Experienced Criminal Defense in Nashville
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The Defense You Need With Experience on Both Sides of the Law

David G. Ridings

President & Founder


David G. Ridings is a seasoned Nashville criminal defense attorney who is committed to fighting for the rights of individuals facing serious accusations and criminal charges. He founded Ridings Law Group, P.C. in 1998, where he now focuses his practice on criminal defense. He is a lifelong resident of Tennessee, the majority of which he has spent in the Nashville area.

He began his higher education at Middle Tennessee State University in 1983. After receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, Mr. Ridings began his career in law enforcement with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, working as an intern in Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication in 1987.

Following that, he began working for the Murfreesboro Police Department in Rutherford County, Tennessee, while continuing his education at Middle Tennessee State University in his quest for a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

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After two years with the Murfreesboro Police Department, Mr. Ridings was hired by lateral transfer to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department where he served proudly until 1998. During this time, he received his Master’s Degree from MTSU, and his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the Nashville School of Law, graduating in July of 1998. In October 1998, after receiving the bar exam results, Mr. Ridings opened Ridings Law Group, P.C., a small corporate law office in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee.

Over the years, the firm has practiced mostly in the areas of criminal defense, family law, business organization, employment law, contract law, credit remediation, identity theft recovery, and police advocacy. More recently, however, Mr. Ridings has narrowed his focus and practices specifically in the criminal defense field.

Experienced on Both Sides of the Law

Mr. Ridings is a former police officer with over 10 years of experience on the streets of middle Tennessee protecting and serving the community and enforcing the law. After serving with the Metro Nashville Police Department as both a uniformed officer and an undercover officer, he worked with the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor.

Now, he uses that unique experience and the inside information he obtained in the process to protect and serve the rights of his clients and work to ensure that they get the best criminal legal defense possible. Seeing the process from both sides of the criminal justice system allows Mr. Ridings to draw on knowledge he gained working the process from the streets, the forensics, and the prosecution of such cases in order to aggressively defend his clients.

Law Enforcement Experience

Mr. Ridings’ career spans over a decade of service and experience gained in the criminal justice system as a police officer in Middle Tennessee. Starting as an intern with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on the Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication, Mr. Ridings traveled across the state investigating the marijuana production trade. Then, he enlisted with the Murfreesboro Police Department as a patrol officer in the late 1980s.

He later served with the Metro Nashville Police Department for almost a decade. During his master’s studies, Mr. Ridings interned at the Tennessee Board of Parole. There, he was able to widen his knowledge base concerning the criminal justice system. With this experience, Mr. Ridings has developed the way he investigates his cases, which has ultimately proven invaluable to his client’s defense. The invaluable relationships that have been built along the way still prove useful in his practice, even today.Attorney Ridings

District Attorney’s Office Experience

After earning his law degree and leaving the police department, Mr. Ridings worked within the Nashville District Attorney’s office. This internship proved useful at rounding out the base of knowledge he had already gained in the law enforcement field and, ultimately, led him to open his own practice. In 1998, Mr. Ridings established his private practice as a criminal defense attorney.

Criminal Defense Experience

No matter the crime you’ve been charged with—whether a felony, misdemeanor, or juvenile crime—Mr. Ridings can help. He has been defending cases with solid defense strategies and impeccable ethics since 1998. If you or someone close to you has been charged with a criminal offense, Ridings Law Group, P.C. can advise and represent you and fight to ensure your full rights are protected.

Mr. Ridings has represented a good number of police officers in various family, employment, and business law matters, as well as certain members of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the Southern States Police Benevolent Association (SSPBA), and other law enforcement organizations. Furthermore,

Additional Experience

As a Nashville DUI Attorney Mr. Ridings is a member of the National College of DUI Defense. Mr. Ridings also currently serves as General Counsel for Tennessee Highway Patrol Retired Officers Association (THPROA). At RLG, we believe it is important to maintain good working relationships with former and current friends in the law enforcement field.

In addition to his criminal defense practice, Mr. Ridings has extensive experience in identity theft recovery and Tennessee credit law and is an entrepreneur who has helped many start-up companies achieve success.

Mr. Ridings prioritizes his clients, offering accessibility, professionalism, and client-focused service at every turn. He returns his clients’ calls promptly, answers their questions, and addresses any concerns they may have. Mr. Ridings is available by text message, email, and even via Facebook.

EducationMNPD graduation

  • Middle Tennessee State University
    • B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice Administration
    • Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Nashville School of Law
    • Doctorate of Jurisprudence

Courts of Practice, Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • Tennessee State Courts
  • United States District Court for the Sixth Circuit (Middle Division)
  • Member of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL)
  • Member of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and attorney for various members
  • Attorney and representative for members of the Southern States Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (SSPBA)

Awards & Affiliations

  • Avvo 10.0 Superb Rating
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award 2018, DUI & DWI

Practice Areas

If you need to speak to a criminal defense attorney in Nashville about your situation, contact Ridings Law Group, P.C. at (615) 412-0222 as soon as possible.

With You Every Step of the Way

Read Stories from Our Former Clients
  • “A miracle worker.”


  • “Mr. Ridings is a stand up guy and an excellent attorney.”


  • “He helped me believe that bad things and mistakes happen and that there is a way to move on from them, both legally and emotionally. ”

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  • “David was able to get 3 of 4 charges dropped completely”

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  • “David is the most kind wonderful attorney!”

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  • “Professional & Knowledgeable”

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  • “He helped alleviate our fears through the process and we thrilled with he outcome.”

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  • “The outcome was MUCH better than I anticipated. ”

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  • “David is an outstanding attorney and helped me successfully navigate through the most chaotic event ever in my life. What a blessing to have hired David.”


  • “We couldn't have asked for a better outcome in our case and are so thankful for his help.”


  • “David knows the system and will get you the best deal possible.”


  • “ I could not have been anymore happier and relieved.”

    Former Client

  • “David was confident, re-assuring and extremely well-respected in the court room.”

    Former Client

Case Results

Successes in Complex Criminal Matters

Our mission is to protect the rights of clients. Remember, you are innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and we work hard to build a solid defense on your behalf. Our firm has successfully defended numerous individuals facing serious accusations. With more than 2 decades of experience and over 10 years spent in law enforcement, Attorney Ridings has the experience, skill, and in-depth knowledge of the criminal justice system needed to aggressively fight for you.
  • Acquitted of 1st Degree and 2nd Degree Murder First Degree Murder
  • Not Guilty. Acquitted at Trial. Domestic Assault
  • Case Dismissed DUI
  • Case Dismissed Felony Possession of Marijuana
  • Reduced to Reckless Endangerment DUI
  • Case Dismissed DUI
  • Not Guilty DUI Second Offense
  • Case Dismissed and Expunged DUI
  • Dismissed at Preliminary Hearing Identity Theft, Forgery
  • No Conviction Unlawful Photography

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