About Us

K.O. Herston

K.O. Herston was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he was on the editorial board of the Tennessee Law Review. He quickly fell in love with East Tennessee and decided to make his home in Knoxville. He has been practicing law in Knoxville for 23 years.

K.O. is a longtime runner who has run several ultramarathons and marathons, including those in New York CityLos Angeles, and Paris (France). He raced in numerous triathlons, including twice in the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships. He also enjoys mountain biking all over East Tennessee, photography, and exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

K.O. is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed Family Law Mediator. He is a member (Master of the Bench) of the Hamilton Burnett Chapter of the American Inns of Court.  He presents continuing legal education seminars to lawyers and speaks to professional organizations whenever possible. He has repeatedly been selected by Knoxville’s CityView magazine as a “Top Attorney” in the categories of Family Law, Divorce, Child Support, and Adoption. He is also trained in collaborative divorce.

Be sure to check out Herston on Tennessee Family Law, which has been recognized by the American Bar Association as one of the top 100 law blogs.

Bay Loftis

Originally from quaint, historic Social Circle, Georgia, “Elizabeth” became “Bay” at age 11 when her family moved to East Tennessee. With a background in theatre, public speaking, music, and writing, Bay matriculated at Tennessee Wesleyan College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History. While at Tennessee Wesleyan, she was Editor of the literary magazine, her sorority’s VP of Philanthropy, Best Actress, Dean’s List, and several other such offices and awards.

After marrying her husband Wesley and starting a family, Bay was an award-winning ad copywriter, but she gave up all that glamour to become a full-time homemaker. During her fourteen-year tenure rearing children Emily and Woodrow, Bay was also a freelance writer/artist for magazines such as Memory Makers and Better Homes & Gardens Scrapbooks Etc. She has appeared as an actress in plays at the Bijou, the Clarence Brown Theatre, and other theatres about town.

When she’s not running the office, Bay enjoys volunteering for WUOT (Knoxville’s National Public Radio station), walking her Welsh corgi Doris Daylily, visiting as many of Tennessee’s gorgeous rivers as possible, and teaching her Amazon parrot Cosmo to sing “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles.”

Melody Durham

Melody Durham was born in Knoxville, but grew up in Texas. She returned to Tennessee for college and met her husband in Knoxville. Melody holds a Bachelor’s degree in History Education from Bryan College, where she was a Presidential Scholar, and as a James Madison Memorial Fellow she earned her Master’s in U.S. History from the University of Tennessee. She taught history at the Christian Academy of Knoxville for ten years before coming to work at Herston Law Group in 2006. In 2009, she left to start her family and move with her husband as the Army sent him to Germany. In 2014, Melody came back to Herston Law Group as its paralegal, working remotely from her home in Ohio.

She and her husband are the proud parents of a long-awaited daughter and son. In any spare time she can find, she enjoys reading non-fiction, sipping coffee, and getting away for a rare date with her husband. After having been “dog-people” for years, the family adopted a huge black Maine Coon cat from their local shelter, and shortly thereafter, a tiny black cat showed up at their home and adopted them, so now they are enjoying being “cat-people.” Extended family is also very important to her, so Melody returns to Knoxville often to visit her parents, in-laws, sisters, and their families.



402 South Gay Street, Suite 202
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 865.971.3757
Fax: 865.971.3759

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