Knoxville Defense Lawyer Dead at 69

Knoxville lawyer Ralph Harwell, who practiced law for decades and acted as mentor to a generation of attorneys, died today (July 30) at the age of 69. Harwell grew up in Savannah and moved to Knoxville to attend the University of Tennessee, where he earned his law degree in 1969. He served as a law clerk to the chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court and later practiced as a Knox County assistant district attorney general. Harwell entered private practice in 1976 and became known for his work as a defense lawyer. He spent his last few years battling cancer but continued to practice law at Harwell & Harwell, and remained active in his practice until the last two weeks. Funeral arrangements were pending at press time. Knoxnews has more on his life.