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Kyle Mothershead is an experienced trial lawyer and accomplished advocate. Kyle has won countless trials in front of judges and juries at both the state and federal level and in both criminal and civil contexts. Originally from Wisconsin, Kyle earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then moved to Nashville in 1999 to attend Vanderbilt Law School. At Vanderbilt, Kyle earned the Robert F. Jackson Memorial Prize for maintaining the highest grade point average in his class during the first two years of the program, and earned the Philip G. Davidson III Memorial Award in recognition of his leadership and dedication to the law's problem-solving role in the community. Kyle also served on the Vanderbilt Law Review Articles Committee. Kyle graduated Vanderbilt Law in 2002 and earned Order of the Coif status for graduating in the top 10% of the class.


After law school, Kyle clerked for Federal District Court Judge Aleta Trauger in Nashville, where he assisted Judge Trauger in deciding cases in numerous practice areas, both civil and criminal. In October 2003 he signed on with the Nashville Public Defender's Office to fight for equal justice for the poor. In March 2012, with eight years of service and extensive trial experience under his belt, Mr. Mothershead left the Public Defender's Office to start his own firm. Since starting his firm, Mr. Mothershead has focused on criminal defense, civil rights lawsuits related to false arrest and excessive force by law enforcement, and immigration defense.

Kyle is a member of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Association for Justice, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He is a regular presenter on Legal Ethics in Continuing Legal Education programs. He has also served as faculty for Gideon's Promise, a organization dedicated to strengthening public defender offices throughout the Southeast.

Kyle published the article "Reality Check: Debunking the Myth of the 'Growing Rate of Juvenile Crime in Nashville' and other Fantasies" in the Nashville Bar Journal in April 2010.

Kyle and his beautiful and brilliant wife, Mary Kathryn Harcombe, are glad to be a part of the vibrant Nashville community.