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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 defend your rights and your freedom successfully in or out of a 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 interests.

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 a wide number of jurisdictions. We are able to offer a level of experience that is broad and varied. We believe that 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 teaches 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 Justice Holder after she graduated. She then clerked for United States Federal District Court Judge Bernice Donald. She has abundant knowledge of laws regarding criminal defense and employment discrimination. Attorney Phillips is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and California. She is barred in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals as well as in the U.S. District Court for both the Eastern and Western Districts in TN. 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 here 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 is the most recent addition to the Davis & Hoss, PC trial team and is currently working on complex federal litigation issues going to trial in the fall and winter of 2014. 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

Our Firm

Karen Barrett is the office administrator at Davis & Hoss, PC. She manages federal and state cases and assists clients with needs large and small. Ms. Barrett has many years of experience in the courts of Hamilton County and neighboring jurisdictions. She has a good working relationship with federal court and understands the pressures that clients face in court. She is available to help you set up a meeting with one of our attorneys or in helping you with court information.

Amanda Bartolameolli is the Civil Paralegal 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 among others. 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 with 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 along with other Community Outreach programs. Amanda enjoys running, being active, checking out local coffee shops throughout the city and spending time with friends and family.

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 incredible organizations that serve Tennessee families in real, beneficial 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 amazing non-profit also 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, which is why our attorneys and paralegals have dedicated much of their time and energy to various charitable efforts such as RMHC, the Chattanooga Boys Choir, ArtsBuild, Signal Mountain 10K Pie Run, and more.

Facing charges in Chattanooga, TN? We can defend your rights.

We are proud to represent clients who are facing a wide variety of charges in federal and state courts. We believe in holding to the central principle that our criminal justice system relies upon in the United States of America: that each person is innocent until proven guilty. No matter what you have been accused of, we are prepared to offer you strong and capable legal counsel and proven courtroom advocacy.

You deserve tenacious, ethical representation, so let us stand in your corner and protect your rights. With our years of experience as trial attorneys, you can rest assured that we have what it takes to protect your interests. Call Davis & Hoss, PC today for the defense you need. We offer free case evaluations, learn how our Chattanooga criminal defense attorneys are ready to fight for you.

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Davis & Hoss, PC - Chattanooga Criminal Defense Attorney
Located at:
850 Fort Wood Street,
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Phone: (423) 825-9747
Local Phone: (423) 266-0605
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