We also deal with family matters and domestic relations, including marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships; adoption and surrogacy; child abuse and child abduction.
Wills & Estate Planning
A well prepared estate plan will ensure your loved ones are taken care of once you're gone, including wills, trusts, health care directives, probate, and estate administration.
Land Use Issues
Land use and zoning law is the regulation of the use and development of public and private real estate including easements, trespassing, and eminent domain.
Criminal Law Matters
Civil cases are disputes between people regarding the legal duties and responsibilities they owe each other. Criminal cases are charges pursued by prosecutors for violations of criminal statutes.
Our firm: Sarah Larkin, William J. Freemon, Michelle Sprouse, & Amber Lee
Located at 605 E. Unaka Avenue just off the interstate in the historic East Avenues area of Johnson City in a 1935 house-turned-office, our location provides ample parking and is convenient for clients.
"We take care of our clients when they're going through their worst day, facing some of the most challenging and stressful times."
Both Ms. Lee and Ms. Larkin handle a range of civil legal issues, and both often can be found describing themselves as too generous with their time and attention to their clients. And Ms. Lee and Ms. Larkin find themselves uniquely capable of navigating the emotional minefield that often accompanies domestic and juvenile work. Ms. Lee avails herself of her years of experience in assisting clients through what is often the most trying times of their lives.
The firm even gives counseling referrals as clients face life changes. "We take care of our clients when they are going through their worst day, facing some of the most challenging and stressful times," Lee said. "Whether dealing with uprooting the family, navigating children's schedules, the financial worry, aging parents, or co-parenting communication issues, we advise our clients on how to handle those issues with as much grace as possible."
Ms. Larkin, with her trial background, is dedicated to assisting the firm's clients in thinking strategically about how to best to achieve their goals. She's emphatic that strategic thinking is key, saying "You have to weigh everything and that can be so overwhelming when you feel your entire life is in turmoil or you're facing some of life's bigger, more difficult questions. Sometimes, what you're technically and legally entitled to may not always be what's best for your unique situation. We have to think about that. I want to ask you the questions and know you so that we can find out what's best for you. Only you know that. I need to help you find what works best for you."
Ms . Lee and Ms. Larkin understand that each and every case brings its own complexities and personalities with it. Both offer the flexibility and problem solving necessary for successful and efficient advocacy. Ms. Lee and Ms. Larkin are always available for consultations. Whether they assist you in advocating for yourself, are able to quickly handle a small issue on your behalf, or bring you on as full clients in complicated matters, both provide dedicated representation in helping you achieve resolution.
Amber Floyd Lee
Attorney Amber Floyd Lee enjoys vigorously advocating for her clients and has never shied away from a challenge or tough case. Ms. Lee is a native of Bowling Green, Kentucky. She studied Journalism at Webster University in Saint Louis, Regent's College in London and Wayne State University. She earned her J.D. in 2009 at Virginia's Appalachian School of Law and still serves on the Alumni Board of Directors.
Ms. Lee shows unparalleled dedication to her community. She lives with her family in the historic Tree Streets neighborhood where she spearheaded efforts with the Southside Neighborhood Organization to build, install, and license six Little Free Libraries. Believing that communities are only as great as our commitment to them, Ms. Lee is leading efforts to conduct a corridor study along Johnson City's Walnut Street, going to great effort to see the beautification and feasibility of the connection between ETSU and downtown Johnson City. Ms. Lee attends Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church with her family, served as the Chairwoman of the Johnson City Housing and Community Development Advisory Board, and served as the president of the Washington County Bar Association. She is counsel to the Munsey Church Preschool Board of Trustees. The Tennessee Bar Journal has additionally featured Ms. Lee as a “Person You Need to Know.”
Ms. Lee is a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and is a Rule 31 Supreme Court mediator. She In addition to her focus on land-use and local government issues, she is specially-trained by the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women in domestic abuse issues. She worked for years as a VAWA grant recipient assisting women leaving emotionally and physically abusive relationships, obtaining protective orders, and breaking ties with their abusers by obtaining divorce. “The legal system can be another way abusers bully and control,” Lee said. “I work diligently to ensure my clients are not re-victimized while obtaining a just resolution to their issues.”
Attorney Sarah Larkin brings years of litigation and trial advocacy to her domestic, juvenile, and other civil work. Ms. Larkin grew up in a small town along the Ohio River and attended Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia on an academic scholarship majoring in psychology and music. She earned her J.D. from Boston's New England School of Law.
Ms. Larkin worked in-house, directly with victims, at a domestic violence shelter through Greater Boston Legal Services in their Housing Division. Ms. Larkin represented residents of Boston when facing the tumultuous and confusing process of working with landlords and facing the possibility of eviction. After receiving her J.D. in 2008, Ms. Larkin moved to Knoxville, where she practiced exclusively in civil defense trial work, litigating matters in State and Federal trial and appeals Courts. At Lee Law Group, PLLC Sarah handles complex litigation and many of our domestic relations appellate cases where her background in psychology is an asset. Ms. Larkin writes for legal blogs and mentors law students when she isn't restoring her 1913 home located in the city's historic district.
William J. Freemon
William J. Freemon recently joined Lee Law Group, PLLC to handle criminal law matters. Will enjoys advocating for his clients no matter how large or small the issue. From underage drinking to complex appeals Will is committed to handling our clients’ troubles with dignity and confidentiality. He walks clients through the process of what to expect, step by step, until the resolution of the matter.
Will grew up in Johnson City and attended Science Hill High School. Go Toppers! He studied history at East Tennessee State University and then obtained his Juris Master and law degree from Appalachian School of Law. He has clerked for the Honorable T. Hamilton, and previously worked for the Hardison Law Firm of Memphis and the Law Offices of Jason McClellan of Kingsport.
Our Service Areas
- Appeals of Family Law Cases
- Bad Checks
- Business Valuations
- CDL - Commercial Driver's License Suspension
- Child & Spousal Support
- Child Custody & Visitation
- Child Molestation
- Contract Disputes
- Criminal Charge Defense
- Cruelty to Children
- Divorce Taxation
- Driving with a Suspended License
- DUI - Driving Under Influence
- DUI Child Endangerment
- Enforcement of Rights Under Domestic Agreements
- Equitable Distribution of Property
- False Imprisonment
- Family Abuse & Domestic Violence
- Federal Criminal Defense
- Felony Charges
- Grandparent & Step-Parent Rights
- Guardian ad Litem
- Hague Convention Matters
- Healthcare Directives
- International Family Law
- Interstate Family Law
- Juvenile Court Issues
- Land Use Issues
- Landlord/Tenant Issues
- LGBTQ Issues
- Living Wills
- Local Government
- Marital Dissolution Agreements
- Mediation for Domestic Relations Matters
- Military & Civil Service Retirement
- Minor in Possession
- Misdemeanor Charges
- Modification of Child/Spousal Support
- Name Changes
- Orders of Protection
- Parental Rights
- Parenting Plans
- Possession of Controlled Substances
- Possession of Marijuana
- Possession with Intent to Distribute
- Post-Divorce Issues
- Pre- & Post-Nuptial Agreements
- Pre-Charge Representation
- Property Division
- Property Valuation
- Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
- Relocation After Divorce
- Restraining Orders
- Same Sex Divorce
- Sexual Battery
- Statutory Rape
- Termination of Parental Rights
- Theft by Conversion
- Theft by Deception
- Theft by Receiving
- Theft by Taking
- Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act
- Wage Assignment
- White Collar Crime