Blake Sempkowski named assistant district attorney

Criminal Court Judge John F. Dugger, Jr., left, administers the oath of office to Assistant District Attorney Blake Sempkowski. Pictured from left: Dugger, Leigh Sempkowski, Blake Sempkowski, Third Judicial District Attorney General Dan Armstrong, and the Sempkowski’s daughters.

Third Judicial District Attorney Dan Armstrong has appointed Blake Sempkowski as Assistant District Attorney, serving Greene, Hamblen, Hancock and Hawkins counties in the Lakeway Area.

“I am honored to be appointed,” said Sempkowski. “I am fortunate to be working alongside the wonderful, dedicated people who work in this office.”

Sempkowski has practiced law for more than 16 years, mostly in the public sector. He is an experienced trial lawyer, having tried numerous jury trials and bench trials.

“I have the unique perspective of many years as a defense lawyer,” he said. “I feel this will certainly help to evaluate and prosecute cases more effectively. At the end of the day, I have the tremendous responsibility of doing what is right.”

Sempkowski earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee in 1997, and went on to graduate from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis in 2003. Upon graduation, he practiced law with his father, Edward Sempkowski, until 2007, when he went on to serve as Assistant Public Defender until 2019.

In his position, Sempkowski prosecutes cases in Criminal Court, General Sessions Court and Juvenile Court, mainly in Hamblen County. Of the significance of his work, he says, “I feel it’s important to have prosecutors who are experienced to ensure cases are prosecuted fairly and effectively.”

The Office of the District Attorney for the Third Judicial District of Tennessee serves the interests of justice for the citizens of four counties.