Burnett Law: Where Experience Meets Empathy

In the realm of legal practice, experience and empathy are two qualities that can make all the difference in the lives of clients. At Burnett Law, these attributes define who we are and how we approach every case. Led by the seasoned attorney, Philip Burnett, our firm has been a pillar of support for individuals facing personal injury, social security disability, and various civil litigation challenges for over two and a half decades. 

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What sets us apart in the East Tennessee and Cumberland community, is the knowledge and experience of the attorneys at Burnett Law. Our commitment to our clients and the community we serve is a core value and one we do not take lightly. We are here to fight for justice on your behalf and ensure you have support in some of the most trying times of your life. 

I am very pleased with the service I experienced. I was always helped in a timely and courteous manner. The outcome I had with my case was favorable and much swifter than expected. I can not express how much I appreciate the professional manner I always experienced in their office and how comfortable it made me feel. Thank you very much for all your help. I highly recommend Phillip Burnett to anyone who needs his help. Thanks again.

Steve Walker

This company is hands down the best legal experience of my life!! Philip Burnett was engaged, listened to my concerns, was honest about my options and kept me informed throughout the process. I felt like my case was incredibly important to him. Not once did I feel like a number in a long line of cases. It is rare in this world to feel heard and understood, especially in a legal situation, but that is exactly what I received and you will too! Call them NOW!​

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The Legal Luminary: Philip Burnett

As the owner and Managing Partner of Burnett Law, Philip Burnett’s journey in the legal field is a testament to his dedication to helping people. Born and raised in Tennessee, Mr. Burnett’s commitment to his community runs deep. With over 26 years of legal experience, he has become a trusted advocate for countless clients in Crossville, Cookeville, and Shelbyville.

Mr. Burnett’s educational background, which includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, has equipped him with a unique perspective on the intersection of law and business. He further honed his skills at the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence.

A Beacon of Compassion

Mr. Burnett’s empathy and passion for helping others shine through his professional and volunteer work. During his time at the University of Tennessee College of Law, he volunteered to represent unemployment compensation claimants, showcasing his commitment to those in need. This early dedication laid the foundation for a career centered on advocating for individuals facing adversity.

Philip was beyond helpful when I went to him to get all of my legal documents, i.e. will, power of attorneys, advance care plan, etc. in order. We asked many questions, and he answered every one of them so knowledgeably. Philip was so approachable and put all of my concerns at ease. I highly recommend him for any of your legal needs.

Shirley Hildreth

From start to finish it was a very professional operation. Mr. Burnett and Miss Jamie were there to answer any question that I had and kept me well informed. I never got "I'll check and get back with you." They were patient and understanding, something that is rare today. They are there to help, not there to string you along. Their whole staff was a blessing to me when I needed help.

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A Multifaceted Advocate

Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Burnett has demonstrated his commitment to giving back to the legal community and the broader society. As part of the Executive Committee of the Disability Section of the Tennessee Bar Association, he tirelessly works to provide continuing education for fellow attorneys involved in social security disability practices. His advocacy extends to promoting legislation that benefits the social security disability practice in Tennessee, ensuring that individuals with disabilities receive the support they deserve.


Mr. Burnett’s dedication to the community is further exemplified by his role as a Board Member of the United Fund of Cumberland County. Through this involvement, he actively contributes to nourishing the hungry, assisting those in emergencies, supporting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and aiding low-income families, the elderly, and Cumberland County’s youth.

Our Staff: The Organizational Dynamo

Behind every successful attorney is a dedicated team that ensures everything runs smoothly. And at Burnett Law, we undoubtedly have the best! Emmalee Cole is our beloved Legal Assistant, playing a crucial role in keeping our affairs in order. From maintaining and organizing files to scheduling appointments and conducting research, Emmalee ensures that our clients receive the attention and support they need when they need it. 

In our Crossville office, Jamie Danforth and Connie Shadwell are our invaluable Paralegals. They are the architects of our legal strategies, meticulously organizing cases, statutes, and every essential detail to build the strongest possible cases for our clients. Their dedication and expertise have played a pivotal role in securing millions of dollars in compensation for our clients over the years. If you have ever called our office for a free consultation in the Upper Cumberland, then you have likely spoken to one of these women.


At Burnett Law, we believe that the combination of legal expertise and genuine empathy sets us apart from other practices in the community. With Philip Burnett at the helm, our team of dedicated professionals strives to provide the best possible legal representation to our clients. 

As many of you know, our commitment extends beyond the courtroom. We are deeply involved in our community and continuously seek ways to give back, including organizing local events and drives; and being an active participant in community events including Friday at the Crossroads and Habitat For Humanity’s Lunch on the Lawn.  

We are grateful for the trust our clients have placed in us. When you choose Burnett Law, you’re choosing a team that combines knowledge, experience, and heart to advocate for your rights and well-being. Thank you for your continued support Crossville and we look forward to helping many more in the years to come.

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