William D. Massey

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Memphis, TN

The Law Office of Massey McClusky McClusky & Fuchs
 | 3074 East Street, Memphis, TN 38128
Phone: 901-384-4004
Fax: 901-937-8004
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (80%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%),
  • Appellate (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    William D. Massey is the senior partner at The Law Office of Massey McClusky McClusky & Fuchs located in Memphis, Tennessee. A certified Criminal Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy with over 38 years of legal experience, Mr. Massey devotes his entire practice to defending the rights and liberties of those who stand accused or are under investigation for serious state or federal criminal violations, particularly drug, murder, and health care fraud cases.

    Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Massey has achieved unprecedented success advocating for his clients, and he has successfully tried cases throughout Tennessee and numerous other state and federal courts across the nation. During that time, he secured dismissals and verdicts of not guilty, and negotiated numerous plea agreements to lessen the consequences his clients would have faced if convicted.

    Widely regarded as one of the country's top criminal defense attorneys, Mr. Massey has earned numerous awards and honors for his impeccable professionalism and service, including recognition from the American Association for Justice as being among the nation's Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and from The Best Lawyers in America* as one of the country's best trial attorneys from 2008 to 2019. His law firm has Tier 1 Ranking in The Best Law Firms in America.* He has been perennially recognized in Super Lawyers and Memphis Magazine as being one of the Top 50 Lawyers in the Mid-South, an area that has thousands of lawyers.

    A 1978 graduate of the University of Tennessee, Mr. Massey obtained his Juris Doctor from Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 1981. He was admitted to practice in TN that same year. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western, Eastern, and Middle Districts of Tennessee; the Eastern District of Arkansas; as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    A leader in his field, Mr. Massey has lectured at seminars throughout the country and as far away as Guam on topics related to criminal law and trial advocacy skills. He is a Life Member and Past-President of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Founder and Senior Instructor at the Tennessee Criminal Defense College for 20 years. TACDL has presented him with the Robert W. Ritchie Award for Outstanding Service to the organization; the Lionel Barrett Jr. Award for Outstanding Work of Death Penalty Arena; and the Joe B. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award.

    A Life Member of NACDL, Mr. Massey served six years on the Board of Directors and 2 years on the Executive Committee. He is a Fellow of the Memphis Bar Association, The American Bar Foundation, and The American Board of Criminal Lawyers. 

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    Practice Areas
    • 80%Criminal Defense
    • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    • 10%Appellate
    Focus Areas

    Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Appeals

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    Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020

    Certificates and Credentials

    • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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    About William Massey

    Admitted: 1981, Tennessee

    Professional Webpage: https://www.masseymcclusky.com/About/William-D-Massey.shtml

    Honors/Awards:

    • Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2016
    • Top 50 Lawyers in Memphis, 2007-2014
    • Who's Who, Executives and Businesses, Honored Professionals, 1999-2000
    • Appointed by Speaker of the House of Representatives to a 6-year term on the Tennessee Judicial Evaluation Commission, Super Lawyers, 2007
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2007-2016
    • Robert W. Ritchie Award for Outstanding Service to the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004
    • Special Congressional Recognition, United States House of Representatives for Invaluable and Outstanding Service to Community, 2001
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in TN, American Association for Justice, 2007-2015
    • Lionel Barrett, Jr., Award for Outstanding Work, Death Penalty Arena, TACDL, 2001
    • Joe B. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL), 2012

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Criminal Defense Specialist, Western Tennessee
    • Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1996

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Parliamentarian, 2003
    • Tennessee
    • Memphis Bar Association, Criminal Law Section, President, 1998
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 1989
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1991
    • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Executive Committee, 2001-2007
    • Tennessee Bar Association, Executive Committee, 2006-2007
    • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee, 1989
    • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee, 1998
    • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President, August 2005 - August 2006
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Executive Committee, 2003-2004, 2006-2007
    • Tennessee Bar Association, Executive Committee, 2003-2004
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1982
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi, 1992
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board of Directors, 2001-2008

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • This firm keeps at least one active pro-bono case, usually a first degree murder indictment where it appears that the government is substantially over charging the accused or that the accused is actually innocent. Two pro-bono first degree cases resolved favorably - one by jury verdict of a misdemeanor and 11/29 probation, the other by negotiating a reckless homicide with 2 years probation.

