Bankruptcy Court Information For Jefferson County, TN

Dandridge, Tennessee 37725

Residents of Jefferson County, Tennessee file bankruptcy in Tennessee Eastern District Bankruptcy Court

4 courthouses serve the Tennessee Eastern District Bankruptcy Court.

Three Kinds of Information You Will Need from the Court

(Note: Court websites change often and links go out of date. If a link does not work, go to the home page for the court and look for the materials from there.)

Official Website of the
Tennessee Eastern District Bankruptcy Court

Official Court Website

* Home page

What you'll find there

You'll need to file your papers with one of the courthouses that serve the Tennessee Eastern District Bankruptcy Court.

Pre-COVID, you had to go to court, in person, at least once to meet with the bankruptcy trustee for your 341 hearing. During the Coronavirus pandemic, those meetings were typically done by phone or zoom. A few courts may still allow that.

Where To Start

Before you file, there are three kinds of information you'll need to get from the court's website:

1. Info on Filing Without an Attorney

Court "Pro Se" Info

Information specific to your district

You'll need information specifically about your particular court's procedures.

Fortunately, the Tennessee Eastern District Bankruptcy Court offers information specifically designed for people filing without an attorney. Virtually all courts link to the generic national information mentioned above. The Tennessee Eastern District Bankruptcy Court offers specific guidance about local procedures.

General information about how to file

If you're new to the bankruptcy process, the website of the US Courts Adminstrative Office now offers a basic orentation page for those filing bankruptcy without an attorney. The information inlcudes a Bankruptcy Basics video in English Spanish and Creole. The half hour video is split into chapters so you can go back and review parts that went by too fast the first time.

2. Local Rules

Local Rules - TNE

Each court has its own rules about filing procedure, how to list creditor's names and addresses, and they tend to be fussy about it.

You must comply with the details of the process, such as filing dates, filing procedures, fees, and a myriad of other bureaucratic wonderfulness. Depending on how poorly they're written, your court's local rules probably won't make much sense to you. Don't worry. You may not be affected by most of the rules.

However, you will need to follow the rules about filing procedure and how to format the creditors' "mailing matrix" (a list of creditor's names and addresses).

Your court publishes plain-English instructions for those filing without a lawyer in the Tennessee Eastern District Bankruptcy Court . Use that first, rather than trying to read the actual rules.

How to File for BankruptcyChapters 6 and 7 of How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy offer more information on what to look for in local rules and how to ask the court clerk for the information you need as you prepare your paperwork and fill in yourforms.

3. Court Forms

Local Forms

Bankruptcy is a forms-intensive process, kind of like doing a long tax return.

The main forms you use in bankruptcy are federal forms, used nationwide in all bankruptcy courts.

Your bankruptcy court may have additional local forms for the Tennessee Eastern District Bankruptcy Court for dealing with things like the list of creditors.

Other information from the court

Most courts link to a downloadable U.S. Courts publication called "Bankruptcy Basics." This offers a decent overview of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy -- but has no information about how to actually file or fill in the mountain of forms.

Now most courts also link to a helpful YouTube video created by the Federal Courts that explains the bankruptcy process.

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Courthouses of the Tennessee Eastern District Bankruptcy Court

Jefferson County is served by the Federal Courthouse at Knoxville, TN
800 Market Street, Suite 330 Knoxville, Tennessee 37902. (865) 545-4279


Court Website info

United States Bankruptcy Court
Historic U.S. Courthouse 
31 East 11th Street 
Chattanooga, TN 37402-2722 
Phone: (423) 752-5163

Serving Counties:

Bledsoe, Bradley, Hamilton, McMinn, Marion, Meigs, Polk,Rhea, and Sequatchie

Maps: Google - Yahoo


Court Website info

Howard H. Baker Jr. U.S. Courthouse
800 Market Street, Suite 330
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: (865) 545-4279

Serving Counties:

Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, Jefferson,Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union

Maps: Google - Yahoo


Court Website info

James H. Quillen United States Courthouse
220 West Depot Street, Suite 218
Greeneville, TN 37743-4924
Phone: (423) 787-0113

Serving Counties:

Carter, Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson,Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington

Maps: Google - Yahoo


Court Website info

* Unstaffed Location *
U.S. Post Office & Courthouse
Second Floor Courtroom
200 South Jefferson Street
Winchester, TN 37398
Phone: (423) 752-5163

Serving Counties:

Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Lincoln, Moore, Van Buren, and Warren

Maps: Google - Yahoo

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Tennessee Eastern District Bankruptcy Court List of Private Trustees by Chapter

Source: The U.S Trustee Program - Tennessee List of Private Trustees by Chapter



Note: The individuals listed are private parties, not government employees.





Heather E. Banks
6704 Watermour Way
Knoxville, TN 37912
Phone: (865) 938-0733


Elisabeth B. Donnovin
428 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Phone: (423) 266-2300


D. Stephen Duncan
1108 North Roan Street
Johnson City , TN 37604
Phone: (423) 926-1357


Trudy M. Edwards
300 South College Street
Winchester, TN 37398
Phone: (931) 967-4303


Jerry D. Farinash
100 West ML King Blvd., Ste. 816
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Phone: (423) 805-3100
Fax: (423) 805-3101


Margaret B. Fugate
114 E. Market Street
Johnson City, TN 37601
Phone: (423)928-6561
Fax: (423)928-8437


Terry D. Gregory
105 West Lincoln Street
Tullahoma, TN 37388
Phone: (931) 455-5407


Ryan E. Jarrard
800 South Gay Street, Suite 2121
Knoxville, TN 37929
Phone: (865) 524-1873


Douglas R. Johnson
428 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Phone: (423)266-2300


