Recent Cases

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The following are notable cases recently handled by the law firm of Keeton & Perry, PLLC.

These are real people and real cases.

For privacy and confidentiality, names and specific facts of each case summary are withheld.

*Personal Injury*

Keeton & Perry, PLLC has recovered multiple millions of dollars for injured people.

The facts: Clients are husband and wife that were both seriously injured when another vehicle ran through a stop sign and hit their vehicle. This caused a severe impact between the two vehicles. One of the clients had to be life-flighted. An expert accident reconstructionist was retained in order to scientifically prove that the clients were not at fault for the accident and could not have avoided the accident. Both clients had surgery as a result of the injuries received in the wreck. An independent eyewitness thought that the clients ran through the stop sign and not the at fault party, which was inaccurate. The use of the expert accident reconstructionist scientifically disproved this theory of the independent witness.
The result: The case settled for over $385,000 to the satisfaction of the clients. The clients were able to pay off their house mortgage because of the monetary recovery with money left over.

The facts: The client was the victim to an accident in Manchester where another car failed to yield the right of way to him and hit his driver's side quarter panel. This seriously injured his left knee and required surgery and extensive rehabilitation.
The result: The case settled for $300,000 to the satisfaction of the client. The client was able to quit his current job because of the monetary recovery and only have to work part time in order to support himself.

The facts: The client was involved in an automobile accident in Murfreesboro. Another vehicle failed to yield the right of way to her. The client underwent surgery with a good result from the surgery.
The result: The case was settled for $75,000 to the satisfaction of the client and her husband. The client was able to meet a long awaited goal and start a family with the monetary recovery.

The facts: The client was "t-boned" by another vehicle that ran a traffic light. The client sustained an injury to her liver that did not require surgery.
The result: The case was settled for $70,000 to the satisfaction of the client. The client was able to do some needed home remodeling because of the monetary recovery.

The facts: The client was rear ended by another vehicle in Tullahoma. The client sustained an injury to her nose and face that required surgery.
The result: The case was settled for insurance policy limits of $50,000 to the satisfaction of the client. The client was able to use the money for an elective surgery unrelated to injuries received in the accident that she had waited for a long time to have.

The facts: The client slipped and fell at a restaurant in Murfreesboro where a server negligently left a serving tray in the path of the client. The client sustained an injury to her hip that required surgery.
The result: The case was settled for $110,000 to the satisfaction of the client.

The facts: The minor client slipped and fell at a "mom and pop" market and gas station in Coffee County on a liquid in the floor near the register. The client sustained an injury to her elbow that required surgery.
The result: The case was settled for over $110,000 to the satisfaction of the client and her family. The money was placed in an annuity for the child that will eventually approximately double her recovery over time.

The facts: The client was "t-boned" by an uninsured driver in Tullahoma. The client had a shoulder injury and had surgery.
The result: The case was settled for $74,500 with the uninsured motorist insurance company to the satisfaction of the client.

The facts: The client was rear ended by another vehicle and her knee hit the dashboard. The client had surgery and achieved a good result.
The result: The case was settled for $67,500 to the satisfaction of the client.

The facts: The client was involved in an automobile accident where another vehicle failed to yield to him. He had right knee surgery and achieved a good result.
The result: The case was settled for $95,000 to the satisfaction of the client.

The facts: The client was injured in the parking lot of a restaurant in Coffee County. She fell on a large hole in the parking lot. The manager of the restaurant admitted to knowledge of the hole and the prior need to get the hole fixed. The injuries sustained by the client required surgery on a tendon in the client's lower extremity and physical therapy. The client still had a permanent injury after considerable medical treatment.
The result: The matter was settled for a confidential amount to the satisfaction of the client.

The facts: The client was injured in a car wreck and had no permanent injuries. She was seventy-seven years old and did not want to go to court and go through litigation.

The result: The case settled for $21,000. This was not a significant amount of money since the injured client's own insurance company had a $15,000 lien against any settlement of the case. Through negotiations, the attorneys of Keeton & Perry, PLLC were able to convince the insurance company to waive the lien, which created a substantial amount of more money in the pocket of the client.

The facts: The client was injured in an automobile accident when the other driver failed to yield the right of way to him. The client injured his knee and had to have surgery to repair the injury. The client had a preexisting condition to the injured knee. However, the preexisting knee condition was minor in comparison to the injury to knee that required surgery, as a result of the wreck.

The result: The case was settled with the insurance company for six figures, which was the maximum amount of insurance available.

