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Thomas Stephen Santel Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Murfreesboro, TN

5.0   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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My law firm's practice areas are concentrated in both criminal defense and civil litigation.  Every attorney at Parkerson | Santel PLLC has previously served as a state prosecutor and has a significant amount of experience in the prosecution of criminal cases and in criminal defense.  As criminal defense attorneys, we handle all types of criminal cases, both misdemeanors and felonies, at both the trial court and appellate court levels.

In addition to my criminal practice, I handle a wide variety of civil cases ranging from personal injury, insurance defense, governmental law, civil rights litigation, contract disputes, and other matters.  Based on my experience in civil and criminal law, I have had the privilege of speaking to community groups, professional organizations, university students, high school students, bar associations, law enforcement agencies, and other groups on various legal topics and topics for professional development.

I am an adjunct professor at Middle Tennessee State University in the Department of Criminal Justice Administration.  I have held this position since 2010.

Location

Parkerson | Santel, PLLC
121 E Main St
Murfreesboro, TN, 37130-3726

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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2018
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Best decision I could have made
I can not begin to express my amazement on how hard this law company worked to help me with my case. The continued support and assistance every step of the way will forever be appreciated. I would recommend this law firm every day to every person in the middle Tennessee area. Tommy Santel has worked as a DA previously and I found his knowledge on both sides was very helpful. He is also very honest and trustworthy. I felt comfortable from the moment I met him. Thank you for helping me put this behind me!
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Posted by Noah | April 6, 2017
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Class B Felony
I was involved in some fake accusations for a Class B felony. I had gone to three different attorneys in Murfreesboro and Nashville but none seemed to really care about my best interests. I was referred to Attorney Santel and instantly felt comfort and warmth after weeks of not being able to sleep or function. He gave me his best professional advice and walked me through all the steps that could and would happen for each different circumstance. In the end the case was dropped and I was free of any false accusations. I highly recommend Attorney Santel to anyone and everyone. He is an amazing Attorney with an even better heart for people.
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Posted by Chandy | September 13, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
I was involved in a car accident, which caused me to lose my job due to permanent injuries. It has been a difficult time for me and my family. When Mr. Santel took my case, he explained the whole process and expectations very clearly. Mr. Santel would check in with me to see how I was and how my medical treatments were going. Mr. Santel would always keep me informed on the progress of my case and made sure I had copies of everything. I always had complete faith in him and trusted that he would be able to get this case settled. Mr. Santel and his team are truly the most professional group in Murfreesboro. I have the upmost respect and appreciation for Mr. Santel and his team.
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Posted by Allan | May 3, 2016
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Reckless Driving
I received a multi infraction traffic ticket (Reckless Driving and Speeding) on I-24 in Rutherford county while trying to evade a road rage incident... The TN State Trooper said he clocked me at 102 MPH in 70MPH zone... No matter the reason; I got the ticket... That Reckless Driving charge constitutes a class "B" misdemeanor... I would have never thought that a moving violation would add up to that level of prosecution. My driving record is free of any traffic tickets for over 16 years... Tommy Santel explained thoroughly all of the issues I was facing legally... He should know.. as he and the rest of his team were all at one time; criminal prosecutors for the state... They know the law and knowing the facts as they were explained; I hired Parkerson/Santel to handle my case... My case is now considered "Retired" and the state is not prosecuting... That ruling by the state is the best "End Result" I could have hoped for. It is a direct result of Tommy Santel and the efforts his team put forth on my behalf. Do not try and handle these type of traffic violations on your own... Unless you want to face probation, or loss of your licenses, and or possibly your employment.. Tommy Santel went to work for me... I found he and his partners to be extremely professional and on top of their profession.. I highly recommend Parkerson Santel should ever find yourself in a similar situation like the one I was faced with..
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Posted by Matthew | April 5, 2016
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A+ Representation
Attorney Santel represented me for felony B charges over the previous 8 years. He successfully assisted me with downgrading my charges, dropping some charges, and avoiding what was supposed to be a mandatory prison sentence for my offense. During the time that he represented me, he was very professional, attentive, and responsive to my case needs in a very timely and efficient manner. He was able to network and negotiate with law enforcement officers, the State of Tennessee Probation Office, and the Prosecuting Attorney to improve my legal circumstances. I can recommend Attorney Santel as a legal advocate who can successfully negotiate and positively manipulate evidence and laws to the clients advantage. He is knowledgeable in TN state criminal statutes which helps to ensure that his clients receive the best possible outcome and fairness with a case outcome, despite opposing councils opposition. I would not hesitate to recommend him for representation before the court.
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2016
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Best Attorney
Attorney Santel represented my son. He was looking at serous charges. He worked the entire time with on this case. He even formed a bond with my son. At the end he didn't get but less than 3 years.
Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2015
Recommendation
Mr. Santel listened closely to my case (an accusation of Domestic Assault in which my three children had been taken away from me). Together, we formulated a game plan for this case. When the time came to go before the judge, Mr. Santel was there beside me, speaking on my behalf. As a result of Mr. Santel's experience and knowledge, an Agreed Order of Retirement was accepted. And best of all, I was able once again to be with my children. I highly recommend Mr. Santel.
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Posted by anonymous | May 30, 2015
You can trust Thomas Santel to represent you in court!
After a few bad experiences with attorneys here in Murfreesboro, I was thankful and impressive to meet Thomas Santel. His responding time to his client was always within 15-45mins. There were several other great characteristics about him. He is honest with his fees and doesn't change after he accepts your case. Once the fee is set it doesn't matter how many times you call him nor how many times your case gets reset from the court. Unlike some attorneys that I've had to deal with in the pass, it was a nightmare. Thomas is knowledgeable with the current changes with the law. He will go the extra mile to get it done, he even response to your call on the weekend. I would HIGHLY recommending using Thomas Santel to be your attorney, he will take care of you!!!
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Posted by Andrea | May 21, 2015
Mr. Santel is fantastic!!
Mr. Santel was my lawyer for a case and he was fantastic!! He kept me informed and communicated with me by email and phone. He is professional, kind, and will work hard to get you out of an unpleasant situation. Without a doubt, he is the BEST lawyer in town!!
Posted by Paula | May 4, 2015
excellent lawyer that
Mr. Tomas Santel was referred to me by other lawyers in the community who heels his expertise in high regards. I found this to true and I am grateful that he represented my case. Thomas took the time to go over the my case step by step. I found this be extremely comforting. He said to let him worry for me, and with his thoroughness and expertise I was able to do just that. I would recommend him to anyone in need of a caring and competent attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2015
Very Pleased
We were very pleased with our experience with this law firm. Our child entered MTSU as a freshman last fall and found herself in some trouble the very first week. We live out of town and so all correspondence was very important. Thomas gave us clear details of how he would handle our case and prepared us well. He was genuinely concerned and always willing to listen. He guided us but never judged us. I would highly recommend this law firm. He and his staff are very pleasant to work with and very professional.
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Posted by Joye | February 26, 2015
10 stars
I could not have asked for a more helpful, caring attorney. Tommy explained everything to me thoroughly. His confidence and positive manner made me feel that my situation was being handled by the right person. Tommy Santel deserves 10 stars.
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Work Experience

