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Dennis Wayne Stanford

Family Attorney at Clarksville, TN

4.7   27 reviews

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About Dennis

Learn Dennis’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    I handle adoptions, divorces, child support, custody, alimony, and all other Family law matters.

    22 years

  2. Criminal defense
    As a former prosecutor I enjoy some insight into the States point of view. I have extensive experience as a defense counsel in General sessions, Juvenile, and Circuit Courts.

    35 years

  3. Divorce and separation
    Extensive experience in handling both civilian and military divorces. I am familiar with the local Courts and Judges and the issues facing both local clients and the military.

    22 years

  4. Military law
    I have significant experience in handing both administrative boards and complex Courts Martial. I have enjoyed great success before military courts.

    30 years

  5. Administrative law
    Experience in dealing with military and civilian boards. This includes disciplinary boards a well as various governmental departments. Extensive experience in dealing with DCS.

    30 years

  6. Personal injury
    I have enjoyed significant success in handling, settling, and/or litigating a wide variety of personal injury matters, including automobile, motorcycle, tractor trailer, and premises accidents.

    22 years

  7. Arbitration
    I am a Rule 31 Listed Mediator. I have experience with Family law and civil litigation.

    12 years

I have been licensed to practice law for over 31 years.  My background includes service in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate Generals Corpoffering me a wealth of military knowledge and experience.  I also served as a prosecuter, served as the Legal Advisor to the Metro Nashville Police Department, and have extensive litigation experience with those organizations and in private practice. You will find that I am direct and very truthful with my clients. I often have clients state that they appreciate that I am a "straight shooter". My firm offers courteous, compassionate, honest, aggressive, and affective legal services.


My firm is focused on family law (divorces, seperations, adoption, custody) , criminal law, and personal injury law, though we offer and will be happy to discuss with you services in a broad range of other legal areas.

