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Knox Defense

United States 2024

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Year founded: 2001
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The Knoxville criminal defense law firm of Whitt, Cooper, Hedrick & Wojcik known as Knox Defense brings together the individual talents of four prominent lawyers with decades of senior-level experience defending the rights of the accused in both state and federal courts. From our conveniently located offices in the heart of downtown Knoxville, we serve clients from all walks of life across East Tennessee. Our defense and appellate representations have been the subject matter of local, state, and national news, and through investigative reporting on television, in print, and on the web.

The collective strengths of our lawyers include our diverse academic backgrounds from outstanding institutions, recognition through peer review at Martindale Hubbell, Best Lawyers in America, and Tennessee Super Lawyers. We hold memberships in and recognition through the American Inns of Court and at both the National and Tennessee Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers. We are immersed in legal governance at local and state bars, and commonly present and publish for the benefit of the profession. We are admitted to practice in all state courts, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

We take great pride in bringing this realm of experience and respectability to the defense of people accused of criminal offenses in Tennessee. Exceptionally skilled and experienced criminal trial lawyers, we uphold the American value of “innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt” on behalf of each client we represent. Protecting the rights of individuals in our community, whether in state or federal court, is an incredibly satisfying pursuit, especially when the reward is justice.

We are Knox Defense.


Knox Defense is metro ranked in 2 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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Metro Rankings

Tier 1 for Criminal Defense: General Practice
Tier 1 for DUI / DWI Defense

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Regional Rankings

Tier 1 for Criminal Defense: General Practice
Tier 1 for DUI / DWI Defense

Practice Areas

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  • Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

Knox Defense has 1 lawyers recognized for individual performance in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. By receiving this Best Lawyers recognition from their peers for their professional excellence, these lawyers made Knox Defense eligible for evaluation for Best Law Firms rankings. For almost two decades, Best Lawyers has awarded these singular accolades, making them the foundation of our Best Law Firms awards. Read more about our Best Lawyers process here.
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Awards are self-reported by firms and are not verified by the Best Law Firms rankings.
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Death Penalty Award, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Best Article Award, DICTA, Knoxville Bar Association
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Best Article Award, DICTA, Knoxville Bar Association
  • 150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee, Last Ten Years

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