Meet Your Legal Team

Our Firm History

The Law Offices of Mayer & Newton, a Knoxville bankruptcy firm, actually used to be two separate law firms. Richard Mayer began his practice of law in 1977 as a tax attorney. After practicing tax law for 8 years, he decided that his skills were best suited to practice bankruptcy law. Richard filed his first Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases in January 1986. Within six months, he was the largest filer of Chapter 13 bankruptcies in the Eastern District of Tennessee, Northern division. In 1993 Richard became a Certified Specialist in Consumer Bankruptcy Law. He was the first Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist in the Knoxville area. Also in 1993, Richard Mayer became one of the charter members of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and has remained a loyal member since its founding. Prior to merging with attorney John Newton to form Mayer & Newton, Richard had been attorney of record for approximately 25,000 bankruptcies.

Initially, John Newton practiced law with the Law Firm of McCampbell and Young. In 1984, John Newton became a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Panel Trustee for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and still currently holds that position. In addition, John began representing consumer debtors and small businesses in East Tennessee in filing Chapter 7, 11, and 13 cases. In 1985, he started practicing with the Law firm of Shanks and Blackstock. In 1990 he became a partner in the Law Firm of McGhee & Newton in West Knoxville. John has filed individual and business Chapter 11’s. In July of 2006, Richard Mayer and John Newton sat down and decided it would be in their, as well as their clients’, best interest for them to merge. Now with over 50 years of combined experience they are prepared to tackle even the most complex bankruptcy issues. With Richard’s vast experience and John’s unique trustee perspective, they provide their clients with a more comprehensive view of their bankruptcy options. Both lawyers are Certified as Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist by the American Bankruptcy Institute.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • Board Certified Bankruptcy Attorneys

    Our attorneys are among the most knowledgeable in East Tennessee and are Board Certified Bankruptcy attorneys.

  • $0 Down for Chapter 13

    We charge zero legal fees to start a Chapter 13 case.

  • $0 Down for Chapter 7

    We charge zero legal fees to retain our firm to represent you in a Chapter 7.

  • Affordable & Flexible

    We offer free consultations and take online payments for your convenience.

  • Over 50,000 Cases Filed

    We have successfully filed over 50,000 cases in the Eastern District of Tennessee.

  • Caring & Effective

    We have experienced attorneys and well-trained staff to ensure your case is handled effectively and with care.

  • Pro Bono Award
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Bankruptcy Boot Camp Graduate
  • American Board of Certification
  • Super Lawyers

Our Clients are Our Number One Priority

Customer Service Counts

The Law Office of Mayer and Newton is different than other firms because bankruptcy is all we do and we have the most experienced debtor lawyers in the area. In addition, our staff are frequently complimented on how friendly, genuine and caring we are in regards to our clients’ financial problems. Our first priority is to treat every client individually. You are a person, not a number, so we strive to meet your specific needs and answer the questions that relate to your situation. We want to make your experience with a lawyer the best ever. For example, we will accommodate your schedule for appointments. Mayer and Newton offers early morning, evening, and Saturday appointments so you can find a convenient appointment time that works for you.

Several Convenient Locations

Several office locations include Knoxville, Morristown, and Sevierville, all with free parking, making it easy for you to find via telephone, email or in person. Our attention to detail and commitment to our clients does not end when your case is closed: we will continue to answer questions as you move forward after the process comes to an end. The Law Office of Mayer and Newton is proud of our reputation for great service, exceptional support staff and experienced board certified attorneys. Call today for a free consultation at one of our offices.

What You Can Expect When you Hire Us

"You are a person, not a number, so we strive to meet your specific needs and answer the questions that relate to your situation."

Client Testimonials

Hear It From the People We Have Helped
  • I always left the office feeling encouraged. This office changed my life.

    “I can’t thank MN enough! After going to 2 other attorneys who were rude and unhelpful, I learned of the MN team and everyone on their staff is wonderful—patient, kind, and trustworthy. I always left ...”

    - Linda Luttrell
  • For something that I was totally nervous about, the process was very smooth and stress free the entire time.

    “Highly recommend this law firm! Kyle was very helpful and informative during the entire process. Very simple process! Kyle worked with me and made sure that I knew everything that I needed to know and ...”

    - Tyler Mynatt
  • I arrived almost in tears and I left feeling like the biggest weight had been lifted from me.

    “I went in scared drowning in debt & uneducated about bankruptcy. Everyone was amazing & professional kind, helpful no wait time no judgment they made me feel comfortable immediately. I met with ...”

    - Jessica Hildebrand
  • They set you down and talk about everything, and create a game plan and how to execute it!

    “Quick, efficient, and stress-free. Anyone who is considering filing bankruptcy would think it would be a highly stressful situation. Not with them! They set you down and talk about everything, and ...”

    - Tristan Fritts
  • Would strongly recommend their law firm if anyone is considering bankruptcy.

    “Before coming to them, I had tried another law firm in town, and that was a total waste of money. The office staff at Mayer and Newton is friendly, helpful, non-judgmental and professional in dealing ...”

    - Khai Lai

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