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Bernie McEvoy

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Phone: (615) 255-9595
After Hours: (615) 804-8779

214 2nd Ave N #206
Nashville, Tennessee 37201

About Nashville Criminal Defense Lawyer Bernie McEvoy

Attorney Bernie McEvoy has more than 25 years of experience in criminal law including DUI’s, domestic violence, sex crimes, and criminal citations.

He began his career as an assistant district attorney here in Nashville. He worked as a prosecutor for 15 years, from 1990 through 2005.

For six years, Bernie McEvoy prosecuted driving under the influence and vehicular homicide cases exclusively. He is a former head of the DUI/vehicular homicide prosecution team. In that position, he handled thousands of DUI cases and related cases. He tried more than 100 DUI cases and 10 vehicular homicide cases in front of juries.

As a result of this experience, he is knowledgeable about breath-alcohol testing, blood-alcohol testing, the property administration of field sobriety tests, accident investigation, and other subjects related to DUI prosecution and defense. He knows how police officers investigate DUI cases, how prosecutors evaluate these cases, how they prepare for trial, and how they present their cases at trial.

For six years, Bernie McEvoy prosecuted some of the most serious cases handled by his office: child abuse cases, including serious physical abuse cases and sexual abuse cases. He also prosecuted child homicide cases, including shaken baby cases. He is knowledgeable about the complex medical issues involved in sexual abuse cases, physical abuse cases, and homicide cases. He knows how detectives investigate these cases, how prosecutors evaluate these cases, how they prepare for trial, and how they present their cases at trial.

Attorney Bernie McEvoy left the Office of the District Attorney in 2005. Since that time, he has devoted his practice to criminal defense, representing clients charged with serious criminal offenses throughout Middle Tennessee. He has represented clients charged with a wide variety of offenses, including but not limited to:

Vehicular Offenses
  • DUI
  • Vehicular assault
  • Vehicular homicide
Drug Offenses
  • Sale or distribution of controlled substances
  • Conspiracy to sell of distribute controlled substances
  • Money-laundering
Violent Crimes
  • Homicide
  • Robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • Child abuse
  • Child neglect
  • Assault
Domestic Violence
  • Domestic assault
  • Aggravated domestic assault
  • Violation of an order of protection
  • Harassment
  • Stalking
Sex Offenses
  • Rape
  • Rape of a child
  • Aggravated sexual battery
  • Sexual battery
  • Sexual battery by an authority figure
  • Statutory rape by an authority figure
  • Statutory rape
  • Sexual exploitation of a minor (possession of child pornography)
  • Aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor (distribution of child pornography)
  • Especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor (production of child pornography)
  • Violation of the sexual offender registry
  • Indecent exposure/public indecency
Other Offenses
  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Weapons possession

As an assistant district attorney, Attorney Bernie McEvoy lectured police recruits at the Metro Nashville Police Academy. He instructed them on how to testify in court. Now, Attorney Bernie McEvoy is a frequent lecturer on subjects such as defending clients charged with DUI, defending clients charged with child abuse, and defending clients charged with child sexual abuse.

Attorney Bernie McEvoy grew up in Schenectady, New York. He graduated from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts in 1990. Following his graduation from college, he worked as a newspaper reporter. There, he covered a number of criminal trials and decided that he would rather work in the criminal justice system, rather than merely write about it. He attended Vanderbilt Law School and graduated in 1990. He and his wife Blair have three children. In his limited spare time, attorney Bernie McEvoy coaches youth soccer, though only with young children, as older children know more about soccer than he does.


J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1990

B.A. in International Relations, Tufts University, 1990

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Client Reviews
“Bernie McEvoy was very focused on learning all the facts of the case I brought to him. He represented me with the highest of professionalism. He is a great listener who knows how to formulate a plan of action and seek the best possible solution.” Larry M.
“From the moment I met Mr. McEvoy, he welcomed me as a client and provided excellent representation. He has compassion for each person and works diligently to provided the best possible results.” Lawrence E.
“We hired Bernie for a criminal defense case. Overall we were pleased with the outcome. I would recommend Mr. McEvoy. He is very pleasant to work with and works “for” you, not the system. Thanks Bernie!” Taffney H.