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Tim Francavilla

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Tim Francavilla


I was born in Buffalo, New York, and moved to Memphis after graduating from Colgate University, Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology in 1994. Thereafter, I obtained my Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 1997.

Since obtaining my law degree, I have worked continuously as a litigation attorney for more than 25 years handling both criminal and civil matters, with a heavy emphasis on criminal defense, personal injury cases, and family law matters. During this time, I have been recognized for my legal knowledge and ability, which included receiving several awards as a top-rated litigator as well as giving numerous lectures and seminars to legal organizations.

The Francavilla Law Firm is a litigation firm dedicated to ensuring that our clients receive the highest level of legal representation in all areas of law. With over 25 years of legal experience, we have built our reputation based upon in-depth knowledge of the law, a willingness to go the extra mile for our clients, and achieving favorable results for our clients. Through our one on one attorney-client approach to all cases, the Francavilla Law Firm is better able to understand your individual legal needs. We take the time to truly listen to our clients, which allows us to structure our representation to meet the clients’ specific needs. Not only does this approach allow us to better meet the clients’ desires but also alleviates the stress and confusion that naturally occurs when dealing with legal issues. Give us a chance to explain how we can better represent you by contacting the Francavilla Law Firm today for your free consultation.


  • Colgate University, Bachelor of Science Degree (Cum Laude) in Psychology 1994
    • Studied abroad in Venice, Italy 1992
  • University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Juris Doctor 1997
    • Cali Excellence for the Future Award in recognition of highest overall grade in law school business class 1997
  • Certified in DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing as recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2013
  • Brannon Law Firm & Francavilla Law Firm, Memphis, TN - Attorney (1997 - present)
    • Practice in United States District Court Western District of Tennessee; All Criminal and Civil Courts of Shelby County, Tennessee; All Tipton County, Lauderdale County, Dyer County, Fayette County, Hardeman County and Madison County, TN Courts; and the Municipal Courts of Bartlett, Collierville and Millington, TN
    • Successfully briefed and/or argued various legal issues before the Tennessee Criminal Court of Appeals multiple times
    • Successfully briefed legal issue to the Tennessee Supreme Court
  • Bartlett Municipal Judge 2016 - present


  • Criminal Law Section: Marijuana and DUI Laws, Memphis Bar Assoc.
  • Necessary Elements For DUI Defense in General Sessions Courts, TACDL
  • Defending a DUI in General Sessions Courts, TACDL
  • Building a DUI Defense in General Sessions Court, TACDL
  • Deconstructing the Prosecutor’s DUI Case, Tennessee Bar Association
  • Building a DUI Defense Through Motions to Suppress, TACDL
  • DUI Defense - Points of Attack, Memphis Bar Assoc.
  • DUI Suppression, from Traffic Stop to BAC Test, TADCL
  • DUI - From Blood to Bond, General Sessions Judicial Seminar
  • DUI Legislative Update - Areas of Attack from Bonds to Interlock, National Bar Assoc.
  • DUI Legislative Update, TACDL
  • DUI Legislative Update - Knowledge Equals Victory, National Bar Assoc.
  • Defenses for Recent Developments in Tennessee DUI Laws, National Bar Assoc.
  • DUI Case Law and Legislative Update - Interlock, Restricted Driver’s License, Mandatory Blood Draws & More,” Memphis Bar Association
  • Recent Legislative Developments & The Effect on DUI Cases, TACDL
  • DUI Legislative Update - Interlock Mandate, National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter
  • DUI Legislative & Case Law Update - Only the Essentials, TACDL
  • DUI Defense - Crucial Knowledge All Attorney Need, Tennessee Bar Association
  • Ultimate Guide to Restricted Driver’s License Order - Tennessee Bar Association

Notable Work

    Community Involvement

    • American Association of Attorney Advocates recognition as a Top Ranking Attorney 2021
    • Admitted to Tennessee Bar 1997
    • Martindale-Hubbell distinguished award for Very High Peer Review Rating In Legal Ability and Ethical Standards
    • Martindale-Hubbell recognition for Top Rated Lawyer in Litigation for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
    • The National Trial Lawyers recognition as Top 100 Trial Lawyers
    • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys award for being “10 Best” Attorney in TN for Client Satisfaction in area of Criminal Law
    • The Global Directory of Who’s Who honor as Top Lawyer in recognition of hard work, dedication and contribution to the legal profession
    • Selected to lecture at numerous seminars in the area of criminal law, criminal procedure and DUI defense for the Tennessee Bar Association, Memphis Bar Association, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Bar Association - Ben F. Jones Chapter and the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office
    • Guest lecturer for the Criminal Law and Procedures Section at ITT Technical Institute
    • Assisted in training the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s (TBI) toxicologists to testify in criminal court proceedings
    • Former member of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Elected Bartlett Municipal Judge 2016 to present

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