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David Glenn Ridings

About me

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 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 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 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 DUICriminal Defense, Domestic Assault, Drug Possesion, and Police Advocacy.

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

More recently, however, Mr. Ridings has narrowed his focus and practices specifically in the criminal defense field. Since he has spent the last 26 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, and they are the proud parents of their five boys. Together they are active members of Cornerstone Church, where they serve on the youth staff and teach Life Group Classes from 9th to 12th grades.  They currently reside with two of their five sons in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. They have one son who served proudly as a United States Marine. All five boys ultimately want to be police officers.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    19 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    19 years, 4 thousand cases
  3. Domestic Violence: 15%
    19 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Violent Crime: 5%
    19 years, 500 cases



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client Choice Award AVVOClient Choice Award AVVO2015
Nationally Ranked Top Ten Attorneys AwardNational Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2015
Client Satisfaction Award 2014American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2014
Client's Choice Award 2013Avvo2013
Top 50 DUI Attorneys Tennessee - Superior DUI AttorneyNational Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC2013
Exemplary Service AwardMetropolitan Nashville Police Department1997
Exemplary Officer AwardMetro Nashville Police Department1991
John R. Cunningham AwardNational Sheriff's Association1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
General CounselTennessee Highway Patrol Retired Officers Association2005 - Present
Criminal Defense/DUI AttorneyRidings Law Group, P.C.1998 - Present
Talk Radio HostSupertalk 99.7 WTN - Crime Time Central2012 - 2013
Prosecuting AttorneyDavidson County District Attorney's Office1997 - 1998
Police OfficerMetro Nashville Police Department1990 - 1998
Police OfficerMurfreesboro Police Department1989 - 1990
Legal InternTennessee Board of Paroles1988 - 1988
Governors Task Force on Marijuana Eradication - InternshipTennessee Bureau of Investigation1987 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Cornerstone ChurchBoard of Directors2016 - Present
DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA)Member2014 - Present
American Institue of DUI/DWI AttorneysAward Recipient2014 - Present
National Advocacy for DUI DefenseAward Recipient2013 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2011 - Present
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2009 - Present
Tennessee Highway Patrol Retired Officers AssociationGeneral Counsel2005 - Present
Southern States Police Benevolent AssociationAttorney for Members1999 - Present
Fraternal Order of PoliceAttorney for Members1998 - Present
Nashville Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Fraternal Order of PoliceMember1990 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember1998 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State vs. J.R. NOT GUILTY of 1st Degree MurderNot Guilty (Aquitted) of First Degree, Acquitted of Second Degree and Acquitted of Voluntary Manslaughter. Found Guilty of Reckless Homicide (D Felony)
DUI Reduced to Reckless EndangermentDUI Reduced to Reckless Endangerment
State of TN vs. T.H.DUI Dismissed entirely..
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Publication nameTitleDate
Nashville DUI Lawyer BlogNashville DUI Lawyer Blog2014
Nashville Criminal Lawyer BlogNashville Criminal Lawyer Blog2014
Nashville Criminal Attorney BlogNashville Criminal Attorney Blog2014
Ridings Law Office BlogRidings Law Office Blog2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Nashville School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Middle Tennessee State UniversityCriminal Justice AdministrationMA - Masters1997
Tennessee Law Enforcement Training AcademyPOST Certification (Police Office in the State of TennesseePOST Certification1989
Middle Tennessee State UniversityCriminal Justice AdministrationBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Tennessee Firearms Association Monthly MeetingFirearms2014
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersDUI Conference. The Prelimiary Hearing. Participant2013
LawReview CLE: Over the Limit: Defense of a DUIDUI Defense Nashville Tennessee2013
Law Review CLE TennesseeThe Basics of DUI Defense2011
Nashville School of Law Graduation at Vanderbilt University Law SchoolCommencement Ceremonies - Law School Graduation1998