Bone McAllester Norton PLLC
When it comes to civil and criminal cases, Edward M.
Yarbrough is the attorney you want on your side. A former United States
Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, he is an award-winning lawyer
with more than 40 years of experience. Ed practices Criminal Defense and
Government Investigations, Personal Injury Law and Litigation and Dispute
Resolution at Bone McAllester Norton.
Ed has tried more than 150 jury cases to verdict, including
more than 40 homicide cases. He has served as both prosecuting attorney and
defense attorney in matters involving white collar crime, wrongful death,
personal injury, public corruption and a variety of criminal charges at the
state and federal levels. “The most satisfying experiences come from
representing individuals whose lives and fortunes were on the line in court,”
he said. “Winning their cases is the greatest possible thrill in the legal
profession. One of my heroes is Gen. George S. Patton, who said, ‘Americans
love a winner and will not tolerate a loser.’”
Prior to Ed’s appointment as U.S. Attorney in 2007, he was
in private practice for 31 years. He has also served as an assistant district
attorney for Davidson County, Tennessee. Ed’s success has earned him numerous
listings among the nation’s top lawyers, like SuperLawyers and Best Lawyers in America for more than 25 years, as
well as awards from the Nashville
Business Journal and the Nashville
He has been elected a fellow of the American College of
Trial Lawyers. In 2011, he received the first Criminal Justice Section Service
Award from the Tennessee Bar Association. And the Nashville Bar Association
awarded him with the Jack C. Norman Sr. award for excellence in criminal law.
While in college, Ed served as editor-in-chief of the
student newspaper, The Sou’wester. That
experience taught him that law and politics were at the epicenter of American
life and that a career in the legal profession would keep him in the thick of
the action. The desire to be on the front lines served him well as an infantry
lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He was a ceremonial platoon leader at Arlington
National Cemetery and received the Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge for
his service in Vietnam.
Ed graduated from Vanderbilt School of Law and Rhodes
College. The most important things to him are faith, family and work, in that
order. He and his wife, Cindy, have three children, Charles, Robert and
Allison. An active caver, he has been exploring caves since the age of 15
across the United States, in Mexico and in Honduras. He also enjoys taking
photographs, particularly of his caving expeditions, with his Nikon cameras.
His photography collection consists of more than 17,000 Kodachrome slides and
more than 6,000 negatives.