Robert Ferril Peel was born in La Mesa, California, on August 31, 1975. He graduated from Brigham Young University as an English major with a minor in Economics and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2005. During his law school career, Rob worked as a law clerk for the estate planning firm of Holbrook and Peterson, PLLC, in Knoxville. Rob joined Jones, King & Downs, P.C., as an associate in 2005 and was admitted to the firm on January 1, 2010, at which time the name of the firm was changed to Jones, King, Downs & Peel, P.C. Rob is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Virginia.
Rob served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Virginia State Bar Trusts and Estates Section from 2012 to 2018. He is also a member of the Tri-Cities Estate Planning Council, the Trusts & Estates Section of the Virginia Bar Association, and the Estate Planning & Probate and Tax Law Sections of the Tennessee Bar Association. Rob regularly presents at seminars for attorneys and speaks to civic groups regarding various estate planning related topics. Such topics have included, among others, ethics for lawyers, income tax issues for trusts and estates, probate procedure, and non-profit compliance rules. Rob has also written published articles on estate planning related topics.
Rob served a two year mission in Rome, Italy, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he learned to speak Italian. Rob continues to be active in his church and serve in various leadership roles.
Rob resides in Bristol, Tennessee with his wife, Nicole, and their children, Adam, Luke and Scarlett. He has served as the chairman of the Bylaws and Parliamentary Procedure Committee for the Bristol Historical Association since 2007 and has served as a member of the Board of Directors and a member of the finance committee of the United Way of Bristol TN/VA since 2017. Rob is actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America and the Cub Scouts and has served in several roles with Troop 208 and Pack 208 located in Bristol, Virginia.