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Kyle Fite Mothershead

Criminal defense Attorney at Nashville, TN

4.9   17 reviews
  • State Years
    Tennessee - TN 21 years
    Oregon - OR 15 years
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2008
    Inactive No misconduct found

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About Kyle

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Fundamentally, my approach to every case is "How do I efficiently accomplish my client's goal here?" The key is to map out a realistic path to accomplishing the goal, taking account of the likely obstacles and assessing the best way to overcome them. Not every single problem can be solved, but by keeping an open mind and focusing on what really matters to my clients I find that I can usually get to an outcome that they are satisfied with.  I also make a steady effort to keep the lines of communication open between us, which helps make sure that I am gearing my efforts productively and efficiently on their behalf.  

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Kyle Fite Mothershead
2901 Dobbs Ave
Nashville, TN, 37211

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Posted by Quan | May 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
I always thought lawyers are in it for the money, but Kyle is more than that. I was facing 4 felony charges, and after some time fighting all of them were thrown out and expongued. Kyle is a great guy, and also gets to know you and your family on a personal level. He is always there when you need him anytime of the day. I could always call or text him and he responded. He also worked with me on other court issues in other counties as well. He is worth your money, and worked with me paying him as well. Kyle is a great guy.
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Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
excellent lawyer
I faced a simple assault charge last year, and felt desperate since I'm a immigrant and would like to apply for citizenship in future. I consulted a couple of lawyers before Mr. Mothershead, and was told my best choice was plea bargin. It is definitely unacceptable because I was the victim of that argue and that charge would ruin my life and my career. Everything started being better after I found Mr. Mothershead's profile on avvo. I sent him a message about my situation at night, he replyed in early morning and scheduled to meet me the next day. I was relieved immediately and hired him after that meeting. He believed in me, understood my immigrant situation, would like to help me fight against that charge, and educated me the whole process. Mr. Mothershead communicated effectively with district attorney, kept me posted, answered my question quickly and throughly, prepared me for court day, and finally got my case disputed! And he even got a judge order right after case disputed and got my case expunged within two weeks. The whole process is so smooth! I'm enjoying everyday now and even having a new baby joining in my family. I counldn't have done it without Mr. Mothershead. I hope none of my friends would have the legal situation as I was, but I would recommend him without any hesitation if anyone needs legal help.
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Response from Kyle Mothershead October 23, 2015
I remember this case well. We were prepared to go to trial and fight for this client's innocence, but then the DA's Office made an offer to resolve the case through an agreement that did not involve a guilty plea and would not put anything on his record. This was essential for his immigration status and his career, and it was nice for him to have the certainty of not having to "roll the dice" with a trial; so he accepted the offer. We then got the case dismissed and expunged so that it would have no negative impact on his future. I appreciate the kind review, and am thrilled to hear that he and his family are doing well.
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Posted by M'Lissa | September 2, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Would recommend to anyone!
Kyle is an extremely thorough lawyer. While working my case, he was calm, confident and reassuring. Kyle made himself available and kept very open lines of communication. He was extremely professional and genuinely cared about the outcome of my case. He was able to persuade a very stern court to keep me out of jail. He will not give up on his clients. I would recommend Kyle to anyone!
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Posted by Wayne Neal | April 16, 2015
" THE best lawyer I have ever had !!!!! "
Kyle has represented me in numerous criminal, and civil matters, since he left the Davidson County, Tennessee Public Defender's Office ,after 8 very successful years, in early 2012. We have won all of these cases. With extensive web searching, & a little luck, you might find an attorney to EQUALl Kyle's skill, knowledge, courtroom demeanor, sense of ethics, and honesty. However, no amount of research and luck will find you a BETTER lawyer, this I can personally assure you.
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2015
Excellent Defense Attorney
Kyle was an excellent defense lawyer for our case. He put in the extra effort required to learn about our case, advocate for us in court and developed an alternative solution for our case that resulted ultimately in a dismissal of the case. We really appreciated Kyle's efforts and patience to explain the process to us and we would highly recommend him for anyone that needs his services.
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Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2015
