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Jennifer Lynn Thompson

Federal crime Attorney at Nashville, TN

4.8   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found

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About Jennifer

Learn Jennifer’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Federal crime
    I am very involved in the Federal Bar and have experience working on all types of cases from sex trafficking, appeals, drug kingpin conspiracies, healthcare, bank, mail and wire fraud, and racketeering. This is one of my favorite areas of practice.

    27 years, 200 cases

  2. Child abuse
    Not only do I represent people on criminal child abuse cases, I often represent parents in the companion child custody matter in family court. By working on both matters, I am able to ensure that one case does not compromise the other.

    28 years, 200 cases

  3. Sex crime
    It is devastating and humiliating to face charges of statutory rape, child pornography, sexual battery, and indecent exposure. I defend sex crime accusations and will help you and your family put your lives back together. We understand.

    28 years, 200 cases

  4. Criminal defense
    Criminal defense is my passion. Across Tennessee, in state and federal courts, I handle domestic violence, sex assault, drug crimes, and homicide, including death penalty cases. My other practice areas are really subsets of my criminal defense work.

    28 years, 600 cases

  5. Violent crime

    28 years, 100 cases

  6. Child custody
    When facing accusations of child abuse & child sexual abuse, you can find yourself facing criminal allegations along with the loss of custody of your children. I help clients defend against criminal charges and fight for custody of their children.

    27 years, 300 cases

  7. Ethics and professional responsibility
    I have represented clients at risk of losing their professional licenses, such as lawyers, doctors, nurses, physical therapists, psychologists, and dental hygienists. If you are facing ethics charges, before you speak to your board, call our office.

    23 years, 20 cases


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Jennifer Lynn Thompson
810 Broadway
Ste 305
Nashville, TN, 37203


