Other lawyers may have had more heavily-publicized trials or more famous clients, but Dale Quillen has been practicing criminal defense law in Nashville since the summer of 1956.
The Tennessee Supreme Court awarded Quillen a law license on July 26, 1956 and five weeks later he left work at the State Department of Revenue where he had been employed busting up moonshine whiskey stills.
Quillen estimates he has had 500 jury trials and defended more than 100 murder cases, including two triple-murder trials.
To this day, Quillen is most proud of this association with the Third Division of the United States Marine Corps. He enlisted as a seventeen-year-old and in February of 1945, landed on the sands of Iwo Jima with thousands of other brave young men.