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Dana Crosland McLendon III

Criminal defense Attorney at Franklin, TN

5.0   31 reviews
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Dana

Learn Dana’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    25%
    I have spent 25 years defending people charged with every crime you can imagine. I love jury trials, but I can sort your misdemeanor case out, too.

    31 years

  2. Family
    25%
    I have practiced family law (including divorce, custody, child support) in Nashville, Franklin, Columbia, Murfreesboro, Lewisburg, and in other counties in Middle Tennessee for the last 25 years. I know the law, the lawyers, and the judges.

    31 years

  3. Appeals
    15%
    I have written and argued dozens of cases in state and federal courts. I can work in any appellate court in Tennessee. If you want a wordsmith with 25 years experience, you found him.

    31 years

  4. Divorce and separation
    10%
    When it has to happen, you should have it done properly by a professional. It's hard enough as it is, don't hire a lawyer who will make it worse either by making the case more bitter than it had to be or by failing to advocate zealously for you.

    31 years

  5. Mediation
    10%
    I've gotten a lot of tough cases settled. It's a skill not everyone has. Let me help you resolve your case by mediation.

    31 years

  6. Child custody
    5%
    Custody might be the area of my practice that requires the most judgment, strategy and passion for the client. I've won a lot of tough custody cases. Don't settle for a lawyer that won't fight for your custody rights.

    31 years

  7. DUI and DWI
    5%
    DUI convictions are treated very seriously in Tennessee. Don't go to court without proper representation. I've handled hundreds of DUI cases, including jury verdicts of not guilty.

    31 years

  8. Juvenile law
    5%
    I've spent a lot of time in Juvenile Court. I know how it works.

    31 years

I have been practicing throughout Tennessee in trial and appellate courts, both state and federal, since 1993. I work hard to get the best outcome possible for my clients. When you hire me, you will have direct access to me - you won't have to leave messages with a secretary or schedule meetings with a paralegal to get your questions answered. Give me a call, I can help solve the problem.

