Amelia Crotwell, founder of Elder Law of East Tennessee, serves as the managing partner of the firm, guiding strategic planning and growth to help reach more families in East Tennessee. Amelia has helped families with long-term care and special needs challenges for almost 20 years. She practices primarily Life Care Planning and special needs trusts, but she also pitches in to collaborate with ELET attorneys, lending her experience on questions of elder law, wills and trusts, Medicare, Medicaid planning, trust administration, probate, and veterans benefits planning. She has been Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation since 2011 and is the president-elect of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association and a co-chair of their strategic planning committee. She also takes an active role as a member of the Special Needs Alliance, where she serves on their strategic planning committee. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and she was instrumental in starting the Tennessee chapter of NAELA and served as its first active President. She is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and past chair of the Elder Law Section Executive Council. She offers pro bono legal services through Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Inc., and through the Tennessee Family Justice Center. She takes an active role in the community teaching other lawyers about elder law topics and speaking to community groups. Amelia Crotwell earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Tennessee College of Law and since 2018, she enjoys teaching Elder Law as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law.
University of Tennessee, BA in English and Creative Writing, magna cum laude, 1990
University of Tennessee College of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, summa cum laude, 1997
Awards and Certifications:
Certified Elder Law Attorney credentialed through the National Elder Law Foundation
Martindale-Hubble Rated BV and recipient of Martindale-Hubble Client Distinction Award
AVVO Rated 10.0 of 10.0
Charles Henderson Miller Award of Excellence in Civil Advocacy
Veterans Affairs Accreditation
2022 Top Attorney in Cityview Magazine
Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, President-elect
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
American Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
Knoxville Bar Association
Knoxville Estate Planning Council
Tennessee Bar Association Elder Law Section Executive Council
What is the problem you are best at solving for your clients?
Every client’s situation is different. I help my clients by looking at their overall circumstances and forming strategies to meet their unique goals. Clients rely on me, and I reassure them that there is a path forward even in difficult times, that I have traveled it before, and we can find solutions for them.
What excites you about your work?
I love the intellectual challenge presented by the law. I get excited about advocacy for clients and learning to be a good leader for my employees. I’m inspired by the opportunity to be a creative problem-solver.
What do you love most about ELET?
We make a very real, very positive difference in the lives of our clients, and we form lasting friendships with our clients and their families. Our clients are all the wonderful people, and I love getting to know them. My staff are all great souls and I’m honored to work within a fun and supportive atmosphere.
Where can we find you when you’re not working?
Reading a book, practicing yoga, enjoying my friends and relatives, playing with my dog, or maybe even watching sports with my guy.
I have a creative side and enjoy metalsmithing and collecting rocks.