LPA Welcomes Attorney Craig Smith
In February, attorney Craig Smith came on board as the newest face at Litchford, Pearce & Associates, PLLC. After practicing transactional law for many years at local large firms, Craig decided to make the move to a smaller firm. “'Craig brings a wealth of legal knowledge and experience in corporate law, commercial finance and real estate transactions, both locally and on a national level[.]...More importantly, Craig's devotion to the practice of law exemplifies the three core values of the firm: dedication to excellence, serving the interests of others, and being responsive to the needs of our clients[,]'” says founding partner Mark Litchford. Click here to read about his legal journey and arrival at LPA.
Litchford Accepted Into TBA Leadership Law Program
LPA attorney Mark Litchford was recently selected to participate in the 2022 Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law Program. The program was created to build statewide relationships between attorneys and to equip participants to be better leaders by providing information regarding different aspects affecting the practice of law including ethical standards, court issues, governmental matters and community service issues, to name a few. Meetings will commence in March and be held at various locations across the state.
LPA Attorneys Interviewed on Local YouTube Show
LPA attorneys Mark Litchford and Chris Gant speak to host Dr. Nick Circolone on the latest live stream of Health Chatt. Watch their discussion about the growth of the firm and our "client-centric" approach to the practice of law here.
LPA to Add Another Attorney and Former McCallie Classmate to the Firm
Litchford, Pearce & Associates, PLLC will add another member of The McCallie School Class of '97 to its attorney roster.
Chris Gant will be joining the firm to practice with fellow attorney and good friend, Mark Litchford. The Hamilton Herald recently published an article regarding Chris and you can read more here.
LPA Teams Up With Flegal Insurance to Support Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament
On Tuesday, August 25, 2020, Mark Litchford of Litchford, Pearce & Associates, PLLC, together with Wilson Stiles and Bradford Denton of Flegal Insurance, Inc., came together to sponsor the seventh hole at Windstone Golf Club with all proceeds benefiting the mission of the Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce. LPA formed in 2019 and has grown to five attorneys in less than two years with a combined 40 years of legal experience. Flegal Insurance dates back to 1917 and for over 100 years has been servicing the insurance needs of North Georgia and the greater Chattanooga community.
"It is an honor to partner with one of the most respected insurance companies in the North Georgia area. As a law firm that represents both Georgia and Tennessee clients, it is relationships with well-established businesses like Flegal Insurance that allow us to continue to grow and to support the community," Managing Director Mark Litchford said. Mr. Stiles added that "Litchford, Pearce & Associates has distinguished itself as one of the top growing law firms in the North Georgia and Hamilton County area. We are always searching for competent legal counseling on behalf of our clients and this firm has delivered in every aspect."
Litchford, Pearce & Associates is a full-service law firm with offices located in two states: Chattanooga (5726 Marlin Road, Franklin Building, Chattanooga, Tennessee) and Colorado Springs (1755 Telstar Drive, Suite 300, Colorado Springs, Colorado). To schedule an appointment, please call 423-529-5290.
Firm Administrator Highlighted in Local Non-Profit's Newsletter
LPA Firm Administrator, Brooke Smith, was recently featured in the most recent newsletter published by Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga. Mrs. Smith currently serves as the Vice-President of the Board of Trustees for this organization. Click here to read more about her work with Family Promise.
Litchford Receives Certificate of Recognition From The Tennessee Supreme Court
Founding member Mark W. Litchford has been recognized by the Tennessee Supreme Court as a 2019 Attorney For Justice. In an effort to increase the number of attorneys and law offices providing pro bono services to those who cannot afford legal costs, the Tennessee Supreme Court has an extensive recognition program and this year marks the sixth year that the Tennessee Supreme Court has recognized Attorneys for Justice. To be considered for the program, all service must have been provided under the provisions of Rule 6.1 of the Tennessee Rules of Professional Responsibility, which includes delivery of a substantial portion of legal services without fee or expectation of fee and delivery of legal services at no fee or at a substantially reduced fee to recognized groups and individuals.
This achievement is presented as a result of Litchford's willingness to provide fifty or more hours of pro bono service in Tennessee during the previous calendar year. Litchford's dedication to the service of underprivileged members in the community reflects the guiding values of Litchford, Pearce & Associates, PLLC, and further advances the firm's mission to provide high-quality and comprehensive legal services for everyone.
