Sobieski, Messer & Associates, PLLC
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Wanda G. Sobieski

Wanda G. Sobieski, Founding Member

Education/Licenses

Awards/Honors/Publications

  • Dean’s List
  • Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contributions to the College of Law
  • National Moot Court Competition (team member 1980 and 1981); winner of Regional Competition Best Oralist in 1980 and 1981; National Finalist for both 1980 and 1981; National Champion 1981; Runner-Up Best Oralist at the National Finals 1981; Runner-Up Best Brief Award and National Finalist 1981
  • Moot Court Board (member 1980-82; Chair 1981-82)
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Law Women 1979-82
  • Mortar Board and various honorary societies in undergraduate school
  • National Women’s History Project Awards (2)
  • Ann Selwyn Award
  • Tennessee Alliance for Progress 2007 Long Haul Award
  • ETLAW Spirit of Justice Award 2008
  • YWCA Tribute to Women Award 2014
  • Lizzie Crozier French Award 2015
  • CityView Top Attorneys Award in Family Law/Divorce/Child Support (several years)
  • Newsletter articles for the American Builders and Contractors Association, the Associated General Contractors, the Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women, East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women; Board of Advisors for the Young Lawyers’ Division Publication; Tennessee Rules of Form; contributor to the Tennessee Appellate Practice Handbook.

Professional Organizations

  • American, Tennessee, and Knoxville Bar Associations since 1982
    Various sections and committees: Advisory Panel in the American Bar Association; Seminar faculty for a number of presentations; Family Law Executive Committee for Tennessee Bar Association (2007 – present); Appellate Practice Executive Committee for Tennessee Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Foundation
    • Fellow from 1995 – present: Grant Review Committee 1993-1995
  • Knoxville Bar Foundation
    • Fellow from 2009 – present
  • East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women
    • President 1989 and 1990; Board member 1986-1992; Coordinator of the Susan B. Anthony Celebrations 1990, 1991, and 1995; program presenter
  • Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women
    • President 1995; Board member 1993-96
  • National Conference of Women’s Bar Association
    • Board member 1990-92
  • Member, Delay and Expense Reduction Advisory Group for the Eastern District of Tennessee
    • Chair of the Federal Questions Committee
  • Advisory Committee for International Conference on War and Peace
  • National Moot Court and Mock Trial Judge and Advisor for University of Tennessee College of Law
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Instructor
  • Adjunct Instructor for the University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Frequent guest speaker on Woman Suffrage and related topics

Court Admissions

Mediator

  • Rule 31 Listed Family Mediator

Related Experience

Ms. Sobieski is an experienced Knoxville divorce attorney. She practiced law with Baker, Worthington, Crossley, Stansberry & Woolf from 1982 until January 1, 1993, when she established her own firm. During that time Ms. Sobieski worked on complex environmental and construction cases primarily and was honored to become the first woman partner in the hundred-year history of the firm. Ms. Sobieski has, from time-to-time, been active in social issues and political campaigns on behalf of candidates she believed would improve the administration of justice. Her work has extended to lobbying for social change legislation and appearing before the state legislative committees, including the judicial committees, to speak in support of legislation of particular value.

Practice Areas

Community Service/Interests

  • Chair, Foster Care Review Board
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • University of Tennessee President’s Club
  • Town Hall East Neighborhood Association
  • Parent Teacher Association
  • Coordinator, Woman Suffrage Coalition
  • Commissioner, Tennessee Commemorative Women’s Suffrage Commission 1995
  • Board member, Women’s Suffrage Inc. 1995
  • Member, American Association of University Women
  • Member, League of Women Voters
  • Member, East Tennessee Historical Society
  • Member, Appalachian Zoological Society
  • Member, National Wildlife Federation
  • Frequent lecturer on issues related to the history of women’s legal status
  • Guardian ad litem representing children in Juvenile Court
  • Charter Member, National Women's History Museum
  • Member, Knox Heritage
  • Member, Executive Women's Association
  • Member, YWCA
  • Member, Fund for Feminist Majority
  • Member, National Organization for Women
Sobieski, Messer & Associates, PLLC
612 Gay Street, 5th Floor
Knoxville, Tennessee, 37902-1603 USA
865.223.5586