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Mark L. Puryear III, Phillip R. Newman, and Charles E. Morton IV created Puryear, Newman + Morton in 2001 as a full-service law firm dedicated to serving the needs of its clients in a professional, ethical and caring manner.

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Mark Puryear
Mark L. Puryear III
Founding Member

With more than 22 years of experience, Mark Puryear’s practice focuses on defending clients charged with criminal offenses in Williamson and surrounding counties.

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Phillip R. Newman
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A civil litigator and Rule 31 mediator, Phil Newman’s practice focuses on family law, personal injury, and mediation. He was raised in Brentwood, TN and is president of the 21st Judicial Drug Court.

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Chas Morton
Charles E. Morton IV
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Chas’s practice focuses on real estate, probate, and corporate matters. A native of Franklin, TN, he’s a Rule 31 mediator and an extremely fast swimmer.

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Alisha Warner
Alisha Guertin Warner
Attorney

Alisha practices family law, including divorce and child support proceedings and juvenile court matters. She also represents small businesses in Williamson County in transactional and collection cases.

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Abigail E. Ruiz
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Divorce can be sticky, ugly, emotional, tough, exhausting, and expensive. While no one will ever say divorce is fun, it can be manageable if you have the right legal counsel leading you through the entire process. I can say that Phil and Julie were the perfect counsel for me.

I came to Phil because I had four separate people recommend him both professionally and personally. Julie was just a huge added bonus.

What makes them an awesome team?

Character. Phil and Julie are good, honest, strong, caring people. In my first meeting with Phil and Julie, they took the time to get to know me, our situation, and what was most important to me. Over the course of the divorce proceedings, we had a lot of laughs, but they were also there handing me kleenex for my tears and offering strength, encouragement, and chocolate when I needed it the most.

Knowledge and Experience in Family Law. Plain and simple, Phil and Julie know their stuff. In our first meeting, they explained there is a ninety-day waiting period for divorce when there are children involved. I explained that on day ninety-one, I wanted my divorce final. And on day ninety-one, we were standing in front of the judge finalizing our divorce. They knew what needed to happen, how it needed to happen, and when in needed to happen. It also speaks volumes when you witness multiple other attorneys trying to pick Phil and Julie’s brains.

Attention to Detail. Attention to all the filings, attention to timing, attention to what was most important to me, attention to which mediator would be the best fit for our situation, attention to which judge would hear our case and what their ruling would probably be on each specific topic, Phil and Julie thought through everything.

Accessibility and Reliability. Day or night, week day or weekend, they were both there for me when/if I needed them.

Trust and Comfort. I was able to put the divorce in Phil and Julie’s hands and trust in them. This allowed me to take a step back and focus on all of the other millions of details that go along with a divorce. And most important, it allowed me to focus on taking care of myself and my daughter.

While I look forward to keeping in touch with Phil and Julie off the clock, I can say they were worth every penny and I am lucky they agreed to take me on as a client.

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