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I have been practicing law for 15 years after my former life as a police officer. Outside the practice of law,  am an avid SCUBA diver, love to fly fish, camp and cook. I love all sports football team is the Titans, Baseball team life long Red Sox fan.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 90%
    21 years, 1.2 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 10%
    21 years, 1 thousand cases



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  • Michael I Burstein

    I attended a two day conference with Edward last week and was impressed throughout the conference in his knowledge of criminal defense work and DUI/DWI. I had the privilege of having lunch with him on the first day of the seminar and after lunch I felt like I just learned from a professor. He is that knowledgeable. I would certainly refer anyone and everyone to him.


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Contact info

May & Ryan, PLC

214 Second Ave N Suite 400
Washington Square Building
Nashville, TN, 37201


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Nashville Top AttorneysBest Lawyers in America2014
Best Lawyers in TennesseeBest Lawyers in America2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Nashville's Top LawyersBest Lawyers in America2013
Best Attorney's in TennesseeBest Lawyers in America2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Best Law firmsUS News and world report2012
Top AttorneyBest Lawyers in America2012
FellowTennessee Bar Foundation2012
Best Lawyer, DUIBest Lawyers in America2011
Best Law Firms in AmericaUs News and World Report2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2011
The best Lawyers in America DUI/DWIThe Best Lawyers in America.com2010
AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2010
Best Law Firms in AmericaUS News Best Law firms in America2010
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaThe Best Lawyers in America.com2009
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV peer reviewMartindale-Hubbell2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMay & Ryan, PLC2007 - Present
PartnerWillis & Knight, PLC2002 - 2007
Assistant Attorney GeneralDavidson County District Attorney General1997 - 1999
Metro Police OfficerMetro Nasvhille Police Department1981 - 1997
Security PoliceUnited States Air Force1977 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseState Delagate2003 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
National Association for Criminal Defense LawyersMember2000 - Present
Tennessee Association for Criminal Defense LawyersForensic Chair2000 - Present
Nashville Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Nashville Bar JournalThe fluid State of DUI Law: an overview of recent changes2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Nashville School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Nashville School of LawAdvanced Criminal Law "DUI Defense"2014
Tennessee Bar Association, Criminal Justice SectionDUI tools2013
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersSFTS knowing them Ethically2012
Tennessee Bar AssociationDon't be Fooled learn the tools2011
TACDL 2011 DUI TrainingLaw office Ethics2011
Nashville Bar AssociationNew TN DUI Laws2011
General Practice boot campCriminal Law2011
Taking Care of BusinessEffective Preliminary Hearings2010
Legislative update and Case REviewDUI Stops and Case Law update2010
DUI Stop to trialDUi stop to trial2010
TACDL DUI Boot CampCross examination of the cop2009
TACDLDrugs & Ethics2009
Open Court/ Court TVMurder Case in Roane County2009
DUI case law update and SFST primerDUI update2009
Save your BreathMotion Practice for DUI2008
Nightmare on Second Ave.Field Sobriety testing DUI law update2008
Trial Practice voidire to closingCross examination2007
Harvard DUI Summer SessionModerator of Group discussion2007
DUI PrimerDUI law update2005