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Thomas Earl Parkerson

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     Thomas is a founding member and managing partner at the firm of Parkerson | Santel, Pllc. He began the practice of law in the firm of Boston, Holt, Sockwell & Durham in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee with a focus on family law and personal injury. In 2005 Thomas took the opportunity to move to Murfreesboro and work for the District Attorney General's office prosecuting all types of criminal matters. As a prosecutor, Thomas obtained crucial courtroom experience handling matters as small as a public intoxication and as serious as a first degree murder.  


     After 6 years of prosecution, Thomas decided to re-enter private practice at Bennett, Parkerson & Bray an associaton of attorneys.  With his extensive prosecution background he began to focus on criminal defense. In 2014, with his childhood friend Tommy Santel and former prosecutor as well, they opened the firm of Parkerson | Santel, Pllc.  The firm then hired an associate, Travis Lampley, also a former prosecutor thus making Parkerson | Santel, Pllc the only firm in Rutherford County comprised of all former prosecutors that now handle criminal defense.


     Althouth the firm also handles personal injury, insurance defense, family and domestic law including child custody, divorce and various other matters, Mr. Parkerson nearly exclusively handles only criminal matters, inlcuding but not limited to DUI defense, drug charges, and any and all misdemeanor or felony charges.


     In addition to his law practice, Thomas also takes a role in community leadership and volunteer opportunities. He is the past, President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Rutherford and Cannon County Bar Association. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Murfreesboro Inns of Courts and also the Murfreesboro Noon Rotary Club. He is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Murfreesboro YMCA, and currently sits as President of the Board of Directors for the Recovery / DUI / Drug Court of Rutherford County and is on the Board of Directors with the Murfreesboro Soccer Club.  He has given numerous seminars on various topics including issues regarding domestic assault, search and seizure, probable cause, and juvenile defense. Thomas has also been involved in the Murfreesboro JDRF chapter to help raise awareness for type 1 diabetes.


     Thomas coaches his children in soccer, baseball, and basketball and above all enjoys spending time with his family. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1999 and his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law in 2003. He is licensed to practice in Mississippi and Tennessee and was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 2015.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    13 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    6 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Lee Edward Dryer

    I strongly endorse Mr. Parkerson. I've known him since he was a young prosecutor and watched his keen intellect and pursuit of perfection turn him into an elite trial attorney. If you have a brush with the justice system in Rutherford County, I would encourage you go contact Mr. Parkerson.


    Lee Dryer Sex crime Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Chelsea Danielle Nicholson

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Thomas for many years, and I respect and admire him. He is always willing to lend an ear to a fellow attorney for advice or assist in any manner. I know that he cares for his clients and works hard for them in every area he practices.


    Chelsea Nicholson Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Parkerson | Santel, PLLC

121 E. Main St.
Murfreesboro, TN, 37130


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Attorney for Justice AwardTennessee Supreme Court2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyParkerson | Santel, Pllc2014 - Present
AttorneyBennett, Parkerson, & Bray, Association of Attorneys2011 - 2013
Assistant District Attorney16th Judicial District District Attorney's Office2005 - 2011
AttorneyBoston, Holt, Sockwell, & Durham, Pllc2003 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Murfreesboro Soccer Club Board of DirectorsBoard Member2016 - Present
Recovery Court of Rutherford CountyPresident Board of Directors2016 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Murfreesboro Noon Rotary ClubMember2013 - Present
American Inns of CourtMember2012 - Present
Rutherford Cannon County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Rutherford & Cannon County Bar AssociationPresident2014 - 2015
Rutherford County Recovery / Drug CourtVice President Board of Directors2014 - 2016
YMCA MurfreesboroChairman of the Board of Directors2013 - 2015
Rutherford & Cannon County Bar AssociationVice President2013 - 2014
Rutherford & Cannon County Bar AssociationSecretary2012 - 2013
Rutherford & Cannon County Bar AssociationTreasurer2011 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Tennessee vs. Bell, GS 330698Case dismissed at preliminary hearing for lack of probable cause
State of Tennessee vs. Liles GS 375770Dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Mississippi College School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of Tennessee, MartinHistoryBS - Bachelor of Science1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Tennessee Judicial Commissioner Conference 2015Probable Cause from Both Sides of the Fence2015
TBA - Juvenile Law CLEWhen Juveniles Are Charged With Crimes2015
TBA - Criminal Law Forum - Jumping Through the HoopsGeneral Sessions Motion Practice2015
Monthly CLE at BMcneel'sCriminal Procedure2012
Murfreesboro Police Department Continuing EducationDomestic Violence - What's required for a good case2010
Murfreesboro Police Department Continuing EducationProsecuting Domestic Violence Cases2009