Tommy Santel is a managing attorney for Parkerson Santel, PLLC. He has an extensive background in criminal law. Tommy previously served as an Assistant District Attorney General for the Sixteenth Judicial District, Rutherford County and Cannon County, Tennessee. As an Assistant District Attorney, he was active in courtroom trial practice, where he was involved in the prosecution of various criminal cases ranging from misdemeanors to major drug and felony offenses. Following serving as a state prosecutor, Tommy continues to focus on criminal defense in his practice. He practices in state and federal courts throughout Tennessee and in the trial and appellate courts.
In addition to criminal defense, Tommy practices in the area of civil litigation. He focuses on personal injury, insurance defense and complex civil matters. He has successfully defended governmental entities and employees in matters involving unlawful termination, the governmental tort liability act, civil rights claims and property disputes.
Tommy is an adjunct professor in the Department of Criminal Justice Administration at Middle Tennessee State University. He has had the privilege of speaking to law enforcement agencies, university students and community organizations on topics of search and seizure, search warrants, traffic stops and other criminal law related issues. He serves as the chairman of the Tennessee Bar Association Criminal Justice Section.
Since 2014, Tommy has been selected as a Rising Star by Mid-South Super Lawyers, a privilege that no more than 2.5% of all attorneys in Tennessee may receive. He is a member of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Tennessee Bar Association, and the Rutherford County and Cannon County Bar Association. He is a Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyer's Division Fellow. Tommy has served as a mentor for young and new attorneys through the Tennessee Bar Association. He is a past president of the Rutherford County and Cannon County Bar Association. He has had the privilege of speaking at legal education seminars on issues related to the ethical responsibilities and obligations of Tennessee attorneys, managing a law practice and defending "your" case.
Tommy received his undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University where he studied Criminal Justice Administration. He received his law degree from Nashville School of Law in 2004.