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David Glenn Ridings

DUI and DWI Attorney at Nashville, TN

5.0   105 reviews
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  • Licensed for 26 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    50%
    Criminal Defense Attorney with Primary Focus on DUI and Drugged Driving, Drugs, and Domestic Violence Law

    27 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    30%
    Criminal Defense Attorney with Primary Focus on DUI and Drugged Driving, Drugs, and Domestic Violence Law

    27 years, 4,000 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    15%
    Criminal Defense Attorney with Primary Focus on DUI and Drugged Driving, Drugs, and Domestic Violence Law

    27 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Violent crime
    5%

    27 years, 500 cases

FORMER METRO POLICE OFFICER & PROSECUTOR. UNMATCHED EXPERIENCE WITH 90+ 5-STAR REVIEWS.

David is a life-long Tennessee resident, the majority of which has been in the Nashville area. He began his higher education at Middle Tennessee State University in 1983. After receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, David began his career in Law Enforcement with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation working as an intern in Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication in 1987. Following that, he began an internship with the Tennessee Board of Paroles, where he worked while he was attending Masters courses at Middle Tennessee State University. Following that, he began working for the Murfreesboro Police Department in Rutherford County, Tennessee, while continuing his education at Middle Tennessee State University in his quest for a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

After nearly two years with the Murfreesboro Police Department, David was hired by lateral transfer to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department where he served proudly until 1998. During this time, he received his Masters Degree from MTSU, and his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the Nashville School of Law, graduating in July of 1998. In 1997, while in his last year of law school, David worked as an intern at the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office in Nashville, Tennessee. In October 1998, after receiving the bar exam results, David opened Nashville Criminal Defense Law Firm in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee (Ridings Law Group, P.C.).

Over the years, the firm has practiced in a wide variety of rolls, but mostly in the areas of DUI, Criminal Defense, Domestic Assault, Drug Possesion, and Police Advocacy.

Mr. Ridings also currently serves as General Counsel for Tennessee Highway Patrol Retired Officers Association (THPROA) and has proudly represented the members of the Southern States Police Benevolent Association (SSPBA) and the local Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) as a contract attorney over the years.

Mr. Ridings is one of the plan/member attorney’s for the US Concealed Carry Association (USCCA). 

Since he has spent the last 33+ years of his professional career on every side of the criminal justice system, he is the obvious choice if you find yourself charged with a crime and in need of an attorney. He has spent his career building relationships and learning a system that will certainly assist you in your defense.

Most importantly, however, David is a devoted husband to his wife Lynda.  Together, they have raised five incredible boys. They are active members (for over 20 years) of Cornerstone Church where they serve as Elders, members of the Guest Services Team, and leaders of a Life Group at their home.  David is also a Board member of Cornerstone Church.  They currently reside with one of their five sons in Madison, Tennessee (who is in college with a major in Criminal Justice Admisitration). They have one son who served proudly as a United States Marine, another who serves in the Airforce, and a daughter-in-law in the Airforce. Finally, they have two grandchildren, with another one on the way. 

