V Card


  • White Collar and Corporate Defense and Investigations
  • Criminal Defense – Federal and State
  • Asst. U. S. Atty., Eastern Dist. of Tennessee, 1967-1976; 1978-1983
  • United States Magistrate, Eastern Dist. of Tennessee, 1976-1978
  • United States Attorney, Northern Dist. of Florida, 1983-1986
  • Senior Partner, RDDJ, 1987-present
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Recipient, Knoxville Bar Association’s Governor’s Award
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Instructor
  • Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy, UT Law School

Having graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1964, Dillard began his private practice in 1965. There are many aspects of his career about which he is extremely proud. Among these are being selected as the first full-time U.S. Magistrate for the Eastern District of Tennessee, being appointed Interim U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and being the Presidential appointment as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Chief among these, however, is being fortunate enough to be invited to return to Tennessee as a partner at Ritchie, Dillard, Davies & Johnson, P.C. According to Mr. Dillard, as a criminal defense attorney in Knoxville, being able to communicate and empathize with clients is a critical aspect of the job. His purpose is to help his clients and their families through one of the worst times of their lives. He also believes that the cornerstone of any successful case is preparation, and prioritizing a commitment to the client and their case above all else.

Mr. Dillard grew up in Knoxville after living in 7 different states by the age of 5 and earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Tennessee. His hobbies include travel and hiking, and he is a dedicated member of his community. He has been a Deacon and Elder in his church, and is currently a Trustee and Clerk of the Session. Mr. Dillard also acted as a board member of the Helen Ross McNabb Center, and is presently a Board Member of the Federal Defender Services Organization for the Eastern District of Tennessee.