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Jacob Walter Fendley

Criminal defense Attorney at Clarksville, TN

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Jake Fendley

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  • Licensed for 12 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2012
    Active No misconduct found

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About Jacob

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Jacob, W. Fendley (Jake) father of four, began working for Rudolph, Ross and Fendley, Attorneys in 2003, at the age of 18. Jake started at the bottom of a law firm as a legal runner, then as a paralegal, then as a law clerk, graduating from law school in 2011. Today, he is a partner and founding member of Fendley & Etson. Throughout his career he has worked on a wide range of legal matters including civil, criminal, and family law cases. His involvement has been essential and has allowed him to experience first hand and participate in the litigation process from all angles. His experience and study of the law has been hands on.

He attended Law School at the Nashville School of Law with his sister and now partner Elizabeth Fendley. They were the first siblings to graduate simultaneously from the Nashville School of Law and did so as graduates of the school's 100th class. They sat for the Bar exam in 2012 and both passed on their first attempt.

The vast majority of young attorneys graduate law school without knowing how or what to expect in a court room. Jake was able to hit the ground running as a young attorney due to having over 10 years of experience working at his Father's side. He values and enjoys a good reputation as an ethical and well prepared attorney and is well respected throughout the legal community in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Jake enjoys the practice of law, and truthfully stands up for his clients. He has enjoyed unparalleled success throughout career and has developed a fierce reputation. He's currently rated as one of the three best rated criminal defense attorneys in Clarksville by "". With Jake in your corner you'll have one of the best trial lawyers in the State fighting for you.


Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice

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Jacob Walter Fendley


5.0 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by Tyler | August 31, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hired him as my lawyer for my DUI case last August. Very professional guy answered my questions within a timely matter. The true definition of a great lawyer I'd use him anytime I need a lawyer for anything involving legal matters. He had won numerous awards from the state of Tennessee for his outstanding lawyer skills.
Posted by Debra | April 27, 2015
Effective Representation Tempered with Compassion and Straightforward Advice
Mr. Fendley provided us with excellent representation in a family matter. However, the traits that truly set him apart from other attorneys was his compassion for our circumstances and his advice on a remedy for the situation. Mr. Fendley had to share some tough realities with us as our advocate. He explained scenarios and options in a way that we could fully understand and thus make the decisions we needed at the time. Mr. Fendley is more than a highly skilled attorney. He is truly invested in his clients and their needs.
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Posted by Dairian | May 4, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
One of the best attorneys in town
Jake is hands down one of the best attorneys in Clarksville, would 10/10 recommend him for all your legal issues!
Posted by Cindy | February 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best of the best!
Mr. Fendley has handled many things for me. All were done with efficiency, knowledge, and honesty.
Posted by Jennifer | December 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent job
Mr. Fendley is assisted me in a criminal matter and the results he was able to achieve exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds. We only met once before my court appearance and he was still able to have all the charges dismissed and is helping me with getting everything expunged. Can't thank him enough and would recommend him to anyone and everyone needing an attorney.
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Posted by Jillian | August 16, 2017
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Phenomenal attorney
I chose Jacob Fendley to represent me in a civil matter. He was very compassionate about my circumstances and my feelings. He was very well prepared and took control of the entire courtroom in my case. I was very well represented by Mr. Fendley, I would not only use him again but I will recommend him to everyone. My case ended with the exact results he said it would. Phenomenal attorney!
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Posted by Kayla | September 18, 2015
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Amazing attorney
Jake handled my divorce and custody case as well as a separate civil case. The civil case was dismissed quickly and the custody case helped me get everything I wanted. He's very patient n times of struggle and does a fantastic job in the court room!
Posted by Clara | September 8, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney in Town!!!!
Jake is not only an awesome attorney, but an awesome person all around. I came to Jake about three years ago and he handled my case exactly how he said he would. I have used him ever since and i recommend him EVERY time someone asks who is a good attorney. I have even drifted someone away from their usual attorney of choice and he is very pleased with Jake and is thankful he trusted me because everything is going as planned for him. Clarksville is full of corrupt attorneys and this attorney (and the entire firm) is filled with good people and vibes. Thanks for all you do for me, Jake!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2015
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Awesome lawyer
Jake helped me out when I had a driving on a suspended license he helped me get my license back and got the case dismissed! I highly recommend him for any case both criminal and civil!
Posted by Fatima | August 27, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
Jacob Findley was recomended by a friend when it seemed all doors were closed to me , he took care of two cases for me (won) and recently at last minute something came up and I knew who to call , he took over it one more time with the confidence and professionalism that he carries. Jacob Findley is a young and excellent lawyer that shows passion on what he does. I'm very pleased and recomend his services to everyone.
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Posted by Mary | April 29, 2015
Very Professional and got the job done.
I have had the pleasure of using Jacob Fendley several times for collections for my company. He is very diplomatic and courteous on the phone with me as well as with the people we were suing for non payment. He has always gotten my money in a very timely fashion. I've also seen him in the courtroom for other areas of law, domestic and criminal. He is always very articulate, prepared and very level headed. I will use him for all my legal needs.
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-45%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Fendley, Fendley & Hahn
  • 2012 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Mart G. Fendley, Attorney
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Paralegal
  • Mart G. Fendley, Attorney
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Runner
  • Rudolph, Ross, Fendley, & Hogan
  • 2004 - 2005
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  • Nashville School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Austin Peay State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2007

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Tennessee v. Terry Sherrod
  • Not Guilty
  • State v. Hardiman
  • Settled
  • State of Tennessee v. Nightwine
  • All charges dismissed


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
  • Founding Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • 3 Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Clarksville
  • 3 Best Rated (
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • Lead Counsel Review Board
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (10)
Endorse Jacob
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jake is an exceptional attorney. He is genuine, attentive, appropriately aggressive, knowledgeable and talented. I would never hesitate to refer him a criminal matter."
Family Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had cases with Jake and found him to be an extremely worthy adversary. His court room manner is very effective. He represents his clients very well."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jacob works hard for his clients and that is why I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Fendley is a true asset to the profession, and legal community. He demonstrates a high level of dedication to his clients, and advocating for the best outcome. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jacob is a hard worker and great communicator. Highly recommended."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jake is a good lawyer; perhaps more importantly, he's a good person. I know when I refer a client to Jake, he's going to take care of them, treat them as he would want to be treated, and give their matter the attention it deserves. That's why I endorse Jake, and why if you have a criminal defense, family law, or collections matter in Clarksville, TN, Jake should be one of the first lawyers you call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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