Luke Shipley

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Luke Shipley, Associate

Luke Shipley is an associate attorney and Rule 31 Listed Family Law Mediator at LaFevor & Slaughter. Luke handles all varieties of family law cases, some criminal law matters, estate planning, and juvenile delinquency cases. Before coming to LaFevor & Slaughter, Luke was an associate attorney at Held Law Firm.

Helping people comes first

Luke was born in rural Northeast Tennessee where he learned to enjoy hard work and a good fight. Luke has always known he wanted to work with people and solve problems. After considering a career in ministry and then politics (yes, that’s a big swing) he landed on law as the way to help solve more problems for more everyday folks. During law school Luke served as the first law clerk for Judge Bill Swann of the Knox County Fourth Circuit Court, where he helped dispose of over 4,000 cases. During that time, he developed a special interest in family law and domestic violence issues. After his time with Judge Swann, Luke cultivated his courtroom skills as a student attorney at the UT domestic violence clinic where he provided free legal services to victims of domestic violence and won “Top Student Attorney” honors. Luke’s most recent work was with Held Law Firm as a senior associate attorney and Rule 31 Listed Family Law Mediator. While there, Luke handled all manners of family law cases including: divorces, child custody, child support, paternity, adoptions, orders of protection, and child abuse cases. In 2014 Luke was selected by Judge Swann to serve as a Special Master (an appointed attorney who hears and rules on court cases). Luke maintains the record as the youngest Special Master in state history. Luke continued this honor under Judge Swann’s successor, Judge Greg McMillan until the positon was retired.

Luke brings significant family law experience, a cool head, a sense of creativity, and a love of the process to LaFevor & Slaughter. From consultation to mediation to litigation, it’s Luke’s goal to let clients know what they can expect, give a realistic picture of their options, work for a common-sense solution, and fight aggressively to protect their rights every step of the way.

Outside the office

When not in the office, Luke enjoys UT football, a good cigar, travelling with his wife Megan, and indulging in his love of firearms with his father. This last hobby is especially interesting as Luke is legally blind. He’s the only blind person with a carry permit that most people know. Luke will soon be taking up a new hobby – building a nursery. He and Megan are expecting their first child in early December.

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Juvenile Delinquency


  • JD, University of Tennessee College of Law, 2012
    • Co-captain National Trial Team, 2012
    • Student attorney in the Domestic Violence Clinic
  • BA, summa cum laude, University of Tennessee, Political Science and Legal Studies, 2009
    • Dean’s Student Advisory Committee
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • National Society of Colligate Scholars

Bar Admissions

  • S. District Court for the Eastern District of TN, 2013
  • Tennessee, 2012

Professional Affiliations

  • Knoxville Bar Association
    • KBA Family Law Section
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Association of Visually Impaired Attorneys


  • Special Master for Judges Bill Swann and Greg McMillan 2013-2015
  • Top Student Attorney University of Tennessee Domestic Violence Clinic, 2012
  • Rule 31 Listed Family Law Mediator

Prior Work Experience

  • Assistant to the Director of Communications, Republican Party of Virginia
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Bill Swann (Ret.) Knox County Fourth Circuit Court
  • Student attorney at the University of Tennessee Domestic Violence Clinic
  • Associate Attorney, Held Law Firm
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