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Mark Christopher Scruggs

Criminal defense Attorney at Nashville, TN

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1982
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2021

About Mark

Learn Mark’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Aggressive defense of your rights focused on keeping your freedom!

    42 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Commercial real estate
    Resolving disputes in an efficient and expeditious manner.

    42 years, 100 cases

  3. Family
    Focus on conflict resolution and putting your life back on the "right track".

    42 years, 200 cases

  4. Personal injury
    Maximizing recovery for injured persons.

    42 years, 500 cases

I am a life-long resident of Middle Tennessee. I have represented thousands of clients throughout Tennessee and obtained exceptional results. Allow me to help you.


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Mark Christopher Scruggs
Cavalier Building 95 White Bridge Rd Ste 508
Nashville, TN, 37205


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Fredrick a | July 9, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Mark helped me out with a case and everything he told me would happen, happened. Great customer service and he makes the whole process easier for you. I highly recommend Mark.
Posted by Carrie Stoever | April 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Very professional and exceptional lawyer. He won a custody case that others said was unwinnable. You can trust him. He won't waste your money either by charging for every email and call he makes
Posted by Carrie Stoever | April 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
excellent Lawyer
Mr. Scruggs won a very difficult custody case for me that went on for over 9 months. Even he had doubts that the judge would take away the parental rights of the mother and give them to the grandparents. but Mr. Scruggs WON!!. He is an excellent Attorney.
Posted by Thomas | June 14, 2015
There is Only One Attorney You Want in Nashville -- Mark Scruggs
If you ever find you need a knowledgeable lawyer, then you need to call Mark Scruggs. Don’t waste your time looking around, call the best. Mark Scruggs is an extremely proficient attorney. Mark is a highly skilled professional who is an expert within the Tennessee court system. In addition, he is also very respected by the Judges and that makes a huge difference when it comes to presenting your case. Mr. Scruggs was recommended by my bail bondsman. The best advice I have received in my 65 years. He walked me through a criminal trial and then a divorce. I was accused of threating to kill someone and assaulting them and having never been in jail, I was seriously scared. Mark was very positive and that gave me the confidence I needed at a very tough time in my life. I knew I could depend on Mark Scruggs to get me through the legal issues I was facing. Mark worked very closely with the court and yes I had to attend some anger management classes However, that satisfied the court and my record was sponged. During this same time, Mark worked my divorce, and overall I lost none of my retirement funds and that is my lively hood. So that too was the advantage of having Mark Scruggs as my lawyer. Both of my legal cases were win—win for me, thanks to Mark. There are many lawyers in Nashville, but I am so glad I selected Mark Scruggs to represent me and get me through the legal mess I found myself in.
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Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2015
Excellent Attorney
Mr. Scruggs is a very capable and knowledgeable professional. I put my full trust in his ability to resolve my situation in the best way possible. I have been most impressed by the fact that Mr. Scruggs in over 10 years of dealing with a very challenging case, he has never wavered in responsiveness or commitment. I believe he was capable, and did, represent my case with the highest level of commitment and attention.
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Posted by Ron | March 5, 2014
Confident, Strong Legal Knowledge and Superior Communication Skills
My son was recently stopped in Tn. and the police found marijuana in his car. He was charged with not only possession, but intent to distribute. He was taken to jail and was looking at a potential felony. Although the charges were hard to comprehend they could have had serious consequences if convicted. Because I live in another state, Mark hosted a conference call and immediately put our minds at ease and shared the potential outcomes. Mark was able to get one of the two charges dismissed entirely and had the other charge reduced. My son was assessed a fine and there was no probation required. I thought in light of the circumstances this was a great outcome. Mark's fees are very reasonable and what was most impressive was that he kept us informed throughout the case. We were both very pleased with Mark's services and would highly recommend him to anyone who needed a great criminal defense lawyer. Mark exhibited superior legal knowledge and fantastic communication skills throughout the case. He works 100+% on behalf of his clients. Highly impressed and a stong recommendation. Thanks Mark for a job well done!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-350 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 5.6 (Average)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2021.

Censured issued in TN, 2021
updated on 07/22/2021

When an attorney is censured it means he or she did something wrong but may still practice law. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney
  • Johnson, Scruggs & Barfield
  • 1991 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Lionel Barrett
  • 1988 - 1990
  • Metropolitan Attorney
  • Nashville Metro Department of Law
  • 1984 - 1988
  • Assistant City Attorney
  • City of Knoxville Department of Law
  • 1982 - 1984
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  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • University of Tennessee
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Antonio Hamm
  • verdict: not guilty
  • State v. Jeffrey Poole
  • verdict: Not guilty on all sex related charges
  • State v. Arthur Pierre
  • verdict: not guilty
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  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1995 - Present
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1990 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Criminal Trial Specialist
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 2008
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • TACDL Annual Meeting
  • Cross-examining experts in child sex cases
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the finest Criminal Defense Attorneys I went up against as a prosecutor and have partnered with as a defense attorney."
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Nashville Criminal defense Lawyer Mark Christopher Scruggs
Mark Christopher Scruggs
Criminal defense Attorney
Nashville, TN
Licensed for 42 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2021. See details