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The Flying Pig

Held Law Firm’s Online Hub

At Held Law Firm, we are proud to provide family law representation to individuals and families throughout Knoxville as well as community outreach to enhance the lives of everyone in the area. We have created The Flying Pig, based on our mascot, as a way to communicate with you and the rest of the community about our firm, breaking news, and our participation in the community.

Here you will find:

  • Developing information about our firm, its accomplishments, and news articles we have been featured in
  • Information about our beloved interns
  • Information about our community involvement and events
  • Other involvements that our firm and staff participate in
  • Helpful blogs about family law topics and the latest news involving this practice area

Why the “Flying Pig?”

The flying pig represents the story behind our founding attorney’s introduction into the legal field. As a young and pregnant law student, Attorney Margaret Held met openly sexist resistance from professors and other students. These individuals thought she was out of line for wanting to pursue her education and career due to her “condition” and future responsibilities as a parent. When she was being told she needed to quit law school and get her priorities “clear,” she rebelled by saying she would quit law school “when pigs fly.” She went on to prove the naysayers wrong, graduating and starting the successful practice she manages today.

Margaret never gave up her dream and pursued her path with conviction, demonstrating the quality of the representation, leadership, and determination you will find at Held Law Firm.

"when pigs fly"

An Attitude That Has Served Our Clients Well
  • “We live in California and needed a law firm to help us get custody of our 2 young (9 and 12 yo) grand nephews after their mother passed away. Held Law Firm, Chelsea and Abigail, in particular were our ...”

    - TB Northern California
  • “After being married for over 40 years, I was at a point in my life that I no longer wanted to take care of every aspect of being in that situation. I felt it was time for me to start thinking more ...”

    - C. White
  • “Newer to the Knoxville area and looking for a law firm to help us set up our will. Melanie Hogg, with Held Law Firm, came highly recommended and have to say the reviews were right. Melanie was ...”

    - A. Witte
  • “Held law firm went above and beyond to help me with a case they don't normally do. I appreciate how dedicated they are to helping make sure the case goes well. I couldn't have had a better attorney ...”

    - J.A.
  • “Margaret and her staff make you feel very welcome from the beginning. Everyone in the office makes a difficult process a lot easier to go through. She and her staff are kind, thoughtful, patient, ...”

    - J.W.
  • “After interviewing almost every attorney in downtown Knoxville and finding them to minimize and plan to use a cookie cutter approach to my case I was deeply relieved to find Held Law Firm. They are ...”

    - L. F.
  • “Margaret Held was excellent help with obtaining information on my divorce. She knew exactly what she was talking about and I feel confident that they are one of the best lawyer offices in Knoxville!”

    - K. M.
  • “Short Version: Melanie and Chelsea are a force to be reckoned with and thank God they were on my side. Do yourself a favor and go with them. **Worth the read if you are searching for a Lawyer** Long ...”

    - R. F.
  • “From the day I walked in the office, I was greeted like family. The attention, the hard work and the team effort that Held Law has given me will forever be appreciated. I highly recommend Held Law to ...”

    - J. L.
  • Professional, Accurate, and Timely!

    “Chelsea Price exceeded expectation with our case of step parent adoption. I highly recommend her for adoption cases. She was professional, accurate, and timely in completing everything that needed to ...”

    - Ashley C.
  • Not afraid to step in and get things done

    “Ms. Held helped me turn around a complete nightmare situation. She was creative with problem solving and was not afraid to step in and get things done.”

    - Bethany T.
  • I honestly have no idea where I would be today if it wasn’t for this AMAZING firm!

    “This is a firm that truly cares & will literally have your back & encourage you through the tough times!”

    - Alicia U.
  • I would absolutely recommend Held Law Firm.

    “I wanted to find a firm who could help me obtain a quick, affordable divorce and Held provided just that. All members of their team were extremely responsive and informative. Never did I feel out of the loop or confused and I always felt comfortable asking”

    - Brittany H.
  • She is fierce! She will fight for you and win.

    “I am so grateful to her because now I have a signed court order clearly defining visitation with my grandchild, which had previously been denied. I believe that without Margaret this would not have happened.”

    - Debra I.
  • The legal representation I received exceeded my expectations.

    “At no time did anyone at the firm take any action on my behalf without first having a conversation with me and getting my approval. While I hope I never have to go through a divorce again, I know I'd gladly seek their assistance again. In fact, if I ever n”

    - Kevin F.
  • Excellent assistance and eased our concerns!

    “Melanie was great! She provided excellent assistance and eased our concerns throughout the process. She arranged a virtual hearing for us so we could still have a court date even as in-person meetings ...”

    - Tammy R.
  • I highly recommend!

    “Very professional, extremely reasonable with fees, and most of all they truly care about their clients.”