Amazing Lawyer and Patient Person
Kyle did a phenomenal job. He was always responsive and dealt well with my type A personality perfectly. For me it was important to have a connection with my lawyer, which is the original reason I went with Kyle after interviewing several recommended lawyers. The feeling that he was there for me, in my case, stuck with me through the entire 9 month process. I never felt like Kyle wavered from his originally assessment of being able to get reduced charges, even when the case became tough. In the end he was able to get the charges reduces and really help me at a time when I needed it. I would say our outcome was quite a success! I can not even begin to state how much I recommend him. He is amazing.
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Posted by Nan | November 20, 2014
Above Excellent Attorney
We need attorneys like Kyle Mothershead who listens, gathers all information, asks the right questions, set plans of action, and execute them. Kyle was recommended to me by my brother in Charleston, South Carolina (This is to let everyone know, he is not only known in Nashville, TN as a great attorney but in other states as well). After being physically assaulted, I was again assaulted mentally by the same person, this time the justice system was used to do it. How can this happen in our system of justice. Believe me it can and did happen. Our system does not have immediate checks; therefore some actions are taken without asking questions, while others are delayed. Thank God for Kyle Mothershead, someone who knows the legal system was able to get to the facts, and not let my right be taken from me. Thank you for being a great attorney... Excellent Work.
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Posted by Micaela | August 11, 2014
Best lawyer
I don’t normally write reviews but I am really thankful with Mr. Mothershead and I want to recommend him because he is an excellent lawyer. He replies to you right away, works with you on flat payment, honest and doesn’t just take the easy cases. I called and meet with different attorneys many who have many years of experience, great reviews on AVVO, who didn’t want to take my brother's case because it was very complex. I called Mr. Mothershead he was able to meet with me right away, he worked with me with flat fee and was honest about possible outcome. He was caring willing to help. He is one of the only lawyers in Nashville who has both knowledge of criminal and immigration laws. With his help all the criminal charges were taken off and my brother has clean criminal record. My brother's case was a drug related. Thank you Mr. Mothershead.
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Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2014
Responsive, efficient, helpful attorney
Kyle was incredibly easy to work with and was always quick to respond to any concern I had. He was easy to talk to and understood my needs. He worked diligently to help me.
Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2014
Great caring lawyer!!!
I didn't know what to do or what was going to happen. I emailed him almost on midnight and he replied, we setup appointment for the next day. He answered all my questions that day and before the court date, whenever I had any question, I could always email or stop by his office and he always answer my questions in detail. All this for only one time fee. My case is now dismissed. I could not thank him enough for his help. I recommend anyone who need a lawyer to talk to him!!!
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Posted by Josh | February 6, 2014
Case Expunged!
After knowing nothing of the legal process I was absorbed in, Kyle quickly made me feel at ease with step by step instruction of what was to happen. He was forthright with minutia I would not have thought about in building my case and his positive, congenial attitude was quite a relief. Best of all he delivered exactly what he said he would. Many, many thanks!
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Posted by Jacqueline | January 27, 2014
Great Attorney
I hired Kyle in November of 2013 for a public intoxication and assault/battery charge. I believe I was wrongfully charged with assault. Kyle immediately did a character profile of me and gave me a fair price for his services through general session court. He worked diligently in contacting the DA's office up until my court date. In addition to preparing his case, Kyle was able to get a judge to waive my appearance at my court date, as I live out of state. On the day of my court date, Kyle was able to get all the charges dismissed without any fines, classes or jail time. He kept me informed during the his preparation of the trial, and even more importantly, the day of, as I could not attend. I could not speak higher of Kyle or thank him enough for his help, knowledge and professionalism. I would highly recommend him to anyone that needs an attorney in the state of Tennessee.
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Posted by J | October 2, 2013
Awesome Attorney
I used this site to find an attorney. After reading reviews, I responded to Kyle's profile. Within a couple hours I received an email from him. I was a nervous wreck, having received a misdemeanor citation that was potentially very damaging to me. Kyle went above and beyond what was expected in every aspect of handling my case. He instantly came up with creative solutions to the timely resolution of the charge. He kept me informed at every step of the way. I cannot imagine that any attorney would have handled this any more efficiently than Kyle. And he actually seemed to care about what was happening to me personally. He is highly recommended.
