About Us

Davis & Hoss, PC

Chattanooga Criminal Defense Lawyers with Experience


With more than 25 years in practice - including former prosecution experience - our legal team at Davis & Hoss, PC is prepared to help 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 is the founding lawyer at Davis & Hoss, PC. Lee 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, Lee Davis has always been at the forefront of the profession with his respected legal ability and knowledge of the law. Lee Davis received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1986. He founded Davis & Hoss, PC in 1998 after serving as a prosecutor with the District Attorney's Office in Chattanooga.

Bryan Hoss graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio in 1997 with degrees in English and 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.

Haley Kaye is a paralegal at Davis & Hoss, PC who primarily supports the attorneys on civil case matters. She attended Bryan College for undergraduate business studies and then completed a Masters of Sport Administration from Canisius College in 2013. Haley moved from Jacksonville, FL to Chattanooga in 2014 to be in a city with beautiful seasons and peaceful scenery. She was previously the executive assistant at a high profile non-profit organization and started her career in the legal field since being in Tennessee. She enjoys CrossFit, college football, coffee, and DIY projects as a homeowner.

Cecilia Young, Legal Assistant. Cecilia 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:

Lee Davis, Bryan Hoss, Janie Varnell are committed to serving the community where we live and base our law practice. 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, and the Siskin Foundation.

Facing charges? We can defend you.

We 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 that 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.

We believe in the United States Constitution and the protections of the 6th Amendment for all our clients.

"In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed...to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense."

You deserve highly effective, ethical counsel for your defense, so let us help to protect your rights. With our years of experience as trial attorneys, 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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