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Founded in 1999, the law office of Greg Groth has earned a reputation as being one of the best law offices in Cookeville and the surrounding Upper Cumberland. The law office of Greg Groth is a trusted source of legal advice and guidance in the community. Greg Groth and his team prides themselves on providing high-quality legal services with a concentration in injury/disability law and real estate closings.
Their personal touch and desire to get the best result possible shows in repeated success for their clients and "Closings Done Right"
To learn more about each of our team members, click on their profiles below:
Greg was born in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee to Logan and Mary Jo Groth. After moving to Cookeville, he attended Baxter Elementary school. His mom taught school there. He then transferred to Cookeville Junior High and graduated from Cookeville High School.
He attended undergraduate school at Tennessee Technological University where he majored in Agriculture Business Economics, with a minor in English. During his junior year of college, Greg decided that he wanted to pursue law as a career and enrolled at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law located at the University of Memphis. He graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 1989.
One of the highlights of his legal career was being admitted to the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Greg has said: “It was an extraordinary experience to stand before the nine justices of the Supreme Court and to be sworn in as a member of the bar.”
Greg has concentrates his law practice in primarily two areas of law: injury/disability law and real estate closings. As for his injury/disability practice, Greg has represented clients from all over the State of Tennessee. Morristown, Knoxville, Athens, Fayetteville, Chattanooga, Nashville, Dickson and Lawrenceburg are just a few of the cities where Greg has represented clients, and including of course, the Upper Cumberland area. He has successfully represented clients in a variety of cases including tractor-trailer accidents, auto accidents, slip and falls, dog bites, burn injuries, medical malpractice and products liability. As for Social Security Disability cases, Greg has an active and successful practice in helping people get approved for their disability. He represents clients from all over the state for their disability claim.
As for his real estate closing practice, Greg believes that his office is one of the best when it comes to closings. Greg has been closing real estate transactions, both residential and commercial, since he began practicing law in 1989. Greg is approved as closing attorney for most major mortgage companies including Bank of America, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, Quicken, US Bank, as well as most of the local lenders including Seagrave Mortgage Company, Mortgage Investors Group, Wilson Bank & Trust, American Bank & Trust, First National Bank of Tennessee, Guaranty Mortgage Company, Putnam 1st Mercantile, Regions and First Volunteer Bank, just to name a few. Greg’s motto is “Closings Done Right.”
Greg feels that he is very fortunate to have a professional and competent staff that has been with him for several years. Greg and his staff make customer service and customer satisfaction a top priority.
Lori joined our firm in 2017. She has worked in the title insurance industry for over 15 years. Before that, she was involved in the banking industry.
She and her husband have three children and two grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, boating, riding motorcycles and sewing.
Christy Harris has been working for the firm since 2001, and is the paralegal to Greg Groth. Christy earned her Paralegal Degree in 1993 from Southeastern Paralegal Institute in Nashville, Tennessee. Christy is well trained in Social Security disability benefits, personal injury, workers’ compensation and probate.Christy’s duties include meeting with clients, correspondence, drafting pleadings, organizing and maintaining the files, and scheduling trials and mediation.
Christy has extensive experience in the law profession as aparalegal and is noted to be one of the top paralegals in the Upper Cumberland area by many attorneys, judges, court personnel, and other paralegals. As one attorney said ”Christy is one of the brightest paralegals that I know. Greg is very lucky to have her.” Clients are always greeted with a pleasant hello and a smile when they talk with Christy, either in person, or by phone. ”I have to say that she is one of the most energetic people that I know. Her work ethic is matched by none and she has a very good attitude about her job - That’s what makes her so good as a paralegal,” says Greg Groth
Christy and her husband are life-long residents of Livingston, Tennessee. She enjoys cooking, spending time on Dale Hollow Lake and anything that involves her grandchildren. Christy loves her work family and enjoys ”rallying the troops” on Friday with a special dance.
