Mark C. Scruggs
I am a life-long resident of Nashville, Tennessee, with the exception of my years at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. I live my life like I have operated my law practice, thriving on competition. In high school, I was co-captain of the 1974 Father Ryan State Championship Football team and '75 wrestling team, placing twice in the state tournament. For the past 20 years, I have been an avid runner and have completed 11 marathons in 5 different cities. All though my childhood and as an adult, I have tried to excel and win at any sport or endeavor. The practice of law is no different.
I graduated with honors from UTK in 1979 and from the University of Tennessee Law School in 1982. For the first six years of my career, I represented police departments in Knoxville and Nashville in civil rights cases and felony forfeitures. I left government practice in 1988 and went to work with noted criminal defense attorneys Lionel Barrett and Rich McGee. There, I learned from the masters of criminal trial practice. In 1991, I began my own separate private practice and in 1997, joined forces with Patrick Johnson and J.P. Barfield to form Johnson, Scruggs & Barfield. Our law firm has over 60 years of combined trial experience and we have won many trial victories over the past 10 years. I have been a member of both the National and Tennessee Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers for over 12 years.
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