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David Louis Raybin

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Named one of Nashville’s best criminal defense lawyers

With more than 35 years of experience, David Raybin heads the criminal defense section of our firm, which includes criminal trials, criminal appeals, parole hearings, and civil rights litigation.

David has been named the Best Criminal Lawyer in Nashville by Best Lawyers in America, and listed among the Best Criminal Lawyers in TN by Tennessee Business magazine.

A regular commentator on local legal subjects, David often deals with prominent cases you may have read about in the news. In addition to cases in the trial courts, David has successfully handled a number of significant criminal appeals throughout Tennessee.

A prolific writer, David has authored numerous articles and publications. He wrote the book Tennessee Criminal Law, which has been cited hundreds of times by Tennessee courts and relied on by judges and attorneys throughout the state.

David’s criminal defense representation includes cases concerning murder and other homicidessexual assaultdrugsdomestic violencewhite-collar fraud, and computer sexual image cases. David also handles cases involving students arrested at local universities—such as Vanderbilt, MTSU, Fisk, Lipscomb, Belmont and TSU.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    41 years
  2. Federal Crime: 20%
    41 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 10%
    41 years
  4. Civil Rights: 10%
    41 years
  5. Domestic Violence: 10%
    41 years



Hourly ($285-500/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • David Glenn Ridings

    Highly Skilled and fierce advocate. Literally wrote the book on Criminal Defense. I endorse Mr. Raybin without reservation.


    David Ridings DUI and DWI Attorney
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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
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Contact info

Raybin & Weissman , PC

424 Church Street
Suite 2120
Nashville, TN, 37219


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
ListedBest Lawyers in America2014
ListedBest Lawyers in Tennessee2014
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Justice Henry Award for Outstanding Legal WritingTennessee Bar Association2005
Best 100 Lawyers in TennesseeBusiness Tennessee magazine2004
Justice Henry Award for Outstanding Legal WritingTennessee Bar Association1983
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Assistant District AttorneyOffice of the District Attorney1974 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
Nashville Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors1986 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1985 - Present
Tennessee Association for JusticeMember1983 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1974 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v. D. M. LineberryNot Guilty
State v DDLdismissed and expunged
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Publication nameTitleDate
Tennessee Bar JournalExpungement of Arrest Records2008
Tennessee Bar JournalState v. Gomez: Tennessee Sentencing Law Violates Sixth Amendment2007
Tennessee Bar Association JournalWho's there? The parameters of police 'knock and talk' tactics2007
Tennessee Bar Association JournalThe Blakely Fix2005
Tennessee Bar JournalStick to Your Guns: Restoration of Firearm Rights2003
Tennessee Bar JournalInstructing the Jury in Murder Cases2002
Tennessee Bar JournalObtaining Medical Records For Mental Health Evaluations2001
Tennessee Bar JournalMrs. Burns’ Lesser Included Offense Pyramid1999
Tennessee Bar Association JournalThirteen Tips For Improving Client Relations1986
Tennessee Law ReviewNote, The Abolition of Anonymity1973
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Tennessee College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersZealous Advocacy2006
Board of Professional ResponsibilityEthics Workshop2006
American Inns of CourtInternet Technology for the Legal Professional2006
Tennessee Bar AssociationCorporate Criminal Law2005
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBlakely v. Washington legislation2005
Lorman Education ServicesPsychological and Psychiatric Evaluations Used During the Trial Process2005
John Marshall American Inn of CourtSecrets of Successful Negotiations2005
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersCriminal Law Sentencing Since Blakely v. Washington2004
Tennessee Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionLegal Ethics for New Lawyers2003
Nashville Bar AssociationEthics and Professionalism2003