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "Wiggins & ABA Guidelines", Making the Cases for Life Seminar VI, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Southern Center for Human Rights, Memphis, TN, 2003
    • Faculty and Senior Instructor, Tennessee Criminal Defense College, 1998-Present
    • NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund's 22nd Annual Capital Punishment Training Conference, 2003
    • "Offer the Olive Branch, But Grip the Sword", February, 2007
    • "The Heart of a Fighter", April, 2007
    • "We Will Remember", June, 2007
    • "A Collage from a Believer", August, 2007
    • "Suppression of Evidence After Berrios", National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter, 2007
    • "The Gentle Wind of Words, Moving Jurors from Abstract to Experiential", National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Key West, FL, 2007
    • While President of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, six articles were written for publication in the TACDL's bi-monthly magazine, For The Defense. The June 2007 article was written in memory of my colleague and friend, Robert Wayne Ritchie, one of the finest lawyers and people I have ever known. The other writings were intended as a trumpet call to the criminal defense lawyers of Tennessee - a trumpet call to learn and develop the skills of advocacy and persuasion needed to thrive in today's hostile adversarial environment. Lectures and presentations are too numerous to list here. Please refer to the Resume/CV section for a listing of national presentations as well as those in Tennessee.
    • "Offer the Olive Branch, But Grip the Sword", October and December, 2006
    • "Getting It On The Table", Making the Case for Life Seminar X, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Southern Center for Human Rights, Las Vegas, NV, 2007
    • "Qualifying and Defending Our Expert Witness", Bench Bar Seminar, Memphis Bar Association, San Destin, FL, 2007
    • "The Team Approach to Death Penalty Defense", Loosening the Death Belt, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Birmingham, AL, 2007
    • "Opening Statement as Story Telling", Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2006
    • "Themes Theory and Theater from Daringly Dangerous Minds", Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2006
    • "Embracing Confessions: To Hug or To Squeeze", Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2005
    • "Closing Argument: Taking the State's Case to the Dump in High Profile Cases", Betting on Justice V, Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Little Rock, AR, 2004
    • "Friends Don't Let Friends Waive Opening", Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004
    • "A Diner Menu Approach to Preparing for a Death Penalty Trial: How To Serve Desert with the Main Course and Cook a Little Hash", National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, San Antonio, TX, 2004
    • "Cross My Heart, Hope to Die: The Pain of False Confessions", National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, New York City, NY, 2003

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • 2008 Class A Drug Case, 4 kilos of Cocaine. Negotiated Dismissal. Client is home.
    • 2005 Jury Trial on First Degree Murder. Not Guilty jury verdict.
    • 2006 Class A Aggravated Child Abuse. Negotiated Dismissal.
    • 2009 First Degree Murder. Negotiated dismissal. Client is home.
    • 2004 Jury Trial on Drug Case, Possession with Intent to Sell Cocaine in Lauderdale Co. Not Guilty jury verdict in less than 30 minutes.
    • 2008 Jury Trial on Second Degree Murder. Jury Verdict of Reckless Homicide, 3 year sentence @ 30%. Client is home.
    • 2003 Jury Trial on First Degree Murder. Noticed for life without parole. Jury Verdict of Voluntary Manslaughter. Sentenced to 6 years @ 30%. Client is home.
    • 2008 Drug Case, 56 pounds of cocaine. Negotiated Plea to 8 years probation. Client is home.
    • 2006 Federal Multi-National RICO Indictment. Negotiated Plea to a misdemeanor with probation with a binding plea agreement.
    • 2004 Jury Trial on First Degree Murder Indictment. Noticed for life without parole. Jury Verdict of Negligent Homicide. 1 year sentence @ 30%. Client is home.
    • Here are some highlights from cases defended over the last 7 years. Many involve the most serious charge - homicide. There have been other trials on other offenses with favorable results, and there have been numerous felony drug charges reduced to misdemeanors - too many for this list. But no lawyer can win every case. While I cannot promise these results in every case, I hope to show that they are indeed obtained with consistency. Each case presents its own battle.
    • 2004 Jury Trial on First Degree Murder. Jury Verdict of Misdemeanor Reckless Endangerment. Sentence of 11 months and 29 days probation. Client is home.
    • 2008 Jury Trial on Second Degree Murder. Not Guilty jury verdict.
    • 2003 Jury Trial on First Degree Murder. Noticed for life without parole. Jury Verdict of Reckless Homicide. Sentenced to 5 years @ 35%. Client is home.
    • 2008 First Degree Murder. Negotiated Plea of Reckless Homicide. 2 year sentence to probation. Client is home.
    • 2006 First Degree Murder Indictment. Negotiated Plea of Voluntary Manslaughter.
    • 2004 Jury Trial on First Degree Murder. Jury Verdict of Voluntary Manslaughter. 6 year sentence @ 30%. Client is home.
    • 2006 Drug Case, 34 pounds of Cocaine. Drugs suppressed, case dismissed.
    • 2008 Jury Trial on Aggravated Robbery. Not Guilty jury verdict in 29 minutes.
    • 2004 First Degree Murder charge. Negotiated Plea to Reckless Homicide. Sentenced to 2 years probation. Client is home.
    • 2008 Jury Trial on Second Degree Murder. Jury Verdict of Reckless Homicide, sentence pending. Client is home.

    Educational Background:

    • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA, B.A., 1978
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    3074 East Street
    Memphis, TN 38128

    Phone: 901-384-4004

    Fax: 901-937-8004

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