Richard M. Mayer
Richard M. Mayer is a partner of the Law Offices of Mayer & Newton. He graduated with a B.A. from Vanderbilt in 1973, received his Jurist Doctorate degree from Creighton University in 1976 and an LL. M in taxation from New York University in 1977. That same year, he was admitted to the bar to practice for all Courts in the State of Tennessee, the Federal District Court, The United States Bankruptcy Court, United States Tax Court. Mr. Mayer is certified by the American Bankruptcy Institute as a Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist, and a charter member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. He is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Knoxville Bar Association. Richard has been practicing exclusively in the bankruptcy area since 1986 and has participated in the preparation of over 50,000 bankruptcy cases. He has even been recognized by the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and the Volunteer Legal Assistance Program. Mr. Mayer’s personal interests include baseball, golfing and spending time with his family.
What is your favorite pastime?
Golf, eating, spending time with my family.
What do you most admire?
My father for the work ethic he instilled in me.
What led you to bankruptcy?
I was working as a tax attorney in a corporate office here in Knoxville. I wanted to venture out on my own. I ran into an old friend that was moving into another field of law and he practiced bankruptcy and divorce, so I took over his business. I enjoy helping people with the daily struggles of debt management more than family law, so that is how I landed with a bankruptcy law firm.
John P. Newton
John P. Newton is a partner at the Law Offices of Mayer & Newton, where his areas of practice include business bankruptcy
and consumer bankruptcy law. Mr. Newton specializes in small business cases.
John has been licensed in Tennessee since 1984 and has filed thousands of consumer bankruptcy cases as well as been a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Panel Trustee for the Eastern District of Tennessee since 1985. Mr. Newton is admitted to the Federal Court and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
John earned his B.S. and M.B.A. degree in Finance, as well as his law degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He is certified by the American Bankruptcy Institute as a Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist. He has lectured to various professional groups on collections and bankruptcy issues.
Originally from the state of Michigan, Mr. Newton is a former All-American and Letterman as a swimmer with the University of Tennessee. He swam as a member of The UT 1978 National Championship team.
Mr. Newton helped set several American and World records in National and International swim competitions for the University of Tennessee and the United States, including the 1979 Pan Am Games. After his collegiate career, Mr. Newton continued to be involved in local swimming while coaching at the Webb School, Sevier County High School and Cherokee Country Club Team, as well as a student assistant for the UT Swim Team.
Mr. Newton is a member of the Gettysvue Country Club and enjoys spending time with his family.
What do you do when you aren’t working?
I enjoy all University of Tennessee sports, traveling, and spending time with my family.
What is your favorite restaurant?
One of my favorites is next door, Aubrey’s.
What led you to bankruptcy?
My background with two degrees in finance from the University of Tennessee. I started handling creditor cases representing business and lenders. I was appointed as a Chapter 7 Trustee in 1985 which interested me in representing individuals and business filing for bankruptcy in my own practice. Bankruptcy involves legal work in various areas such as property law, secured transactions, tax, estates, civil litigation as well as state and Federal statutory law.
Kevin S. Newton
Kevin S. Newton graduated from LMU Duncan School of Law in 2013. Following in the footsteps of his father, John P. Newton, attorney and Chapter 7 trustee, Kevin will be practicing bankruptcy law primarily in Knoxville. Kevin attended BeardenHigh School and got his undergraduate degree at MaryvilleCollege, where he played baseball while continuing his education. After graduation he went to Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law.
Kyle J. Ray
Kyle J. Ray will be practicing largely consumer bankruptcy law in Knoxville. Kyle attended high school in Nashville prior to moving to Maryville where he played baseball at Maryville College. He obtained his B.A. in Business and Organizations Management with a Minor in Accounting. After completing his undergraduate degree, he obtained his J.D. from Lincoln Memorial Duncan School of Law. He joins the firm with several years experience in the financial services space and can assist in providing a unique perspective to aid in understanding creditor activity.