Smith, Lehberger & Kennedy Knoxville Tennessee Family Lawyers

Our Firm

Smith, Lehberger & Kennedy serves the family law needs of East Tennesseans with experienced, honest and cost-effective legal representation. We listen to our clients, and tailor our services to address the unique needs of each client. No two families are alike, so we take the time to listen to your situation to assess how best to proceed. We strive to empower our clients by advising them of their options and maintaining regular communication with them. We will work tirelessly to obtain the best outcome for each client.


We understand clients want resolution of their family law issues quickly, and resolution doesn’t always mean litigation. The attorneys at Smith, Lehberger & Kennedy achieve case resolution for clients through negotiation, mediation and litigation, when necessary. Alternative methods to achieve dispute resolution without the expense, delay and frustration associated with protracted litigation are explained and utilized to benefit our clients. When settlement is not possible, our clients walk into the courtroom with an experienced litigator who is well-prepared, knowledgeable of the law, and relentless in pursuing their legal rights.


Choosing the right attorney to assist you with your family law needs is an important decision and can make all the difference in your experience. When you need the advice or representation of a family lawyer, contact us at Smith, Lehberger & Kennedy.

Jo Ann Lehberger Smith, Lehberger Kennedy Knoxville TN

Jo Ann Lehberger


Email [email protected]
Phone (865) 539-3515

Jo Ann retired as a Family Court Judge in Lexington, Kentucky and returned to her hometown of Knoxville in 2013. Jo Ann has over 35 years of experience in the practice of family law, and is committed to using that experience to serve her clients. Her practice focuses on representing individuals involved in divorce, child custody, child visitation and child support litigation. Jo Ann also assists clients involved in relocation issues, and clients in need of prenuptial or postnuptial agreements. Jo Ann is trained in the collaborative method of resolving divorce cases and is a founding member of the East Tennessee Collaborative Alliance. She enjoys using her passion for family law to respectfully resolve her client’s family issues.


Jo Ann is a Rule 31 certified Family Mediator. Jo Ann’s years on the bench deciding family law cases, combined with her extensive experience representing clients in family law cases, make her an effective Family Mediator.


In addition to her private practice at Smith, Lehberger & Kennedy, Jo Ann is also an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law Domestic Violence Clinic, where she teaches and supervises student lawyers who provide pro bono representation to domestic violence victims in Order of Protection court.


Jo Ann is dedicated to serving her profession. She has been the co-chair of the Family Law Section of the Knoxville Bar Association for the last two years. While on the bench, Jo Ann was the Chair of the Fayette Family Court, and was involved in numerous projects to improve the court and the community, such as the Model Court project for families and children in dependency, neglect and abuse court, truancy court, the Civil Rules Initiative of the Kentucky Supreme Court, the Mayor’s Commission on Youth Development and Public Safety and the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. Jo Ann also served as chair of the family law section of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Fayette County Bar Association and as a member of the Kentucky Legislature’s Special Task Force on Parenting and Child Custody.


Jo Ann is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Kentucky.

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Mediation

Education & Bar Association

University of Tennessee College of Law


Tennessee Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Knoxville Bar Association
Fayette County Bar Association

Blair Kennedy Smith, Lehberger Kennedy Knoxville TN

Blair Kennedy


Email [email protected]
Phone (865) 539-3515

Blair is a Knoxville native and enjoys serving her community. Her primary practice areas are in adoption, divorce, custody, child welfare and estate planning. Blair is an experienced litigator and serves as a frequent lecturer on adoption law, custody and divorce litigation. She is active in providing pro bono services through East Tennessee Legal Aid, serves as a Mentor in the Knoxville Bar Association and is a school based mentor for Girl Talk, Inc.


While in law school, Blair served as Secretary of the Phi Delta Phi Honors Fraternity, was active in the Women’s Bar Association, and worked for both the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office and the Hinds County Chancery Court. She focused her studies in family and juvenile law and served as a student attorney admitted to limited practice at the Rankin County Youth Court, and as a Guardian ad Litem in Hinds County Chancery Court. While completing her undergraduate degree, Blair worked full time as a Legislative Assistant for the Tennessee General Assembly. There she worked directly for the Minority Leader with whom she organized and ran the State Government Sub-Committee. It was there she found her passion for the law and had the unique experience of seeing first-hand how laws are created in Tennessee.

Education & Bar Association

Mississippi College School of Law


Knoxville Bar Association
Mississippi Bar Association

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