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James Robin McKinney Jr

DUI and DWI Attorney at Nashville, TN

5.0   34 reviews

also known as Rob McKinney

  • Licensed for 30 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    DUi defense has been a major part of my practice since day one. I am certified as an instructor in Field sobriety testing. I look for every possible defense and leave no stone unturned.

    30 years

  2. Criminal defense
    I have tried cases ranging from first degree murder to shoplifting. I practice all over Middle Tennessee. I have also developed a niche practice in defending those charged with child sex offenses.

    30 years

  3. Domestic violence

    30 years

  4. Violent crime

  5. Sex crime

    30 years

  6. Administrative law
    A growing part of our practice includes protecting ones professional license including during the administrative law proceeding. I have appeared before numerous health related boards including the Board of Nursing,

    29 years

  7. Wrongful death
    I have had two wrongful death cases that were settled in excess of one million dollars each. One was a truck accident case. The other was a defective product in a child's death.Our office takes pride in handling a small number of these cases to give them the attention they deserve.

    29 years

   I was born raised and educated in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. It's home. My father was a lawyer in Madison,Tn and I always wanted to be a lawyer. My first job was to go to his law office on Saturday morning to clean the office while he met with clients or did some paper work. After college , I worked in a family business before law school. It gave me an appreciation of making a living .I decided to go to law school,but I had a wife and daughter so I went to the Nashville School of Law and worked during the day. During law school, I clerked for a Circuit Court Judge in Nashville. It gave me an inside look at how the courts run rather than a sterile law school approach. I enjoy representing the person who runs afoul of the law law or is taken advantage of by big insurance companies. I want to level the playing field so the police or insurance claims adjusters do not run all over of the courtroom, I like to take my youngest son on fishing trips. I never miss a Titan's SEC football. A little known fact is I enjoy cooking on a Big Green Egg Churchill stated the greatest gift the English gave America is the right to a jury trial. I think that is more true today than ever.

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Rob McKinney Attorney at Law
One Washington Sq
214 Second Ave N Ste 103
Nashville, TN, 37201-1637