*Wrongful Death*

The facts: The clients, adult daughter and minor son, lost their mother in a tragic commercial automobile accident in Warren County. The client was killed on impact. An expert accident reconstructionist team was also hired to demonstrate the negligence of the commercial truck.
The result: The matter settled prior to trial after extensive discovery and depositions generating a confidential settlement left for the children for the wrongful death of their mother. The money was placed in an annuity for the child that will eventually approximately double his recovery over time.

The facts: A young adult was killed in Cannon County when unsecured silage bin blocks fell on him when he was near the structure and tractors were on top of the silage in the bin packing the silage. The force of the tractors pushed against the wall and caused the 3,600 silage bin blocks to fall on the young adult. He was killed instantly. Experts from Tennessee Technological University and Kansas State University were hired to prove the negligence of the property owner in the design and construction of the silage bin. An an expert economist from the University of Tennessee was retained to establish the pecuniary value of the life of the decedent.
The result: The matter settled for a confidential amount after a two (2) day mediation.

The facts: The client worker was injured on a tractor while on the job at a local nursery. Client had back surgery.
The result: The matter was settled for $45,000 with open medical expenses to the satisfaction of the client. The client was able to provide for his family and install a new roof on his house.

The facts: The client worker was injured while lifting some office supplies while on the job in Nashville. Client had back surgery.
The result: The matter was settled for $163,000 with open medical expenses to the satisfaction of the client. This helped the client defray the cost of losing her job.

The facts: The client was a delivery driver for a large corporation. His lower extremity was injured after being attacked by a dog.
The result: The matter settled for $30,000 and open medical expenses for life to the satisfaction of the client.

*Criminal*

Cases range from murder to misdemeanor

First Degree Murder

The facts: The elderly client was charged with first degree murder for killing her husband with a pistol with the assistance of her son. The victim was shot several times and died as a result of his injuries. Law enforcement failed to secure any gunshot residue on the elderly client.
The result: Rather than life in prison, a plea agreement was negotiated with the government for a ten (10) year parole eligible sentence allowing the client the opportunity to have a life after being released from prison.

Especially Aggravated Kidnapping

The facts: The client was facing sixty (60) years in prison for an alleged break in at a residence and victims allegedly held at gunpoint. The client denied the allegations. Aside from the alleged statements of the victims implementing the client, there was no physical evidence as it was shown that law enforcement failed to process the residence and simply took the word of the victims at face value.
The result: The government offered a plea bargain of three (3) years to the client and was accepted. The client was facing sixty (60) years in prison if he faced another jury trial. The client accepted the parole eligible offer of three (3) years.

Aggravated Vehicular Homicide

The facts: The client was alleged to be a drunk driver that ran through a traffic light and killed two individuals.
The result: No offers were made by the government in this matter. A five (5) day jury trial was held. The client was sentenced to approximately one half of the sentence that was requested by the government.

Rape

The facts: The client was indicted on the crime of rape by the Coffee County grand jury. The issue was whether or not the alleged victim consented to sex or if it was rape. The offer from the prosecution before trial was to plead guilty to rape and serve eight (8) years in prison. The client refused to plead guilty and accept the offer based on his position that this was consensual sex and not rape.
The result: After a two (2) day jury trial, the jury returned a not guilty verdict on all counts. The client was set free and the indictment of rape was dismissed.

Aggravated Assault

The facts: The client was involved in an altercation with another individual. The alleged victim was cut by the client with a knife in the stomach. The alleged victim had to be life-flighted because of the significant injuries sustained from the stabbing. The question became whether or not the stabbing was accidental or intentional. The defense was that despite the significant injuries of the alleged victim, this was an accident and not a crime. The client was facing up to six (6) years in prison on the aggravated assault charge.
The result: The client received a misdemeanor plea with minimal jail time rather than a felony with potential prison time. The client and his family were very pleased that this unfortunate incident did not ruin his life by having the limitations that a felony conviction can place on an individual.

Methamphetamine Manufacture

The facts: The client was found in a vehicle and was taken into custody on unrelated matters. His vehicle could have been driven from the scene by his uncle, but law enforcement subjected the vehicle to a search to which the client did not consent. A methamphetamine lab was found in the client's truck. A motion to suppress was filed regarding a potential unconstitutional search of the vehicle.
The result: The client received a three (3) year parole eligible negotiated plea agreement when facing a twenty (20) year sentence to the satisfaction of the client.

The facts: The client was found in a house that contained an active methamphetamine laboratory after law enforcement executed a search warrant on the house. The client was facing twelve (12) years in prison.
The result: The case was dismissed based on an invalid search warrant.

