Law Office of Russell F. Thomas

Law Office of Russell F. Thomas

Nashville, TN

8 years in service

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“AV Preeminent peer review rated Nashville DUI and Criminal Defense Lawyer.”


I am a Nashville-based DUI and criminal defense attorney. I began my career as an assistant district attorney during which time I prosecuted hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases.

About Law Office of Russell F. Thomas

When you (or a family member) find yourself facing criminal charges, it can be a frightening time. Perhaps you were arrested for drunk driving, were charged with possession of drugs, or are being accused of a crime by your employer. Perhaps you were arrested for a violent crime, sex-related charge, weapons, assault or domestic violence. It really doesn't matter what charge you're facing because right now, you're staring at possible jail time and a criminal record.

I'd like to help.

My name is Russell Thomas, and I am a criminal and DUI defense attorney in Nashville. As a former prosecutor, and now a criminal defense attorney, I have accumulated skills that very few other defense lawyers in the Nashville area can claim. What that criminal trial experience means to you is this: powerful representation for your criminal defense matter.

I understand how the state will proceed against you on the charges, how the police work was conducted, and what the strengths and weaknesses of your case will be.

When you put me to work, I will make an assessment of the evidence against you and begin building a defense strategy. We will meet to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your case and plan on how to overcome the prosecutor's strengths and exploit their weaknesses.

We do this to accomplish one of three things: gain a dismissal, a reduction of charges, or an acquittal at trial.

I want what you want: the best possible outcome.

When you're faced with the stress of having criminal charges filed against you, you don't want to settle for anything less than the most competent and committed representation. That's what you'll get from this criminal lawyer.


414 Union St Ste 905
Nashville, TN 37219

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  • 5/5 stars March 28, 2014

    I was arrested for DUI when approached by police while I was sleeping in my car outside of a bar. The first time we met, Mr. Thomas devised a strategy to win my case. And, after a preliminary hearing and later motion to suppress, the charges against me were dismissed before trial. Mr. Thomas is a very intelligent and thorough lawyer, and I felt he really cared about helping me. I highly recommend him.

  • 5/5 stars March 25, 2014

    Mr. Thomas helped me get my DUI charge reduced to reckless driving and save my license. He's a lifesaver. I recommend him to anyone that needs a DUI lawyer in Nashville.

  • 5/5 stars March 19, 2014

    Mr. Thomas was a lifesaver. He helped me get diversion for a charge that would have ruined my career. I recommend him to anyone that needs a lawyer.

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Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. I represent clients in all matters of DUI and criminal defense including: misdemeanor drug offenses, domestic assault charges, assault charges, miscellaneous criminal citations, felony drug offenses, fraud and embezzlement offenses, aggravated assault and many more. I represent clients in Davidson County, Sumner County, Wilson County, Williamson County, Rutherford County and throughout Tennessee.

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. I handle all types of DUI and criminal law cases in Nashville and throughout Tennessee. My most recent jury trial was in Williamson County, Tennessee. In that trial, I represented a teacher charged with child abuse. We won that trial and my client was acquitted of all charges. In the previous week, I filed a motion to dismiss a DUI based upon a statute of limitations violation. The case was dismissed and all charges were dropped. In another recent DUI case, I argued a motion to suppress the stop of my client and those charges were dropped.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. There are many qualities to look for in a lawyer - education, experience and knowledge to name a few. It is important that you hire a lawyer not just with any law degree or any experience but one that has particular education, experience and knowledge with the type of case that you face. The substantive law varies greatly from practice area to practice area, and it is important to have a lawyer whose practice focuses on the issues you face. Also, the lawyer-relationship is key. You need to hire a lawyer you trust and with which you communicate well. You likely will be faced with making some difficult decisions in your case and it is crucial that you communicate well with your lawyer.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. My clients. Helping my clients through an extremely difficult time in their lives is very rewarding. People often come to me having never been accused of any crime before and find themselves in very foreign territory with very high stakes on the line - their case could result in jail time and a permanent criminal conviction that could haunt them the rest of their lives. Knowing that I've helped a client minimize or avoid these huge consequences is very rewarding to me and why I do what I do every day. Give me a call if you have questions about a DUI or criminal case, so that we can discuss your options.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. In law school I worked part time during the school year and in the summers for lawyers who practiced a wide variety of law. In my third year of law school, I participated in an intern program with the local district attorney's office in which I received permission from the state supreme court to handle real cases under the supervision of other assistant district attorneys. It was at this point that I knew criminal law was the area in which I was meant to work. I developed a real passion for criminal law and helping individuals involved in the system in various capacities. I believe that having a criminal justice system that is fair and responsive to all parties involved is an extremely important part of our society.

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