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I focus my practice on trial litigation and handle a range of cases from criminal defense to complex business and family law cases.  My work ethic anchors the reputation I have earned as an aggressive attorney.  I am committed to quality representation of my clients, whether through contested court proceedings or through mediated solutions out of court.  I maintain an appreciation for the fact that I am guiding individuals through their very personal and often challenging situations.  With the assistance of my staff, managed by my Senior Paralegal Amanda Blankenship, my office is dedicated to helping others through difficult circumstances with appreciation, integrity, and strength to achieve positive results. 


The description of “trial attorney” must be supported by actual experience.  A successful trial or pretrial settlement begins with methodical preparation.  I have prepared more than a thousand criminal, civil and family law cases for jury and bench trials that have proceeded to verdict and  I have substantially participated in numerous other criminal and civil jury trials, as lead and co-counsel, which have proceeded to verdict.  I have completed more than a thousand evidentiary and pre-trial hearings, as well as numerous post-trial or post-plea sentencing hearings.


I remain active in the community and in professional organizations.  I am honored to serve as co-chair of the Legislative Committee for TACDL (Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) developing and implementing strategy for legislative advocacy that will benefit all citizens.  I am humbled to serve my Alma Mater, Cumberland University, as an adjunct professor teaching Constitutional and Criminal Law and hope to use this platform to instill the same ethic of hard work I have used to help people through the practice of law.  It was particularly rewarding to be recognized by Cumberland University with the 2013 Distinguished Young Alumni award, considering the many deserving alumni of that school.  I was appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to serve as a Hearing Committee Member for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility and I currently still serve in this capacity.  I have been named Mid-South Super Lawyer’s “Rising Star” for the past two years, an award bestowed on me by a panel of my legal peers.



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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 35%
    14 years
  2. Child Custody: 20%
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
  4. Criminal Defense: 20%
    14 years
  5. General Practice: 5%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Andrew Tyler Whitaker Sr.

    When it comes to Divorce and/or Child Custody matters, look no further. Mrs. Bean is a bulldog in the court room and has the knowledge and experience to back it up. If you are getting divorced in Wilson County hire Mrs. Bean. If you do not, hope that your former spouse didn't either.


    Andrew Whitaker Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Thomas Anthony Maynard

    I have worked with Melanie Bean in the past and on several different cases. She has a clear understanding of the law and the consequences of the decisions that need to be made in representing clients.


    Thomas Maynard Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Lannom & Williams Attorneys At Law

137 Public Square
Lebanon, TN, 37087


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Top 40 Under 40Top 100 Trial Attorneys2014
Rising Star 2014Super Lawyers2013
Distinguished Alumni AwardCumberland University2013
Shining Star Workhouse AwardTennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2012
Rising Star 2013 AwardSuper Lawyers - Family Law2012
Williams F. Blews AwardSteson University College of Law2001
Raymond Cleveland Award for Excellence in Social ScienceCumberland University1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct Professor Criminal & Constitutional LawCumberland University2006 - Present
Associate General CounselLannom & Williams, PLLC2003 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLegislative Committee Co-Chair and Board Member2010 - Present
Tennessee Board of Professional ResponsibilityHearing Committee Member2010 - Present
CASA (Court Appointed Special AdvocatesBoard Member2008 - Present
Wilson County Court Appointed Special Advocates BoardBoard of Directors2006 - Present
Rotary ClubBreakfast Rotary Club Wilson County2004 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Attempted 1st Degree Murder (Class A Felony)No jail time for client.
DCS v. Macon County FatherDismissal of the Department's petition and immediate return of Equal Time with Daughter.
DCS v. Wilson County MotherDCS to remove client’s children for her home. Mother and children were immediately reunited based upon Melanie’s representation.
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Publication nameTitleDate
TACDL's Legislative Update From The HillChanges In Laws Governing DUI, Crime Free School Zones, Juvenile Sex Offender Registries and Pre-Trial Diversions2012
The People's VoiceOur Constitution Under Attack?2011
For The Defense (TACDL) G. Frank Lannom & Melanie R. Bean, Medical Records and Constitutional Rights, For the Defense. Vol. 20, Number 12005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Cumberland UniversityCriminal JusticeBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual ConferenceModerator2014
Legislative Review & Case Update CLEModerator2012
Legislative ReviewModerator2011