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Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL)

About the TACDL

Mission and History

The Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL) was formed in 1973 to provide a unified and credible voice for those who defend people accused of criminal offenses. Today, the organization has more than 800 members engaged in defending those accused of crimes in state and federal court throughout Tennessee.

TACDL sponsors more than 80 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars each year for Tennessee criminal defense lawyers. The organization employs a lobbyist to advocate for the positions of the organizations in front of the Tennessee legislature.

As an affiliate member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the TACDL provides training, education and networking opportunties to its members.



Board of Directors

Jonathan David Cooper
Knoxville, TN
Michael Ryan Working
Memphis, TN
George Frank Lannom
Lebanon, TN
Benjamin L McGowan
Chattanooga, TN
Jeff Cherry
Immediate Past President
Lebanon, TN
Joseph Fuson
Middle TN Board
Nashville, TN

Past Presidents

Joseph S Ozment
Memphis, TN
Sara E Compher-Rice
Knoxville, TN
Paul J Bruno
Nashville, TN
Samuel L Perkins
Memphis, TN
Mike Whalen
Knoxville, TN
J. Robin McKinney Jr
Nashville, TN

TACDL Members Active on Lawyer Legion

Merrida P. Coxwell
Coxwell & Associates, PLLC
Jackson, MS
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Joseph Fuson
Freeman & Fuson
Nashville, TN
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R. Garth Best
Best & Brock
Chattanooga, TN
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Michael K Walker
Michael K. Walker, Attorney at Law
Nashville, TN
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Marcos M Garza
Garza Law Firm, PLLC
Knoxville, TN
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Jonathan Williams
Larry R. Williams, PLLC
Nashville, TN
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Contact the TACDL

Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL)
530 Church Street Suite 300
Nashville, TN 37243
Office: (615) 329-1338

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Benefits of Membership

The benefits of belonging to the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL) include:

  • Networking opportunities with some of the best and most experienced criminal defense attorneys in Tennessee;
  • Reduced fees to attend CLE seminars sponsored by TACDL;
  • Leadership opportunities to serve on the executive board or in various committees;
  • Access to a database of information on expert witnesses;
  • Access to a members-only listserv that allows the members to ask questions or share information with other members;
  • A new attorney mentoring program;
  • Copy of the TACDL publications, "For the Defense" which is a bi-monthly newsletter, and "The Weekly Writ" which is an on-line weekly newsletter;
  • Protection from TACDL's Strike Force, which offers support to members who are harassed for zealously representing a client; and
  • Access to a data base of forensic experts and other expert witnesses used by criminal defense attorneys in Tennessee.


TACDL encourages its members to actively participate on various committees including:

  • Bench-Bar Relations Commission
  • Judicial Evaluation Commission
  • Judicial Selection Commission
  • Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council


The Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL) publishes "For the Defense" a journal discussing recent appellate cases impacting the profession and article on criminal defense. TACDL also publishes "Weekly Writ" that updates members on news and events for the organization.

Directory of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Tennessee

Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense lawyers in Tennessee which includes both TACDL members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for Tennessee attorneys, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the TACDL and other professional associations. This includes recognition for TACDL past presidents and TACDL members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the TACDL.

Use this directory to find a Tennessee criminal defense lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.

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