The Tennessee Supreme Court's recognition is particularly meaningful to Litchford because his pro bono services related primarily to helping an underprivileged widow restore ownership in her personal residence after a back-tax sale was improperly conducted without due process notice in 2015. Litchford handled the case to its ultimate positive result, which required successfully arguing before the Tennessee Court of Appeals to overturn the back-tax sale. Owens v. Hamilton County, et al., No. E2017-02395-COA-R3-CV, 2018 WL 6253818 (Tenn. Ct. App. November 28, 2018).
“There is no doubt I am very proud and humbled by this recognition because we have a client that could not afford legal services that was faced with losing her residence – perhaps her most prized tangible possession – and together we were able to restore her ownership just before the Christmas holiday season,” said Litchford. “That is why we practice law. But to be fair, it took a lot of people, not just me, to achieve the result and I am forever grateful.”
Join Litchford, Pearce & Associates, PLLC, as we congratulate Litchford on this achievement. The Firm is proud to support all of its attorneys' pro bono efforts and hopes that it can continue to be a steward to providing awareness of equal justice for all.
Litchford, Pearce & Associates, PLLC, Supports Leukodystrophy Awareness
September is Leukodystrophy Awareness Month. Grayson Ledbetter, a Chattanooga native, is a young child with a rare form of leukodystrophy called Alexander's Disease ("AxD"). AxD is extremely rare and causes regression in the brain. At this time, AxD is a terminal diagnosis, but physicians are working to find a cure. Grayson's Ladder is a local nonprofit that was formed to raise awareness and funding for research that will help Grayson and others diagnosed with this debilitating disease. Join Litchford, Pearce & Associates, PLLC as we wear our royal blue in support of Grayson's Blue Crew.
Litchford, Pearce & Associates, PLLC, Highlighted in Local News Publication
On August 9, 2019, the Hamilton County Herald published an editorial regarding the recent formation of Litchford, Pearce & Associates, PLLC. "Litchford and Pearce have known each other since they were children. Litchford's uncle, attorney Lee Maddux, was Pearce's neighbor on Clayton Road, allowing the two to meet and become acquainted at a young age. They were then in the same class at McCallie School." Click here to read more about our firm.
Litchford, Pearce & Associates, PLLC, Assists Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga
On July 27, 2019, Litchford, Pearce & Associates, PLLC, along with Wysong Tree Service, volunteered their time to trim, cut and clean the landscaping at the Family Promise Day Center located at 1184 Baldwin Street in downtown Chattanooga.
Family Promise uses this facility to assist homeless families and veterans by providing services such as case management and life skills. The center is also a daytime shelter which provides food, transportation, a play area, playground, and facilities for laundry and showers.
Litchford, Pearce & Associates, PLLC, Supports Chattanooga Firefighters Association
Litchford, Pearce and Associates, PLLC, and Michael Holloway, are proud to support the Chattanooga Firefighters Association, a local 501(c)(5) organization benefiting our community, helping fire victims, and raising awareness of fire safety and firefighter safety.
Recently, Chattanooga Firefighters Association held their annual charity benefit concert on May 30, 2019. This year's concert featured "Who's Bad? The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience." Proceeds from the annual concert's fundraising drive go to fund the Association's philanthropic involvement in the community throughout the year.
Litchford, Pearce and Associates, PLLC, is proud to support Chattanooga Firefighters Association and we are looking forward to next year's fundraising drive.
Litchford, Pearce & Associates, PLLC, Supports Chattanooga Room in the Inn
On May 4, 2019, Litchford, Pearce & Associates, PLLC, participated in the Chattanooga Room in the Inn "Derby de Mayo" to celebrate the 144th Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo. Chattanooga Room in the Inn is a three to nine month residential program for homeless women and children and is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Services provided at CRITI are free of charge and include transitional housing, three meals a day, access to affordable or free health care, life skills training, parenting classes, mentoring, assistance with finding affordable housing, and case management services. This program allows the women and their children to find stability and thereby increase their opportunities and chances for independence when they leave the program.
Litchford, Pearce & Associates, PLLC, Serves as Sponsor for Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga's Fifth Annual Low Country Boil Event at Chattanooga Whiskey Event Hall
In April of 2019, Litchford, Pearce & Associates, PLLC served as a sponsor to the Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga's fifth annual Low Country Boil Event at Chattanooga Whiskey Event Hall. Since 1998, Family Promise has been working to prevent, reduce and end family homelessness in the Chattanooga area. Family Promise offers a variety of programs to help families with children become stable, employed, housed and linked to supportive services to insure a return to self-sufficiency.