dawn-picDawn Coppock is a Solo Practitioner Attorney, not an adoption agency, based in Strawberry Plains, Knox County, Tennessee, and practices from Nashville to the Eastern edge of Tennessee. Her practice is limited to adoption law,  including representation of birth parents and adoptive parents and sometimes agencies in the following types of matters:

            • Independent (Private) Adoption
            • Interstate Adoption
            • Agency Adoption Finalizations
            • State Agency Finalizations
            • Re-adoption
            • International Adoption Finalization
            • Step Parent & Relative
            • Adult Adoption
            • Adoption Appeals
            • Adoption Subsidy Disputes
            • Termination of Parental Rights
            • Post Adoption Contact issues

Dawn provides consulting services for other attorneys who need assistance with complicated adoption issues.  Dawn is also a Tennessee Rule 31 mediator and is available to mediate issues regarding termination of parental rights and adoption related disputes. Dawn is a member of the Knoxville and Tennessee Bars, as well as of the American Bar Association, and is a frequent media source and speaker at CLE and public information seminars on the subject of adoption. Dawn has twice been listed among the top lawyers in Tennessee by Tennessee Business magazine.  In 2004, she was named an Angel in Adoption by the U. S. Congressional Coalition on Adoption.  Dawn is also the author of Coppock on Tennessee Adoption Law, now in its 7th Edition.

Practice Vision  Dawn feels that insuring the security of a child in his or her home is one of the most important obligations an attorney can undertake.  As an experienced adoption practitioner, she knows the value of a methodical, conservative approach to adoption cases.  Dawn endeavors to treat all parties with respect and sensitivity while not substituting her own goals or values for that of the parties. Representing a party in an adoption is an honor.

If you are beginning an adoption case and the adoptive parent(s) or the birth parent resides in the state of Tennessee, or if you are a Tennessee family beginning the adoption process, you may contact Dawn Coppock’s paralegal, Angela Cameron, to schedule an appointment or telephone consultation.  As with most family law practices, meetings are conducted for a fee. Please put in the subject of all e-mails “Adoption Inquiry”.  We would be happy to hear from you

NO ATTORNEY – CLIENT RELATIONSHIP.  Talking to Dawn Coppock or her office staff does not make Dawn Coppock your lawyer.  What you tell Ms. Coppock or her office staff by phone, written correspondence or e-mail is not confidential before you hire her.  If Ms. Coppock does not take your case or you do not hire her, Ms. Coppock could be hired later by another party involved in your case.  Keep that in mind before you tell Ms. Coppock or her staff any facts you would not want the other side to know.

TENNESSEE LAW LICENSE DISCLAIMER.  Dawn Coppock is licensed to practice law only in the State of Tennessee.  She can not give legal advice regarding the laws of any other state nor can she represent anyone before a court outside the State of Tennessee.  In cases where more than one state is involved, generally an attorney in each state is required.

LEGAL ADVICE.  Angi Cameron is a paralegal, NOT an attorney.  Do not look to Ms. Cameron or any other staff member for legal advice. Only an attorney can provide legal advice to you.  If you are a prospective adoptive parent and reside outside the State of Tennessee, you should begin by contacting an adoption attorney in your state for assistance.  A list of attorneys who are members of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys can be found at www.adoptionattorneys.org.

Telephone: 865-933-8173
Fax: 865-933-3272
Electronic mail:         questions@dawncoppock.com
Address: Dawn Coppock, P. O. Box 388, Strawberry Plains, TN  37871


Certified as a Juvenile-Child Welfare Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children

Tennessee Supreme Court Approved Rule 31 Family Law Mediator

Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys

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