Rob McKinney

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Nashville, TN

May + McKinney, PLLC
214 Second Ave N, Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37201
Phone: 615-256-7337
Fax: 615-254-4228
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (50%), Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (40%), Administrative Law (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Rob McKinney is a founding partner with May & McKinney, PLLC, law firm in Nashville, Tennessee. Nationally ranked as among the top trial attorneys in the country, Mr. McKinney has more than 26 years of total legal experience, and he provides unmatched advocacy and support to clients across the state who stand accused of DUI/DWI or any other type of felony or misdemeanor offense.

Through his criminal defense practice, Mr. McKinney has achieved a long record of securing successful results for his clients both inside and outside 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 at 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 has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with 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, and he has received "Superb" client ratings on Avvo as well as the Top Contributor and Clients' Choice awards.

A 1981 graduate of Tennessee Tech University, Mr. McKinney obtained his Juris Doctor from the Nashville School of Law in 1994, where he won the Moot Court Award. He is also a 2011 graduate of the intensive 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, Tennessee and American Bar Associations, 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 Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

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

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


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021

About Rob McKinney

Admitted: 1994, Tennessee

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Publications Publication name title date 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
  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Tennessee Association for Justice, Member, 2001 - Present
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • 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

Educational Background

  • Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN, B.S. in Political Science, 1981


  • 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
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Office Location for Rob McKinney

214 Second Ave N
Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37201

Phone: 615-256-7337

Fax: 615-254-4228

Last Updated: 6/11/2021

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