The Bosch Law Firm


Proven Success

Aggressive. Effective. Discrete.

  Donald A. Bosch

     Before establishing his career as a criminal defense attorney and starting The Bosch Law Firm, P.C., Donald A. Bosch came to Knoxville, Tennessee, from his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. As an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee, he was a member of the men's swim team and graduated with his bachelor's degree with honors in 1985. He received his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1988, participating in numerous student bar activities and serving as vice-chair of the law school's moot court program. Don began his general litigation law practice in 1988 joining the firm Tipton, Eshbaugh, and Simpson, with an emphasis in criminal defense. He began his own firm in 1991 known today as The Bosch Law Firm, P.C., where he focuses on the representation of clients in state and federal criminal cases from the pre-charge investigative phase through trial and appeals. Additional areas of expertise include advising companies on "best practices" and risk assessments for a variety of enterprises. He also focuses on, personal injury matters, business litigation, and specialized work in the sports and entertainment industry.

Don Bosch

Distinguished Attorney

     Don Bosch has distinguished himself as one of the top practitioners in the area, receiving Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating (AV). He served for six years on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the preeminent organization for attorneys practicing in his field. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law, teaching trial advocacy and guest lecturing in other related courses. Mr. Bosch has also served on the Knoxville Bar Association Board of Governors, receiving its highest honor, the President's Award, in 2001 for his work relating to juvenile justice issues.

Current Memberships

     Don is involved in numerous other capacities throughout the Knoxville community. He is a member of the University of Tennessee Alumni Board and was a member of the University of Tennessee Athletics Board, Board of Directors for the Knoxville Museum of Art, The Tennessee Theatre Board of Directors, Leadership Knoxville Board of Directors. For the last twenty four years he has been, a political and legal analyst for WBIR-TV10, Knoxville's local NBC affiliate. He has also been featured for his successful representation on Court TV, CNN, MSNBC and other national news broadcasts. In addition, Don is a Master of the Bench of the Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court and served as the Inn's president from 2007 - 2008.

Ann C. Short

Ann C. Short

     Criminal defense lawyer Ann C. Short, a graduate of The Webb School of Bell Buckle, Tennessee, settled in Knoxville, after receiving dual bachelor degrees in political science and economics from Centre College of Kentucky in 1977. She received her doctor of jurisprudence degree in 1981 from the University of Tennessee College of Law where she served as editor-in-chief of the Tennessee Law Review, a member of the Moot Court Board, and a student instructor in legal research and writing.

     Ms. Short is a former senior judicial clerk to the Honorable James Curwood Witt, Jr., judge of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. She was the first female elected in 1992 to serve as president of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a statewide organization of defense attorneys and affiliates. From 1996 until 2009, Ms. Short was an Assistant Law Examiner for the Tennessee Supreme Court's Board of Law Examiners. She is an active member of the Tennessee Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section and a member of the Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court. As past-president, she devotes time and her services to the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and its various committees. She also remains involved with The Webb School as the parent of a recent graduate and a trustee on The Webb School Board of Directors.

     By virtue of her trial and appellate practice, Ms. Short is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Eleventh Circuits, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the United States Supreme Court. She was appointed and served as a member of the Indigent Defense Commission created by the Tennessee Supreme Court to identify problems and make recommendations regarding the delivery of indigent defense services in Tennessee.

     Ms. Short has lectured about state and federal appellate practice and recent developments in criminal law. She has authored briefs and represented clients in civil and criminal matters at all levels in Tennessee's appellate system and in federal appellate courts. She has authored articles for the Tennessee Law Review, the Knoxville Bar Association, and the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In addition, by request she has authored amicus curiae, "friend of the court," briefs in several Tennessee appellate cases and for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


Chloe Akers

Chloe A. Akers

    Chloe Akers has been practicing criminal defense for over ten years. She is tenacious in her representation of clients and has litigated numerous trials before both judges and juries. After graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, she returned home to Knoxville and attended the University of Tennessee College of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate cum laude.

  Ms. Akers began her career as an Associate Public Defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia. During her four years with the office, she tried well over fifty felony cases to judges sitting in the Court of Common Pleas and was soon promoted to the prestigious Major Crimes Unit where she defended clients charged with violent crimes, drug distribution and sexual assault claims. In this capacity, she engaged with numerous scientific experts in the fields of fingerprint analysis, DNA collection and evaluation, as well as ballistics and gun-shot residue assessments. As a result of this experience, she possesses a fundamental understanding and knowledge within these areas and is highly skilled in both the cross-examination of expert conclusions, as well as the successful presentation of this evidence to juries.

  Ms. Akers is also well-versed in the legal communities of Knoxville and the surrounding areas having practiced for a number of years with the Knoxville Public Defender’s Community Law Office. As a senior attorney in the felony trial unit, she defended multiple homicide cases as well as a number of DUI-related offenses, including charges of Vehicular Homicide. She also developed a special interest in working with juveniles and young people and has established a specialty in the area of adolescent brain development and juvenile forensic psychology. As a result of her experience in this area she recently presented a guest lecture on the ethics of juvenile culpability at Fordham University Law School and has trained lawyers on issues surrounding this topic at the Tennessee Public Defender Conference.

  Finally, Ms. Akers has also worked as an Associate Federal Defender with both the Federal Defender of Wisconsin, as well as the Federal Defender of the Western District of Washington in Seattle. In this capacity, she drafted appeals to both the Seventh and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals in which she tackled complex legal and evidentiary issues. She also continued developing her trial advocacy by litigating jury trials in Federal District Court focusing on illegal gun possession and drug distribution. Her diverse and varied professional background translates to an unmatched ability to manage the legal and factual intricacies of her cases and to present nuanced arguments resulting in successful outcomes for her clients. Her relentless work ethic and precise attention to detail only further assist in setting her apart as an exceptional litigator and negotiator.