Patrick McNallyPatrick McNally


  • Criminal Law
    • Federal & State
    • Criminal Appeals
  • Parole Applications
  • Post-Conviction
  • Personal Injury Law



  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • Supreme Court of the State of Tennessee


  • Wake Forest University (B.A., 1977)
  • University of Tennessee (J.D., 1982)
  • Graduate National Criminal Defense College (1985)


  • Commonwealth of Kentucky, Department of Public Advocacy
  • Assistant Public Advocate, Kentucky, 1982-1983
  • Senior Assistant Public Advocate, Kentucky, 1983-1984
  • Director, Regional Public Advocate's Office, Hazard, Kentucky, 1984-1986
  • Metropolitan Public Defender’s Office for Nashville, Tennessee
  • Senior Assistant Public Defender, Nashville, Tennessee, 1986-1991
  • Hollins, Wagster & Yarbrough, P.C.,  1991-2009
  • Weatherly, McNally & Dixon, PLC, 2009-Present


  • Nashville Bar Association
    • Chairperson, Criminal Law & Criminal Justice Committee (2001)
  • Tennessee Bar Association
    • TBA Access to Justice Committee, 2010-Present
    • Criminal Justice Executive Committee, 1997-1999, 2008-Present
    • Chairperson, 2000-2001
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Americam Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Foundation
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • President, 1996
    • President-Elect, 1995
    • Treasurer, 1993-1994
    • Board of Directors, 1990, 1996, 2003, 2004
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2011-Present
  • Tennessee Board of Law Examiners, District Investigator 1993-2002


  • Reconcilation Ministries
    • Board of Directors, 1990-1994
    • President of Board, 1995


  • Recipient Nashville Bar Association, Assistance of Counsel Award, 1994



  • State v. Readus, 764 S.W.2d 770 (Tenn. Crim. App. 1988) (established "unnecessary delay" in taking an arrested person before magistrate as one factor in considering a voluntary confession)
  • State v. Watkins, 804 S.W.2d 884 (Tenn. Sup. Ct. 1991) (limited prosecutors use of enhanced sentencing statutes)
  • State v. Black, 815 S.W.2d 166 (Tenn. Sup. Ct. 1991) (constitutionality of Tennessee's death penalty statutes; defined "mass murder" aggravation circumstance)
  • Commonwealth v. Morris , 766 S.W.2d 58 (Ky. Sup. Ct. 1989) (required individual voir dire for death penalty cases; established that prosecutorial misconduct is reversible error)
  • State v. Mcleod, 937 S.W.2d 867 (Tenn. 1996) (restricted admissibility of child-victim's statements to examining pediatrician and established criteria governing hearsay exception for statements for medical diagnosis and treatment)
  • U.S.A. v. Errol Washington, 127 F.3d 510 (6th Cir. 1997) (challenged the constitutionality of the Federal statutory and sentencing guidelines for crack-cocaine)
  • Horace Dunlap v. U.S., 250 F.3d 1001 (6th Cir. 2001),Cert. Denied, 122 S.Ct. 649 (established the one-year limitation period applicable to a motion attacking sentence is a statute of limitations subject to equitable tolling)
  • State v. David Chubb, 2007 WL 258429 (Tenn. Crim. App. 2007), not reported in S.W. 3d (2007) (struck down jury instruction bolstering child-victim’s testimony and effectively informing the jury they need not consider any other proof)

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