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I am an AV rated lawyer and former prosecutor with over 10 years of experience in the courtroom handling DUI and other criminal matters.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    13 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 50%
    13 years



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    Russell Thomas is one of the hardest working attorneys that I know. He cares about his clients. He is meticulous about his cases. He researches every viable issue, he provides constant communication with his clients, and he is organized. He is approachable yet very knowledgeable in the law. He is respected by his colleagues.


    Ana Escobar
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • William W. F. Wilbert

    I highly recommend Russell Thomas. Russell is one of the preeminent criminal defense attorneys in Nashville, Tennessee. Russell is extremely knowledgeable about complex criminal defense issues. He is hard-working, detail oriented, professional and provides excellent representation for his clients.


    William Wilbert Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
FellowNashville Bar Association2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Law Office of Russell F. Thomas2007 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyOffice of the District Attorney General, Nashvile, Tennessee2003 - 2007
Special Prosecutor / Student ExternOffice of the District Attorney General in Knoxville, Tennessee2002 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College for DUI DefenseMember2015 - Present
Harry Phillips American Inn of CourtMember2009 - 2010
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember2007 - Present
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2007 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Nashville Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Nashville Bar Association, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice CommitteePast Chairman2003 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Tennessee v. J.H. and T.H.Not Guilty of Aggravated Assault
State v. L.R.DUI Dismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Nashville Bar JournalDeporting Undocumented Aliens: The Implementation of 287(g) by the Nashville Sheriff's Department2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Tennessee College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of Tennessee College of LawPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Over the Limit: Defending a DUI CaseThe Basics of DUI Science2013
2012 Fall Meeting and SeminarWhat Every Attorney Should Know About DUIs and Criminal Law2012