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Location

Dana C. McLendon III
231 Public Square Suite 300
Franklin, TN, 37064

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2023
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Dana is Outstanding
I was on the search for a lawyer that I could not only trust but one that I knew understood my heart for the situation and would fight hard for me to get it. From the very beginning Dana spent time learning the whole backstory of my case as well as listening to what I wanted most out of the situation as well as my fears. He was very clear about what might/might not happen and what to expect. On the day of I was impressed with the way he quickly made sure that the other party knew what I would and wouldn’t stand for making the rest of the process easy. He maneuvered through every obstacle with ease while explaining everything to me along the way. I have no regrets and was able to leave feeling like I was represented perfectly. HIGHLY recommend.
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Posted by Michael | February 14, 2023
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Dana’s long game paid off
I called Dana and hired him to represent a family member in a DUI case. Dana looked at all of the discovery materials and one thing didn’t quite feel right to him. He requested follow up documentation from the DA’s office, who stalled and deferred for close to a year, postponing court dates multiple times. Dana didn’t back off, and the DA finally admitted that he didn’t have the media Dana was requesting. He negotiated a favorable plea agreement that was far better than what we thought was possible. I’d hire Dana again without hesitation.
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Posted by Dan | December 9, 2022
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Class Act!
If you need an attorney, Dana is the one you need to hire. Dana was referred to me from a friend and WOW, what a great choice. From the first time we spoke on the phone until my court date was over, he was top notch. I've used many attorneys throughout life and he is by far the best I've used. If you are in need of a great attorney that will put your mind at ease, look no further. I had a probation violation in Franklin and it couldn't have went better. The way he handled himself in the courtroom to the way he always responded to my texts/calls, I never felt alone in my case and always felt he was fighting for me. He never once judged me but only defended me. He is a straight shooter and will get to the point. Definitely look no further if you are in need of an attorney. I will be using and referring Dana from now on with any case. Just nice to have someone actually fight for you and your case. You will be so happy you made the choice to hire Dana for any legal needs.
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Posted by Mike | July 29, 2022
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Franklin TN
Dana was well prepared and took the time to communicate details in a situation that was unfamiliar for me. I would hire him again, if needed.
Posted by Stephanie | April 6, 2022
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Easy to work with!
I hired Dana for a relatively simple divorce case, but he was always available and willing to answer my many anxiety driven questions. His pricing is fantastic and he overall has a very approachable demeanor and is able and willing to work within a time frame that is directed by you, which as a person who likes to take things slow until they're ready and then want to make things move along fast, he was accommodating to it all.
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2022
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Amazing attorney!!
I am so thankful for Dana Mclendon! From the very beginning he was honest and reassuring. He took away all the anxiety that came with my multiple offense citation and was there anytime I had a question. He worked MAGIC! I highly recommend putting your faith and trust in Dana Mclendon, you won’t be disappointed!
Posted by Sean | February 19, 2022
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TWRA dispute
I retained the service of Mr. McLendon with regard to a dispute with the Tennessee Wildlife Recourses Agency. Without delving into the details of the case, I attempted to obtain a favorable resolution for myself directly with them, and when that did not turn out to my satisfaction, I hired Dana. Mr. McLendon got me exactly what I asked for within the fee that we initially agreed upon.
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Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2021
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Top Notch Attorney
I could not be happier with my experience being represented by Dana. He remained ethical, fair, and honest throughout the entire process. I had a complicated divorce case and Dana worked MAGIC in the courtroom. His communication skills are excellent and he was always available to answer any questions I had. His sense of humor even kept me laughing through it all! I have and will continue to recommend Dana to anyone going through legal troubles, I truly couldn't be more pleased with Dana and the outcome he worked so hard for.
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Posted by Ben | March 15, 2021
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If you need someone by your side, Dana’s your man.
Dana represented me in a parenting plan renegotiation and he was absolutely brilliant. My original plan was lopsided and I was never happy or comfortable with it. I believe that kids need both parents when both are willing, and able, to be actively involved their lives and neither should have an upper hand. I was referred to Dana by a friend and when I shared with him how I felt, Dana immediately went to work to did his magic. I was pulled into renegotiations by my ex who wanted yet further control over our kids and to further limit my time with our children and I’ll admit, I was unhappy about it. But with Dana by my side, I walked away with an equitable 50/50 plan that favors the children, not the parents. I will forever be indebted to him for what he did for my children and he truly changed the trajectory of all of their lives. Meeting someone that can actually do that in the lives of others is rare indeed, and Dana is absolutely a cut above. I will have no reservations about hiring him again and I’ll enthusiastically refer him to anyone who needs his services. You can trust Dana, he does what he says he’ll do and if you need an attorney by your side - he’s absolutely your man!
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Posted by Olivia | January 6, 2021
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Phenomenal attorney, better human being.
If you’re looking for someone who is direct and doesn’t mess around then this is your guy. Dana is not only straight forward and forth coming he genuinely cares about you as a human being. I felt extremely confident that his experience would work in my favor, he’s a local and has good working relationships with a lot of other professionals. He settled an extremely difficult case between my ex and myself post divorce with precision and honesty. I promise you want this person on your side. If he’s the opposing council then prepare yourself, he’s a good one!
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Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2020
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Results-oriented
Dana worked to resolve my divorce swiftly and provided excellent advice from Day One. He listened to my concerns and helped me to separate the business of divorce from the emotions of divorce, which allowed me to make the best decisions for my situation. Dana never made me feel stupid for lacking legal knowledge. His fees were fair and I was never worried about the meter running while talking with him because I trusted he was providing the best legal advice. If you are looking for a results-oriented, experienced lawyer whose advice you are willing to follow, Dana is the right selection.
