Rob McKinney

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Nashville, Tennessee

Law Office of Rob McKinney
Rob McKinney
Law Office of Rob McKinney

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, DUI-DWI, Administrative Law; view more

Licensed in Tennessee since: 1994

Education: Nashville School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2024

Law Office of Rob McKinney

214 Second Ave N
Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37201 Visit website


Attorney Rob McKinney is a founding partner with May & McKinney, PLLC, in Nashville, Tennessee. Recognized as being among the most skilled trial attorneys in the country, Mr. McKinney has more than 28 years of legal experience, and he provides effective advocacy and support to clients across the state who stand accused of felony or misdemeanor offenses such as:

  • Domestic violence
  • Drug crimes
  • DUI/DWI and other traffic offenses
  • Juvenile crimes
  • Cybercrimes
  • Theft and fraud
  • Violent crimes
  • Weapons offenses

Through his criminal defense practice, Mr. McKinney has achieved a long record of securing successful results for his clients in and out of the courtroom, including numerous acquittals, dismissals and reductions of charges. He has gained a reputation for the personalized attention he provides to all he serves as well as his aggressive approach to helping them obtain the favorable outcomes they seek as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

Honored for his impeccable professionalism and unwavering dedication to his clients, Mr. McKinney is AV Preeminent peer-review rated,* the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell, and he has earned many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers. He also received the Robert Ritchie Service Award from the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2014, he holds a "Superb" client rating on Avvo and he received its Top Contributor and Clients' Choice awards.

A 1981 graduate of Tennessee Tech University, Mr. McKinney obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Nashville School of Law in 1994, where he won the Moot Court Award. He is also a 2011 graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming. He is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Tennessee.

Highly active in his legal community, Mr. McKinney is a member of the Nashville Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Tennessee Bar Association and the American Bar Association as well as the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Administrative Law

Focus areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, DUI/DWI, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Licensing, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations

  • 50% Criminal Defense
  • 40% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 10% Administrative Law

First Admitted: 1994, Tennessee

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Educational Background:
  • Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN, B.S. in Political Science, 1981
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • For The Defense (Tennessee Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers) Defending a Vehicular Homicide Case in Tennessee, 2011
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court, 1994
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Member
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Tennessee Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Member
  • Tennessee Association for Justice, Member, 2001 - Present
  • Nashville Bar Association, Member
  • Tennessee, 1994
  • Life Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Past President of Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2012
  • National College of DUI Defense, Member, 2003 - Present
  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2010
  • Graduate of Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, 2011
  • Moot Court Award, Nashville School of Law, 1994
  • Robert Ritchie Service Award, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2014

Office location for Rob McKinney

214 Second Ave N
Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37201

Phone: 615-751-5703


5 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2024

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