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At Samples, Jennings, Clem & Fields, we offer our clients professional, experienced legal representation while also providing personal attention. As a client-centered law firm, our goal is to establish close relationships while providing a high level of service in the following areas:

Automobile Accident

Chris Clem and Hoyt Samples have recovered over $20 million for the firm’s clients. We have a reputation as aggressive trial lawyers who maximize our clients’ recovery.

Let’s face it. An automobile accident is never on anyone’s agenda. When an accident does occur, the experience is unexpected and usually scary. Whether it’s a fender bender or something more serious, losing control of your car is terrifying, and it can leave you not knowing what to do next. This is where our law firm can step in to help. Contact us today so that we can help you receive the compensation you deserve—from coverage of medical expenses to vehicle payments.

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Personal Injury

In order to maximize a settlement for a personal injury claim you need an attorney who can fight the insurance companies. Chris Clem and Hoyt Samples will take on the insurance companies. We can and will fight to compensate you in order to pay your medical bills, lost wages and pain/suffering.

When a personal injury occurs at work or is caused by another party, do you know who’s responsible for covering your medical expenses? We do! Reach out to us as soon as possible after an injury occurs in order to receive the best settlement. Remember, insurance companies are in the business of making money, so of course they will try to save on an accident claim payout when they can. Let us help talk to the insurance companies so that you end up with the settlement you deserve.

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Chris Clem is the only divorce attorney in southeast Tennessee who is also a certified public accountant. Chris served in the state legislature (2000-2006) and helped rewrite the divorce and custody laws. No one understands the divorce laws of Tennessee better than Chris. No one has a better understanding of a complicated division of assets, tax consequences and retirement accounts than Chris Clem. Do not trust your divorce to an attorney without the necessary experience to protect your finances and custody arrangements.

The process of divorce is filled with a number of emotions, including sadness, anger, stress and confusion. Our law firm works hard to make the divorce process more manageable and less stressful on you by keeping you in the loop and explaining each step as we go.

Are you in the midst of a divorce? Contact J. Christopher Clem to learn how he can help you through one of the most difficult times in your life—and see the light at the end of the tunnel.


We handle all types of adoptions, including independent adoptions, stepparent and other relative adoptions, agency adoptions, DCS (Tennessee) and DFACS (Georgia) adoptions, adult adoptions, and international re-adoptions. While there are over 1,100 attorneys licensed to practice law in Hamilton County, Tennessee, our office handles more Hamilton County adoptions annually than all the other attorneys in this county combined! Our practice is not limited to Hamilton County, however, and we handle adoption matters throughout North Georgia and Middle and East Tennessee. Michael Jennings is the only attorney in the country who is both a Fellow in the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and who is dually licensed in Tennessee and in Georgia.

Welcoming a new child into your family is one of the most important events in any person’s life. While the adoption process is an exciting time for all, everyone will still have lots of questions and concerns. No one knows the adoption process inside and out like our law firm. Take the first major step in the adoption process by calling Michael Jennings or William H. Vetterick to set up a consultation to learn how they can provide you with high-quality, compassionate adoption services.

Bankruptcy, Loan Workout, and Reorganization

Difficult financial times can fall on anyone at any time. Our law firm is here to help make those hard financial times a little easier by assisting you in an informal creditor workout, a non-judicial reorganization of your business or, if necessary, either a commercial or consumer bankruptcy filing.

Experienced in Chapter 7, 11 and 13, our law firm has represented both creditors and debtors with significant bankruptcy issues. In addition, we have assisted clients in out-of-court workouts and restructurings.  Our firm has significant trial experience in:

If you’re having financial problems, we can help you receive the fresh financial start you deserve!

Are you wondering if you should file for bankruptcy? Contact our law firm today to set up a consultation with James A. Fields to discuss your options when it comes to filing for personal or business bankruptcy to ensure you are making the right decision for your family or business.

Probate, Estate Planning, and Trust Administration

When it comes to your assets, it is critical to properly plan to minimize taxes and to ensure that your wishes are honored. We want to make sure that you feel comfortable in how your property, belongings and assets will be divided after you’re gone. Estate planning gives you a voice after you have passed away, including passing the torch to someone else in managing your children’s inheritance and/or guardianship.

Having worked with the residents of Chattanooga, north Georgia and surrounding communities in estate planning and probate since 1989, we will ensure you are treated with the compassionate care and respect you deserve.

Michael S. Jennings, James A. Fields and William H. Vetterick are knowledgeable and experienced in the areas of probate and estate planning. Reach out to them today with all your questions and concerns concerning these legal issues.

Corporate Law/Commercial Litigation

Are you about to be involved in a merger and acquisition? Your business won’t be the first—and will certainly not be the last. Fortunately, businesses within the Tennessee and Georgia areas have us at their disposal to assist in the market changes and successions that come with buying and/or selling divisions of a business or a business as a whole. Looking to sell Assets or Stocks?  We can help.

When it comes to commercial litigation, our law firm represents a variety of commercial disputes, including but not limited to:

Contact James A. Fields now to schedule an appointment to learn how they’re the team for you in your corporate law or commercial litigation case.

Landlord/Tenant Practice

In Chattanooga, Tennessee law has set forth the rules which landlords and tenants must abide by when in a landlord-tenant relationship. Our firm has counseled and represented dozens of commercial and residential landlords over the years, as well as tenants involved in commercial and residential leases. We have helped protect the rights of both landlords and tenants in rent disputes, violations of leases and failure to maintain property.

And much more!

Don’t see what you’re looking for? That doesn’t mean that we can’t help! In fact, we cover a wide variety of legal practice areas, so reach out today to see if we can help. If we can’t, we will give you a recommendation of who to call to help with all your legal needs!

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Since 1988. Experienced, Chattanooga-based attorneys with expertise in a variety of fields. Serving Hamilton County and surrounding areas.