Avery Oaks is a Nashville estate planning and criminal defense attorney. Mr. Oaks was originally born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and raised nearby in the city of Clinton. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Criminology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Then, he completed his Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration degrees at the University of Memphis.
Mr. Oaks graduated from law school in the top 15% of his class, earning multiple awards for excellence in the classroom. During his third year of law school, he worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Kathleen N. Gomes in Division 1 of the Shelby County Probate Court. There, Mr. Oaks learned the Tennessee probate process from one of the most knowledgeable probate judges in Tennessee. This experience has uniquely equipped him to handle all client matters in this area of the law, including estate planning, estate administration, guardianships, and conservatorships. Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never easy, but Mr. Oaks will always do his best to help his clients move quickly and efficiently through that difficult process.
In December 2019, Avery’s seminar paper was published by Williamette University College of Law in their Social Justice and Equity Legal Journal. His paper is titled: “ALEC Fights For Cash Bail, Leading Defendants to Jail” and advocates against the use of cash bail within our criminal justice system in order to protect lower socioeconomic defendants against injustice. Read it here.
Mr. Oaks is passionate about defending underrepresented individuals within his community and giving them a voice against oppression. Those who feel forgotten or abandoned by our criminal justice system will value Mr. Oaks’s enthusiastic, hands-on approach and his desire to fully evaluate their situation and ensure that justice prevails.
Upon admission to the Tennessee Bar, Mr. Oaks joined Brazil Clark, PLLC. Since joining the firm, he has handled numerous criminal cases in the Davidson County General Sessions Court and directly participated in felony jury trials. He’s advised business owners and farmers in the hemp sphere and has also helped many of his clients proactively plan for the future by constructing a bullet-proof estate plan that allows them to rest easy knowing their loved ones will be taken care of.