Attorney at Law
Born in Knoxville and raised primarily in McMinnville, attorney Christopher R. Stanford began the practice of law in 2007 by starting his own law firm in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee. In 2009, Chris returned to Middle Tennessee and continued his law practice. He was proud to establish The Stanford Law Firm, PLLC with his wife, Christina in 2013. Chris takes great pride in the many ways he has helped his clients resolve their legal problems. While Chris has successfully litigated numerous matters through trial, he has also found much success by being an exceptional negotiator and creative problem solver. Continuing to practice law at an elite level is one of Chris's never-ending pursuits. However, he keeps his successful professional life in perspective by regularly enjoying his free time with his wife and children. Chris also enjoys giving back to his community by volunteering as a youth sports coach in community football and soccer leagues. Chris is also thankful for the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors for the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2004; Juris Doctor from Appalachian School of Law in 2007.
Practice Areas: Family Law, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Business Law, Estate Planning, & Probate
Admitted to Practice: Admitted to Supreme Court of Tennessee in 2007; United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee in 2008; United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in 2016
Membership: McMinnville Chamber of Commerce; Warren County Bar Association; Coffee County Bar Association; Tennessee Bar Association; Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce (Parliamentarian 2012 – 2015; President Elect 2016; President 2017; Past President 2018)
A native of East Tennessee, attorney Christina S. Stanford graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a bachelor's degree in political science and a minor in biology. She pursued her law degree at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, where she graduated at the top of her class while earning awards in tax, research, and writing courses. She also enjoyed competing as a participant and coach in national moot court competitions. After obtaining her law license in Tennessee, Christina returned home to Tennessee to join the law office of Williams and Stanford, PLC, where she worked as an associate attorney for several years. She established herself in the local community while expanding her practice to appear before judges across the state. In 2013, she was excited to realize the long-held desire to establish The Stanford Law Firm, PLLC as a founding member with her husband, Chris. As an attorney, Christina prides herself on establishing strong relationships with her clients in order to better understand their individual needs.
Education: Bachelors of Science in Political Science, The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 2005; Juris Doctorate, Mercer University, 2009
Admitted to Practice: Admitted to Tennessee in 2009; United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee in 2010
Practice Areas: Business Transactions, Divorce and Custody, Estate Planning and Probate, Landlord/Tenant Disputes, Civil Litigation
Membership: McMinnville Chamber of Commerce; Warren County Bar Association; Mainstreet McMinnville former Director; Coffee County Bar Association; Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce
Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, attorney Zach Smith moved to Middle Tennessee in 2010, where he attended Middle Tennessee State University. At MTSU, Zach served as the Vice President (2012) and President (2013) of the Economics Club. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics with a minor in Business Administration in 2014 and went on to attend Belmont University College of Law. While at Belmont, Zach focused on business law, family law, and estate planning and was recognized for his achievements in Federal Income Tax Law receiving the Best Performance Award in 2017.
Zach’s experience in the legal field has allowed him to view and participate in legal matters from the public, private, and judicial perspectives.
Zach’s commitment to his work is equally balanced by his contribution to his community through his work with various charitable organizations including CureFinders in Sevierville, Tennessee and volunteering at various fundraisers benefitting a myriad of Middle Tennessee charities.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Economics from Middle Tennessee State University in 2014; Juris Doctor from Belmont University College of Law in 2018.
Admitted to Practice: Admitted to Supreme Court of Tennessee in 2018
Membership: Williamson County Bar Association (2018); American Bar Association (2019); Coffee County Bar Association
A Middle Tennessee native, Karrissa was born in McMinnville and raised in Morrison. After graduating from Warren County High School, she attended Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, where she obtained her bachelors degree in political science with a minor in history. Karrissa boasts extensive law experience, having worked in the legal field for over twenty years. She also has a background in real estate and regularly participates in auctions. She resides in Lincoln County on a beautiful farm, where she cares for chickens and bunnies and chases her two bulldogs, Tim and Tabs. Karrissa chose to pursue a career in the legal support field because she genuinely enjoys interacting with different types of people in a role that allows her to pursue resolutions to their unique problems.
Jane Basham is the firm’s receptionist and the first face (and voice) many people encounter when they contact our offices. Born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Jane was raised on a dairy farm in Cannon County, so she is no stranger to hard work. She grew up helping her father and mother raise crops and cows on the farm, and initially pursued a career in child development for years before deciding to shift gears to learn the legal field. Jane joined the Stanford Law Firm, PLLC in early 2019 and her desire to excel at her job soared immediately. When she isn’t in the office, she is a fitness buff who enjoys the great outdoors and is an avid hiker.
Born and raised in Rock Island, Tina has spent the last thirty-five years getting to know the people of Warren County through public relations in the retail field. She has a passion for helping others, which is evident in the work she does within the homeless community. In 2019, Tina co-founded a nonprofit organization called HOME – Homeless of McMinnville Effort, where she serves as co-director. As a part of the Stanford Law Firm, Tina utilizes her compassion for others by getting to know the clients, and offering support and understanding in the midst of their difficult situations. In her personal time, Tina and her husband of thirty-four years enjoy building furniture and doing remodeling projects.