A 1974 graduate of The University of Tennessee, Mr. Vaughn attended The Nashville School of Law and became licensed to practice law in Tennessee courts in October, 1979. Mr. Vaughn is admitted to practice in Federal Courts in the Middle District of Tennessee, the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the Eastern District of Michigan. He is also admitted before various United States Courts of Appeals, including the 4th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th Circuits. Mr. Vaughn is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Vaughn has represented clients in 35 states involving both state and federal issues. While not admitted to practice in other states, he has worked with local counsel and entered court under motion ‘pro hac vice’.
Mr. Vaughn has taught law related courses for 25 years at various institutions including Belmont University, various private companies and for 9 years served as an adjunct professor at Tennessee State University. Mr. Vaughn has been invited to speak on the issue of drug paraphernalia before the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDL) and been a guest instructor at the semi-annual convention for the National Association for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Mr. Vaughn’s advice is frequently sought by manufacturers, distributors and retailers of alleged drug paraphernalia throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
Articles written by Robert Vaughn on drugs and drug paraphernalia have been published by the Drug Law Review, High Times Magazine and Headquest Magazine. Mr. Vaughn has been frequently quoted in local and national publications. He has lobbied and assisted in writing laws in Michigan, Ohio, Hawaii and Washington, D.C. For over 28 years, Mr. Vaughn has continually, on an un-interrupted basis, published “The Letter of the Law’, a monthly update involving the manufacture, sale and prosecution of drug paraphernalia cases.
Mr. Vaughn currently maintains his office in Nashville, Tennessee and is a solo practitioner in the sole area of criminal defense. He was voted #1 DUI Attorney in Nashville by the readers of the Nashville Scene in their October 2008 Reader’s “Best of Nashville” awards. He is heard each week locally on 97.1 WRQQ-FM, receiving and answering caller questions on various aspects of criminal law.