic Violence Training
  • Better Business Bureau Auto-line trained arbitration

Practice Areas

  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy
  • Debtor and Creditor Law
  • Insolvency
  • Workouts
  • Commercial Litigation

Contact Information

jfields@sampleslaw.com

 

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Mitzi Samples

Born in Cleveland, TN, Samples has been practicing law since 1979.  Mitzi Samples has long served the communities in which she resides in their legal issues by helping them better protect what is theirs.

Education

  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (BA, magna cum laude, 1976)
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law (JD, 1979)
  • Academic Honors
    • Mortar Board Member
    • Alpha Society
    • Blue Key

Memberships

  • University of Cincinnati Law Review 1977–1979
  • Chattanooga Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association and the elder law subsection

Practice Areas

  • Landlord/Tenant Law
  • Probate
  • Estate Planning
  • Trust Administration
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Tax Planning

Professional Designations

  • Chartered Life Underwriter, American College, Bryn Mawr, PA, 1982

Contact Information

msamples@sampleslaw.com

 

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William H. Vetterick

A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Will is an associate attorney at our law firm and was admitted to practice law in Tennessee in 2016. Your concerns are very important to Will and he will work diligently with you to resolve them.

Education

  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (BS, magna cum laude, 2013)
  • University of Tennessee College of Law (JD, 2016)
  • Homer A. Jones Jr. Wills Clinic, 2015
  • Christian Legal Society, chapter president 2015-2016

Memberships

  • Chattanooga Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Christian Legal Society

Practice Areas

  • Adoption, including:
    • Birth parent representation
    • Independent adoptions
    • Agency adoptions
    • Stepparent, grandparent and other relative adoptions
    • Termination of parental rights
  • Estate Planning (including wills, trusts & tax planning)
  • Estate Administration
  • Probate
  • Corporate

Contact Information

wvetterick@sampleslaw.com

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