Our team is led by Adoption Law Center founder and managing attorney, Jenny Hall. Jenny is a Fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys. She was licensed to practice law in Tennessee in 2001 after graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Jenny has represented clients at every stage of litigation, from pretrial motions to jury trials, in Juvenile Courts, General Sessions Courts, State Trial Courts, and the Tennessee Court of Appeals.
Jenny is a Child Welfare Law Specialist, a certification administered by the National Association of Counsel for Children and accredited by the American Bar Association. This certification requires significant experience and continuing education credits in child welfare law, as well as a written exam.
Jenny serves on the Executive Committee of the Tennessee Bar Association Adoption Section. She frequently presents on adoption and surrogacy law. She has instructed Continuing Legal Education classes throughout the state, including at Vanderbilt University College of Law, the University of Tennessee College of Law, the University of Memphis College of Law, and Nashville School of Law.
We are passionate about family formation law! Adoption and surrogacy are challenging enough without dealing with a lawyer who won’t return your calls! As your legal team, our goal is to keep you fully informed so you can focus on taking care of yourself and your family while we handle the legal matters professionally and efficiently.
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Melissa Yancy is the mom of 4 beautiful kids. She joined the Adoption Law Center, PLLC in 2018 when her youngest daughters (twins) entered kindergarten. She has worked with both children and adults throughout her career, and has over ten years of experience in case management and social services.
After graduating from Western Kentucky University in 1998, Melissa began working at The Kentucky United Methodist Home for Children and Youth. There, she assisted with coordinating treatment plans as well as providing case management services for youth with histories of abuse, neglect, abandonment, or family trauma.
Melissa then relocated to Chicago in 1999, and spent three years working for Adapt of Illinois-Chicago. There, she coordinated recovery-based psychiatric services for individuals with mental illness living within a residential setting. Melissa then joined the staff at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago as a mental health case manager with their Community Living and Support Program. She then transitioned to lead coordinator for the Forensic Program, where she worked with both the court system and state mental hospital to successfully transition individuals into the community.
After seven years in Chicago, Melissa moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 2006. Through Professional Care Services, she continued to provide case management and support for individuals with a mental illness diagnosis.
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Tawna Grey is a busy mom of three kiddos, a law student at Nashville School of Law (graduating class of 2021!), and the Legal Assistant at the Adoption Law Center. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Middle Tennessee State University.
She worked in the auto insurance industry for a decade as an insurance adjuster and special investigator. Tawna stayed home with her young children for several years before enrolling in law school. Tawna is passionate about advocating for children and helping
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(From left to right) Tawna Grey, Jenny Hall, and Melissa Yancy at Nashville School of Law prior to Jenny’s presentation on adoption law.
The Adoption Law Center offers the highest degree of professionalism and responsiveness while providing best practices in family formation law. There is no greater honor than formalizing the relationship of parent and child.