Eldridge & Blakney, P.C., is a multi-specialty law firm distinguished by its unsurpassed expertise in Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation. We are counselors, strategists, advocates, negotiators, and trial attorneys. We observe the highest ethical standards in our practice. We deal honestly and fairly with our clients, the courts and opposing parties. We believe that aggressive and effective advocacy is not compromised, but enhanced by handling our clients' cases with civility and professionalism. We are committed to providing outstanding legal services, as nothing less will suffice for the challenging matters our clients bring to us. Clients do not come to us with easy questions or simple cases. Clients come to us because of our well-earned reputation for outstanding legal services delivered promptly.
We pride ourselves on the delivery of these services in a fashion that meets our standard of excellence and the needs of our clients. We believe that how we deliver our legal service—meaning our clients’ overall experience—is as important as the service itself. Our commitment to client service principles recognizes that every member of our team contributes to the firm’s success and is demonstrated by the quality of all interactions clients have with every person in the firm.
Criminal law refers to the area of laws and justice that involve prosecution by the government of a person for an act that has been classified as a crime. A “crime” is any act or omission of an act that violates public law—local, state, or federal. Persons convicted of a crime may be incarcerated, fined, or both. Crimes include both felonies (serious offenses), which are usually punishable by imprisonment of a year or more, and misdemeanors (less serious offenses), punishable by less than a year.
Civil law refers to the area of laws and justice for individuals and organizations seeking to resolve legal disputes. Different from criminal law, civil law attempts to right a wrong, honor an agreement, or settle a dispute which has arisen between two or more parties. In civil law, an individual or company brings a complaint to the court (in contrast to the government bringing charges in criminal law) to receive compensation from the person or entity who is the cause of the wrong. Persons found liable in a civil case may be required to pay damages, to abide by the terms of an agreement, or to give up property, but are not incarcerated.
Year after year, our strengths and achievements have been recognized by our peers and leading legal publications. Our firm’s lawyers have been named in the Best Lawyers in America, Mid-South Super Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers in Tennessee, and Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers. While accolades are gratifying, we know that what really matters is the confidence our clients continue to place in us, which is why we treat every case and every client as important.