William Massey

Massey McCluskey McClusky & Fuchs
3074 East Rd
Memphis, TN 38128
(901) 384-4004
www.masseymcclusky.com


William D. Massey has been practicing law for over thirty-one years, over twenty-eight of those years in the Memphis area. His area of expertise is in trial work for cases involving drug or murder charges. He has tried cases in Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Texas, in addition to throughout the state of Tennessee. He is a Certified Criminal Defense Specialist in Western Tennessee and he devotes 100% of his practice to litigation work. He also has been chosen on numerous occasions to speak at seminars in order to share his immense experience, particularly pertaining to advocacy related topics.

Areas of Practice

State and Federal Criminal Defense
Appellate Practice
Death Penalty Cases
Homicides
Drug Cases
Sex Offenses
Assaults
Robbery
Theft
Gun Cases
RICO
Pornography
Arson
Extortion

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1996

Bar Admissions

Tennessee
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1982
U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee, 1989
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 1989
U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi, 1992
U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee, 1998
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1991
U.S. Supreme Court, 1994

Education

Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Memphis, Tennessee
J.D. - 1981
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
B.A. - 1978

Published Works

"Offer the Olive Branch, But Grip the Sword", October and December 2006, February 2007
"The Heart of a Fighter", April, 2007
"We Will Remember", June, 2007
"A Collage from a Believer", August, 2007

Classes/Seminars

"Suppression of Evidence After Berrios", National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter, 2007
"The Gentle Wind of Words, Moving Jurors from Abstract to Experiential", National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Key West, FL, 2007
"Getting It On The Table", Making the Case for Life Seminar X, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Southern Center for Human Rights, Las Vegas, NV, 2007
"Qualifying and Defending Our Expert Witness", Bench Bar Seminar, Memphis Bar Association, San Destin, FL, 2007
"The Team Approach to Death Penalty Defense", Loosening the Death Belt, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Birmingham, AL, 2007
"Opening Statement as Story Telling", Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2006
"Themes Theory and Theater from Daringly Dangerous Minds", Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2006
"Embracing Confessions: To Hug or To Squeeze", Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2005
"Closing Argument: Taking the State's Case to the Dump in High Profile Cases", Betting on Justice V, Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Little Rock, AR, 2004
"Friends Don't Let Friends Waive Opening", Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004
"A Diner Menu Approach to Preparing for a Death Penalty Trial: How To Serve Desert with the Main Course and Cook a Little Hash", National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, San Antonio, TX, 2004
"Cross My Heart, Hope to Die: The Pain of False Confessions", National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, New York City, NY, 2003
"Wiggins & ABA Guidelines", Making the Cases for Life Seminar VI, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Southern Center for Human Rights, Memphis, TN, 2003
Faculty and Senior Instructor, Tennessee Criminal Defense College, 1998 - Present

Honors and Awards

Best Lawyers in America, 2008 - 2009
Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2008
Recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, American Association for Justice
Robert W. Ritchie Award for Outstanding Service to the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund's 22nd Annual Capital Punishment Training Conference, 2003
Lionel Barrett, Jr., Award for Outstanding Work of Death Penalty Arena, 2001
Special Congressional Recognition, United States House of Representatives for Invaluable and Outstanding Service to Community, 2001
Who's Who, Executives and Businesses, Honored Professionals, 1999 - 2000

Professional Associations and Memberships

Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President, 2005 - 2006
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Executive Committee, 2001 - 2007
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board of Directors, 2002 - 2008
Tennessee Bar Association, Parliamentarian, 2003
Tennessee Bar Association, Executive Committee, 2003 - 2004
Tennessee Bar Association, Executive Committee, 2006 - 2007
Memphis Bar Association, Criminal Law Section, President