Formed in 2009, Patton & Hyder, PLLC is the successful partnership of G. Earl Patton and Susan M. Hyder. Sharing a wealth of knowledge and the same eager work ethic, Patton & Hyder offer their clients a high level of legal expertise and a seasoned team of professionals who know the legal system well enough not only navigate it, but to also make sure that their clients understand every step along the way.
G. Earl Patton has been practicing law since 2000. He has extensive experience in the practice areas of personal injury, divorce and child custody, adoption, social security disability, and criminal defense. Patton has also represented the Cumberland County, Tennessee Board of Education since 2001. Patton is a 2000 graduate of the Nashville School of Law, and a 1993 Graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. He is the past President of the Cumberland County Bar Association and a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the American Association of Trial Attorneys, the Tennessee and National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys. Patton was born in Decatur, Alabama, where his father was an elected member of the Alabama House of Representatives, but moved with his family to his mother’s home town of Crossville, Tennessee at age twelve. Patton has deep roots in the Upper Cumberland, his family going back generations in both Cumberland and Fentress Counties. He is an accomplished musician and entertainer, having lived and performed in Nashville, Tennessee between college and law school. While in law school, he worked for a plaintiff-oriented personal injury law firm and later for State Auto Insurance as a claims representative, learning along the way how both sides operate in the world of personal injury litigation. Earl has four children with whom he and his wife, Rachel, love spending time outdoors.
Susan M. Hyder is a Crossville native and has worked in the legal field for thirty years. She is a graduate of the Nashville School of Law and was admitted to practice in 2006. She has served on the advisory board at Roane State Community College Paralegal Program for several years. She is a past President of the Cumberland County Bar Association and a member of the Tennessee Bar Association. Her practice focuses on estates, wills, real estate, corporate and family law.
Jeffrey Vires has been practicing law since 1990. He has extensive experience in the areas of criminal defense, DUI, divorce and family law, personal injury, VA disability, as well as general civil litigation.
Jeff is a 1990 graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Law, and a 1987 graduate of the University of Tennessee. He is a past president of the Cumberland County Bar Association, and an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Tennessee Bar Association. Locally, he is an active member with several community organizations, to include the Crossville Breakfast Rotary, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Elks Lodge.
Jeff grew up in Bristol, Tennessee. Upon graduating from law school, he entered the United States Air Force as an attorney for the Judge Advocate General Corps. In his 20 years of service, Vires prosecuted and defended hundreds of criminal cases, both at the trial and appellate level. He also represented the Air Force before the Merit Systems Protection Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He deployed in supporting of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. He retired in 2011 with the rank of Major.
Vires is married to Penelope and has one child, Marcus. He enjoys running, and plays the guitar badly.