Awards

Client's Choice 2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2013
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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
Client's Choice is an Avvo award granted to attorneys with a significant number of client reviews over 4 stars in a given year.
Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ridings to the rescue!!!!
David was a great relief during my ordeal. It was less than 24 hours after first contacting David about my case through AVVO when he responded with a plan better than I thought was possible. The next day we spoke about my case and he assured me it could be completely expunged from my record, he was 100% correct. It was David’s unique experience with various levels of law that gave me immediate confidence in his assessment of my case and his predicted outcome. I could not have found a better lawyer to put my mind at ease and provide such a smooth transition through this stressful time. I highly recommend David for any legal issues you may be facing and will definitely recommend him to friends and family should the need ever arise. You will NOT regret contacting David for at least a consultation.
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Response from David Ridings November 15, 2020
I'm always humbled by reviews like this. I'm so grateful for the time you took to post it.
Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caught with approx 8 lbs of weed, got dismissed after community service.
After I got in trouble I was referred to David, then I checked his reviews and I thought they were great. After meeting with him I knew he was the man for the job. He gave me full confidence that the case would be taken care of. It was my first time offense but I had cops come to my door and come in and find about 3 lbs of weed and 300 grams of wax on paper. The cops weighed it all in packages and it came out to approx 8 lbs. David knows the system and will get you the best deal possible. I got 24 hours of community service followed by my case being dismissed I highly recommend David for any defense cases involving drugs.
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Response from David Ridings November 15, 2020
Wow..what a great review. Thanks so much.
Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer, knowledgeable, honest, compassionate
Mr. Ridings has excellent work ethics, is incredibly knowledgeable in the field of law given his background as a police officer/lawyer/judge, is compassionate and understanding, gives you his 100% and more, and overall an amazing person with a good heart. He will listen to your case, and if you are blessed, he will accept your case. Listen to his recommendations because they are true and of great benefits. He even told me during my consultation, to save money and not use him as a lawyer until the time is needed, but I was very glad that I still requested his help because he guided me through a difficult time and was very successful at doing so. If you ever are in need of a lawyer, please do yourself a favor and call him.
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Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional in Every Way
David, handled a traffic issue for me. From start to finish it was handled impeccably. Resolved in less than 90 days.
Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommend
This lawyer was amazing. Although I don’t have much experience with lawyers (thank goodness), David Ridings went beyond what was expected, in my opinion. Because of his diligence, new evidence was found that turned the whole case around and made a felony a misdemeanor just like that! He is so very much appreciated for that and for his compassion and caring attitude. I highly recommend David Ridings.
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Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The right man for the job.
Exemplary professionalism while maintaining a personable attitude. Unwavering ability to work my case down to even the smallest detail. Has a positive attitude and in my opinion, he’s a fighter. Not once did he ever back down from representing me to the fullest extent.
Response from David Ridings February 6, 2024
Thank you for taking the time to leave this review.
Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Service!
David was kind and understanding throughout my entire process. He was straightforward about everything going on and delivered on everything we had discussed. I will be quick to recommend him if anyone ever needs anything!
Response from David Ridings December 4, 2023
Thank you for taking the time to post such a nice review.
Posted by Jeff | November 9, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
OUTSTANDING !!!
Mr. Ridings was the Complete Professional throughout our Entire Process. He dotted every I and crossed every T! We never at any time felt as if we were on the Outside looking In. We were Overwhelmingly Impressed with his knowledge of the Law, Procedures and Ability to Navigate (with us as layperson passengers) through Anything that came our way! We Highly Recomemnd him to Anyone faced with contact with the Legal System! Thank You David!!!
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Response from David Ridings December 4, 2023
What a nice review. I'm humbled. Thank you, Jeff. Be well and prosper my friend.
Posted by Morgan | November 6, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Attorney You Could Ever Ask For...
There is no one else I would've rather represented me. David is an honest man who will always give you realistic expectations for your case while educating you along the way. He's very talented, incredibly knowledgeable, and personable. He will look out for your best interest and answer any questions you have. When going through one of the hardest experiences in life, this is who you want by your side.
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Response from David Ridings December 4, 2023
What a humbling review. thank you Morgan. :)
Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Ridings is the real deal!
Attorney David Ridings (Ridings Law Group, P.C.), is a terrific lawyer. He recently represented me in an appeal for a case he had handled previously. Mr. Ridings is the real deal! Very attentive and very helpful. My case turned out better than I could have hoped it would. He has a remarkable personality and professional ethics. By earning my respect and trust, I felt he was looking out for my interests. I highly recommend him.
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Response from David Ridings March 1, 2023
What a nice review. Thank you so much for taking the time to post this. It was truly my honor to represent you. David Ridings
Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Never Been in Trouble Before - Was Terried - David Took Care of Everything
