Nashville Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer

Attorney Kimberly S. Hodde is highly involved in the field of criminal defense and in local, regional and national criminal defense organizations and legal initiatives. Her memberships include:

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, including TACDL’s Federal Defense Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association, including its Federal Court Committee
  • Life Member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Middle District of Tennessee Local Criminal Rules Committee Member
  • Member of the CJA Panel for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • District Representative for the CJA Panel for the Middle District of Tennessee


Ms. Hodde is the author of numerous articles on the Constitution and related federal criminal issues, and has been featured as a contributor and author of a federal column in the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ monthly magazine.

Kim Hodde is admitted to practice in all local and appellate courts of Tennessee. She is also admitted to practice in many federal courts, including:

  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Admitted to practice Pro Hac Vice (guest of the court) in several other federal courts in the U.S.


Ms. Hodde has been an invited presenter and lecturer on many issues of importance to the criminal defense community, specifically regarding the advancement and preservation of a defendant’s constitutional rights. The topics upon which she has written and lectured include the following areas:

  • Search and seizure
  • The pitfalls and unreliability of eyewitness identification
  • False confessions
  • Title III Wiretapping and other forms of electronic surveillance
  • The U.S.A. PATRIOT Act
  • Pretrial Release and Detention Issues in Federal Court
  • Issues relating to defending child pornography cases
  • Defending a Federal Firearms Case
  • Trial Advocacy: Jury Selection
  • Trial Advocacy: The Art of Cross-Examination
  • Trial Advocacy: Crafting a Persuasive Closing Argument
  • Federal Sentencing: The Guidelines, 18 U.S.C. §3553(a) & the impact of the Supreme Court’s recent decisions
  • The Adam Walsh Act
  • U.S. Supreme Court – Case Law Primer and Update
  • Compassionate Release Based on COVID-19
  • Defending Federal Firearms Cases
  • Defending Against RICO & VICAR Prosecutions
  • Health Care Fraud Litigation & Defenses


Ms. Hodde earned the Founder’s Award as valedictorian of her law school class at Nashville School of Law, where she was designated as a member of the Cooper’s Inn Honor Society for academic excellence. She was also selected for membership in the Harry Phillips American Inn of Court, a legal society comprised of judges and respected lawyers dedicated to the advancement of ethics and strict standards of professionalism in the legal community.  Throughout her career, she has been recognized by the Courts as well as legal organizations for her excellence in federal criminal defense practice. In 2005, Ms. Hodde was selected as the “Panel Lawyer of the Year.” Throughout intervening years, she has received numerous professional recognitions and awards, including most notably being selected as American Institute of Trial Lawyers’ “Litigator of the Year” in 2018 and receiving the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ prestigious “G. Terry Jackson Friend of the Constitution Award” in 2019.

Throughout her career, Ms. Hodde has been selected to serve on various committees appointed by the federal judges of the Middle District of Tennessee and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  She has served as a delegate of several sitting federal judges and has been an invited speaker at the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference.  She is a founding member of the Criminal Justice Act District Committee for the Middle District of Tennessee and presently serves as the Middle District of Tennessee’s designated representative relating to the Criminal Justice Act Panel.