The fact s : The client was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for speeding by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The state trooper held the client and the other occupants of the vehicle for arguably longer than it would have taken to write the speeding ticket. Consent to search the vehicle was given by the driver of the vehicle and a significant amount of methamphetamine was found inside of the vehicle. The client was facing eight (8) to twelve (12) years in prison for possession with intent to sell or deliver the schedule two controlled substance, that being the methamphetamine found inside of the vehicle in which the client was riding.
The result : A motion to suppress the evidence based on an unconstitutional seizure was filed by the defense. As a result of the motion to suppress filed, the case was settled for a misdemeanor rather than a felony with time served in jail sufficing for the punishment received. The client was extremely satisfied with the outcome.

Drug Sales

The facts: The seventeen year old client was found to be selling marijuana. The issue became whether a disposition could be negotiated to keep the felony case from being transferred to adult court where the client would face much stiffer penalties.
The result: The client received a juvenile court informal adjustment meaning the case was not transferred to adult court and the client will not have the matter on his record. The client and his parents were satisfied.

The facts: The client sold a controlled substance to a confidential informant. The offer included a significant amount of jail time, which would have left client mother without anyone to care for her children.
The result: Before the sentencing hearing, the case was negotiated where the client did not go to jail and received only probation.

The facts: The client was in a vehicle stopped by the police for a traffic violation in Coffee County. A significant amount of marijuana was found by law enforcement. 2
The result: The case was settled for a reduced charge of a misdemeanor simple possession to the great satisfaction of the client and his mother and grandmother.

Bonnaroo Citations and Arrests

The facts: The client was charged with possessing cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver the controlled substance. The client was facing twelve (12) years in prison.
The result: The client served a minimum amount of jail time and had his felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor.

The facts: The client was charged with possessing mushrooms and MDMA with the intent to sell or deliver the controlled substance. The client was facing twelve (12) years in prison.
The result: The client received a fully probated sentence with no jail time. The client was able to stay out of prison and raise his children.

The facts: The client was a college student and was charged with an amount of marijuana sufficient to qualify for possession with the intent to sell or deliver the drug, which would be a felony. The college student had no prior criminal history. The client was in danger of losing his full scholarship to college.

The result: The client was allowed to plead to a misdemeanor simple possession offense under judicial diversion where the client was able to get his record expunged after plea negotiations with the district attorney. The client and his family were very satisfied with the outcome.

The facts: The client had just received his GED and came to Bonnaroo. He was charged after he sold a controlled substance, which was a small amount of mushrooms.
The result: The client was allowed to plead to a misdemeanor simple possession offense under judicial diversion where the client was able to get his record expunged after plea negotiations with the district attorney. The client and his family were very satisfied with the outcome.

The facts: The client was caught by law enforcement at Bonnaroo selling a small amount of mushrooms, which is a schedule one controlled substance.
The result: The matter was settled for a misdemeanor with diversion where the client could get the matter expunged from the client's record and pursue a career as a lawyer.

The facts: The client was caught by law enforcement at Bonnaroo possessing a large amount of mushrooms and marijuana. The client was a college student that claimed the amounts of drugs that belonged to him but also with the other occupants of his vehicle.
The result: The matter was settled for a misdemeanor with diversion where the client could get the matter expunged from the client's record and pursue a career as a lawyer.

The facts: The client was caught by law enforcement at Bonnaroo with almost two ounces of marijuana, which is a schedule six controlled substance. The client was cited for a felony of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell or deliver the controlled substance.
The result: The matter was settled for a misdemeanor with diversion where the client could get the matter expunged from the client's record. The client and her father were extremely satisfied with the outcome.

DUI (Driving Under The Influence)

The facts: The client was arrested for a DUI second offense by a state trooper. She was facing a minimum of forty-five days in jail if she was convicted. The report of the officer indicated that she failed five out of six standard field sobriety tests administered by the state trooper. There were issues presented as to whether the allegedly failed standard field sobriety tests were the result of a medical condition suffered by the client or if she was actually driving intoxicated.
The result: The DUI second offense was dismissed to the great satisfaction of the client and her mother and her sister.

The facts: The client was driving home and veered off the interstate in an attempt to get gasoline. His vehicle ran out of gasoline, and he pulled off the side of the road. The client went to sleep in the vehicle, as it was late and dark outside. A few hours later, the client was blue lighted by the police and was later arrested for DUI after failing standard field sobriety tests.
The result: The case was dismissed to the great satisfaction of the client and his family due to an unconstitutional seizure and that the vehicle could not be operated.