Long story short. Have never been in trouble before in my entire life and was facing a DUI and a related charge. Not having been through the process before I was completely terrified of both the potential penalties and stigma associated with a conviction. David took me through the process, communicated well the entire time, and reassured me every time I needed him to. The respect he commanded in the courtroom was clear. He negotiated a great deal that resulted in a lesser charge and a dismissal of the other one. He never guaranteed a result - a good attorney never does, but the result was definitely amazing and exactly what the expectations he set for me. If you find yourself in a situation, there's no other attorney I'd recommend hiring but David Ridings.
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Posted by Douglas | February 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Honest Man
Knowledgeable, Informative , I don't think I could have chosen a better attorney
Posted by Crawford | February 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Only Choice
I consulted with multiple attorneys before making a decision and after my consult with Mr. Ridings, it was clear he was the right choice. That decision proved to be a GREAT one as he was professional, available, helpful, knowledgeable, well-connected, and kind. He achieved the most ideal outcome possible outside for my case and I am extremely pleased and grateful. He is not a good choice, he is THE ONLY CHOICE.
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Posted by Jared | November 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
David Ridings went above and beyond while handling my case. He was great to work with and cares about the people he is representing. Ultimately my case was dismissed and I could not be happier with the outcome. I would recommend him to anyone who needs a good lawyer.
Posted by Kevin | October 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer!
We hired David Ridings and could not have been happier with our choice! He walked us through every step of the process and eased our nerves through a trying time. Everything he promised he delivered on. Would highly recommend his services to anyone. With his background we knew we had the most balanced person helping us through a bad situation but everything ended well. Thank you David!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
All business
As a person who is not from nashville mr. Ridings made this unfortunate experience as easy going as possible. He also pushed hard to seek out the best possible outcome, and made sure I understood everything every step of the way without trying to nickel and dime me.
Posted by Dale | November 15, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer Ever
I highly recommend David Ridings whenever you are looking for the very best criminal lawyer. It has been my pleasure to know David. David is the most capable, professional, and dedicated lawyer and Godly man I have ever encountered. He is an extremely talented lawyer who quickly emerged, in my view, as the most capable and kind hearted lawyer ever. Even the judge publicly announced, in the courtroom, what an impressive case he made in my defense. His exceptional legal skills are matched by his genuine concern for others and himself, so-much-so, that he motivated other attorneys to perform better and still does so. He is the legal advisor I have prayed I would have, on many occasions, to try the toughest legal battles if I ever found myself in a predicament. He is a model attorney and would be the perfect attorney for you or anyone else to have on their side. I know none better. It is my unequivocal belief that David’s personal, professional and technical abilities far exceed those necessary for any legal battle. He possesses the drive, initiative and desire for increased representation, for others, that are distinguishing characteristics of a great attorney. In addition, he has consistently displayed a loyalty and integrity that is essential in a professional defender of your legal rights. David is a professional attorney, committed to his career. He has the ability to excel in any undertaking. I highly recommend anyone to seek and accept David Ridings as their representation. His tremendous abilities can be best utilized to defend you in criminal legal circumstances. My end result was a dismissal of my case. This is how excellent David performs his job!
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Response from David Ridings November 15, 2020
Wow... I'm so humbled by this review. I don't really have words. :) Thanks so much Dale. You deserved that outcome!
Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Mr. Ridings did an excellent job representing my son. He was always available to answer my questions. He was professional, pleasant, efficient, and very experienced. I would highly recommend him!
Response from David Ridings November 15, 2020
What a kind review. I'm grateful for the trust you placed in me to represent you. Be well.
Posted by Larry & Vicki | July 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
God Sent!
David was very professional and is a caring man. I had never been in trouble. I was scared to death. David educated me about the criminal process. Even the Bails Bondsman said he was at the top of their list. I was very pleased with the outcome of my case. David is a Christian man and you don't find too many professionals who would pray with you. I would advise anyone in trouble to call him as your attorney.
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Response from David Ridings November 15, 2020
Wow...you guys are too kind. What a nice review. I'm grateful for the trust you placed in me to represent you. Be well.
Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case dismiss!
Mr. Ridings was very professional and very knowledgeable about the inner workings of the legal system especially in Davidson County. I especially like the fact that he knew the Judges and the District Attorney which helped while developing our strategy. In the end we got the best outcome, the case was dismissed!
Response from David Ridings October 9, 2020
What a great review. I appreciate your taking the time to post it. I also appreciate the trust you placed in me to handle your case. I know how many choices you had in that area. Be well. David Ridings
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • General Counsel
  • Tennessee Highway Patrol Retired Officers Association
  • 2005 - Present
  • Criminal Defense/DUI Attorney
  • Ridings Law Group, P.C.
  • 1998 - Present
  • Talk Radio Host
  • Supertalk 99.7 WTN - Crime Time Central
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Davidson County District Attorney's Office
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Police Officer
  • Metro Nashville Police Department
  • 1990 - 1998
  • Police Officer
  • Murfreesboro Police Department
  • 1989 - 1990
  • Legal Intern
  • Tennessee Board of Paroles
  • 1988 - 1988
  • Governors Task Force on Marijuana Eradication - Internship
  • Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
  • 1987 - 1987
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Education

