Holly K. Nehls
Holly is a Knoxville native and a fourth generation Vol. After completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science with Highest Honors from the University of Tennessee, Holly began a career in the legal field as a paralegal where she worked for three local firms. Holly then attended and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law with High Honors. While in law school, Holly received a number of awards including the International Trial Lawyers Association Trial Advocacy Award and was selected as a Summers Rufolo Rodgers Scholar. Holly also competed on the National Trial Team and was the Moot Court Board Trial Competition Chair.
While in law school, Holly clerked for the United States Attorney's Office, the Federal Defenders of East Tennessee, and a private local firm, giving her knowledge and experience in both State and Federal court. Holly is passionate about criminal defense and believes in protecting the Constitutional rights of all persons accused of a crime.
When Holly is not in the courtroom, she enjoys a variety of hobbies. Holly is an avid crafter and crocheter. She also enjoys hiking, walking the local greenways, and exploring everything Knoxville has to offer. Holly is active in the community, volunteering not just with law-related events, but also with local groups like 4-H. Holly is the president of the Knox County 4-H Volunteer Leaders Organization and is the coach of the Knox County 4-H Consumer Decision Making Judging Team, and has been awarded the Charlene Powell 4-H Volunteer Award.