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Licensed for 36 years
State TN
Status Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 03/17/2023
State NC
Status Inactive
Acquired 1986
Updated 12/27/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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4.7 / 5.0
  27 customer reviews
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Posted by Nikko | January 13, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Good lawyer and firm, friendly people and work with you very understanding I recommend you get them as you attorney
Posted by Lisa | November 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing person and attorney
Dennis heard my case when I was in court prior to representing me. He brought me in the office and gave me the information good and bad from the get go. He didn’t promise me any specific outcome but still ultimately for what I was after. If you need a professional attorney who also empathizes with his clients then give him a call
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Posted by Jasmine | August 19, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Would hire Mr. Stanford for ANYTHING.
I can’t say ENOUGH how much I enjoyed working with Mr. Stanford today. My husband is deployed and we had an encounter where VW credit was trying to repossess our vehicle although our finances were directly affected by his deployment (having to pay a $800 childcare fee) and they denied us our SCRA rights! I looked him up on google and found that he was a former JAG attorney & that sold me. He knew EVERYTHING and never sugar coated anything! He told me up front costs and made sure I was comfortable with all the information and also in his office! His legal assistant is also a former JAG legal assistant and he was also soooo knowledgeable! Mr. Stanford would get my business any day for how well he spoke to me & how professional he was. Thank you so much for relieving my anxiety Mr. Stanford & his lovely assistant! You guys are AMAZING!!!
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Posted by Brittney | July 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Mr. Stanford was a great lawyer in my divorce case. He knew what he was doing it did take almost a year for me to get divorced but it wasn’t really his fault. The courts were slow. I would highly recommend him and use him again as my lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest and hardworking.
Honest and to the point. Aggressive in the courtrooms. Highly recommended. He put a lot of time in my case and I am thankful. I have referred him to another family member.
Posted by Cristina Senra | July 3, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best Lawyer ever!
Mr. Stanford gave me a light at the end of tunnel. Even though he’s not representing , because my case is in Florida; he helped me understand some of the issues. Also, spoke to my lawyer in Florida , where my case is pending. Plus, didn’t charge me a penny for advice. He’s a lawyer that I absolutely recommend if you have any Family issues. He sounds like he really knows what he’s talking about, and he’s has lots of experience . It literally took him five minutes to understand my concerns. I will hire him as soon as I get my case transferred to Tennessee. Thank you Dennis!
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Posted by Vanessa | May 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Well-Earned Reputation
Mr. Stanford has represented me twice; once when my son’s father and I first established our parenting plan, and again several years later when we were PCSing to a new base. He is the absolute definition of a straight shooter. He doesn’t mince words or set unrealistic expectations, and he did more than his share of due diligence with regard to reviewing material for the case. Both times we were able to settle without it turning into an ugly courtroom brawl, which will help maintain my relationship with my coparent as we move forward. His work is invaluable.
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Posted by Starla | May 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney around
Mr.Standford was my attorney in my divorce case and setting up a name change for my daughter and a parenting plan. Mr.Standford went above and beyond to help me with both these situations. He is very respectful and honest and works hard for you. I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants a great lawyer and who will work for you. I will continue to use Mr.standford for any future needs I may have.
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Posted by Mike | April 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic lawyer.
Mr. Stanford is very knowledgeable and punctual lawyer. He answered every question along the way and communicated with a fire in his spirit with the DA on my behalf. His secretary Cindy is phenomenal, she emailed me and kept me up to date with all information regarding my case. Mr. Standford is well worth the hire for any legal issues.
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Posted by Meli | April 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, Professional, Unwavering
Mr. Stanfford is representing me in 3 related business matters and if I could give him 15 stars, I would have! After having retained 2 attorneys for the same matter BEFORE I met Mr. Stanfford - I saw the difference on his approach the moment I met him. He listened, he briefly viewed my documents, he asked questions, he took notes! WOW! All that in our very FIRST consultation! None of the previous two attorneys had done any of such things for the several months that they were retained by me for these cases! He asked me what I was looking for in the person I would hire to represent me and my answer was: I don't want nor do I need a "defense" attorney! I want and need an "offense" attorney! I need someone that is proactive rather than reactive, someone that would take the initiative to move the case along instead of sitting around for months letting the other party take the lead and decide when and where things take place! He offered me options and choices on how to proceed to get the best results at the fastest turn around. I terminated my second attorney on the way out the door from Mr. Stafford's office! For the first time in 8 months I HAD HOPE! And I was NOT disappointed! Within hours his knowledgeable, professional, dedicated assistant e-mailed me with questions about the case and requested more documents! I didn't get around to reply until very late in the evening, she replied right back! (And that was way past the business hours!) I thought to myself, wow, these people actually work! Like really WORK for their clients! Considering that my previous attorney was out of the office 3 out of the 4 weeks she was "my" attorney, this was a shock for me! (Yes my previous attorney was "home sick" one week; "on spring break" second week; "Easter Holiday" third week... you get the picture) So to continue my story, Mr. Stanfford has already reviewed the case, prepared documents, and OMG - Cindy, his awesome legal assistant, sent everything to me to review and verify that what was getting ready to go out to the other parties was correct and that I approved all the information stated on those documents! They actually cared enough to tell me BEFORE they sent the letters out! And those letters were tough as nails and made it clear to the other parties that "there is a new sheriff in town, and his name is Dennis Stanfford". I was thrilled! I have been a Clarksville resident for 23+ years and as a business owner and active in the community I have met and done business with several attorneys over the years. I will say with absolute certainty NONE of them has delivered at this speed and with such force as Mr. Stanfford! If any of my clients ever needs an attorney in the future, I will definitely send them to Mr. Stanfford and I know they WILL be taken care off! ***For anyone reading this review and being skeptical about it - I am too when I read online reviews as I don't know if it is written by a real person or if it is some paid for advertisement. Rest assured, I am a real person, a real client of Dennis Stanfford and very happy to work with him!
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Legal Support
Mr. Stanford worked diligently to ensure my case was handled professionally and honestly. Recommend him for any of your legal issues.
Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very kind and compassionate. Great attorney
Posted by Elizabeth | January 26, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Kind and helpful
I hired Dennis previously for my divorce, which went very quickly and smoothly. In this case, Dennis was kind and listened to my problem. He was professional and offered suggestions that were helpful.
Posted by Tyson | November 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pro Bono Legal Work for Veteran
Dennis is a great person and attorney. He graciously volunteered to handle a serious traffic matter for a veteran pro bono and did a wonderful job. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Works hard, negotiates hard, tenacious in court
I could not have chosen a better attorney than Dennis Stanford to handle my divorce. Due to his time as a JAG officer, he was very knowledgeable about BAH, BAS, PCSing, SGLI/SBP and disability, to name a few and it showed in everything he did. It was refreshing to not have to explain every little detail of military life. Mr. Stanford was on top of everything that occurred and quickly set a temporary support hearing so I could receive some financial help early on before the divorce was final. He demonstrated an uncanny wisdom to know when to be tenacious, strong and fight and when to negotiate and used all the cards in his hand. When you hire a divorce attorney, you may need to tell this person a lot of personal information about your personal life and marriage. Mr Stanford handled this information with respect, wisdom and compassion. He's not just a great attorney, he's a good man also. He was very honest and fair in his fees and won't charge you an arm and a leg and try to get as much out of you as he can. Most importantly, he worked hard, prepared hard, negotiated hard and succeeded in getting results.
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Posted by Kimberly | November 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Car Accident
Very professional and approachable. Dennis advised us as to what we needed to do and how to accomplish it in regards to a car accident claim. We received more than we expected with our property damages and are still working the injury part. We are impressed with how quickly he responds to any questions we have.
Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Denise represented me for shoplifting. He got the charge dropped from retail theft to disorderly conduct. I did not have to spend anytime in jail. I recommend this lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2015
A friend referred me to the Dennis Stanford Law Firm for my divorce and custody of my three children. He not only got me custody of my children he also made sure child support was awarded. He was patient and kind through the whole process.
Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2015
Did a great job representing me.
Dennis represented me for my second dui and did a great job. I ended up with no jail time and only had to pay court costs. He even gave up some of his lunch hour to meet with me working around my work schedule. If you need a criminal defense lawyer I highly recommend him.
Posted by RACHEL | May 15, 2014
Cleaned up another lawyers mess
I had a bad lawyer, one that put a ten year old child on the stand. I even lost my child support for the time the child was not with me during the summer. Not only did Mr Stanford get it back, he fixed all areas of the agreement that were not in the child's favor. He then did an emergency custody modification that was agreed by both parties and handled it immediately for a very reasonable price. All I can say in regards to Mr. Stanford is he's a stand up guy and I would have him represent me anytime, anywhere. With that said, I also have to mention the team behind him is nothing short of OUTSTANDING. Cindy the paralegal has to be one of the finest I've ever seen in any state. She cares what happens to each client that comes thru the door. So impressed with everyone at this firm. I will not be needing a lawyer again, but if I do I'm going to see Mr. Stanford. A million thank you's to everyone at this firm.
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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Private Practice
  • 2002 - 2013
  • Senior Attorney
  • Metropolitan Gornment of Nashville and Davidson County
  • 1994 - 2001
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Us Army Jag Corps
  • 1987 - 1993
  • Attorney Advisor
  • US Army Jag Corps
  • 1986 - 1993
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  • Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • University of North Carolina, Pembroke
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1983

