Matt Stephens

Nashville Criminal Lawyer

Matt Stephens is a native of Nashville and a graduate of the University of Tennessee where he studied political science. After completing his undergraduate work, he entered law school at Samford University where he was an active member of the school’s nationally recognized mock trial program.

Matt is a trial attorney with a focus in the areas of Title IX defense, criminal defense, asset forfeiture, and DUI.  He has worked exclusively in litigation providing representation in both civil and criminal courts. His career in criminal law began at the District Attorney’s Office in Nashville. Shortly after joining the office he was promoted to the Vehicular Crimes Unit where he handled DUIs, vehicular assaults, and vehicular homicides.  He later served as counsel to and prosecutor for a specialized drug unit which covered five middle Tennessee counties. In that capacity he prosecuted all levels of felony drug offenses.  Eventually Matt moved on to serve as one of two statewide special prosecutors at the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference, where he had the opportunity to litigate in each of the three grand divisions of Tennessee.   Matt has experience in a wide range of criminal matters including violent crimes, sex crimes, property crimes, drug crimes and white collar crimes.

While working as a prosecutor, Matt had the opportunity to assist with the training of law enforcement and other Tennessee prosecutors.  His time in criminal prosecution provided him with valuable courtroom experience which has been a significant asset to him as a Nashville Criminal Lawyer.  He enjoys trying cases before juries and takes pleasure in protecting the interests of individuals.

In addition to Matt’s criminal practice, he has years of experience acting as an advisor to students charged with violating their university’s sexual misconduct policy.  He understands the significant impact that these accusations can have on one’s future and is a strong advocate for accused students.

The heart of Matt’s practice is devoted to protecting the rights of the accused, but he has also worked in the areas of personal injury, trucking accidents, products liability, medical malpractice, defective medical devices and insurance bad faith claims.


University of Tennessee, B.A., 2000

Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 2003





United States Supreme Court

United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee


Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

National College for DUI Defense

Louisiana State Bar Association

Alabama State Bar Association