Patricia “Patty” Crotwell, JD

Elder Law Attorney

Attorney Patricia “Patty” Crotwell is a nimble legal professional with 23 years of litigation, commercial, employment, and compliance experience in both corporate and private practice environments. She has done a little bit of everything, including running her own small retail business – life experiences that help her form connections with her clients at Elder Law of East Tennessee. In June 2019 she joined the team part-time as an Elder Law Attorney. At ELET she practices Estate Planning, drafts Medicaid and Social Security appeal briefs, manages Probate matters, and works with the leadership team to develop new service lines for the firm. Her versatility, tenacity, technical skill, and broad background of experiences and knowledge are tremendous assets to the firm and its clients.

Patty is a skilled self-starter who educates herself quickly, asks the right questions, and works efficiently to get results for her clients. She communicates clearly with all kinds of people and problem solves effectively in a variety of situations. Patty works from her home in Colorado, but she is easily accessible to ELET clients by phone, email, and video conference. For matters that require in-person interactions, like court appearances, Patty collaborates with the other attorneys on the ELET team.

Certifications & Memberships

Licensed Attorney in Tennessee, Colorado, and Texas (inactive)
Colorado Bar Association


University of Tennessee College of Law, Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, 1992
University of Tennessee, B.A. in History and Economic Development, 1987

What is the problem you are best at solving for your clients? 

I’m very good at writing briefs and crafting persuasive legal arguments so that my clients get the benefits they are legally entitled to.

What excites you about your work and the contribution you make to the ELET team?

I like winning.  I also enjoy the interaction with the ELET team and working with my clients.

What do you love most about ELET?

I love working with my sister, ELET founder Amelia Crotwell.

Where can we find you when you’re not working?

You can find me in a tiny town in the San Juan mountains of Colorado, cooking, reading, knitting, working out, and travelling.

Fun fact:

I created and ran a small grocery/deli/catering store for six years.  One day, I made 40 deli sandwiches in an hour for a big group of motorcyclists – that’s a sandwich every 90 seconds!  

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