Karen Harris is a legal assistant who joined the office in 2010. She works closely with Christy Harris (not related) on Social Security claims, personal injury claims, workers’ compensation claims and probate. a Karen is primarily responsible for communication with clients, obtaining and maintaining medical records, keeping case files continuously updated and ensuring the cases move forward smoothly. If you call the office, there is a good chance that Karen will take your call.
Karen earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville.
Karen is married to Dow Harris. She has a daughter, Tisha and 3 stepsons, Matthew, Mark and Luke. During her off time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, taking care of her fur babies and working on the farm. Karen is very active in her church and at Christmas time, you might see her ringing the bells for donations for the Cookeville Rescue Mission.
Diana came to work for The Law Office of Greg Groth in 2015. She serves as the Receptionist and works with our Real Estate Team. She is the first person to welcome our clients when they enter our office, and enjoys meeting the diverse people that come into the office.
Diana is a native of Monterey, Tennessee. Her family moved back to Cookeville in 2014, and are enjoying being back in Putnam County again.
Diana is married to Mark Kennedy, they have 4 Children- Sarah Beth, Vanessa, Raymond and Charles, and are expecting their first grandchild. Diana spends her time homeschooling her children and volunteering in children's ministry, and missions at her church. In her free time, Diana enjoys reading, making crafts, and cuddling with her cats, Felix and Cali.
Real Estate Legal Assistant
Tracey Kincaid is a legal assistant who works in the real estate department and has been with the Law Office of Gregory L. Groth for 11-1/2 years.
She is a graduate of Delaware Technical and Community College in Georgetown, Delaware. She has received her Associate of Applied Science degree in secretarial studies with legal background.
Tracey is responsible for handling real estate closings by communicating with bankers, mortgage companies, realtors, buyers and sellers and resolving title issues. Her goal is to prepare the closing package so everyone has a smooth transaction from start to finish.
Tracey is an avid bowler who has rolled several perfect games. She enjoys walking, working out, knitting, and being with her grandchildren and family.
As a part of the real estate team, attention to detail and customer satisfaction are Brittany’s ultimate goals. Since becoming a member in 2011, she has made a great effort to ensure that every transaction is handled with diligence and consistency. Her duties include reviewing title searches, resolving title issues, communicating with lenders, realtors, buyers and sellers, and occasionally meeting with parties at closing. With every file, she takes pride in the process of helping families attain their dreams of owning a home.
Born and raised in middle Tennessee, Brittany exudes southern hospitality. From an early age, she took an interest in learning. Through hard work and perseverance, she graduated as the salutatorian of her class in 2004.
Her favorite days are spent with her husband and children. In addition to family time, she enjoys watching sports, playing board games and singing karaoke.
Real Estate Legal Assistant/ Office Administrator
Marla was born and raised in Livingston, Tennessee. After high school, Marla attended Tennessee Technological University where she graduated with a degree in nursing. She is a member of a large, close-knit family in Overton County, a wife and mother of two sons.
Marla joined Greg Groth when he opened his own firm in 1999 and has been here ever since. She has been a real estate legal assistant since 1993. She has worked with Christy Harris, the paralegal here, since she was 16 years old.
Marla’s main focus is real estate transactions. She enjoys working with first time home buyers because the excitement is usually so high. Marla has walked clients through contract preparations, deed exchanges, difficult negotiations, title issues, and other phases of the closing process.
Marla has experience from the beginning of a closing to the very end, from contract preparation all the way to policy production after closing. She enjoys learning new things, techniques and methods in order to make our office more knowledgeable, productive and effective.
Marla has worked with most banks and mortgage companies (local and national) as well as real estate agents from all the surrounding counties. She is well known by our local agents and mortgage lenders as being very knowledgeable about issues that arise involving real estate.
Marla is here to serve the needs of our clients, answer questions, provide support and resolve issues. Her most important closing is YOURS.