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Posted by Suzanne | January 24, 2020
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The Best Attorney in Nashville
I hired attorney Mckinney in 2017 not knowing what to expect, regarding my case on hope and prayer, with referral to him from another attorney I knew and trusted in Nashville. Looking back, now his hard work and expertise certainly paid off, with a positive verdict, (which could have been a nightmare ) with fairness Knowing the law. I would certainly refer anyone who is seeking justice, wants to hire the best of the best, to talk to him about your case. I am very appreciative of his professionalism and expertise. He is the one you want to represent you.
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Posted by Katrina | February 4, 2018
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He helped me believe in myself again
Eight years and four months ago, I walked into Rob McKinney’s office a broken woman. My life had been turned upside down. I fell asleep at the wheel and woke up into a nightmare. In a drunken blackout, I had caused an accident that had resulted in someone’s death. It was horrific. It was absolutely the worst time in my life. I thought I would never make it out of that dark place; never be able to be free of the pain, the hurt I had caused that man’s family and my family, especially my children. Rob met me where I was at – in that in that fog – that broken place, and he saw the humanity within, the person who simply could not believe what she was experiencing, what she had caused. He did not judge me. He cared. He went to work immediately for me, and throughout the next 18 months of meetings and court hearings; he became not only my legal advisor, but a trusted friend, someone that today I consider to be family. Rob McKinney helped me make the most of a devastating experience with the legal system. His professionalism, relationships with the district attorney’s office and the judge, advice, compassion, extended not only to me but to my entire family, helped me to navigate a tragedy with dignity until I could accept God’s forgiveness and believe in hope again, believe in a chance for a new life and to find peace. Rob McKinney gave me a priceless gift when he agreed to be my attorney all those years ago. I will always consider him on my side, a trusted friend, a member of my extended family; and I am forever grateful for his help, guidance, and above all, for helping me to believe in myself again.
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Posted by Dallas | December 13, 2017
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He’s incredible
He did a great job for me in my case. It took my old lawyer 2 years to make things Happen, but he made them happen in less than a month I could not be more satisfied with Mr. McKinney, you won’t find better!
Posted by Fenil | August 3, 2017
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The whole experience was so much easier when you have Mr. Mackinney and his team is on your side. Mackinney firm will go above and beyond to help you in case. I’d HIGHLY RECOMMEND to anyone. I am eternally grateful!!!
Posted by Ashley Mackey | July 19, 2017
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GREAT Attorney
If you want an attorney that will FIGHT for you Rob Mckinney is your guy. He's very straight forward and honest. He goes by the book and gets things done! He's an absolute BEAST in the court room. He knows the law like the back of his hand and was alert, quick, and aggressive when defending me in court. He's VERY knowledgeable and knows what to expect. This guy loves his job and is truly passionate about helping others. Rob Mckinney helped me for a year and a half with a case (which he won). He fought consistently and very strategically. I'd highly recommend him to anyone; even to my close friends and family.
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Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2017
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Robert McKinney is by far one of the best lawyers in Nashville. He got me out of a very tough situation in which my DUI charge was reduced to a reckless driving charge. Additionally, my marijuana charge was dropped. I stayed the course with him and even when I called nonstop to ask for updates or ideas, he helped me and guided me along the way even though his schedule is very busy. Very good at responding to emails and phone calls. I would recommend Rob to anyone and everyone!
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Posted by sheila | August 11, 2014
The Best
Mr. McKinney has been a godsend to me. He has managed my case with the utmost professionalism and efficiency. He has shown me compassion and empathy for my situation, and is very understanding. The outcome of my case was above and beyond my expectations. He is the BEST!
Posted by Jason | February 25, 2014
My Family is Very Thankful for Mr. McKinney!!
I was in Nashville for a company sponsored event, events escalated with the hotel security, I ended up chest bumping one of the guards and got arrested for assault. When I first spoke with Mr. McKinney, he was VERY confident that the charges would be dismissed and expunged off my record. After a couple days went by, my wife had been doing some research online and found that I could end up spending up to a year in prison for this. We still had 6 days until my court date to stress out over this. We called Mr. McKinney to see what the chances of this happening were. He said, NO CHANCE at all! Sure enough, the charges were dropped and expunged from my record. Mr. McKinney was very up front and professional during this whole process, and I would recommend him to anyone! Thank You for all your help Mr. McKinney!
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Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2013
Felony Assault & Misdemeanor Dom Violence
Charged w/ felony assault & misdemeanor domestic violence, I went online reading reviews about attorneys in Nashville. After reading Robs reviews, I set up an appt w/ him. By the time we met face to face, he had already reviewed my case and said he felt like he could help me. He listened intently as I told him my 30 min story of events from 'that' night. His expectations (knock on wood) after hearing what I had to say were that we would go to court only 1 time and he would have the charges dismissed allowing him to expunge my record. "Don't worry, I'll get you out of this." What else can you ask for out of a 1st consultation right? So of course I hired him (at a very reasonable price considering the circumstances). And as expected, we went to court and he got all of the charges dismissed. No additional fees or court costs! It took less than an hour, and when we walked out he also reminded me that he would take care of the expungement...I didn't need to worry about anything else! Money well spent...excellent attorney
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Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2013
Top Nashville Lawyer
I was referred to Rob McKinney through a friend and he is AMAZING! With his knowledge and experience, you will get results! Mr. McKinney is a man if integrity. He is very professional, genuine, honest, and caring. I'm so glad I hired him as my lawyer! - TC
Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2013
Thank you.
We met Mr. McKinney during one of the most difficult times of my life. I felt as if my life was unraveling before my eyes. Mr. McKinney was able to address the legal issues involved with professionalism second to none and he was also able to calm my fears and help me face the future with confidence. Mr. McKinney's kindess and compassion to our situation will always be remembered.
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Posted by Robyn | October 1, 2012
Highly Recommend!
I used this attorney several years ago - found him using this site. He was fantastic! I had never needed criminal defense before and I was very scared. He was able to guide me through the legal system and the final results were better than even he expected. My record was expunged and my seized property was returned. It was all a big mistake and could have been devastating but thanks to Rob it was all resolved. Rob was great!
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Posted by John | September 20, 2011
Absolutely the BEST in Middle Tennessee!!!
Let me start by saying that I'm a middle age business professional in the Middle Tennessee area who made a terrible mistake...drinking and driving. As such, I shared with Rob that I accepted full responsibility for my actions. My ask, however, was that he help me minimize the long-lasting effects. And, I can tell you without hesitation, Rob McKinney (and his staff) was the right person for the task. Rob reviewed the facts of case, gave me an honest assessment of the probable outcome and fought for me the entire way. The eventual results were better than he had prepared me for (again, due to his tenacious work ethic). I am beyond grateful to Rob. Please, do yourself a big favor if you find yourself in a similar position, hire Rob McKinney immediately!
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Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2011
Precision and Honesty
Robin McKinney has been a godsend for my case. When I first met with him he shot me straight. He didn't sugarcoat anything and gave me a basic overview of the judicial process. As I told him the facts to my case, he was interested, attentive, and he asked insightful questions. When court came, I felt safe knowing that Robin McKinney would be defending my case.
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Posted by JKW | June 21, 2011
3rd DUI
I was facing my third DUI. I decided to hire Rob to represent me after researching online. 6 months later the case was dismissed by the state and I was a free man, as if it never happened. Rob gave me my life back and I would definitely recommend him to anyone facing charges.
Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2011
Excellent Lawyer
My name is Taylor and I was recently charged with a DUI in Williamson County. After interviewing many lawyers I decided to retain the services of Mr. Rob McKinney. I chose him because of his aggressive attitude, his obvious knowledge of DUI cases and field sobriety tests, and his relationships within the Williamson County court system. After reviewing my case and police video Mr. McKinney was adamant about defending my innocence. After only three court dates Mr. Mckinney was able to get my charges reduced to reckless driving and I served no jail time. I will always appreciate what Mr. Mckinney did for me and would never hesitate to recommend him to anyone I know in a similar situation.
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Posted by Amanda | February 18, 2011
Job well done!
I had had no previous experience with any Nashville lawyers, but came into a circumstance that led me straight to Rob McKinney! He was very easy to talk with during my consultation and listened to every detail I had to share about my case. He believed in me and was by my side throughout the year long court case procedures. Without fail, Rob McKinney, gained my trust from the beginning and led me from worried and frustrated to confident and a much anticipated outcome. Rob got my case reduced from a wrongfully accused DUI to reckless driving. Although, I still believe I was innocent, I had to allow Rob to fight the corrupt police department and lessen the plea the cops had fabricated against me. He showed nothing but professionalism. I would highly reccomend you give him a call or shoot him an email to help you out in any wrongfully accused incident or accident. He is truly understanding and fights for the people's rights! Thank you Rob for all your help!
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2010
Rob helped me keep my job!
Because Rob Mckinney took the time to asses my case and pinpoint a mistake on the part of the officer who pulled me over, he was able to get my D.U.I charge dropped to a Reckless Driving conviction. He acquired the video of my arrest and was able to note that the officer wasn't paying attention during my observation period before the breathalyzer. I was able to keep my license and I didn't have to give up my job. During my case, he laid everything out on the table for me, answered all my questions and also kept me posted in the courtroom. He took great care of me as a client. Also, the receptionists at his office were incredibly helpful and hospitable, too. I would recommend Rob McKinney to anyone!
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Posted by salineshort | November 13, 2010
Would Definitely Recommend for Juvenile Services
My son got himself in a mess with the law, not once, but twice. I was a scared parent that happened upon AVVO's website and found Rob McKinney. I read all of the reviews and decided to reach out to him and I am so glad I did. He was very caring, and put me at ease through this horrid process. Rob was able to get my son the minimum punishment and I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome. If you have any questions or concerns, DO NOT hesitate to give this amazing attorney a call. His assistants will set you up with an appointment and I promise, you won't be sorry. Thank you Rob! You are the best!!
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Posted by Stephanie | June 11, 2010
Rob McKinney
Mr. McKinney was AWESOME! Hopefully I am never in any kind of trouble again, but if am, he will be the one I hire. I will reccommend him to ANYONE!!!! Thanks so much Rob!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • May & McKinney PLLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Rob McKinney
  • 1996 - Present
  • Lawyer
  • Butler & Phillips
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Law Clerk for Seventh Circuit Court
  • Circuit Court For Davidson County
  • 1992 - 1994
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  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • 2011
  • Nashville School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Tennessee Board of Nursing v P.B.
  • Case dismissed after hearing on the merits.
  • State of Tennessee v Randall Beatty
  • Not Guilty First Degree Murder Guilty Reckless Homicide
  • State of Tennessee v. David Smotherman
  • Not guility of First Degree Murder