  • Nashville School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1997
  • Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy
  • POST Certification
  • 1989
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • State vs. SJ
  • NOT GUILTY. ACQUITTED.
  • State vs. L.B. Felony Possession of Marijuana
  • Nolle Prosecution. Case Dismissed.
  • State vs. C.B. Felony Possession of Marijuana and Drug paraphernalia
  • Nolle Prosecution. Case Dismissed.
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Associations

  • Cornerstone Church
  • Board of Directors
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Institue of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • Award Recipient
  • 2014 - Present
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA)
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • Award Recipient
  • 2013 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Tennessee Highway Patrol Retired Officers Association
  • General Counsel
  • 2005 - Present
  • Southern States Police Benevolent Association
  • Attorney for Members
  • 1999 - Present
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • Attorney for Members
  • 1998 - Present
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Choice Award 2018
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Client Choice Award 2017
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Client Choice Award 2015
  • Client Choice Award AVVO
  • 2015
  • Nationally Ranked Top Ten Attorneys Award
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Client Satisfaction Award 2014
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice Award 2013
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Top 50 DUI Attorneys Tennessee - Superior DUI Attorney
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC
  • 2013
  • Exemplary Service Award
  • Metropolitan Nashville Police Department
  • 1997
  • Exemplary Officer Award
  • Metro Nashville Police Department
  • 1991
  • John R. Cunningham Award
  • National Sheriff's Association
  • 1989
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Tennessee Firearms Association Monthly Meeting
  • Firearms
  • 2014
  • Nashville School of Law Graduation at Vanderbilt University Law School
  • Commencement Ceremonies - Law School Graduation
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (33)
Endorse David
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David's experience and knowledge is vast. He is thoughtful, thorough and always willing to help. Always excellent work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When I have a potential client asking for services in Davidson County, I refer them to David without hesitation. Whenever I hear back from those referrals, they always state that David was an excellent recommendation and that he delivered excellent results in the courtroom. He promptly responds to his clients and treats them with care and respect. We regularly discuss case strategy and case issues with each other. I value his insight and I endorse him without reservation. I highly recommend him for any type of Criminal Defense case."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Want experience? David has it. Want knowledge of both sides of the table of justice? David has it. Want honest, reliable legal advice? Look no further. David is a highly respected attorney in and out of the courtroom, both by his clients and the bench and the bar. I am happy to endorse."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a fantastic and highly respected attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is an amazing lawyer. He has a great work ethic and has a lot of experience defending his clients in court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is well known for his ability to fight for his clients and achieve good results. I endorse him wholeheartedly."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is known in our legal community as an experienced criminal defense lawyer who aggressively and skillfully advocates for his clients. He consitently achieves great results. I highly recommend him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a *top* DUI lawyer in the Nashville area. He knows the law both as a lawyer and as a former law enforcement officer. I trust David's backward and forward knowledge of DUI issues and am able to recommend his office to anyone in need of counsel without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Great lawyer with an incredible work ethic and caring disposition."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having worked as a police officer for several years, David Ridings has the unique experience of handling matters across the spectrum of the criminal justice system. In my opinion, Mr. Ridings' character is the epitome of what all lawyers should have. I am proud to call him a colleague and to endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David Glenn Ridings is a hard working, dedicated advocate for his clients. His experience and expertise in the area of criminal defense is unique due to his past work as a police officer. David is willing to go the extra mile for his client and will always zealously represent his client to the best of his ability. I had the privilege of working with David on a case, and I learned a lot from him. It was a great experience and we had a great outcome for our client. I would recommend David to my family and friends."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David Ridings is an excellent attorney. He is a former police officer which gives him a great advantage when defending a client faced with criminal charges. He is very knowledgeable about the law and has a great courtroom presence. He is not afraid of proceeding to a jury trial and relates very well to jurors. He is aggressive in his defense for his clients and will go the extra mile for you or your family members."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse David without any reservation. I have known David for the last fifteen years and his reputation in Nashville for being a zealous advocate is well deserved. During the last year I have appeared several times as a guest on his radio talk show. He stays current on all the changes to Tennessee law. We rarely agree on issues but always have a spirited debate on current legal topics. If you need an experienced lawyer, call David."
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