Ted Kern, Family Law & Mediation - A Member of Eshbaugh, Waters, Strange-Boston & Kern


Ted Kern: Family Law & MediationWith some of the big law firms, you might feel as though you’re working for the attorney instead of the other way around. I guarantee to give you the focus and attention you need and deserve in your time of need.

I started my career in Ohio.  After completing a degree in Social Work, and then law school, I spent nine years working in public-interest agencies where I represented persons who couldn’t obtain an attorney on their own.  In 1992 I moved to Knoxville, and spent the next seven years as litigation director for what was then known as Knoxville Legal Aid Society.  In 1999 I left public service work to start my own practice.  After ten years as a successful solo practictioner, I accepted an offer to join my current firm.

As a partner with Eshbaugh, Waters, Strange-Boston & Kern, and with more than 25 years of experience, I’m well-prepared to represent you as an attorney or mediator for even the most difficult situations. In fact, I have actually taught others these skills by teaching at the University of Tennessee College of Law and through state-wide training programs in Ohio and Tennessee.

I’ve recently been selected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, a nationwide organization that recognizes experience and expertise in this area of law. 

I take on a limited number of cases to assure that you receive the dedicated service you need right now. I have the expertise to assist you in a number of areas:

Family Law

  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Post-divorce modifications or enforcement
  • Child support
  • Same sex family law issues
  • Juvenile Court
  • School discipline


  • Business
  • Family
  • Pre-divorce preparation
  • Conflict resolution
  • Court-assigned mediation


  • Step-parent and relative
  • Interstate and International
  • Parental rights termination

Criminal – State, Federal, Juvenile


Civil Litigation