    - Pamela H.
  • Held Law Firm goes above and beyond with their clients.

    “Kudos to this law firm for being straight up with their clients - hard to come by these days!”

    - Amy F.
  • This is the place to go!

    “Another great aspect of Held Law Firm is how comfortable and welcoming they are so you don't feel anxious. The atmosphere and vibe makes you feel right at home and so welcomed.”

    - Sandy H.
  • Great law firm!

    “They know the legalities and how to do their jobs well, and they provide individualized service based on their client's needs. Excellent!”

    - Barbara J.
  • Works hard to get the best outcome.

    “This is my family's future, and it's the only chance I have to make it right. With my entire family's future hanging in the balance, Margaret has given my case the attention and effort it deserves.”

    - Devon C.
  • Efficient and informative

    “Melanie and her team at Held Law Firm were efficient and informative during my recent divorce settlement. Melanie was courteous and listened to my many questions.”

    - Sandra B.
  • I trust the team at Held Law Firm

    “I would not look for another law firm to handle any of my attorney needs.”

    - Stefan T.
  • Simply The Best

    “The Held law firm is staffed with only the best and they will fight for you in court. They cleaned up a mess made by our previous attorney, and got our case moving forward. Margaret has the experience and skills to get you the best results possible.”

    - Darrel W.
  • Did an amazing job with my divorce!

    “I really appreciated that they were so responsive to my needs, and made sure that I had realistic expectations. There were no surprises here. They didn't let my ex push me around and were there for me every step of the way, always making time to explain to”

    - Faith B.
Held Law Firm- Why the Flying Pig?

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Bringing Much Needed Change & Impact to Our Local Communities


At Held Law Firm, we are committed to bringing lasting impact and change to our local communities. We've hired on a great team of law students to grow in their practice and continue to make lasting impacts to our communities. It's the work we are the most proud of.

Here's a list of some of the projects we've done in the past:

  • South Knoxville Elementary Student Council InaugurationMargaret Held, 2022. This event was Held at Historic Blount Mansion.

  • LGBTQ+ Family Law SeminarMargaret Held, Chelsea Price, and Melanie Hogg, 2022. We held this seminar at South Press Coffee and provided information on how to protect your family from discrimination.

  • William Blount Mansion Hands On History ProjectMargaret Held, 2021.

  • Dasha Lundy for County CommissionMargaret Held, 2020. We helped get Dasha Lundy elected to county commission.

  • Relative Care Givers Support GroupChelsea Price, 2020. We helped set up a non-profit organization to help people who provide foster care to their relative’s kids.

  • Literacy ProjectFaith Held, 2019. We set up a library in the Juvenile Detention Center curated by the kids. Each child gets to take home a book when they leave and a copy is donated to the center library in their name.

  • Trans Name Change ProjectGuy Tustin, 2019. Guy and Faith organized a name change clinic targeting trans youth and worked with local Chancery Court re: making the process less intimidating and more welcoming to applicants for name changes.

  • Collaborative Law Project Melanie Hogg, 2019. Melanie helped introduce collaborative law as an alternative to contested litigation in Knoxville.

  • Food Stamp Work Requirement Reform ProjectRhys Bowen Tatum, 2018. Rhys continued work he began at the Tennessee Justice Center to design a training for human services workers regarding work requirements and food stamp eligibility.

  • Freedom of Religion in School- Margaret Held, 2004. Margaret litigated and organized to end shipping Union County schoolchildren to 3 day long tent revivals every spring.

  • Bob Becker for City Council- Margaret Held, 2001. We helped get Bob Becker elected to Knoxville City Council.

  • Neighborhood Reinvestment Project- Margaret Held, 2000. Margaret helped start several non-profit organizations and dozens of private businesses in Knoxville’s poor neighborhoods.

  • Citizens for Police Review (PARC) - Margaret Held, 2002. Margaret organized faith and civic leaders to protest the killing of black men in police custody and drafted the ordinance for the Police Advisory and Review Commission, an independent police review body.

  • Knox Recall- Margaret Held, 1998. Margaret co-organized and represented organization that fought for recall of Knoxville mayor after alleged violations of sunshine laws and to purge and reform the voter roles.

  • Annie Selwyn Award: Jobs for Domestic Violence Survivors- Margaret Held, 1998. Margaret received award for helping design programs to help domestic violence victims attempting to achieve financial independence from their abusers.

  • Economic Literacy Project- Margaret Held, 1997. Margaret co-organized series of workshops to educate public over use of government funded economic development incentives to attract jobs in low income neighborhoods.

  • Home Based Business Project- Margaret Held, 1995. Margaret convinced the local housing authority to allow approved home based businesses to operate in public housing.