Honorable Mark J. Fishburn


Judge Mark J. Fishburn
Criminal Court, Division VI
Twentieth Judicial District

I. Education
• J.D. degree – Nashville School of Law (1979)
• B.S. degree – University of Tennessee (1972)

II. Experience
• Criminal Court Judge (Sept. 2003- present)
• Presiding Judge of State Trial Courts (Sept. 2007 – Oct. 2010)
• General Sessions Judge (Sept. 1998 – Sept. 2003)
• Presiding Judge of General Sessions Courts (Sept. 1999 – Aug. 2000)
• Founder and Presiding Judge of Davidson County Mental Health Court (July 2000 – Sept. 2003)
• Private Practice 1980-1998 – Primary emphasis was criminal law, personal injury and workers compensation
• Instructor of Trial & Appellate Advocacy – Nashville School of Law – January 2014 – present
• Instructor – Southeast Paralegal Institute (2000-2002)

III. Awards and Civic Activities
• Lifetime Achievement Award – Nashville Prevention Partnership (2014)
• NAMI Tennessee “Professional Award” for the Mental Health Court program (2003)
• Middle Tennessee Mental Health Association “Outstanding Mental Health Professional Award” (2003)
• NAMI-Nashville Ambassador of Hope Award as “Outstanding Advocate in Criminal Justice” (2001)
• Nashville Bar Association “Assistance of Counsel” Award (1994)
• Spearheaded Establishment of NBA “Dial-A-Lawyer” Public Service Program
• Past or Present Member of Middle Tennessee Mental Health Association (Board of Directors), Rochelle Center (Board of Directors), Community Service and Criminal Justice Committees of NBA, and Criminal Pattern Instructions & Education Committees of TJC
• Presiding Judge of Mock Trials at Harvard, Vanderbilt, Nashville School of Law and High School Competitions
• The Inns of Court AD HOC Committee on Indigent Representation

IV. Professional Memberships
• Tennessee Judicial Conference
• Tennessee Bar Association
• Nashville Bar Association
• Fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation