Robert Massey

Law Offices Of Robert D. Massey
211 W. Madison St.
Pulaski, TN 38478

Since 1983 Bob Massey has been trying cases mostly in the southern Middle Tennessee area in both state and federal courts. During five of those years (1987-1992) he served as the Public Defender for the 22nd Judicial District.

He is active in both professional and civic affairs giving service with honesty and integrity having served as an officer and board member of various civic and charitable organizations including the Exchange Club and the Middle Tennessee Council for the Boy Scouts where he serves on the Board of Directors and from which he has received the Silver Beaver Award.

He has been recognized by his peers from across the state based on his having devoted time and sacrificed his practice to advance the rights of those citizens accused of crime by being awarded the Robert W. Ritchie Award on two occasions (1992 and 1993).

He remains extremely active as a life member in both the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Tennessee Trial Lawyers. He has served on the Board of Directors for T.A.C.D.L. on three (3) occasions for a total of nine (9) years and is a past president of T.A.C.D.L., having served in that capacity in 1993-1994. He also served on the Board of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers from 2000 to 2005. His practice is equally divided between civil litigation and criminal defense in both state and federal courts.


  • Undergraduate Education
    • University of Tennessee at Knoxville- Bachelor of Science Degree of Business Administration, Major: Public Administration; Graduated Spring 1979.

  • Graduate Education
    • Memphis State University, Memphis Tennessee, Doctor of Jurisprudence 1982. Graduate School Activities- Student Bar Association, Governor 1981-1982, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, Intramural Athletics, Awarded Who's Who in American College Students.

Accreditations and Lectures

  • Attended over twenty hours of CLE pertaining to criminal practice in each of the past ten years
  • Certified by National Board of Trial Advocacy in Criminal Practice
    Certified as Specialist Under Tennessee's New Certification Law in Area of
  • Criminal Practice
    Certified as Lead Counsel in Death Penalty Cases Under Rule 13.1 Regarding
  • Qualification of Counsel in Death Penalty Cases
    Lectured at Death Penalty Training Seminars- Nashville 1992 (jury selection),
  • Nashville 1993 (indigent defense)
  • Testimony in Criminal Trials as Expert Witness- State VS Pat Bondurant; Maury Circuit Court 1994; State VS Steve Henley; Jackson Criminal Court 1995; State VS William Houston; Giles Circuit Court 2002
  • Lectured Seminars
    • A.) Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Fall 1995
    • B.) T.A.C.D.L. Seminar
      • a.) Annual Meeting 2003- Ethics and Professionalism
      • b.) Memphis 1996- Discovery
      • c.) Professionalism

    • C.) Public Defender's Conference 1999- Opening Statements and Closing Arguments

  • Instructor: 2004-2006, Tennessee Criminal Defense College, sponsored by T.A.C.D.L.

Legal Associations

    Life Member

    Secretary 1990

    Vice-President 1991-1992

    President-Elect 1992-1993

    President 1993-1994

    Board member1990-1994

    Ex Officio Member of Death Penalty Committee 1993-1994

    Recipient of Robert W Ritchie Award for 1992 & 1993

    Board Member 1998-2003
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy - Certified Specialist, Criminal Law
  • National Board of Trial Advocates
    2004 to present
  • Tennessee Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers
    Founding Member
    Member 1995 to Present
  • Tennessee Public Defenders Conference
    22nd Judicial District Public Defender 1987-1992
    President 1990
    Vice-President 1987-1989
    Executive Committee 1987-1989
    Served on all Standing Committees
  • Criminal Justice Funding Crisis Group
    Founding Membber
    One of Four Counsel Appearing before Tennessee Supreme Court Indigent Defense
  • Capital Case Resourse Center
    Board member from 1992 until 1995 when center ceased to exist
    Executive Committee Memberfrom 1993-1995
  • Giles County Bar Assosiations
    Member 1985-Present
    President 1985-1991
  • Appelate Court Study Commision for the State Of Tennessee
    Served Two Years
  • Tennesse Bench-Bar Relations
    Committee Member 1992-1993
  • Tennessee District 6 Supreme Court Investigative
    Member (current)
  • South Central Tennessee Correctional Advisory Board
    Board Member 1983-1993
  • Tennessee Justice Project
    Board Member 2007-2009

Civic Involvement

  • Giles County Democratic Party, Chair 1991-1993
  • Pulaski Exchange Club- President 1982-1988, Received National Merit Award, Elected Exchangite of Year 1988,
    Board Member 1988-1990
  • Giles County Chapter of American Red Cross, Board Member 1985-1987
  • Giles County Mental Health Department, Board Member 1989-1994
  • Boy Scouts of America Middle Tennessee Council- National Eagle Scout Association, Executive Board Member, District Executive Board Member 1985- present, 1989 Recipient of District Long Rifle Award, 1991 Recipient of Middle Tennessee Council Silver Beaver Award, Order of the Arrow, Chaired Sustaining
  • Membership Drive for Davy Crockett District (Giles, Lincoln, Marshall) 1987, 1988, 1989, 2004, Eagle Scout, Tennessee Representative to 13th World Jamboree
  • Member of First United Methodist Church