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.

  • Expertise
  • 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
  • You will always hold a special place in my heart.

    “I only had the pleasure of working with this office for a couple short years. These were some of the hardest years of my life and they helped tremendously with easing some of my burdens. This office ...”

    - Kyle Gartman
  • Best office around!

    “If you have any questions any member is quick to get back to you and ensure you are taken care of. I went in with false pretenses of bankruptcy and they pointed me in the right direction, extremely ...”

  • Very Professional

    “They are very professional and always answered any questions that we had. would recommend this office for any help that you need. thanks again for everything”

    - Mary Neal
  • I cannot recommend them enough.

    “Very happy client. The attorneys and staff went above and beyond to help me resolve my issues. They were polite, understanding, and passionate about my case. They always had my interests in mind, ...”

    - Casey
  • I can’t say enough good things about this Firm.

    “They were able to help us to easily navigate the bankruptcy process, they were kind and knowledgeable, and treated us with dignity through a process that can be extremely distressing. John Newton is ...”

    - Helen Carlyle

Schedule a Free At-Home Consultation

For your convenience we offer free consultations over the phone or by video. Contact us today.

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.