Kenneth Quillen is a criminal lawyer who has won jury trials in state and federal court.

Quillen has tried many cases from simple assault to first degree murder. Quillen graduated Vanderbilt University and attended the Nashville School of Law.  From 1993 to 2014, he worked in a law office with Mike Flanagan and Dale Quillen.

Criminal lawyer Quillen in game face

Kenneth Quillen portrait by Dee Davis

Before that he was a gaffer (lighting guy) on music videos and commercials and a few TV movies.

He worked on “Living Proof” a TV movie about Hank Williams, Jr. with John Boy Walton playing Hank.  The work was not exactly glamorous.  There was a lot of slogging four-aught welding cable through the mud and being underneath trucks busting knuckles on alternators.  Exhausted after that experience, he, he turned down the Coen Brothers first movie, “Blood Simple.”  It was time for a change.

Criminal defense attorney Kenneth Quillen gazes out the window at Nashville's old courthouse.

Photo Credit: Dee Davis

Sometimes being a lawyer is not so different.  There is a lot of poking through documents, turning over rocks, anything to find any weakness in the Government’s case.

Quillen Law Office Window

Cash, Check or Payment Plan:

Good lawyers are expensive.  Quillen is no exception. He take cash, checks and Paypal.  Sometimes, he is asked to take payments – to set up a payment plan.  He considers:

  1. The proposed down payment.  Signing on as the “attorney of record” is a serious commitment and judges are reluctant to let lawyers off cases even if they are not getting paid. That commitment must be mutual.
  2. Client’s employment history
  3. Client other financial obligations.
  4. Availability of a co-signor.  (Usually, the client must sign a promissory note just like he would if buying a car.  Clients may need a co-signer, someone with the good job or assets to justify extending credit. It is good practice to never co-sign a note unless you are ready and willing to make good on the note.)