Joseph E. Costner

Joseph E. Costner

Maryville, Tennessee

I am a graduate of Maryville College, graduating in 1973 with a degree in Political Science.  I graduated from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (Memphis University Law School) in 1978.  My interest in a legal career started in my high school years, but became more intense after I attended jury trials when I was in undergraduate school.  I was all in with trial practice courses in law school. I believed trial practice was what being a lawyer was all about. 

To this day, I believe there is absolutely nothing better suited for me than having the privilege of representing people and causes I believe in.  A successful career as a trial lawyer first involves truly getting to know your client.  Without the trust between a client and his or her attorney, communication cannot be effective.  Relating to a client does not happen without spending the time to build a relationship.  Lawyers should never forget that the people they represent need their help and want to know if you are the person who has the skill to help, and more importantly, they want to know if you care.  Clients and juries sense whether you care and believe in your cause.  Your opponents and judges can sense that commitment and belief.  The process of securing the best possible result has no short cuts.  Our law firm is devoted to that philosophy.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Products Liability Law
  • Workers' Compensation Law
  • Nursing Home Abuse, including Sexual Assault
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Civil Rights
  • Homicide
  • Drug offenses
  • Rape
  • Embezzlement
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Theft
  • Money Laundering
  • Murder
  • Fraud

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee


  • Memphis State University School of Law, Memphis, Tennessee
    • J.D.
  • Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee, USA
    • B.S.
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Blount County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Joe Costner , Sole Practitioner, 1978 - 1980