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Posted by Erik | October 22, 2020
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Nasty Divorce
Dana put me at ease from my first phone call. Everything he told me was going to happen, Happened. He knew that we were not going to get a deal until she was done flogging me. Ha. He was right. It was like he could read her mind and knew how to handle every situation we were faced with. He got me to mediation and helped me get a fair deal. Which is all I wanted from the beginning. It was the deal he told me we would end up with and he was exactly right. He told me his fees were going to be a third of my ex’s and he was right abt that as well. Honestly his bill to me was less than I thought it would be which is unheard of with attorneys. He told me he would rather have me refer clients to him rather than bad mouth him after. He will not hold your hand or answer your crazy rants. Trust me you will have some. But he was saved me from myself many times. He’s a good guy and a straight shooter. Hire him. You won’t be sorry.
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2020
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Great experience with Dana!
Dana took my case after an average experience with a prominent attorney in Franklin. He handled the case professionally, but spoke candidly with me as well. Which was important during a traumatic time. I wanted equal custody with my 1 year old daughter and I walked away with 43% and no finger pointing in court. Dana defended me well against bold allegations and wasn't afraid to fight for me. Thank you Dana.
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Posted by Jeremy | March 11, 2020
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Dana is second to NONE
Dana, You did an amazing job on helping us through this case. From the first day we spoke you assured me that you would get the case dismissed, you took the time to thoroughly explain how the process would work and there were no delays in the time frame or the court date. You truly provided us with great guidance and assistance throughout the process. I must say this was such a overwhelming time for both Jeremy and myself just dealing with the unknown and the sleepless nights and extra stress that we felt was very difficult. We are truly good people who experienced a stumble in our home and we both have learned our lesson behind this case for sure. Thank you again for representing me and handling the case as seamless as possible, I walked away yesterday holding my head higher than I have since that situation happened. Best Regards, Jeremy & Alisha
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Response from Dana McLendon March 12, 2020
Thank you for the opportunity to help you through this difficulty.
Posted by Diana | May 13, 2019
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Refreshing!!!
As a business owner of 34 years I have had my share of litigation. OMG I actually found an attorney I respect and really like!!! Dana is thorough and fast. He has clear thoughts and explains things well so everyone understands the situation. He doesn't make small talk and waist time and money (which is really refreshing). Litigation is a stressful situation, it's so important to have someone who is really smart on your side looking out for ALL of your best interests. He is a talented attorney and worth every penny because he doesn't waist your (hard earned) money or pad the bill with unneeded extras. Really refreshing!!! Thanks Dana!!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2019
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Life Changer Attorney
I am a 56 year old out of state nurse with an excellent driving record and no prior convictions. Unfortunately I happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and I was pulled over for a broken head light that some how turned into a much bigger deal. I was frightened and overwhelmed by this unexpected situation. I randomly picked an Attorney and was fortunate enough to get Dana. All I can say is that I can’t thank him enough for everything he did for me. He was able to reduce my sentence and It definitely was a life changer. I highly recommend Dana, from his excellent communication through this 6 month ordeal to the final very positive outcome. You don’t need to look for anyone else. Hire Dana McLendon, he is the Attorney you want. Thanks Dana. I am Blessed
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Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2018
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Franklin TN problem
Dana was there for me when I needed him each time. I was arrested in franklin tn and anytime I had questions even at 10pm at night he was there to answer. The guy is great, put your faith and trust in his hands! I highly recommend the guy to anyone for all matters he except. Pretty fair priced as well
Posted by Bryan | October 28, 2018
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Dana McLendon
I couldn't be more pleased with hiring Dana McLendon. He was dependable, kind, thoughtful, and can't thank him enough for his time. Thank you, Dana.
Posted by Doug | October 3, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Communicates, dependable, experienced
I needed an attorney for a domestic situation. Through a recommendation of a friend I contacted Mr. McLendon. Immediately I was somewhat surprised in that when I called, he answered himself (no voice mail, no need to leave a message, no secretary). After describing the situation, he laid out the options and possible outcomes. He answered all questions to enable full understanding of the various ramifications, etc. in a manner which showed his expertise and understanding. When I decided to hire him, he came through on short notice to assist and take care of the needs. With one court appearance the case was resolved (it was dismissed). I cannot endorse and recommend Mr. McLendon enough in this medium. If you need an attorney in his areas of expertise, look no further.
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Posted by Blake | May 23, 2018
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Dana is a Six star professional Lawyer
I was scared and nervous when I received a summons to appear in Davidson County out of nowhere. I had not met Dana before I hired him as my attorney. I had many friends that I knew that knew Dana and they provided me honest glowing endorsements of him as a Man,Father, Husband, Lawyer and friend. After the endorsements from friends that I trusted, I contacted Dana. He returned my phone calls personally and answered on the 2nd ring several times. I was able to reach him when I needed and I initially felt at ease with the ease of accessibility. Immediately when I began talking to him, I could tell he was an experienced attorney and he cared about me even though he had never met me. Dana was thorough and prepared to deal with my case from the first minute of the phone call. From the first moment on the phone to after the trial date Dana is and was a Six star Lawyer. I never lacked confidence in Dana's defensive and offensive abilities. I talked to other Lawyers...Dana is worth entrusting your future too. I wouldn't hesitate to endorse him like my friends did now.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Sole practitioner
  • McLendon Law Office
  • 2016 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • McLendon & Milligan
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Dana McLendon
  • 2003 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Ernest Williams
  • 1998 - 2003
  • Alderman
  • City Of Franklin
  • 1997 - 2021
  • Associate
  • Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis
  • 1993 - 1996
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Education

