Thomas is a founding member and managing partner at the firm of Parkerson | Santel, Pllc. He began the practice of law in the firm of Boston, Holt, Sockwell & Durham in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee with a focus on family law and personal injury. In 2005 Thomas took the opportunity to move to Murfreesboro and work for the District Attorney General's office prosecuting all types of criminal matters. As a prosecutor, Thomas obtained crucial courtroom experience handling matters as small as a public intoxication and as serious as a first degree murder.
After 6 years of prosecution, Thomas decided to re-enter private practice at Bennett, Parkerson & Bray an associaton of attorneys. With his extensive prosecution background he began to focus on criminal defense. In 2014, with his childhood friend Tommy Santel and former prosecutor as well, they opened the firm of Parkerson | Santel, Pllc. The firm then hired another an associate, Travis Lampley, also a former prosecuter thus making Parkerson | Santel, Pllc the only firm in Rutherford County comprised of all former prosecutors that now handle criminal defense.
Althouth the firm also handles personal injury, insurance defense, family and domestic law including child custody, divorce and various other matters, Mr. Parkerson nearly exclusively handles only criminal matters, inlcuding but not limited to DUI defense, drug charges, and any and all misdemeanor or felony charges.
In addition to his law practice, Thomas also takes a role in community leadership and volunteer opportunities. He is the past, President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Rutherford and Cannon County Bar Association. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Murfreesboro Inns of Courts and also the Murfreesboro Noon Rotary Club. He is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Murfreesboro YMCA, and currently sits as Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Recovery / DUI / Drug Court of Rutherford County. He has given numerous seminars on various topics including issues regarding domestic assault, search and seizure, probable cause, and juvenile defense. Thomas has also been involved in the Murfreesboro JDRF chapter to help raise awareness for type 1 diabetes.
Thomas coaches his children in soccer, baseball, and basketball and above all enjoys spending time with his family. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1999 and his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law in 2003. He is licensed to practice in Mississippi and Tennessee and was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 2015.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Attorney for Justice Award||Tennessee Supreme Court||2015|
|Attorney||Parkerson | Santel, Pllc||2014 - Present|
|Attorney||Bennett, Parkerson, & Bray, Association of Attorneys||2011 - 2013|
|Assistant District Attorney||16th Judicial District District Attorney's Office||2005 - 2011|
|Attorney||Boston, Holt, Sockwell, & Durham, Pllc||2003 - 2005|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Rutherford & Cannon County Bar Association||President||2014 - 2015|
|Rutherford County Recovery / Drug Court||Vice President Board of Directors||2014 - Present|
|Tennessee Bar Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|Rutherford & Cannon County Bar Association||Vice President||2013 - 2014|
|YMCA Murfreesboro||Chairman of the Board of Directors||2013 - 2015|
|Murfreesboro Noon Rotary Club||Member||2013 - Present|
|American Inns of Court||Member||2012 - Present|
|Rutherford & Cannon County Bar Association||Secretary||2012 - 2013|
|Rutherford & Cannon County Bar Association||Treasurer||2011 - 2012|
|State of Tennessee vs. Bell, GS 330698||Case dismissed at preliminary hearing for lack of probable cause|
|State of Tennessee vs. Liles GS 375770||Dismissed|
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|Mississippi College School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|University of Tennessee, Martin||History||BS - Bachelor of Science||1999|
|Tennessee Judicial Commissioner Conference 2015||Probable Cause from Both Sides of the Fence||2015|
|TBA - Juvenile Law CLE||When Juveniles Are Charged With Crimes||2015|
|Monthly CLE at BMcneel's||Criminal Procedure||2012|
|Murfreesboro Police Department Continuing Education||Domestic Violence - What's required for a good case||2010|
|Murfreesboro Police Department Continuing Education||Prosecuting Domestic Violence Cases||2009|