Firm History

.In 1998, the firm of Stokes & Fansler dissolved due to the ascension of Daryl Fansler to the office of Chancellor, Knox County Chancery Court. Soon thereafter, Billy J. Stokes, Herbert B. Williams, Robert R. Davies and Jon M. Cope continued the firm’s practice as Stokes & Williams.

In 1999, Ellis A. (Sandy) Sharp and Mary Jo Mann resigned their shareholder positions at the Knoxville firm of Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C. (now Lewis Thomason) and merged their practices with Stokes & Williams. This group has evolved into Stokes, Williams, Sharp, Cope & Mann. Dustin E. “Dusty” Sharp became associated with the firm in 2016.

Our firm enjoys a solid reputation around the state and region as highly effective litigators. All of our attorneys are in good standing with all Tennessee State Courts, as well as with the United States District Courts and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. While the bulk of our practice remains concentrated in the East Tennessee area, we continue to be involved in litigation throughout the state and in other jurisdictions regionally and nationally.

 

Ratings/Recommendations

 

 Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Rating (2016)

AV Rated copyStokes, Williams, Sharp, Cope & Mann is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. The Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register lists only the most distinguished law practices — those that have achieved the prestigious “AV” rating, the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. The “A” signifies the highest level of legal ability, while the “V” denotes “very high” adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence. This rating is the result of a peer review system based upon the confidential opinions of practicing attorneys and members of the judiciary. You can learn more about the “AV” rating by visiting Martindale-Hubbell’s website.

 

 US NEWS Best Law Firm Ranking (2014-2017)

Stokes, Williams, Sharp, Cope & Mann was listed among firms receiving a Tier 1 and Tier 2 ranking in the 2014 – 2017 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” Rankings were determined through the firm’s overall evaluation derived from a combination of client feedback, the high regard of lawyers in other firms in the same practice areas and information about the firm provided to U.S. News.