Associate Attorney

Loretta Cravens

Professional Bio

Ms. Cravens practices primarily in the areas of State and Federal criminal defense, representing clients under investigation for or charged with misdemeanor to felony offenses and White Collar matters. Ms. Cravens also practices Health Care Law focusing on compliance, administrative, criminal investigations, and small business disputes.

Ms. Cravens graduated magna cum laude from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee in 2000 receiving a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. In 2004, Ms. Cravens received her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville, Tennessee where she received the Dean’s Citation for Extraordinary Contributions to the Law School. Ms. Cravens is admitted to practice in all Tennessee State Courts, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Ms. Cravens has achieved Martindale Hubbell’s highest peer review rating of AV Preeminent. Ms. Cravens was named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 in 2012, 2013, and 2014, and has been voted a Knoxville City View Top Attorney in Juvenile Defense in both 2014 and 2015. She is a 2009 graduate of the National Criminal Defense College.

Ms. Cravens also actively serves her fellow attorneys and her community. She is an active member of the Knoxville Bar Association (“KBA”) and the Tennessee Bar Association (“TBA”). She has served on the KBA Membership Committee since 2008 and has served on the KBA’s Access to Justice Committee since 2012.   She has previously served on the Nominating Committee, the Unmet Legal Needs of Children Committee and has  co-chaired the Knoxville Barristers Law Week Committee from 2010-2012. She has volunteered on behalf of the KBA’s Barristers as a Scorer/Judge for the Knox County District of the Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition, and co-chaired the Knoxville Barristers Tennessee Flood Relief Fund Raiser for the Red Cross (May 2010) and the Barristers’ Professional Clothing Drive (2011).

Ms. Cravens is an alumnus of the Tennessee Bar Associations Leadership Law Program (2012) and has served on that program’s steering committee since 2013. She is currently the President of the Leadership Law Alumni Association.

Additionally, Ms. Cravens is an active member of the East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women and serves on its Executive Board as the 2015 Chair of the Programming Committee, after co-chairing the committee in 2014. She is a member of the Hamilton Burnett Chapter of the American Inns of Court, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women. She has appeared as a legal expert commentator for national television programming, spoken to a number of professional and community groups, and authored or co-authored a variety of articles published for the benefit of the legal profession and the community.

Ms. Cravens serves as a volunteer mentor for Tennessee Achieves. She is active in her neighborhood association and serves as a block coordinator. She is an avid animal lover and participates in rescue transports. Her heart belongs to her husband, their dogs, University of Tennessee Athletics, and the Knoxville Ice Bears of the Southern Professional Hockey League. She has previously served three terms as secretary of the Knoxville Ice Bears Booster Club(“KIBBC”), and as chair of the By-laws review committee.  She currently Chairs the KIBBC’s Paul Lynch Jr. Memorial Fund Committee which administers annual awards to youth hockey players in Knoxville to offset the costs of playing the sport.

Education

  • University of Tennessee College of Law

  • Knoxville, Tennessee, 2004, J.D.

  • Tennessee Technological University

  • Cookeville, TN, 2000, B.S.
  • Honors: magna cum laude, Major: Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2007
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2009