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Mark Libby Puryear III

Criminal defense Attorney at Franklin, TN

5.0   1 review

also known as Puryear, Newman & Morton, PLLC

  • Licensed for 32 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found

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About Mark

Learn Mark’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    DUI, Domestic Violence, Felony and Misdemeanor Drug Charges, Drinking Underage, White Collar Crimes and other criminal offenses.

  2. DUI and DWI


Mark’s work as an Assistant District Attorney for the 21st Judicial District prepared him well to defend clients in Tennessee’s criminal courts. With over 23 years of legal experience, Mark’s private practice has focused on criminal law, representing people charged with DUI, domestic violence, underage drinking, drug possession, and white-collar crimes, among other offenses.


Mark is a Franklin native, active in Middle Tennessee civic and leadership organizations. He was recognized by the Tennessee Bar Foundation as an outstanding attorney of integrity and high ethical standards who has contributed to the legal profession and the public good.


An avid golfer and traveler, Mark has been married to Elizabeth Imorde Puryear for more than 23 years. He enjoyed coaching his three children’s sports teams when they were small. Now that the kids are older and mostly teenaged, he prefers to enjoy their sporting events from the safety of the stands.


Puryear, Newman & Morton, PLLC
130 4th Ave S
Franklin, TN, 37064


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Posted by Stephen | March 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best of the best in Williamson County
We never thought we would need an attorney and if you find yourself in the same situation, you will want to read this. Whether you are asking those same questions, like who should we hire?, the cheapest?, the first one in the book?, the best website? or you just want the best representation you can retain, you will save yourself a lot of anxiety and uncertainty if you hire Mark Puryear III. We were fortunate to have Mark as our attorney when our world was turned upside down. His expertise of the law, the respect he has earned from his peers, law enforcement and the court system and the fact that he continued to mentor us through our situation will always be remembered. Mark's professionalism, integrity and knowledge of the system and how it works is evident once you see him work. If there is one thing I learned from my dealings with the court system, it is that you should NEVER go to court without proper legal representation and if you are in middle TN, you have the option to choose Mark. During this process, I witnessed many attorneys work in the courtroom and I am so grateful to have chosen Mark Puryear III.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Puryear, Newman & Morton, PLLC
  • 1997 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • 21st Judicial District Attorney's Office
  • 1992 - 1997


  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville (main)
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Cook
  • The Court of Criminal Appeals reversed the judgment of the trial court. The indictment charging the Defendant with DUI is dismissed.


  • Tennessee Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2012 - Present
  • Battle Ground Academy
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2012 - Present
  • Williamson County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 1992 - Present
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Leadership Franklin
  • Graduate
  • N/A
  • United Way of Williamson County
  • Past Board Member
  • N/A
  • Williamson County Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Board Member
  • N/A
  • Franklin Noon Rotary
  • Past Board Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Recognition as Fellow
  • Tennessee Bar Foundation
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is an excellent lawyer who is known for his attention to detail, his work ethic, and his zealous advocacy. I wholeheartedly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Any lawyer who practices in Williamson County or middle Tennessee knows that Mark Puryear is one of the go-to guys for criminal defense. He's top-notch."
Criminal defense
Franklin Criminal defense Lawyer Mark Libby Puryear III
Mark Libby Puryear III
Criminal defense Attorney
Franklin, TN
Licensed for 32 years