Nashville School of Law

Honorable Mark J. Fishburn

(615) 880-3419

408 2nd Ave. North
Suite 5130
Nashville, TN 37201

Judge Fishburn retired from the Davidson County Criminal Court in 2022. He was appointed to the Criminal Court in 2003 by Governor Phil Bredesen. In 1998, he was elected as a judge on the General Sessions Court. Judge Fishburn graduated from the Nashville School of Law in 1979, and he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee in 1972.

(Ret.) Criminal Court Judge – Division VI

University of Tennessee – Knoxville, 1972

Juris Doctor
Nashville School of Law, 1979

Bar Admissions
Tennessee, 1979

Court Admissions (and Year)
All courts for the State of Tennessee – 1979
U.S. Middle District of Tennessee – 1981

Rule 31 Mediator in Family Law – 2024

Professional Memberships & Activities
Tennessee Judicial Conference, serve on Criminal TPI & CLE committees
Tennessee Bar Association – have served on various ad hoc commitees
Nashville Bar Association – serve on Criminal Justice Committee and various ad hoc committees
Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
Inns of Court Ad Hoc Committee on Indigent Representation
Regular speaker for Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Civic Memberships & Activities
Past/present Board Member of: Mental Health Assoc. of America Rochelle Center
Past mentor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Present/past presiding judge of mock trial/moot court at Harvard, Vanderbilt, Belmont as well as local and statewide high school competitions
Volunteer for tnAchieves Mentorship Program
Volunteer to many local charities special events

Accolades & Distinctions

  • Nashville School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award (2019)
  • NAMI-Tennessee “Professional of the Year” Award recipient (2003)
  •  Middle TN. Mental Health Assoc. “Outstanding Mental Health Professional of the Year” Award recipient (2003)
  •  NAMI-Nashville “Ambassador of Hope – Outstanding Advocate in Criminal Justice” Award recipient (2001)
  •  Nashville Bar Assoc. “Assistance of Counsel” Award recipient (1994)
  •  NBA Ad Hoc Committee Chair that created and implemented “Dial-A- Lawyer” Public Service Program
  •  Nashville Prevention Partnership “Lifetime Achievement Award” (2014)
  •  Nashville Bar Assoc. “Jack C Norman” Award (2022)
  •  Napier Looby Bar Foundation Fellow (2024)

Various articles in the Nashville Bar Journal

Significant Cases
State v. Clark, ___S.W.3d___, 2014 WL 5801658 (Tenn.)
State v. King, 437 S.W.3d 856 (Tenn. Crim. App. 2013)
State v. Brooks, 277 S.W.3d 407 (Tenn. Crim. App. 2008)
State v. Allen, 10 S.W.3d 286 (Tenn. Crim. App. 1999)
State v. Utley, 928 S.w.2d (Tenn. Crim. App. 1995)
State v. Bordis, 905 S.W.2d 1995 (Tenn. Crim. App. 1995)
Haynes v. Dalton, 848 S.W.2d 664 (Tenn. App. 1992)
State v. Marshal, 845 S.W.2d 228 (tenn. Crim. App. 1992)
Jackson v. Greyhound Lines, Inc. 743 S.W.2d 617 (Tenn. 1987)
Pankow v. Mitchell, 737 S.W.2d 293 (Tenn. App. 1987)
State v. Ralph Claypole and numerous other high profile cases that were not appealed due to favorable results or were not reported decision.

CLE Presentations
Tenn. Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers October,2014, “Winning at NO Cost”
Other CLE presentations were in 2013 or earlier