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Martelia Theresa Crawford

also known as Marti Crawford


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EDUCATION: I am from the Upper Cumberland Area and went to Law School in Nashville.  I worked my way through college at Tennessee Tech, and then through Law School at the Nashville School of Law, graduating in 1983.  

OFFICES:  I first opened my office in Monterey in August 1984 until July 1988, when I moved to Cookeville.  My office was on the square for many years, but I purchased my own building in August 2011, located at 101 S. Jefferson Ave, Cookeville, Tennessee.   I share office space with three other very good lawyers, and can refer you in-house, if necessary.  I have two paralegals with many years of experience who work for me. 

I handle cases in Putnam mainly, but also go to White, Overton, and Jackson counties, but the other attorneys in the office go to several other counties.

FAMILY AND DOMESTIC RELATIONS CASES: I have a number domestic relations cases, including but not limited to divorces, with and without children, divorce with large amounts of property and others where the parties were married for a long time and the court awarded alimony.  I have had to appeal some cases along the way.  I tried one relocation case, and the court denied the relocation, but on appeal the trial court was reversed.   I, after winning a relocation case allowing my client to move with her child to Italy, defended an appeal  of that case and the appellate court upheld the trial court.  I have tried a number of termination cases, several have been appealed. 

I have worked on child support, child custody, paternity, parentage, divorces with or without children, terminations of parental rights, adoptions, relocations case and more.

CRIMINAL PRACTICE: I practiced more criminal law when I first started practicing law.  I have handled more than five first degree murder cases, and several death penalties.  I tried one death penalty case, and appealed it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. I had one murder case dismissed on motion. and not appealed by the State.  I had one first degree murder reduced to reckless homicide, after hearing a motion regarding his confession.  My most recent murder case was in 2012, my client was convicted of manslaughter. 

I have appealed a number of criminal cases, some regarding search and seizure, confessions and sentencing.

MEDIATION: I am a Rule 31 mediator, with domestic violence certification.  I don't handle as many mediation as I would like, but enjoy that part of my practice, as well.  

I think you will find me hard working and ready to handle your case.   

Marti Crawford


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
    6 years
  2. Family: 20%
  3. Criminal Defense: 20%
  4. DUI & DWI: 10%



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  • Walter Edward Schuler

    I have known Marti for nearly fifteen years, and she is a highly respected attorney in the areas of criminal defense and family law. She is a very professional, cordial and ethical colleague.


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Contact info

101 S. Jefferson Ave.
Cookeville, TN, 38501


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Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMartelia T. Crawford, Attorney1984 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyersmember1999 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyersmember1999 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Nashville School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1983