Robert D. Massey

Since 1983 Bob Massey has been trying cases mostly in the southern Middle Tennessee area in both state and federal courts. During five of those years (1987-1992) he served as the Public Defender for the 22nd Judicial District.

He is active in both professional and civic affairs giving service with honesty and integrity having served as an officer and board member of various civic and charitable organizations including the Exchange Club and the Middle Tennessee Council for the Boy Scouts where he serves on the Board of Directors and from which he has received the Silver Beaver Award.

He has been recognized by his peers from across the state based on his having devoted time and sacrificed his practice to advance the rights of those citizens accused of crime by being awarded the Robert W. Ritchie Award on two occasions (1992 and 1993).

He remains extremely active as a life member in both the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Tennessee Association For Justice (formly Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association). He has served on the Board of Directors for T.A.C.D.L. on three (3) occasions for a total of nine (9) years and is a past president of T.A.C.D.L., having served in that capacity in 1993-1994. He also served on the Board of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers from 2000 to 2005. His practice is equally divided between civil litigation and criminal defense in both state and federal courts.

Please refer to the 'Our Practice' section of this webpage for information concerning the types of cases handled and the various success stories in each area.



  • Undergraduate Education
    • University of Tennessee at Knoxville- Bachelor of Science Degree of Business Administration, Major: Public Administration; Graduated Spring 1979. 

  • Graduate Education
    • Memphis State University, Memphis Tennessee, Doctor of Jurisprudence 1982. Graduate School Activities- Student Bar Association, Governor 1981-1982, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, Intramural Athletics, Awarded Who's Who in American College Students.

Accreditations, Awards, and Lectures

  • Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Certified by National Board of Trial Advocacy in Criminal Practice
  • Certified as Specialist Under Tennessee's New Certification Law in Area of Criminal Practice
  • Certified as Lead Counsel in Death Penalty Cases Under Rule 13.1 Regarding Qualification of Counsel in Death Penalty Cases
  • Named Super Lawyer from 2006-to Date
  • Robert W. Ritchie Award Recipient from Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 1992 and 1993
  • Top Ten Attorney Award in area of criminal law by National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Client Distinction Award recognizing excellence in quality of service by
  • Top Attorneys in Tennessee by Memphis Magazine 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Tennessee by The American Trial Lawyers Association 2009-to Date
  • Attended over twenty hours of CLE pertaining to criminal practice in each of the past ten years
  • Lectured at Death Penalty Training Seminars- Nashville 1992 (jury selection), Nashville 1993 (indigent defense)
  • Testimony in Criminal Trials as Expert Witness- State VS Pat Bondurant; Maury Circuit Court 1994; State VS Steve Henley; Jackson Criminal Court 1995; State VS William Houston; Giles Circuit Court 2002
  • Provided expert disclosures in federal court in federal court in U.S. vs. Tellis Williams
  • Lectured Seminars
    • A.) Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Fall 1995
    • B.) T.A.C.D.L. Seminar
      • a.) Annual Meeting 2003- Ethics and Professionalism
      • b.) Memphis 1996- Discovery
      • c.) Professionalism
    • C.) Public Defender's Conference 1999- Opening Statements and Closing Arguments
  • Instructor: 2004-2006, Tennessee Criminal Defense College, sponsored by T.A.C.D.L.

Legal Associations and Committees

  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers- Life Member
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyer Association- Life Member.  Member since 1995
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, 2009-present
  • Tennessee Public Defenders Conference
    22nd Judicial District Public Defender 1987-1992 
    President 1990
    Vice-President 1987-1989
    Executive Committee 1987-1989
    Served on all Standing Committees
  • Tennessee Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers- Founding Member
  • Criminal Justice Funding Crisis Group
    Founding Membber
    One of Four Counsel Appearing before Tennessee Supreme Court Indigent Defense
  • Capital Case Resourse Center
    Board member from 1992 until 1995 when center ceased to exist
    Executive Committee Memberfrom 1993-1995
  • Giles County Bar Assosiations
    Member 1985-Present 
    President 1985-1991
  • Appelate Court Study Commision for the State Of Tennessee
    Served Two Years
  • Tennesse Bench-Bar Relations
    Committee Member 1992-1993
  • Tennessee District 6 Supreme Court Investigative
    Member (current)
  • South Central Tennessee Correctional Advisory Board
    Board Member 1983-1993
  • Tennessee Justice Project
    Board Member 2007-2009

Civic Involvement

  • Giles County Democratic Party, Chair 1991-1993
  • Pulaski Exchange Club- President 1982-1988, Received National Merit Award, Elected Exchangite of Year 1988,
    Board Member 1988-1990
  • Giles County Chapter of American Red Cross, Board Member 1985-1987
  • Giles County Mental Health Department, Board Member 1989-1994
  • Boy Scouts of America Middle Tennessee Council- National Eagle Scout Association, Executive Board Member, District Executive Board Member 1985- present, 1989 Recipient of District Long Rifle Award, 1991 Recipient of Middle Tennessee Council Silver Beaver Award, Order of the Arrow, Chaired Sustaining
  • Membership Drive for Davy Crockett District (Giles, Lincoln, Marshall) 1987, 1988, 1989, 2004, Eagle Scout, Tennessee Representative to 13th World Jamboree
  • Member of First United Methodist Church

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Defense
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Defective Products
  • Family Law
  • Social Security Disability
  • Nursing Home Abuse


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Robert D. Massey and Associates
PO Box 409
211 W. Madison St.
Pulaski, Tn. 38478
Phone: 931-424-8655
Fax: 931-424-8991