Our Community

Momma always said, “every family needs a lawyer, a doctor, and a farmer”. 


And she wasn’t wrong! Here at Burnett Law, we were built on the values of small town community. We are established and practiced in the communities of Cookeville and Crossville, TN. Therefore, we know the role that trust plays when choosing a legal team right for you. 

Don’t just take our word for it. According to Zen Business Journal, trust is the top ranking factor when choosing a legal team, only following compassion and knowledge of law. All of which are qualities noted in recent client reviews of Burnett Law. 


So, whether you are involved in a car accident in Cookeville or facing a personal injury claim in Crossville – trust matters. That is why we want you to get to know our team. 


We do offer free consultations and will never charge you to discuss the details of your case. Come see us in our Crossville office, or schedule a consultation by clicking the link below: https://crossvilleattorney.com/contact-us/.

Meet Our Partners

Philip Burnett

Philip Burnett

Phillip Burnett is the owner and Managing Partner of Burnett Law. Born and raised in Tennessee, Mr. Burnett is a goal driven attorney who loves to help people. 

Mr. Burnett has been licensed for over 26 years and has been practicing law in Crossville, Cookville, and Shelbyville.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services in 1996 and then his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law. 

While at the University of Tennessee College of Law, Mr. Burnett volunteered his time to represent unemployment compensation claimants, showing his devotion to helping others. 

Since graduating Mr. Burnett has practiced personal injury litigation involving car accident litigation, social security disability, labor law, and other general civil litigation for over 25 years in Crossville and Cookeville, Tennessee. Mr. Burnett has a true passion for helping others. 

For example, one of the many ways Mr. Burnett gives back is volunteering as part of the Executive Committee of the Disability Section of the Tennessee Bar Association where he works with the Executive Committee to help provide continuing education for other attorneys regarding their social security disability practices and promotes legislation that will benefit the social security disability practice in Tennessee. 

Additionally, Mr. Burnett serves as a Board Member to the United Fund of Cumberland County in which support is volunteered to help nourish the hungry, assist those confronting emergencies and disasters, those with brain conditions, survivors of adult and child domestic violence and sexual assault, and low-income families, the elderly and Cumberland County’s kids and youth. 

Mr. Burnett truly stands as a testament to the experience and dedication to the clients of Burnett Law.

Jeffrey Vires

Jeffrey Vires

Jeffrey Vires is a Partner at Burnett Law. Born and raised in Tennessee, Mr. Vires is also a goal driven attorney who loves to help people. Mr. Vires has been licensed for over 31 years. Mr. Vires began practicing law in Crossville after earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Government and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law. 

Mr. Vires specializes and has well-founded knowledge on the following legal areas: Criminal Defense, DUI, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Wills & Estates, Personal Injury, VA Disability, and Adoption. 

Before bringing his expertise to Burnett Law, Mr. Vires was the Managing Litigation Attorney of a regional labor law center, representing the Air Force in labor-management relations, EEO, and civilian personnel law cases. Mr. Vires defended the Air Force in litigation affecting crucial civilian personnel policies and acted as the Policy Advisor for private security contractors Iraq. He also served as the Staff Judge Advocate Managing Attorney, providing legal services for a variety of criminal/civil matters. Here he worked on complex international legal issues and helped countless deserving men and women. 

Attorney Vires then went on to serve as the Deputy Chief of the General Law Division in the United States Air Force Advises ARPC Commander, over the ARPC staff agencies, and the commanders of the Air Force-wide on military justice and administrative actions involving reservists. 

Mr. Vires was selected as the 2003 HQ ARPC Staff Officer of the Year. Then, as Chief, Appellate Defense Counsel of the United States Air Force he provided management and represented appellants before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the Supreme Court of the United States. 

All this to say, there is no one more qualified to handle your case. Schedule your free consultation with one of our highly qualified professionals here: https://crossvilleattorney.com/contact-us/.

Meet our Legal Staff

Emmalee Cole

Emmalee Cole

Emmalee Cole is our beloved Legal Assistant here at Burnett Law. She helps keep all our heads on straight! This includes maintaining and organizing files, setting appointments, performing research and support tasks, as well as drafting sensitive documents. She ensures all our affairs are in order and that you, as the client, get everything you need.

Jane Burnett

Jane Burnett

Jane Burnett, our all-star Business Manager, makes sure everything that can be done, will be done. From office management, to bookkeeping, to scheduling appointments, she is the glue to the behind the scenes processes.

Jamie Danforth

Jamie Danforth | Connie Shadwell

Jamie Danforth and Connie Shadwell are our one-of-a-kind Paralegals in our Crossville office. They make sure we have every case, statute, and legal metaphorical “duck” in a row. This ensures we build the best case we can and get the best possible outcome. Jamie and Connie are essential parts of our team and have helped us win millions for our clients over the years. 


Connie Shadwell

The expertise and dedication of our team is truly the reason that our office runs so smoothly and why we are able to dedicate so much to our clients. We are grateful for them all and excited for you to meet the community that makes our office tick. 

Now that you know a little about us, Crossville, we would love to know a little bit about you. Schedule your free consultation by calling the office at 931-484-7549 or by contacting us online.