Russell F. Thomas, Attorney

Nashville, TN

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Russell F. Thomas is a highly-rated DUI and criminal defense attorney who practices in Nashville, Murfreesboro and all of Middle Tennessee. He holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and a 10 out of 10 rating from Avvo. He has more than 13 years of experience in criminal trials as both a prosecutor and defense lawyer.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

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.
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Nashville, TN 37219

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5 Reviews
  • Robert G. Apr 17, 2015
    Fantastic Lawyer. I got charged with a DUI Second. I went to court on the first court date without a lawyer and was offered 45 days in jail. I hired Russell and he got to work reviewing the evidence and drafting a motion to suppress based on an illegal stop. He negotiated a plea where I did a weekend in jail and was done. Thanks Russell.
  • Kevin J. Apr 16, 2015
    I was arrested for a first offense DUI. I didn't have that much to drink and thought I passed the cop's tests but he arrested me anyway. The cop made a big deal out of the fact that I was taking prescription medications. Mr. Thomas reviewed lab results, talked with my doctor and presented all that information to the DA and got the charge dropped.
  • Zachary S. Mar 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.
  • Jenny S. Mar 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.
  • Michael B. Mar 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.


How did you get started doing this type of work?
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.
What types of customers have you worked with?
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.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
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.