  • TN Supreme Court Rule 31 General Civil Mediator
  • Parkerson Santel, PLLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • PARKERSON | SANTEL PLLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Cope, Hudson, Reed & McCreary PLLC
  • 2007 - 2013
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Rutherford County District Attorney's Office
  • 2004 - 2006
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Education

  • Nashville School of Law
  • JD
  • 2004
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Bachelor's degree
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Tennessee v. William Jason Harris (No. M2014-00375-CCA-R3-CD)
  • Rutherford Wrestling Club, Inc. v. Robert Arnold, et al.
  • Haynes v. Rutherford County, 359 S.W.3d 585 (Tenn.App.2001)
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Associations

  • Tennessee Bar Association Mentoring Program
  • Mentor
  • 2014 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Rutherford Cannon County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • Chair
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Tennessee Bar Association Criminal Justice Section
  • Vice Chair
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Tennessee Bar Association, CLE Committee
  • Chairman
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Rutherford Cannon County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Mock Trial Committee
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Rutherford Cannon County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Rutherford Cannon County Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Rutherford Cannon County Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2008 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Graduate
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • New Attorney Power Hour
  • New Attorney Power Hour
  • 2018
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Mastering the Deposition-Critical Skills and More
  • 2017
  • Handling Criminal Cases and Client Communication
  • Handling Criminal Cases and Client Communication
  • 2017
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Keeping Time; Setting Rates; Billing: What Clients Expect
  • 2016
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Search and Seizure: The Basics and New Developments
  • 2016
  • Criminal Law Forum
  • Criminal Law Forum
  • 2016
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Keeping Time; Setting Rates; Billing: What Clients Expect
  • 2015
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Search and Seizure: The Basics and New Developments
  • 2014
  • Rutherford Cannon County Bar Association
  • Search and Seizure: The Basics and New Developments
  • 2014
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • General Practice Summit
  • 2013
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Encountering and Avoiding Ethical Traps
  • 2013
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Personal Injury Introduction
  • 2013
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Panel Discussion On Dealing With Difficult Counsel in Depositions
  • 2012
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Avoiding Ethical Traps
  • 2012
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Transactional Practice
  • N/A
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • The Ins and Outs of Transactional Practice
  • N/A
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse attorney Thomas Santel. Tommy and I attended law school together. After graduation, we both became prosecutors. I can attest that Tommy is both smart and hard working. He and his partners are committed to their clients."
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Murfreesboro Criminal defense Lawyer Thomas Stephen Santel Jr.
Thomas Stephen Santel Jr.
Criminal defense Attorney
Murfreesboro, TN
Licensed for 20 years