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About Davis & Hoss, PC

Chattanooga Criminal Defense Lawyers with Decades of Experience


With more than 25 years in practice - including former prosecution experience - our legal team at Davis & Hoss, PC is prepared to help you successfully defend your rights and your freedom in or out of court.

Are you facing criminal charges? Consult a knowledgeable Chattanooga criminal defense lawyer from our team. From the initial investigation (with federal or state investigators and agents) through the court process, from arraignment to jury trial, we know how to protect your rights.

Although our law office is based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, our work has taken us across the country. We have tried hundreds of jury trials in many jurisdictions. We are able to offer a level of experience that is broad and varied. Our background gives us perspective and the kind of practical experience that lets us represent our clients' interests with strength and effectiveness.

Our Attorneys

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Lee Davis has been practicing law since 1986. Since that time, he has served as a prosecutor, private attorney, special judge, and adjunct professor of criminal and constitutional law at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and trial practice at the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville. As the first attorney in the U.S. to use mitochondrial DNA as evidence in a criminal law case, Attorney Davis has always been at the forefront of the industry for his respected legal ability and thorough familiarity with the law. Attorney Davis received his B.A. in 1983 from Elizabethtown College, PA and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1986. He founded Davis & Hoss, PC in 1998.

Bryan Hoss graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio in 1997 with two degrees: a B.A. in English and another in history. After working for the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office, he earned his J.D. at the University of Memphis, where he earned the award of merit for outstanding trial advocacy at the National Trial Competition in 2001 and the Professor Joe A. Moore Award for outstanding achievement emphasizing oral advocacy. He joined the firm in 2001 and has helped defend hundreds of clients facing serious criminal charges. Attorney Hoss has been lead counsel in federal courts throughout Tennessee, New York, and Georgia, and has taught criminal law as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Stevie Phillips earned her J.D. in 2008 from the University of Tennessee College Of Law while graduating with honors. In law school, she held the position of the Editor in Chief of the Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy. She also gained experience in criminal defense cases as a prosecutorial extern in the District Attorney General's office. Attorney Phillips was a clerk at the Tennessee Supreme Court for Justice Janice Holder after graduation. She then clerked for United States Federal District Court Judge Bernice Donald. She has thorough knowledge of laws regarding criminal defense and employment discrimination. Attorney Phillips is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and California. She is admitted in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals as well as in the U.S. District Court for both the Eastern and Western Districts in Tennessee. She also brings a working proficiency in Spanish to the firm through her B.A. in Spanish and her work experience through Central America.

Janie Parks Varnell joined Davis & Hoss, PC after having clerked with the firm during law school. Her daily practice consists of criminal defense in Hamilton County General Sessions Court and Criminal Court, family law in Circuit and Chancery Court in Hamilton and Bradley County, and criminal and civil cases in the District Court of the Eastern District of Tennessee. Ms. Varnell currently represents individuals charged with crimes in state and federal court, including federal drug conspiracy cases involving local pain clinics. Ms. Varnell also represents individuals involved in divorce actions, child custody modifications, adoptions, orders of protection, and restraining orders.

Our Staff

Amanda Bartolameolli is the Office Administrator at Davis & Hoss, PC. She supports and assists with all civil cases, including personal injury, divorce, employment, and Fraternal Order of Police and Police Benevolent Association cases. Amanda is originally from Detroit, Michigan, and moved to Ooltewah, Tennessee with her family in 1995. She graduated from Lee University in 2010 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a minor in History. Upon graduation, Amanda moved to Chattanooga to work as a Legal Assistant for the State of Tennessee at the Hamilton County Juvenile Court. Amanda attends Calvary Chapel Chattanooga, where she is actively involved in Children's Ministry and other Community Outreach programs. Amanda enjoys running, checking out local coffee shops, and spending time with friends and family.

Anna Marona, is the criminal case paralegal at Davis & Hoss. She helps clients from first introduction to the office. She prepares case files and helps with court dates and client support. Anna's knowledge with state and federal court policy and procedure helps our clients safely navigate the trial court system. Anna is preparing for law school admission in the fall of 2016.

Ceceila Young, Legal Assistant. Ceceila is a UTC student who is completing her undergraduate degree and preparing herself for admission to law school in 2017. Cecila helps with case management and client support. Cecila's strong work ethic and intellectual curiosity have made her a tremendous asset at Davis & Hoss.

Commitment to Community Involvement in Hamilton County:

Both Lee Davis and Bryan Hoss are committed to serving the community where we live and base our law practice. Here in Chattanooga, we are proud to partner with a number of important organizations that serve Tennessee families in useful ways every day. One such organization, the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Greater Chattanooga, offers a home away from home for families of children who are critically ill or injured. This non-profit supports a variety of programs designed to help children advance in health, education, and well-being. At Davis & Hoss, PC, we believe in giving back to the community that has given so much to us, and our attorneys and paralegals dedicate much of their time and energy to charitable efforts such as RMHC, the Chattanooga Boys Choir, ArtsBuild, Signal Mountain 10K Pie Run, and Siskin Foundation.

Facing charges in Chattanooga, TN? We can defend you.

We are proud to represent clients who are facing a wide variety of charges in federal and state courts. We hold to the central principle of the U.S. criminal justice system each person is innocent until proven guilty. No matter what you have been accused of, we are prepared to offer you strong legal counsel and proven courtroom advocacy.

You deserve tenacious, ethical representation, so let us stand with you and protect your rights. With our years of experience as trial attorneys, you can be confident that we will protect your interests. Call Davis & Hoss, PC today for the defense you need. Learn how our Chattanooga criminal defense attorneys are ready to fight for you and contact us for your free case evaluation today.

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