Robert D. Massey, Attorney at Law

Since 1983, Mr. Massey has been trying cases mostly in the southern Middle Tennessee area in both state and federal courts. From 1987 to 1992, he served as the public defender for the 22nd Judicial District.

Mr. Massey is active in both professional and civic affairs giving service with honesty and integrity and 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 also been recognized by his peers throughout Tennessee for his work to advance the rights of criminal defendants — he has received 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 (TACDL) and the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA). He has served on the board of directors for TACDL on three occasions for a total of nine years and is a past president of TACDL, having served in that capacity from 1993 to 1994. He also served on the board of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association 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 Practice Areas section of this website for information concerning the types of cases handled. 


  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • Bachelor of Science Degree of Business Administration
    • Major:  Public Administration
  • Memphis State University, Memphis, TN 
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence 1982
Court Admissions
  • Tennessee, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee, 1989
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998

Area of Expertise

  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury 
  • Family Law
  • Social Security Disability
  • Probate

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyer Association, Life Member, 1995 – Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2000 – Present
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, 2009 – Present
  • Tennessee Public Defenders Conference, 22nd Judicial District Public Defender, 1987 – 1992
  • Tennessee Public Defenders Conference, President, 1990
  • Tennessee Public Defenders Conference, Vice-President, 1987 – 1989
  • Tennessee Public Defenders Conference, Executive Committee, 1987 – 1989
  • Tennessee Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers, Founding Member
  • Criminal Justice Funding Crisis Group, Founding Member
  • Capital Case Resource Center, Board Member, 1992 – 1995
  • Giles County Bar Association, Member, 1985 – Present
  • Giles County Bar Association, President, 1985 – 1991
  • Appellate Court Study Commission for the State Of Tennessee
  • Tennessee Bench-Bar Relations, Committee Member, 1992 – 1993
  • Tennessee District 6 Supreme Court Investigative, Member
  • South Central Tennessee Correctional Advisory Board, Board Member, 1983 – 1993
  • Tennessee Justice Project, Board Member, 2007 – 2009

Past Employment Positions

  • Tennessee Public Defender’s Conference, Public Defender 22nd Judicial District, 1987 – 1992

Honors and Awards

  • Robert W. Ritchie Award, TACDL, 1992 and 1993
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Tennessee, American Trial Lawyers Association, 2009 – 2015
  • Rated AV by Martindale Hubbell, 2003 – Present
  • Super Lawyers, 2006 – 2017
  • Client Distinction Award by Martindale-Hubbell, 2015 – Present
  • Top Ten Attorney Award, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2014 – 2016

Classes /Seminars

  • Jury Selection, Tennessee Trial Lawyers, 1995
  • Ethics, TACDL, 2003

Pro Bono Activities

  • Giles County Democratic Party, Chair, 1991 – 1993
  • Pulaski Exchange Club – President, 1982 and 1988, Member – Current
  • Pulaski Exchange Club, 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


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Mallory Whitworth – Criminal Legal Assistant:

Rob Laxson – Legal Assistant/Law Student:

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