If you’ve been charged or accused of a crime, your rights and future could be in jeopardy. At Ooten Law our focus is on protecting the rights and freedom of our clients by using strategies and defenses to reduce fines and eliminate jail time. Our client-focused approach keeps us in close contact with all clients through each step of the defense process.

About Attorney Matt Ooten

Attorney Matt Ooten graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Legal Studies. He attended law school at Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law, where he served as SBA President.

Since graduating law school, he has been in private practice where his efforts have been focused on helping clients face and overcome various legal situations.

Paul Halewood Friend

Paul Halewood Friend recently joined the Ooten Law Firm as an Associate Attorney. Prior to his joining the firm, Paul served as an Acting Assistant District Attorney for the 6th Judicial District of Knox County and the 7th Judicial District of Anderson County. Before these experiences, Paul clerked for TriStar Legal Services and McKellar & Easter & DeVore.

Paul is a member of the Tennessee State Bar Association and certified by the Supreme Court of Tennessee. He is trained and certified by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration in D.U.I. defense.

Paul received his Juris Doctor from Lincoln Memorial University, Duncan School of Law. While attending LMU he was on the Dean’s List, was selected to be a Peer Leader and Mentor, and earned the General Oliver Pro-Bono award.

Prior to switching careers, Paul worked as an educator with early to middle school aged children. In addition to his J.D. Paul earned a Masters in Education from North Carolina A&T and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Elmira College.

Paul comes from a family of attorneys and educators and believes in public service, equal rights, and protecting the community from injustice. In his spare time, he enjoys running races and traveling with his wife, Grace, playing with his two dogs, refereeing collegiate soccer, and playing hurling with the Knoxville Gaelic Athletic Club. He is also excited to add the title of “dad” to his name this year.

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