Dedicated Nashville criminal defense lawyer
A Nashville native, Ben began his legal career with Raybin & Weissman after graduating from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2010.
In his practice at the firm, Ben has defended hundreds of clients against various misdemeanor and felony charges, and has also worked on several civil cases involving personal injury and civil rights matters. He has briefed and argued cases before the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Ben has appeared multiple times in both television and print news giving interviews on trending legal cases and issues.
From 2011 to 2012, Ben took a one-year hiatus from the firm to serve as a law clerk for Judges Jane B. Stranch and Gilbert S. Merritt, both of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. As a law clerk, Ben assisted the judges with dozens of cases in several areas of law—such as criminal (state and federal), civil rights, personal injury, employment, contracts and constitutional.
While at Vanderbilt, Ben was Articles Editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review, in which he published a Note on federal criminal law: “Objection: Your Honor is Being Unreasonable!” Law and Policy Opposing the Federal Sentencing Order Objection Requirement, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 235 (2010). The article has been cited by two federal courts and in more than a dozen briefs.
Prior to law school, Ben attended the University of Chicago—graduating with honors. He is a graduate of the TBI, TDOC, Metro Police, and Tennessee Highway Patrol Citizens Academies, in which participants learn firsthand about law enforcement procedures, structure, and investigation. He also completed the Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum Program. Outside of work, Ben enjoys coaching the USN mock trial team, cheering the Titans and Predators to victory, spending time with his cats Biscuit and Lacey, and traveling with his wife Sarah. He sits on the Board of Trustees for the Nashville Temple.
- J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2010
- B.A., The University of Chicago, 2007
- Judge Jane B. Stranch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Law Clerk, 2011-12
- Judge Gilbert S. Merritt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Law Clerk, 2012
Honors and Distinctions
- Justice Joe Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing, 2017
- Super Lawyers Mid-South Rising Star, 2016-21
- Avvo Clients’ Choice Award, 2013-21
- Vanderbilt Law School Scholastic Excellence Award, 2008
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee
Professional Bar Association and Memberships
- Nashville Bar Association
- Tennessee Bar Association
- Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- “Objection: Your Honor is Being Unreasonable!” Vanderbilt Law Review, 2010
- “Pardon Me: How Executive Clemency Works in Tennessee (and How It Doesn’t),” Tennessee Bar Journal, 2016
- “Case Comment: State of Tennessee v. Kevin E. Trent,” Belmont Criminal Law Journal, 2018
- Featured article from the Tennessee Supreme Court, February 2021
- Featured on News Channel 4: Uber responds to BBB report on ‘vomit fraud’ scams, July 25, 2018
- Featured on News Channel 5: Female inmate claims officer impregnated her, January 30, 2018
- Featured in The Tennessean: Officer at southern Tennessee jail raped, impregnated female inmate, lawsuit states, January 25, 2018
- Featured in The Tennessean: U.N. Officials call Cheatham County Taser incident ‘torture,’ December 19, 2017
- Featured on Fox 17 News: Judge lowers bond for man accused of stabbing two women in Nashville tanning salon, November 29, 2017
- Featured in The Washington Post: Deputies tortured a restrained teenager by using a stun gun on him, lawyers say, August 2, 2017
- Featured on News Channel 5: Restrained man repeatedly tased, according to lawsuit, July 26, 2017
- Featured in The Tennessean: Man Accused of Killing TSU Student in Hadley Park Found Not Guilty, July 12, 2017
- Featured in The Tennessean: Tennessee Man’s Confrontation with Georgia Fugitives Sparks Talk About Gun Ownership, June 17, 2017
- Featured on WSMV Channel 4 News: Lawyer Talks About Catfish Charges in Tennessee, June 2, 2017
- Featured in the Nashville Scene: The Tennessee Supreme Court Keeps Reversing Itself, and Criminal Defense Attorneys Are Worried, April 13, 2017
- Wrongful arrest for domestic violence prompts calls for change, December 28, 2016
- Featured in the Tennessee Bar Association Journal: Pardon Me-How Executive Clemency Works in Tennessee (and How It Doesn’t), August 1, 2016
- Featured in the Tennessean: Big Changes to Davidson Jail Work Credit Policy Raise Concerns, July 26, 2016
- Featured on WSMV Channel 4 News: Debate Swirls Around Tennessee’s Forfeiture Law, Dec 15, 2015
- Featured on WSMV Channel 4 News: Gay Marriage Supreme Court Case, Nov 04, 2015
- Featured in The Tennessean, September 29, 2015
- Featured in TBA Today, June 20th 2014
- Featured in The Tennessean: Walmart Case, May 25th 2013
- Featured in The Tennessean, March 23rd 2013
- Featured in The Tennessean: Villegas Case, March 4th 2013
Benjamin K. Raybin is an award-winning criminal defense attorney. By providing services to Nashville and the surrounding Tennessee areas, Ben Raybin has provided legal support to people with a variety of case types including criminal defense, DUI, assault, domestic violence, prostitution, theft, violent crimes, expungement, and more! Call Raybin & Weissman at (615) 256-6666 today for a free, no-risk consultation or check out Ben’s reviews to see why so many trust him as their criminal defense representation.