4.8 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
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Posted by Monica | May 22, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very empathetic and caring
She called me immediately, her advice was great and hope I am able to get the help I need right now! Thank you !!!!
Posted by Maria | December 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Abuse Defense / Prosecutor
Jennifer Thompson investigated Child Abuse done to two young children in our family. Facts and evidence pointed to perpetrator. Along with other attorneys Ms. Thompson worked hard to provide certainty and reassurance of justice for those children. Thank you for your professionalism and endless hours of investigation!
Posted by Christopher | August 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer in TN
I was accused of a crime I did not commit . After a year of local lawyers I was getting no where fast . I looked up best lawyers in TN on AVVO. That's when I found Jennifer . She was very knowledgeable and answered every question we had . Thru every stage of our case Jennifer and her assistant Erin were there . They were always timely with phone call and emails. Once we went to court and I seen Jennifer in action . I was blown away at her ability to break apart the forensic interview. She is a very aggressive lawyer. Had it not been for Jennifer I would have been in jail and would have lost my family.
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Posted by Whitney | August 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
She is excellent at what she does, and is very knowledgeable. If she had not gotten our case when she did my husband would probably be in jail, over a crime he did not commit. After every court day she would explain everything to me and my husband. If we ever had any questions we could always call and ask her or Erin. I am so grateful for everything she has done for me and my family. I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of a lawyer.
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Posted by Idris | March 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best ever!
Jennifer represented me and went above and beyond. She had my best interest at heart at all times, I never doubted her during this 6 year process. At the end, my case was acquitted and Jennifer worked hard to produce evidence on my behalf. I also appreciated how Jennifer's office was easily available, her assistants always answered the phone, and were prompt with answering my questions. She clearly is an experienced lawyer and I would absolutlely reccomend her to others.
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Posted by Laura | May 10, 2015
Verdict: Not Guilty!
My name is Laura. I wrote a review for Mrs. Thompson about a year and a half ago. At the time, I knew I was impressed with Mrs. Thompson and her legal assistant, Mrs. Erin Hunnicutt. They were both kind, truly caring and more importantly, they were great listeners! I can now say, a year and a half later, I made the best decision for myself and my husband in choosing her to represent him in federal court. Our former lawyer was not very informative and consistently tried to get my husband to take a plea deal. Mrs. Thompson, however, educated us on the different options with which we were faced. When we finally made our decision to go to trial, there was nothing she wouldn't do to clear my husband of the horrific crime for which he was accused. She believed in his innocence and worked tirelessly to preserve it. Mrs. Thompson is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the law and even better at devising a strategy to bring about positive results. One attribute I found to be very effective is Mrs. Thompson ' s ability to think outside the box. I believe her novel or unconventional ideas are what set her apart from other attorneys. As a client of Mrs. Thompson, I highly recommend her legal expertise to anyone who needs someone to believe in them or listen to them. She and Erin really do care about their clients. Without Mrs. Thompson ' s help, my husband would most likely be in prison today for a crime which he did not commit. For all she is and for everything she has done, my family and I are truly grateful!!!
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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2014
The Best
I believe that without Ms. Thompson my life would have been ruined. No other attorney would have been cared enough to get through all the accusations and charges to get to the truth. She made me believe that there would be justice. Never once did she make me feel that I would have to enter a plea due to the tactics used by the law enforcement. Law enforcement made up their minds that I was guilty even though I had never been in trouble before. Jennifer is the best!
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Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2014
Great Assistance
I really needed help with a problem which involved technology. Jennifer was brilliant and very knowledgeable. I will choose her for my attorney next time I have any legal problem.
Posted by Rose | April 29, 2014
Outstanding Service
Jennifer is an outstanding lawyer. She was very professional, knowledgeable and caring. She handled my brothers case with the uppermost concern, responsibility and involvement. I highly recommend her as an attorney. Very informative, easy to get a hold to. She will fight and go the extra mile for you. Your in good hands with Jennifer. We were very satisfied with the outcome of our case!
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Posted by Laura | November 4, 2013
There are people who do care.
My husband has been accused of a horrific crime which he did not commit. We have had representation now for almost five years, practically void of any real communication between us and them. I finally realized that just taking a plea agreement wasn't good enough for my husband, which is what our lawyers seemed to be consistently pushing our way. By word of mouth, I heard about Mrs. Thompson and retaining her has been the absolute best decision my husband and I have made. When I first called Mrs. Thompson's office, I was afraid that I would be met with the usual nonchalance with which I was accustomed. To my surprise, I was actually met with a kind, concerned, and respectful human being on the other end of the line. It was Mrs. Thompson's paralegal, Erin Hunnicutt. She actually listened to what I had to say and thoroughly answered all of my questions with great competency. I was never made to feel as if what I had to say or ask was unimportant. Even now, I can call any time and actually speak to Erin or Mrs. Thompson. If Mrs. Thompson is unavailable, she always returns my calls. Mrs. Thompson and Erin run her law office with great efficiency and care. The first time I met Mrs. Thompson, I was impressed with her confident presence. She was quite personable and down-to-earth. She listened intently to what my husband and I had to say. As time has progressed, I have come to realize that she really loves her job and really cares about her clients. She wants the best outcome for them and for their families. With her, there are no political games. Mrs.Thompson is always informative and is extremely knowledgeable and competent with regard to the law. She actually came to our home and spent several hours of her time speaking with us and with our family. Mrs. Thompson knows that whatever affects my husband, affects his family. She knows the importance of informing the entire family of the law and the possible effects different outcomes of the case may have on the family. Mrs. Thompson wants my husband and his family to be well-informed before a life-changing decision is made. Before meeting Mrs. Thompson, my husband and I were at a loss. All hope had disappeared. We felt as if no one cared and as if there was no help for us. She has given us peace of mind. She believes in us, and I feel as if she is carrying our burdensome load. I must say that I have great respect for Mrs. Thompson, and I highly recommend her to anyone who needs any kind of legal assistance.
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Posted by Kay | September 26, 2013
Excellent Attorney in Nashville, TN
Jennifer Thompson is the most responsive, knowledgeable lawyer I have ever used. Upon being retained, she immediately began giving her attention to the case at hand. She thoroughly researched the facts of the case and went to extraordinary lengths to see that all bases were covered and that NOTHING was omitted or left to chance. She kept us informed of what she was doing and what was happening throughout the whole process. The case was a DCS appeal and she fought for a dismissal and won (an outcome that virtually never happens). In addition to Ms. Thompson's expertise and dogged pursuit of the truth, her legal assistant (Erin Hunnicutt) added just what was needed with her research and teamwork. These two women are a dynamic duo. If you need a lawyer in the Nashville area in her field(s) of expertise, I cannot possibly recommend her highly enough. She is a fighter and won't give up until she gets justice!
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Posted by Shannon | May 20, 2013
Great Representation
I was extremely pleased to have all charges dropped. Ms Thompson and Ms Erin were very thorough. They beat the odds.
Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2013
Restored Faith in Legal System
Ms. Thompson is knowledgeable of the law. She does a great job questioning witnesses. She kept me informed. My case was really difficult, but Ms. Thompson made me feel that we could win and we did. Awesome.
Posted by Julie | November 26, 2011
Do I need to get a lawyer?
My husband was accused of raping a woman 2.5 years ago. The first question we asked the police was "Do we need a layer?" At the time we had no idea of how the justice system worked and gradually found out we were both green and naive. Happily, a relative found criminal attorney Jennifer Thompson online. As my husband was indicted and taken to jail, Jennifer swooped in with confidence, hope, instruction, and knowledge. My husband was released shortly thereafter, and thus began the nightmare of lawsuits, accusations, stays, motions, and hearings. Jennifer was very calm when we were scared, informative when we didn't understand, and patient when we asked questions. Jennifer was non judgmental, never gave false assurances, and was exceedingly professional. The case went to trial twice. The first time a mistrial was declared after a family member of the plaintiff barged into the courtroom and yelled insults at my husband that could potentially sway the jury. Apparently mistrials are rare in the courtroom, and so the credit goes to Jennifer for her persistence and skill in gaining that accomplishment. Of course, the trial was rescheduled for over a year later and I can honestly say that it was the most painful, stressful, emotional, and horrible 3 days of my life. We were so grateful that Jennifer was trustworthy and worked hard for the best possible outcome. During trial, Jennifer had an exceedingly thorough knowledge of every detail of the case. Her cross examination skills were exemplary. Her ideas and manner of thinking were original, quick witted, pointed and direct, always with intention, and backed by a thorough knowledge in law. After the jury left to deliberate (about 2 hours) we were left with just family, friends, Jennifer, and her equally awesome paralegal Erin. During that painful two hours Jennifer was calm and hopeful, but never gave false assurances. When the jurors marched back in and stated “NOT GUILTY” on all 12 counts, our happiness and relief was indescribable….But Jennifer was the one who was able to accurately portray the actual events of the case, and display it in a manner such that even the stigma of a rape accusation was overcome by the jury. At the outcome, Jennifer was proud of herself, but also proud of us for holding it together. I can honestly say that I never thought I would care for an attorney, but I very much do. Personally, I find Jennifer’s personality refreshing, humorous and sometimes quirky. I would absolutely recommend her for any/all of your criminal defense needs.
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Posted by Palmer | July 5, 2011
One Very Good Lawyer
Jennifer and her staff did an excellent job. Kept me informed and was very professional. Her asst. Erin was especially helpful after the case was over.
Posted by anonymous | July 5, 2011
Met all expectations
There was good communication with office personnel and counsel, timely follow-up and all questions were answered to my satisfaction.
Posted by Tom | June 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I hired Jennifer Thompson to represent me in a custody case. She did a good job at 1st and communicated well. Right before our last trial date she began deal making with opposing attorney without my knowledge or consent. She then tried rushing me into a agreement I didn't like. I made my feeling quite clear I wasn't happy about her "backroom deals". From that point she quit returning my emails and phone calls. I became assertive then she did respond but was very vague. I feel betrayed.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-500 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Clerk to the Honorable Gary R. Wade
  • Tennessee Court of Criminal appeals
  • 1996 - 1997