Legal Cases

  • US vs Jenks
  • Convicted manslaughter. 15 year sentence
  • US vs Lawrence
  • Aquitted of all charges. Subsequently promoted to CW4
  • Plaintiff vs. Metropolitan Government
  • Of approximately 300 suits, about 35 made it to trial. I won all of those. Metro paid nothing. The rest were dismissed before they ever got to court.


  • Montgomery Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German

Honors and Awards

  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Excellence in Claims
  • US Army Claims Service
  • 1992
  • Air Assault Badge
  • US Army
  • N/A
  • AAM, MSM, and various awards
  • US Army
  • N/A
  • Jump Wings
  • US Army
  • N/A
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  • website
  • Various articles
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Montgomery Bar Association
  • Forfeitures
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (2)
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Unknown Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. In his practice of law, Mr. Stanford has established an excellent reputation of being a zealous advocate, and effective counselor. He has a true passion for serving his clients and causes."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Dennis. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dennis was the attorney to seek advice from when I had my first case on Ft Campbell. He is one of the few attorneys in Montgomery County who has any knowledge of military matters. He is very knowledgeable and has had great success in trying cases on Campbell. I would recommend him to anyone who is facing disciplinary action in the military."
Family Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Stanford is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services."
Military law Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. As a former Staff Judge Advocate in the United States Army, he is well versed in the UCMJ and military trial defense."
General practice Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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