The Isaacs Law Firm and its attorneys practice primarily in criminal defense litigation and personal injury cases in state and
federal courts throughout Tennessee. Mr. Isaacs has successfully handled a
number of high profile cases that have gained national attention, a few notable
cases are set out below:
- State v. Norman Clark: a high
profile double homicide case wherein the Isaacs Law Firm obtained a favorable
result for Mr. Clark. This case was recently featured on Dateline NBC. Clark
was facing two counts of First Degree Murder and two counts of felony murder
related to the death of an ex-girlfriend and her unborn child. Following a
hotly contested trial, the jury was ultimately deadlocked and unable to reach a
verdict unanimously resulting in a mistrial. Following a second mistrial by
successor counsel in 2017, the State decided to reexamine their options. In
2018, the Knox County Attorney General’s Office decided to nolle prosequi the
case against Mr. Clark ending the prosecution.
- State v. Thomas “Zoo Man” Huskey: In this landmark
case, Mr. Isaacs represented one of the most infamous alleged serial killers in
recent Tennessee history. Thomas “The Zoo Man” Huskey stood trial for four
capital homicides in addition to four counts of rape. The extensive litigation
in this case gained significant national and international attention based on
salient facts including Mr. Huskey’s multiple personalities and the fact that
he was Knox County’s only reputed serial killer. After more than a decade of
extensive litigation, Mr. Isaacs and the defense team were able to obtain two
hung juries, and the murder charges against Mr. Huskey were ultimately
- United States v. Foust, a case portrayed in the novel Dark and Bloody Ground
wherein Mr. Isaacs obtained a not guilty verdict for his client who was
accused of laundering money obtained through of brutal murder of a
Kentucky physician and his teenage daughter.
- State v. Michael Frazier: Mr. Frazier’s case was one of the first Tennessee
cases to be televised by Court TV. Mr. Frazier, a prominent newspaper
editor, was accused of attempting to murder the husband of a woman he
profiled in a story and allegedly had an affair with. Mr. Isaacs
successfully litigated the case, landing an impressive verdict of
- State v. Kenneth “Kenny” Bartley: Kenny Bartley was a Campbell County youth who stood
trial following a school shooting that resulted in the death of the school
principal and injuries to two others. Bartley initially pled guilty to
second degree murder under the advice of his original attorney. On
Post-Conviction review, Mr. Isaacs was successful in convincing the court
that Mr. Bartley’s initial counsel was ineffective, and ultimately
securing a new trial for Mr. Bartley. The next step was a jury trial
wherein Mr. Isaacs obtained a jury verdict of reckless homicide, resulting
in Mr. Bartley’s immediate release after serving eight years in custody.
- The Isaacs Law Firm has also represented a number of
prominent individuals within the Tennessee and Knoxville communities
including local sheriffs and State Representatives. This representation
has spanned various state and federal courts.
- The Isaacs Law Firm has achieved numerous victories in
both appellate and post-conviction cases. In State v. Phillip Pack,
The Isaacs Law Firm successfully obtained release of Mr. Pack who had been
convicted by a jury of murder. In a scathing appellate opinion, the
Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals reversed the conviction against Mr.
Pack, noting the case was one in which there was “not a scintilla of
- In State v. Harland Pollard, the Isaacs Law
Firm successfully litigated a federal habeas corpus petition challenging
his plea to second degree murder for stabbing his wife fourteen times.
This sentence was vacated by the federal court.
- In United States v. Joseph Armstrong, our
legal team was able to secure an outstanding result for one of the most
recognized legislators in Tennessee. Mr. Armstrong, a veteran member of
the Tennessee General Assembly who had served over 28 years in office, was
facing three separate federal charges including conspiracy to defraud the
United States, attempt to evade taxes, and filing a fraudulent tax return.
Following a four-day jury trial, Mr. Armstrong was acquitted of the
conspiracy and tax evasion charges. After a contentious sentencing hearing
against the United States, our team convinced the Court to place Mr.
Armstrong on probation with a period of house arrest rather than imposing
a sentence in the federal penitentiary as requested by the Government.