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.

Derek S. Paul

Derek S. Paul


     Mr. Paul joined the Bosch Law Firm, P.C. immediately after receiving his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2014. While in law school, Mr. Paul focused his formal studies around business and graduated with a concentration in Business Transactions. In 2012 however, Mr. Paul began to realize his passion for criminal defense after accepting a position with the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards within the University. While working for this office, he helped students navigate the student conduct process and conducted hearings either as a student’s advocate or as the University’s representative. Throughout his time in the office Mr. Paul strongly advocated for students’ rights within the University system and grew passionate about advocating for the rights of all accused.

     After growing up just outside of Indianapolis, Indiana, Mr. Paul made Knoxville his home in 2008 by starting his undergraduate studies at the University of Tennessee. As an undergraduate, he was a member of the men’s swim team. Starting in 2009, Mr. Paul served as a member of the University’s Student Athlete Advisory Council acting as a voice for the swimming and diving team. Mr. Paul furthered his involvement with athlete leadership by being elected as the Director of Communications of this council and by representing all of the University of Tennessee’s athletes as a member the SEC Student Athlete Advisory Council.

     In 2011 Mr. Paul was awarded the first ever Joe Hendee Service Award for his leadership within the athletics department and his service to the community at large. That same year, he finished his undergraduate studies, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Wishing to exhaust his NCAA eligibility, Mr. Paul spoke with local leaders in both the legal and business communities and decided to continue his academic and athletic career by attending law school.

     Mr. Paul continues his dedication to the swimming community nationally by serving on multiple committees and as a member of the Board of Directors for USA Swimming. Professionally, he focuses his practice on complex criminal matters, administrative civil and criminal issues involving collegiate sports and university students, and civil litigation. He is admitted to practice before the Tennessee Supreme Court, and all Tennessee State and Appellate Courts. Mr. Paul is also a member of the Knoxville Bar Association.