Tyler M. Caviness was raised in Nashville before moving to East Tennessee to earn his undergraduate degree from Tennessee Wesleyan College. While at Tennessee Wesleyan, Mr. Caviness played varsity lacrosse and earned academic honors for having the highest GPA among all graduating athletes.
Upon receiving a B.A. degree in English, Mr. Caviness enrolled at the University of Tennessee College of Law where he served as an articles editor for the Tennessee Law Review and held leadership positions in several student organizations. Mr. Caviness was active in the College of Law’s Legal Clinic, working as a student under the guidance of RDDJ partner Stephen Ross Johnson in the Innocence and Wrongful Convictions Clinic. As a student attorney, Mr. Caviness wrote briefs to the Tennessee Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court on behalf of his clients, earning distinguished student recognition for his work.
Prior to joining RDDJ as an attorney, Mr. Caviness worked for the firm as a law clerk for a year. While working as a law clerk, Mr. Caviness assisted Mr. Johnson in a seven-day jury trial that ended in a mistrial when the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict. While in law school, Mr. Caviness also worked as a law clerk for the Federal Defender Services of East Tennessee.
Mr. Caviness’ practice encompasses a variety of criminal defense matters. In his free time, Mr. Caviness enjoys spending time with family and friends, and exploring East Tennessee with his two dogs.