Felony Theft

The facts: The client worked as the manager of a familiar government office and was charged with felony theft over several years of mileage entries. The client maintained that it was an accounting error that had never been corrected. The client was removed from her position with the government office.
The result: The felony theft indictment was dismissed after payment of restitution when it was shown she did not have the intent to steal anything. The client returned to her same job at the same rate of pay.

*Severe Abuse involving the Department of Children's Services*

Cases range from non-custodial permanency plans to foster care

Methamphetamine

The facts: Law enforcement alleged that the client mother had her two year old child present inside of a house where methamphetamine was being manufactured. The client adamantly denied that the allegations were true. Pretrial research was conducted on the confidential informant after a motion for disclosure of the confidential informant was filed.
The result: On the day of trial, the government dropped the severe abuse allegation. The client was then able to attempt to regain custody of her young child without the barrier of a severe abuse finding.

Alleged Child Sexual Abuse

The facts: The client father was accused by his children and the estranged mother of his children of sexually assaulting his children. The client father vehemently denied sexually abusing his children. An expert witness was retained by the defense to assist in combatting the allegations.
The result: Trial was held over these matters. The allegations were dismissed. The client father now has custody of his children.

*Child Custody / Divorce*

Cases range from highly contested custody, child support, and asset division cases to uncontested divorces

The facts: In a matter stemming from a divorce handled in 2007, the client father fought for custody of his daughter. The mother received supervised visitation for an extended period of time due to drug issues and untreated mental issues.
The result: The client father continues to have custody of his daughter.

The facts: The client mother has fought and continued to fight for the child's father to have no contact with his child because of his drug use.
The result: The client mother continues to enjoy the no contact order between the child and her father because of the untreated drug use of the father. The mother continues to aggressively pursue child support against the father. The father of the child agreed to terminate the rights to the child and allow the stepfather of the child to adopt the child and change the last name of the child to the father.

The facts: The client mother had two children and had been the primary caregiver for the majority of the children's lives. Father filed a petition seeking custody and/or visitation with the minor children. Father also had a criminal record as well as alcohol and drug related issues.
The result: Mother retained custody. Father was denied visitation with the minor children until completion of an alcohol and drug (A&D) assessment. To date, the children continue to reside solely in the care of the mother.

The facts: The client father was unwed to the mother of the children. Mother denied any and all access to the children and was able to do so under the law without a valid court order. A petition for custody and parenting time was filed requesting visitation with the father and the minor child.
The result: Custody was removed from the mother due to various inconsistencies in her testimony before the Court. Father received custody of the minor child, child support, and supervised visitation only with the mother.

The facts: Mother and father were previously divorced and were operating under a court ordered parenting plan with mother having primary custody and father exercising every other weekend visitation only. Mother remarried and issues arose regarding the character of her new husband.
The result: Father was designated as primary parent with decision making for schools and education. Mother was granted parenting time but contact with stepfather was required to be supervised at all times.

The facts: The client had a post-divorce modification issue. He had a change of circumstance that necessitated a change in his alimony to his ex-wife .
The result: After a hearing on the matter, the judge signed an order stopping the client's alimony, which saved him approximately $36,000 in future alimony costs.

*Wills/Estates*

Cases range from simple wills and powers of attorney to complex estates

The facts: Client was suffering from COPD. He was hospitalized and unable to come to our office to execute a will or advanced healthcare directives.
The result: Keeton & Perry, PLLC arranged to meet client at hospital and executed Will and Power of Attorneys. Client suffered a stroke three (3) days after execution of wills but planning process allowed his family to handle his financial and medical needs without the necessity for costly application to the courts for a conservatorship saving the client and ultimately his heirs thousands of dollars in court expenses.

*Breach of Contract*

The facts: The client was a petroleum distributor and had an exclusive supply agreement with a business that owned and operated gas stations. The defendant stopped accepting petroleum products from the client in violation of the contract.
The result:
The client received a six figure settlement for the breach of contract one week before trial based on the profits lost as a direct result of the breach of the contract.

*Mediation*

Keeton & Perry, PLLC serves as mediators in various matters. Mediation is a process where the mediator brings the parties together and attempt to resolve their disputes through a non-confrontational meeting.

Greg B. Perry, Esq. has served as a mediator in hundreds of divorce and child custody mediations, which are usually successful. C. Brent Keeton, Esq. has served as a mediator for personal injury matters.

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