David H. Jones
550 Main Street, 4th Floor
Knoxville, TN 37902

P.O. Box 50034
Knoxville, TN 37950
Phone: (865) 546-7311
Fax: (865) 524-1773


F. Scott Milligan
900 East Hill Avenue
Suite 130
Knoxville, TN 37915
Phone: (865) 522-3311


Ann Reilly Mostoller
136 South Illinois Avenue, Suite 104
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Phone: (865)482-4466


John P. Newton, Jr.
1111 Northshore Drive, Suite 570-S
Knoxville, TN 37919

P.O. Box 2069
Knoxville, TN 37901 -2069
Phone: (865)588-5111
Fax: (865)588-6143


Douglas L. Payne
401 West Irish Street
Greeneville, TN 37743
Phone: (423) 639-2220
Fax: (423)639-7443


M. Aaron Spencer
P.O. Box 900
Knoxville, TN 37901
Phone: (865) 215-1000


Robert J. Wilkinson
6918 Shallowford Road
Suite 100
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Phone: (423) 424-3116
Fax: (423) 499-6311



Jeanne Ann Burton
4117 Hillsboro Pike
Suite 103-116
Nashville, TN 37215
Phone: (615)678-6960


Michael Gigandet
208 Centre Street
Pleasant View, TN 37146
Phone: (615) 746-4950


Erica R. Johnson
8161 Highway 100, Suite 184
Nashville, TN 37221
Phone: (615)347-5869


Eva M. Lemeh
4300 Kings Lane
Nashville, TN 37218
Phone: (615) 876-4862
Fax: (615) 691-7382


John C. McLemore
2000 Richard Jones Rd., Suite 250
Nashville, TN 37215
Phone: (615) 383-9495
Fax: (615) 292-9848


David G. Rogers
P.O. Box 1227
Franklin, TN 37065 -1227
Phone: (615) 472-8570


Robert H. Waldschmidt
P.O. Box 2828
Brentwood, TN 37024 -2828
Phone: (615) 468-1020
Fax: (615) 259-2179



Lynda F. Teems
5362 Republic Drive
Suite 625
Memphis, TN 38118
Phone: (901) 526-5555
Fax: (901)529-1233


Marianna G. Williams
P.O. Box H
Dyersburg, TN 38024
Phone: (731)285-5074

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What's all this about "CM/ECF"?

If you visit any bankruptcy court website, you will see prominent notices about mandatory "CM/ECF" which stands for "Case Management/Electronic Case Files." If you are representing yourself (filing without a lawyer), don't worry about this -- it applies only to lawyers (although most sites fail to mention that important fact).

If you're a lawyer, you must file your client's bankruptcy forms electronically and receive training on how to do it. Electronic filing simply means filing your forms as PDF (Acrobat) files via the internet or CD-ROM. Creating PDF files does not require special software. Any software that can print can also produce PDF files with the proper software add-ons. There are some specialized attorneys' bankruptcy software that will produce PDFs from data you enter.

Most downloadable official forms these days are PDFs with fillable fields and most computers can "print" a filled-in form to a PDF file. (See the Free Bankruptcy Forms page for more info)

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Courts that offer "eSR" - Electronic Self Representation

See below for our list of courts that allow debtors to electroncially file.

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Dealing with "legalese"

Bankruptcy court websites have come a long way towards plain English?

Courts should serve all taxpayers, not just lawyers. Filing requirements should be clear and accessible to everyone. After all, everyone must follow the law, so why not make the rules clear and in plain English?

Unfortunately, not all courts provide clear, simple instructions for filing bankruptcy forms. It takes some effort to translate legalese into plain English, and some courts just don't bother.

However, some courts do an admirable job of providing information to help non-attorneys find relevant information. They lay out clear timelines of essential procedures and explain requirements in a clear, easy to follow manner.

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Courts That Do a Good Job Of Helping Debtors Who Don't Have An Attorney

In our first review of 90 bankruptcy court websites nationwide in 2007, found only a handful court websites that provided clear, well-organized filing information for those who don't speak legalese.

A few courts, however, showed what could be done if all courts would bother to take the time to help the general public, and so we created a "Hall of Fame" of good government, to show what could be done by a court with taxpayer's money and a little extra effort, organizaion, and plain English. All bankruptcy courts should follow their example.

In subsequent reviews, many court websites showed significant improvement from 2007 to 2009.

However, as of August 2022, although in general court websites are much better, there is still a wide gap between the best and worst ones when it comes to serving the unrepresented debtor.

If your court's website isn't helpful, check out one of these sites....

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Bankruptcy courts that do a good job of explaining procedures to non-lawyers and / or offer eSR (electronic Self Representation)

Here are the best of the best. Court websites can and do change -- hopefully for the better, but not always.

Note: Links go directly to the court's info for non-lawyers, rather than the court home page.

Note: As you will see if you look at several of these, most of the information you find is general and applies regardless of which court you're filing in.

However, some procedures are "local" and deadlines and forms can vary from court to court.

Always confirm that you are complying with your own court's local rules and procedures.

Oklahoma Western District Bankruptcy Court

New interface is a bit too clever by half. Important info is buried in the menu called "Court" Click the "No Attorney" link. Once you get past that, it's pretty good. Pop up menus work very slowly and may not work on all browsers. On some browsers you may not even see the menus at all! Has a dedicated pro se counter. (May 2009) Update: Court should make website work with all browsers. Important information is missed if the home page menus don't work right. But downloadble PDF guides are good, but were written in 2007. March 2012.

main website     info for non-lawyers

Texas Eastern District Bankruptcy Court

Now features a special menu just for those filing without an attorney. Offers clearly organized guidance as to what to do when. (May 2009) Update. Still excellent. Could be a model for other courts. March 2012.

main website     info for non-lawyers