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Posted by Wendy | August 19, 2013
I would recommend him to family and friends to handle their most difficult situations with professionalism and kindness
My experience with this attorney has been that he is very personable and professional. I so appreciated his kind help during a very difficult situation. He was very knowledgeable and detail oriented. I truly can sincerely recommend Kyle as a personal recommendation to friends and family and will rely on his expertise in the future. I couldn't have asked for or received better advice and guidance in my situation. Wendy E
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Posted by Tami | August 9, 2013
Kyle Mothershead delivers results
After a rather disturbing chain of personal events, I found myself facing a serious criminal charge. Needless to say I was overwhelmed with fear. A friend recommended that I contact Kyle for legal counsel. During our first meeting Kyle took the time necessary to understand me and the details of my case. His personable, honest communication style gave me comfort during one of the most distressing experiences of my life. He made himself readily available for questions and concerns proceeding my trial date. Kyle created and executed a clear, concise plan of action that ultimately resulted in a much appreciated and celebrated outcome. I would highly recommend Kyle to anyone in need of a strong, results driven attorney.
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Posted by AJO | May 31, 2013
I was stressing over my legal matter - Kyle put me at ease, and got the outcome I wanted.
Had a legal issue 2012, and was going through the motions of finding a lawyer who would have my best interests at heart. After doing a little research I came upon Kyle. After 10 years as a public defender in Nashville, before opening his own practice, and maintaining great relationships with judges - I knew this was my guy. Gave him a call, and he scheduled to sit down with me personally. I was not rushed, and he went over what my best options were in full transparency. Made the whole process stress free. He is also a very personable person, and quite funny. If I ever have any legal matters, I will definitely get back in touch with him. He is versed in all types of law, so he's a wealth of information to whatever you may be inquiring about. Really great Lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Kyle was the only one who responded although I sent inquiries to several lawyers. Just responding sometimes mean a lot which classes him above the others. Kyle was sympathetic to my situation and expressed his sorrow however I still am without answers on how to proceed. I don't know if my situation was out of his field or if it presented a conflict of interest with his clients but I am still appreciative of his response. I would recommend him for someone who has an issue in his expertise of study. Thanks again Kyle.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lead Attorney
  • Relentless Advocacy, PLLC
  • 2021 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Kyle Mothershead
  • 2012 - 2021
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Nashville Public Defender's Office
  • 2003 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Federal District Court Middle District of Tennessee
  • 2002 - 2003
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  • Vanderbilt University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • N.B. v. D.W.
  • Won jury verdict for punitive damages
  • State v. James Howe
  • Dismissed
  • State v. A.M.
  • Dismissed
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  • Nashville Organized for Action and Hope
  • Co-Chair of Criminal Justice Committee
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Chair- Juvenile Defense Committee
  • 2011 - 2014

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Order of the Coif
  • Vanderbilt Law
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Vanderbilt Law School Legal Ethics Class
  • Rutherford County Juvenile Civil Rights Class Action
  • 2021
  • TN Public Defender Conference CLE
  • Ethical Issues in Criminal Defense Practice
  • 2012
  • TACDL Juvenile CLE Seminar
  • Forensic Evaluations in Juvenile Delinquent Defense
  • 2012
  • TACDL DUI CLE Seminar
  • Ethical Issues in Criminal Defense Practice
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Immigration Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kyle did a very good job regarding some immigration matters on a case that we worked on together."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Mr. Mothershead for several years at the Nashville Public Defenders Office. His dedication to his clients is rivaled only by his hard work and thorough and searching legal analysis. I would highly recommend him to anyone hiring an attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kyle is a highly respected and skilled attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Kyle. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kyle is a seasoned criminal defense attorney with a track record of excellent work. His passion for justice and superb intellect make him a trusted resource for client and attorneys alike. I recommend his criminal defense services without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Diligent and justice-minded."
Juvenile law Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Kyle is really dedicated to his clients. A pleasure to work with."
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