Patrick McNally

Patrick McNally

Founding Partner
Nashville, Tennessee

Patrick McNally was born in Germany, raised in New England and the Midwest, and educated in the South. He and his wife made Nashville their home moving here in 1986. Carla McNally is a native of North Carolina and Knoxville, Tennessee. Unlike their father, their son and daughter were born in Nashville and raised in this community. However, their son may be developing his father's tendency to wander by his decision to attend college in the Western Rocky Mountains.

The family members are avid cyclists often spending the weekends road and mountain biking. They regularly participate in the annual American Diabetes Tour de Cure, they Multiple Sclerosis 150, and the Harpeth Bike tour. Carla is an organizer for the St. Thomas Hospital cycling team in the Tour de Cure. Patrick is a member of the Harpeth Bike Club. The family enjoys most outdoor activities offered in our beautiful state of hiking, canoeing, and fishing. Patrick and his daughter enjoy outings shooting sporting clays and sessions at the gun range. The family is loyal and optimistic fans of the Tennessee Titans.

When Patrick and Carla moved to Nashville nearly thirty years ago, the down town consisted of only a trio of buildings over twenty stories tall, only one restaurant open during the day on Saturday, and during the weekends and evenings the downtown was nearly deserted. Time and awareness of Nashville's salient potential changed the city. The vibrant, energetic, and optimistic vibe of the community was the compelling lure for Patrick to enter into private practice and found his law practice in the community.

Patrick McNally is a founding partner of the Nashville law firm of Patrick T. McNally, Attorney at Law, where his practice is devoted to criminal law and immigration law ancillary to criminal cases. Patrick is a high-performing, energetic attorney focused on the success of his clients. He has established abilities as result driven lawyer aimed at ensuring the client's successful experience through the criminal justice system. Patrick has demonstrated a history of providing counsel and guidance, innovation in developing winning defense strategies, and proven strength in implementing those strategies to defend his clients. He is a lecturer on criminal law and procedure, D.U.D. defense, evidence law, and immigration issues associated with criminal cases. Patrick is a leader in the legal community and a respected advocate among his peers in criminal law.

Patrick and Carla are part of Nashville leaders transforming the community from a southern town known mostly for its music into the must-see destination of today. They have served as volunteers and board members for community non-for-profits and city boards. They have both been active in local politics as campaign volunteers and campaign managers.

The touchstone to Patrick's personal life and professional practice is service to family and others. I am passionate about the law and life. I am honored that most of my clients come to me through the trust and referral from other lawyers.

Areas of Practice

  • 40% Criminal Defense: State & Federal
  • 35% Appellate Law: State & Federal
  • 10% Post Conviction Litigation
  • 2% Parole, Commutation & Parole Applications
  • 6% Immigration Law Collateral to Criminal Law
  • 5% Campus Crimes/College Students
  • 2% Restoration of Constitutional Rights Second Amendment

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1982
  • Kentucky, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1993


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D. - 1982
  • Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    • B.A. - 1977
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: History

Published Works

  • Plea wraps up Captain D's Case, The Tennessean , 2005
  • Doctor Accused of Procuring One of Deadliest Poisons, 1996, The Tennessean , 1996
  • Brother of Sheriff Pleads not Guilty, The Tennessean, 2005
  • Mother faces trial in child’s drug death, The Tennessean, 2011


  • When is a Criminal Defense Lawyer An Immigration Lawyer? When the U.S. Supreme Court Released: Padilla v. Commonwealth of Kentucky., Federal Bar Association Immigration Section & Mid-South Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Keeping Your White Collar Clear-Protecting Client Confidential in the Digital Era, Tennessee Bar Association
  • The Impact of the Padilla Decisions for Tennessee General Sessions Courts, Tennessee Administration of the Courts
  • Implementing the Amendment to Tenn. R. Crim P., Rule 11: The Padilla Fallout., Tennessee Bar Association
  • Boating Under the Influence, Tennessee Bar University
  • Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense, Tennessee Bar University
  • Effective Opening Statements, The Attorney's Master Key to Courtroom Victory, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • The Practice of Criminal Law-Defense Perspective, Tennessee Bar Association
  • Effective DUI Representation in Tennessee, National Business Institute
  • Bridging the Gap-Mitigation in a Death Penalty Case, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Honors and Awards

  • Nashville Bar Association, Assistance of Counsel Award
  • Listed in Best Lawyers, DUI/DWI Defense, 2009 - 2014
  • Super Lawyers, Selection as Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2010 - 2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, 1991 - 2014
  • U.S. News First-Tier Ranking Best Law Firms in White Collar & Non-White Collar Criminal Defense, 2010 - 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Nashville Bar Association, Member NBA Criminal Law & Criminal Justice Committee, 1991 - Present
  • Nashville Bar Association, Chairperson NBA Criminal Law & Criminal Justice Committee
  • Nashville Bar Association, Member NBA Federal Courts Committee, 2010 - Present
  • Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Tennessee Bar Association, TBA Criminal Justice Executive Committee, 1997 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Chairperson TBA Criminal Justice Executive Committee
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President-elect
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Treasurer, 1993 - 1994
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board of Directors
  • T.B.A. Access to Justice Committee, 2011 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2011 - Present
  • Tennessee Board of Law Examiners, 1993 - 2002

Past Employment Positions

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

Pro Bono Activities

  • Reconciliation Ministries-Board Member & President Board, 1990 - 1996
  • Mayor' Domestic Violence Task Force, 2012 - 2013
  • Metropolitan Government Transportation and Licensing Commission, 2013 - Present
  • Diabetes Self Management Education Annual Program Review


  • Kappa Sigma