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John Patrick Cauley


5.0   16 reviews

also known as John P. Cauley, John Cauley

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Licensed for 29 years
State TN
Status Active
Acquired 1994
Updated 03/16/2023

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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Anthony | January 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Breath of Fresh AIR
I found myself out of town in franklin county facing a simple possession case. With this being my first offense ever my mind was all over the place. I received a citation that night and received a court date in Williamson county court. I didnt know anyone in this area so of course i went to the internet.I quickly found out that this County was really strick on even a small case such as this.After looking and talking to several attorneys i came across Mr Cauley.I called his number and he picked up right away.I must tell you after we talked and i explained my case,he put my mind at ease .He explained to me the pros and cons and what he possibly do for me.I retained his services immediately .He went to the first court date for me and got it kicked out till after the holidays. By me being from out of town this was a plus. I arrived for court on Jan 10th 2017 and we met for the first time.Mr Cauley got to court early and spoke to the prosecutor before court and a deal was made on my behalf.By the time i went before the judge i was granted diversion and probation and court fines which was ok with me.I must tell you 3 people b4 me was given jail time for the same charge.So when i tell you Mr Cauley was the best money i ever spent is no lie. So even with something as small as simple possession in Williamson County i would recommend you giving Mr Cauley a call. He Truly Is A Breath Of Fresh Air..Thanks Again Mr Cauley For All You Did.
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Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Consultation put my fears to rest.
After an unfortunate but minor first incident on the night of New Years Eve, I was nervous about what to expect on my court date. Being new to this whole situation, I wanted a professional opinion, and John was honest, candid, and very knowledgeable of the court procedure I was soon to experience. He put my mind at ease with his confident explanation of what to expect and how to handle my situation. If I ever need representation, I know I can count on John's vast experience and timely responsiveness.
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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Calmness and entrusting him was easy
This man I will now consider for any future issues with hopes there aren't any. He will be considered my friend also. He has an way in this field that I was able to let go and give that trust and fear to him. He was more than perfect. Best decision ever and will recommend to anyone. Well almost. Ha.
Posted by Rick | February 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Beyond Expectations
I have retained many attorneys over the years and have never have one go above and beyond all expectations such as John Cauley. I would highly recommend that anyone needing legal counsel stop searching after speaking with Mr. Cauley .
Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
What's best for you.
I recently spoke with Mr. Cauley about an upcoming case and asked some pertinent questions as to what directions he felt would be best for my particular situation. He was honest without hesitation and put me on the path to success with no regard to his wallet. He also took time out of his busy day to research a totally different concern and never asked for a dime., actually he refused it! Mr. Cauley is a fine lawyer and any of his colleagues will tell you that. But more importantly, he's not just about his money. He has real concern for your best interest. This man is a wise choice!
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Posted by Michael | September 1, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
My son was taken to Juvenile Detention. I called John's number and he picked up. John did Not take advantage of me. I called in desperation, and he calmed me down and gave me knowledge of how the process works. He said the Judge's decision was probably going to be the same, with himself, present or not. So he saved me some money, because of his Honesty. He said to call him back if the Judge made a decision that wasn't fair. You better believe that I will. I trust him. Thank you John Cauley.
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Posted by Rhonda | May 16, 2015
The wisest choice
I needed a lawyer quickly - one that understood the severity of my situation and would take action immediately. I was a panicked mother who had no choice but to trust a person I hardly knew. Based on his education and expertise, I decided to put all of my eggs in the John Cauley basket. It was the right decision! From our first meeting, he put me at ease. He understood the situation immediately, listened attentively, returned all of my calls quickly, kept in touch, and did everything I was hoping he would do. His decisions changed the course of my family's lives, and I will always be grateful. I would refer anyone to him. He is a fighter for the good guys, and he has the intelligence and trustworthiness to back it up.
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Posted by shahin | May 7, 2015
I met Mr John Cauley about 15 years ago , I was dealing with a real state fraud in Perry county , I was also dealing with a husband whom was a compulsive gambler meaning I could not work enough to cover the lost he was causing , Mr John Cauley took my case knowing I hardy have enough money to get to his office , he worked so many long hours , drove to so many long distance offices to get depositions , exposed the bank and their activities so so badly that they wanted to run to their holes like "RATS" you all out there tell me can you say who really " John Cauley " is with just a mark as " EXCELLENT " , there has to another words above excellent , I have not yet seen anyone like him as smart , kind and professional as he is , I never thought that I would be begging an attorney " oh please let me pay more " and the attorney saying " no you paid enough " , I must be crazy , thank you Mr John Cauley because of your hard work I am free , I am living in peace , I cannot thank you enough to give me my life back , you are priceless and beyond and above the word " EXCELLENT " , thank you
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Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2015
He fought for me and won!!!
I was falsely accused of a felony. Having never experienced anything like this before I was very scared. John Cauley took my case and made a horrible time in my life very manageable. Mr.Cauley did his due diligence in finding the false information or in my case the lies that were being told. He handled the case so well that it was quickly dismissed when he pointed out the falsities being presented against me. God willing I will never go through something like this again, but if I do I know John will fight for me with everything he's got!!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2015
Very knowledgable, professional and affordable!
