I’ve never needed a lawyer before. I live in East TN, and I suddenly found the largest, most powerful bureaucracies in the state, lined up against me with both barrels! They acted as if they were above the law. I’m referring to child protective services. I went to them for help for a child in a bad situation as a mandated reporter.

Then they turned on me like a pit bull. It was my worst nightmare. They just arbitrarily determined I was guilty of a crime based on the word of a derelict abusive parent. They never contacted me at all during their “investigation” of me. And they broke many more of their own rules and policies. No one would help. No one would listen to me. Family knew the truth but that didn’t matter. I stood to have my name on a list, a publicly searchable database as someone who did something that never happened. They had NO CASE AT ALL but it never stopped them. I stood to be ruined by reputation, lose my ability to serve God in the capacity that I had for years.

Then I found Ms. Lanis Karnes. A lawyer in the family had advised me to find one with experience in the area of administrative hearings for CPS. AND FALSE “indications” as they call them. Best advice ever. Over the months b4 hearing her staff and herself, walked me thru all that was needed, I sent them all the info and some q&a, but it was the best feeling in the world once the hearing started. All the months of worry and anger melted away as I watched her brick by brick destroy what passed as their case against me.

Finally someone who was on my side (aside from witnesses and family) she was professional but tough as nails and prepared! She hit them figuratively speaking with a 10 lb hammer over and over till they had no choice but to dismiss b4 it ever even came to the point of mine and witness testimony. I just sat there in awe as she worked over this cps crew. They were stuttering and stammering and covering Their own tails.


Just wanted to thank you Lanis and your staff for all that you have done. Lanis is a compassionate and caring person who went above and beyond what was asked of her. To think that we only asked for visitation rights when Melissa and Brandy were taken out of state. Well, thanks to Lanis, she not only got the girls back in our custody, but as of Apr. 19th, we adopted Melissa. Lanis took it to where it is today and without her and the grace of God, I shudder to think of what could have happened. Lanis Karnes is a kind and compassionate person who loves children and thinks only of their welfare. We need more lawyers like her!! Thank God for her and her caring staff!!

Mildred P.

I opened my LinkedIn and saw you on my main page today and it brought tears to my eyes.  Time has really slipped away from us.   I wanted you to know that I truly have a blessed life and I owe so much of that to you.  Thank you so very much for everything you’ve done. Words cannot express the gratitude I have in my heart for you.  KS

I and Adam along with the girls are so thankful for you and could not have made it through this without you.  I tell everyone to call you because as I tell everyone it was you that put my family back together.  We are forever in debt to you. Thank you and keep us in your prayers.   Julia  2/4/2013