  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Tennessee
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Tennessee v. Adams
  • Found guilty, case is on appeal.
  • State of Tennessee v. Adams
  • Found guilty, case is on appeal.
  • United States of America v. Idris Farah
  • Granted acquittal by the district court, upheld by the 6th Circuit
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  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Bar Association, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Tennessee Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, Criminal Practice Management/Solo & Small Firm
  • Co-chair
  • 2010 - 2011
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Membership Committee
  • Vice Chair
  • 2010 - 2012
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, CLE committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2009 - 2010
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, Defense Function/Services Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2008 - 2010
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, Defense Function/Services Committee
  • Vice-Chair
  • 2007 - 2008
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 2006 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Panel Attorney of the Year
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Middle District of Tennessee Federal Court
  • 2015
  • St. Crispin's Day Award Special Contributions by an Attorney
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Middle District of Tennessee Federal Court
  • 2012


  • ABA Family Advocate
  • Criminal Child Abuse: A lawyer's response to allegations can have far-reaching consequences
  • 2011
  • ABA GPSolo Magazine
  • Allegations of Criminal Child Abuse
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (6)
Endorse Jennifer
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jennifer is an amazing lawyer with a knack for thinking outside of the box, which has yielded great results for her clients. I proudly endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jennifer highly. She is an amazing, dedicated attorney who works tirelessly on her clients cases and is well known for her work on national criminal justice issues as well. She is also a great person."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jennifer works very hard for her clients and is very competent in the area of criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jennifer Thompson is a fearless, tireless advocate for her clients. I heartily endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Thompson is a tireless advocate for her clients. She is a very talented trial lawyer, and I have seen her work in the courts. I endorse her and certainly would send clients to her that might need criminal representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.Jennifer is diligent and tenacious. She is dedicated to protecting her client's rights. I worked with her on a complex federal case involving 40 co-defendants. She assumed a leadership role among lawyers in the case and inspired them to stand up to the federal government. She is also a leader in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and lifts all those around her to greater achievement in their professional endeavors."
Federal crime Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"For aggressive state and federal criminal defense in Middle Tennessee, you could do no better. I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Nashville Federal crime Lawyer Jennifer Lynn Thompson
Jennifer Lynn Thompson
Federal crime Attorney
Nashville, TN
Licensed for 28 years