Mr. Cauley is without a doubt the most pleasant lawyer I have worked with. He went above and beyond my expectations in helping me in my case. He was very prompt in answering all the questions I had both by email and phone. Finding an attorney that truly cared about what I was facing did not come easy until I contacted him. Very professional/knowledgable and I would highly recommend contacting him if you need a great lawyer!!
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Posted by Vasili | December 12, 2014
Protection When You Need It
Mr. John Cauley been a tremendous a tremendous friend and ally for me through several difficult periods in life. I first met John when when I was placed in state custody as an adolescent due to some heavy abuse from my adoptive parents. At that point, I still had spent majority of my life outside of United States and had not known many people here in States as a teenager. John was a lifesaver acting as my guardian at litem. He was a wonderful friend, looking over my shoulder as I aged out of state custody and helped fight for me along the way. Then about four years after aging out of state custody, I had an incident occur with the Chattanooga Police. They were present at our apartment complex for an unrelated issue, but somehow ended up inviting themselves into several apartments in our building. We had a confrontation as I asked them to step out. They did not like being asked for a warrant and ended up getting physical with me and taking me off to jail. At this point I had no money and did not know what to do. John was a great friend and resource through this difficult time. During the initial hearing he did a tremendous job cross referencing the police officer. He caught him in several lies and did a wonderful job in illustrating the holes and contradictions in the officers story. He handled the situation with great professionalism and helped me move on with my life instead of getting bogged down in this conflict. All the charges dropped.
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Posted by Dolly | December 10, 2014
Not your typical lawyer
John Cauley is handling my husband's case, and I must say that his demeanor is like a breath of fresh air. He is the only lawyer I know of that takes the time to answer every email or text in a timely manner, never minding how 'elementary' the questions may be. He does not forget that the lay person does not deal in the type of questions that come up when dealing with the court system. We have found him to be patient, knowledgeable, and thorough, while respecting our concerns, and even our faith. I have recommended him before and I will continue to do so in the future, I'm sure.
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Posted by Jeff | December 5, 2014
Need a Defense Attorney? Call John Cauley!
I found myself in a position I never thought would happen to me-handcuffed in the back of a police car. My criminal charges were embarrassing, scary, and could be long-lasting. I looked on the web for an attorney that new the Williamson County courts, and, since I was new to Nashville, didn't know any of them. I was too embarrassed to ask anyone for a referral. I liked John Cauley's background and his picture-I felt that I'd be getting more than a three-piece suit. We met to see if he could help and I liked his approach and attitude. I hired him and it was the best hire I ever made, and at age 62, I had hired hundreds of people. Mr. Cauley knew the law, how to present my case, and also knew, based on his experience, the Williamson County system. John communicated well with me and kept me informed, thereby, easing my mind. John and I met on my hearing day, and he worked, behind the scenes-where I could never get access, and by the time we stood before the judge, it was a done deal. My case, as a first-time offender, was retired-no fine, no jail time. I could not have been happier. And, after six months, my record of this case was expunged, literally shredded! John Cauley made a positive impact.on my life. You owe it to yourself to call him if you find yourself in need of a great defense attorney. Thanks again, Mr. Cauley.
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Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2014
Great attorney, you can't go wrong with John Cauley
Mr Cauley made a very scary experience very smooth for us. I do not have a lot of experience with courts and attorneys but we needed his help. He is very through, detail oriented, knowledgeable and has incredible skills with people. He always came in prepared, asked the right questions to us and everybody involved, pulled the right people in made sure I am not panicking unnecessarily and we are informed. He is not only a great attornet but a great person too
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Posted by anonymous | November 26, 2014
Got me out of a lot of trouble
I was arrested as a juvenile and charged with possession. After getting arrested I contacted Mr. Cauley; he provided me with a basic overview of how the case would play out. He was right completely. He talked to the magistrate and the arresting officer, laid an excellent argument and got me off with a minimal punishment of 6 months probation. I could've been in a much worse situation if weren't for John Cauley who provided amazing legal representation while keeping me informed every step of the way.
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Posted by Karen Cain | November 22, 2014
Quick and easy process!
Mr. Cauley was responsive to our concerns in a timely manner, diligent with the process and made an uncomfortable situation bearable. We followed his wise advice and he was able to plea bargain the case, keeping our son out of jail. Thanks to Mr. Cauley, he has learned a valuable life lesson. We are very grateful!
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Work Experience

  • Trial Lawyer
  • State & Federal Courts
  • 2002 - 2023
  • Attorney
  • John P. Cauley, Attorney
  • 1995 - 2023
  • Marine
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1985 - 1995


  • Michigan State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Saint Vincent College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Board Member 10 Years
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice
  • AVVO
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know John in the courtrooms around Middle Tennessee for some 20 years, and I give him my highest recommendation. John is rock solid and will steer you right!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am familiar with John's extensive experience as a criminal defense lawyer throughout the past several years. He is proficient in both federal and state matters, and furthermore having had the opportunity to work within the AG's office early in his career, he is knowledgeable about the government's approach to prosecuting their cases and is able to represent his clients with the utmost proficiency."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a highly skilled and respected attorney."
Federal crime Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is an exceptional attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Friend
"John is an experienced and highly skilled trial lawyer. We are on a panel of lawyers that compose the best criminal defense attorneys in Middle Tennessee. He provides zealous representation in a controlled and caring manner that produces great results for his clients. He is very well respected by the judiciary and his fellow attorneys and that also translates into a great benefit for his clients. I would recommend John to anyone seeking criminal defense counsel."
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