Kendell Garrett Vonckx was born and raised in Maryville, Tennessee. She received her B.A. in English literature, cum laude, from the University of Tennessee, with a minor in Spanish in 2013. She graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law with High Honors in 2016 with a concentration in advocacy. During her time in law school, she served as a research editor for the Tennessee Law Review and earned certificates of academic excellence in Contracts II and Business Torts.
Following law school, Kendell served as a law clerk to the Honorable Hanly A. Ingram of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. In this role, she gained a variety of experience in both civil and criminal matters. Upon returning to Knoxville, Kendell joined Paine, Tarwater & Bickers where she focuses her practice on civil litigation and handles a variety of matters including complex business litigation, toxic torts and products liability asbestos litigation. She also devotes a significant amount of her practice to representing owners and management companies in the multifamily housing industry. This includes handling a variety of tenant disputes, evictions, drafting leases and lease addenda, and representing landlords in Fair Housing cases. She is also the chair of the legislative committee for the Apartment Association of Greater Knoxville and frequently updates the AAGK on relevant legislation that impacts the multifamily housing industry.
Kendell is a member of the Knoxville and Tennessee Bar Associations and the East Tennessee Lawyer’s Association for Women. She also spends time volunteering with Shop with a Cop of Blount County.
Kendell currently resides in Norris with her husband, Derek, and their dog, Mattie. In her spare time, Kendell enjoys traveling, reading, running, hiking, and spending time with her family.