  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member Board of Directors
  • 2017 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President , Life Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Life Member
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Robert Ritchie Service Award
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2014
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Moot Court Award
  • Nashville School of Law
  • 1994


  • For The Defense ( Tennessee Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers )
  • Defending a Vehicular Homicide Case in Tennessee
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Trial Skills
  • 2019
  • How to Get Your Social Medial, Email and Text Evidence Admitted
  • Applying Hearsay Exceptions and Overcoming Relevancy Issues
  • 2019
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer DUI Seminars
  • Using Focus Groups in DUI Trials
  • 2016
  • DUI : From the Legislature to the Courtroom
  • The Nuts and Bolts of a DUI Case
  • 2015
  • Nashville School of Law Spring CLE
  • Building Blocks Of A Effective DUI Defense
  • 2013
  • TACDL Annual DUI Seminar
  • Effective Opening Statements
  • 2013
  • Trying a DUI Case on a Shoestring Budget
  • 2011
  • TALS Annual Meeting 2010
  • Torts , Courts , or Compromise
  • 2010
  • CNN Interview with Kyra Phillips
  • Sex Offender Laws In Tennessee
  • 2010
  • Torts and Insurance Law
  • Proving Special Damages In Personal Injury Cases
  • 2009
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys Year End CLE
  • How to Defend Drug Interdiction Cases
  • 2009
  • TACDL First Annual DUI Seminar
  • DUI Defense
  • 2008
  • The Criminal Trial : Voir Dire to Closing
  • Criminal law
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (16)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rob is an excellent attorney. His knowledge, experience, and advocacy are second to none."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rob is an excellent attorney who is dedicated to his clients. He will go the extra mile for you. I highly recommend him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rob McKinney is very knowledgeable and experienced in DUI defense. He is the driving force behind the TACDL DUI Defense seminar. He does a great job for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Rob McKinney without any hesitation or reservation. He is very astute and knowledgeable with the laws and legal system in Tennessee. I am always confident in referring people looking for superior legal representation in the greater Nashville area to Rob. Lance Mixon Flowood, MS"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. McKinney for many years and he does a great job representing his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend and endorse this lawyer. Rob has given me guidance in my practice, and he is always willing to lend an ear to a fellow lawyer. Rob is a lawyer that I look up to and admire."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rob McKinney is an excellent attorney and highly respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rob McKinney is not only an excellent defense lawyer but also a mentor to young lawyers throughout Tennessee who are trying to find their own path to greatness. His clients and colleagues are lucky to have him on their side."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rob McKinney is simply one of the finest lawyers in Tennessee. He is an attorney that other lawyers want to learn from, as anyone can tell by his position as President of the statewide criminal defense lawyers' association. What is most impressive about Rob is that he never stops pushing himself to learn from lawyers that he admires. Rob McKinney is so much fun to be around that his enthusiasm for law and for protecting his clients is contagious. I am renewed and rededicated to my profession every time I am around him. I learn new tricks of the trade each time I am around him. As a litigator, Rob is a lethal combination of book smart, street smart, and people smart. He can read an opponent, a jury, or a judge and make the right decision in no time. He is exactly the lawyer that you should have protecting you or your loved ones. Hire Rob McKinney today."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the most creative and hard working lawyers around. A great resource for the criminal defense bar and an inspiration for all to think outside the box."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rob McKinney has an outstanding statewide reputation as a DUI defense attorney and I recommend him without reservation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend and endorse Rob McKinney. I met Rob in his role as a faculty member of the Tennessee Criminal Defense College. Being invited to be a faculty member is a reflection of the tremendous skill and experience he brings to his practice. His reputation is second to none, and I was privileged to learn from such a dedicated advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. McKinney is well know in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Rob from the middle Tennessee legal community. Rob always impresses me because of his detection to his field. He never stops searching for and developing new techniques, ideas, and tactics to advocate for his client. Most attorneys are happy to "cruise" once they establish a practice but not Rob. Anyone who hires Rob will get a very strong advocate on their side."
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