Partner – David H. Veile

David Veile

Criminal defense, Personal injury, Business litigation, and Family law.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Veile was a police officer and sergeant with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department for seven years.  Mr. Veile is certified as a Police Instructor by the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission and was Law Instructor at the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Training Academy, where he taught Criminal Statutory Law, Criminal Procedure, and Constitutional Law.

Mr. Veile serves as a leader in several professional organizations.  In April of 2015, he was reelected as a Middle Tennessee Governor for the Tennessee Bar Association and currently serves on the TBA Board of Governors.  He also serves as the Chair of the statewide Tennessee Bar Association Criminal Justice Section.  Most recently, he was elected to serve a three year term as a Governor on the Board of Governors of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

After graduating third in his law school class and being admitted to the bar, Mr. Veile began a general practice with an emphasis on litigation.  Due to his experience in the criminal court system, Mr. Veile’s practice has evolved and now focuses primarily on criminal defense.  He has assisted clients facing charges ranging from traffic citations to first degree murder.  Due to his background and training in the administration and interpretation of  standardized field sobriety tasks in accordance with the standards developed by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, Mr. Veile has valuable insight on how to approach the defense of a DUI charge.  Mr. Veile has also served as a special prosecutor and special judge.

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Mr. Veile has also been named as a 2018 Super Lawyers Mid-South. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

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NCDD National College for DUI Defense: David H Veile
The National College for DUI Defense®, Inc. (NCDD) is a professional, non-profit corporation dedicated to the improvement of the criminal defense bar, and to the dissemination of information to the public about DUI Defense Law as a specialty area of law practice.

In the News:

The Maury County Ethics Committee on Tuesday dismissed a complaint filed against Commissioner Donna Cook that alleged she failed to comply with an open records request.

WCBA members rate three for 21st District Circuit Court Judge:
The Williamson County Bar Association recently released a poll of its members rating the three nominees State Gov. Bill Haslam is considering for appointment to the 21st Judicial District Circuit Court…Veile, a Franklin attorney was rated “superior” by the majority of respondents in all categories. He was given “superior” ratings by 56.25 percent of respondents for his ethics and by 57.81 percent for his respect for other attorneys.

But the alleged victim isn’t a typical witness — and has special rights — said David Veile, a Franklin criminal defense attorney and continuing legal education instructor.

Veile said victims are exempt from witness sequestration by the state constitution, which lays out victims’ rights.

“If I were defense counsel, I certainly would want to know if the victim was there to listen,” Veile said.


“Intoxication is generally not a defense to prosecution of a crime, particularly when the defendant was ‘voluntarily’ intoxicated,” said David Veile, a Franklin criminal defense attorney and continuing legal education instructor.

Veile said intoxication wouldn’t help Vandenburg clear himself of recklessness, which is one of several factors in prosecuting aggravated rape.

“(Defendants) cannot later claim that they were ‘so drunk’ that they were unaware of a substantial risk,” he said.

Judges Scramble To Fix Errors That Could Clear Convicts
by Nick Beres – News Channel 5
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. – “There is concern in Williamson County over a snafu involving criminal warrants that could lead to the release of convicts.
There are clear guidelines for those who violate their probation. In those cases, general sessions judges are required to sign the criminal warrants for further punishment which could include a return to jail.
However, attorney David Veile said that didn’t happen with one of his clients and he filed a motion to have the probation violation dismissed.
“I determined that it had become practice that probation violation warrants were being signed by someone other than the judge,” said Veile. “
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Admitted to:

Tennessee 2004

U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee  2007

United States Supreme Court, 2013


· National College for DUI Defense, Member 2015

· Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – member, 2008 through present

o Board of Governors

§ Elected to serve as Middle Tennessee Governor, August 2015 – August 2018

· Tennessee Bar Association – member, 2005 through present

o Board of Governors

§ Elected to serve as Middle Tennessee Governor, Position 2, June 2014 – June 2015

§ Board member, June 2011 through June 2013 and June 2014 through 2016

§ Responsible for governing the activities of, administering the business of, and acting for the Tennessee Bar Association in all matters, subject to the direction of the membership and the provisions of the Charter and Bylaws

o Criminal Justice Section

§ Chair, June 2014 through June 2015

§ Executive Committee, 2013 through present

§ Responsible for supervising and directing the affairs and policies of the section, with the purpose of facilitating better working relationships and communications between judges, prosecuting attorneys, private counsel, and public defenders, and to enhance and increase the professional skill of section members

o Mentoring Committee

§ Co-Chair, June 2014 through June 2015

§ Coordinator, Solo In a Box Program, June 2013 through June 2014

o Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Program – Graduate, Class of 2012

o Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division

§ President, June 2012 through June 2013

§ President-Elect, June 2011 through June 2012

§ Vice President, June 2010 through June 2011

§ District 8 Representative, June 2006 through June 2010

§ Executive Committee, June 2010 through June 2014

§ Chair, Long Range Planning Committee, June 2010 through June 2011

§ Chair, Wills for Heroes Committee, June 2009 through June 2011:

o Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Fellows

§ Inducted as Fellow, June 2014

§ Liaison between the TBA YLD Fellows and the TBA Young Lawyers Division, June 2014 through present

· Williamson County Bar Association- member, 2012 through present

· American Bar Foundation- Inducted as Fellow, March 2013

· American Bar Association- member, February 2005 through February 2008; May 2010 through present

o Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section

§ Graduate, 2013 national ABA TIPS Leadership Academy

§ Vice Chair, Government Law Committee, August 2013 through present

§ Vice Chair, Law in Public Service Committee, August 2013 through July 2014

§ Vice Chair, Trial Techniques Committee, August 2013 through present

§ Vice Chair, Business Law Committee, August 2013 through present

· John Marshall American Inn of Court

o Barrister, August 2012 through present


Juris Doctor, Nashville School of Law  2004

Bachelor of Arts, Middle Tennessee State University  1998


  • 2015 – Nationally Ranked Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award for Excellence in the Field of Criminal Law, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Inducted into the Honorable Society of Cooper’s Inn at the Nashville School of Law
  • Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division President’s Distinguished Service Award, 2010
  • Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division President’s Special Recognition Award, 2011

Law Seminar Presentations By Mr. Veile:

2015 Legislative Update

Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

June 2015


Start Your Solo Gig: How to Step Out on Your Own

Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women, Tennessee Bar Association

June 2015


Best Practices from a Defense Attorney’s Perspective

Williamson County General Sessions Primer, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

November 2014


When a Domestic Case Turns Criminal

Domestic Law Forum, Tennessee Bar Association

April 2014


Solo in a Box Program

2014 General Practice Summit, Tennessee Bar Association

August 2014


Solo in a Box Program Overview

2014 BPR Ethics Workshop, Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility

November 2014



2013 General Practice Summit, Tennessee Bar Association

August 2013


The Law and Summary of Drugs and Schedules

Docket Call: Practicing Criminal Law In Tennessee, Tennessee Bar Association

April 2013


Criminal Law Legislative Update

Continuing Legal Education, Rutherford and Cannon County Bar Association

Reported Decisions:

BMC Enterprises, Inc. v. City of Mt. Juliet, 273 S.W.3d 619 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2008)

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Williamson County criminal defense in Franklin Tn and surrounding areas.

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