JEFFREY M. CRANFORD is a Senior Associate in the Knoxville, Tennessee office of the Firm, which he re-joined in November 2012. His practice is focused primarily on civil litigation representing small and large businesses and municipalities in employment, workers compensation, and general liability matters. He also practices in the areas of insurance defense, real estate, domestic relations, and wills and probate. Jeff received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Sociology from Wake Forest University in 1995, where he was a member of the varsity golf team and a three-year letterman. He received his law degree from the University of Memphis in 1999. Jeff is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Hamblen County and Girls, Inc. of Morristown, Tennessee, and is also active in the First United Methodist Church.
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