About the Firm
In 2016, the American Bar Association released its Report on the Future of Legal Services in the United States. The report concluded that, among other things, “most people living in poverty, and the majority of moderate-income individuals, do not receive the legal help they need.” Why? The report stated that, “the public often does not obtain effective assistance with legal problems, either because of insufficient financial resources or a lack of knowledge about when legal problems exist that require resolution through legal representation.”
6:8 Legal Group, PLLC, seeks to improve access to legal services by allowing clients to select the level of attorney assistance that fits their needs and budget while providing competent, compassionate legal solutions. For more information on how we do this, check out The 6:8 Difference.
The Firm takes its name from the scripture Micah 6:8, which reads: "He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" (NRSV) We seek to embody justice, kindness, and respect in the representation of every client.
Our founding attorney, Mark L. Garland, is a 2002 graduate of Milligan College and a 2008 graduate of Indiana University's McKinney School of Law, where he graduated with honors. Prior to law school, Mr. Garland spent three years serving as a youth minister at a small church in Elizabethton, TN. Following law school, he spent one year in private practice before being selected to serve 7+ years as an Administrative Judge for the State of Tennessee. As an Administrative Judge, Mr. Garland presided over thousands of hearings related to child support, TennCare-Medicaid eligibility, and other issues. In addition to his work at 6:8 Legal Group, Mr. Garland currently serves as Assistant Professor of Paralegal Studies at a local community college.
Mr. Garland is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed General Civil & Family Law Mediator and is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association. He is an active member of Grandview Christian Church and a board member of Family Promise of Greater Johnson City. He and his wife, Karyn, have been married for 15 years and have two wonderful children.