  • Vanderbilt University Law School
  • JD
  • 1993
  • University of Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Wilson v. Wilson, 43 S.W.3d 495
  • Trial court reversed.

Associations

  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • 1993 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017

Publications

  • 43 S.W.3d 495
  • Wilson v. Wilson
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • National Business Institute
  • Gun Law in Tennesee
  • 2017
  • Save the Farm
  • Self Defense Law In Tennessee
  • 2016
  • Gun Law in Tennessee
  • Gun Law in Tennessee
  • 2016
  • Advanced Issues in Family and Divorce Law
  • Advanced Issues in Family and Divorce Law
  • 2016
  • Family Law from A-Z
  • Family Law from A-Z
  • 2015
  • Divorce Law Guide from A-Z
  • Divorce Law Guide from A-Z
  • 2014
  • Working Through Custody and Visitation Issues
  • Working Through Custody and Visitation Issues
  • 2012
  • Family Law from Start to Finish
  • Family Law from Start to Finish
  • 2012
  • Dividing the Family Business in Divorce
  • Dividing the Family Business in Divorce
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (2)
Endorse Dana
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Juvenile law Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have seen this lawyer in action and he fights passionately for his clients every single time."
Family Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Over the years, I have worked with Dana on a number of cases. I have also used him for his mediation services. He zealously advocates for his client and is a straight shooter. He delivers exactly what he promises and knows the law. I would highly recommend Dana."
Family Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working with Dana in a law practice. Once I was elected judge, he appeared in my court regularly. Dana has an extraordinary command of the law and his knowledge is unsurpassed. I never questioned his preparedness and his presentations to the court were always logical and clearly stated. Anyone that he represented always received his full attention in court and he is a strong advocate. I highly recommend him as an attorney in all types of legal matters. He will give his clients sound advice, creative solutions, and very effective representation."
Family Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Dana for a long time. He is always honest and fights hard for his clients. I have referred clients to him and will continue to do so."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Dana is an awesome lawyer who does not put his own interests above his clients. If you are looking for a fighter who is not afraid of making an argument that might upset the status quo, Mr. McLendon III may be your best choice."
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Dana Crosland McLendon III
Criminal defense Attorney
Franklin, TN
Licensed for 31 years
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