Robert L. Hutton - Glankler Brown, PLLC

Robert L. Hutton

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 901-576-1714

Robert L. Hutton has substantial litigation experience. His credentials include having argued several cases before the United States Court of Appeals, the Tennessee Appellate Courts and the Tennessee Supreme Court. Mr. Hutton is privileged to be one of the few attorneys to have argued a case before the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Hutton practices generally in litigation, with substantial experience in federal civil rights, constitutional law, general business litigation, and criminal law.

Mr. Hutton serves as a member of the Board of Directors and officer of Chuck Hutton Chevrolet Co., and as general counsel for the Chuck Hutton Companies.

Mr. Hutton also serves as Chairman of the John Buckman Charitable Trust.

Representative Matters:

Capital Defense:

  • U.S.A. v. Robert L. Carpenter, (trial counsel)
  • U.S.A. v. Terance Johnson, (trial counsel)
  • U.S.A. v. Willie McCulley, (trial counsel)
  • State of Tennessee v. Richard Austin, (trial counsel) (coram nobis)
  • State of Tennessee v. Robert L. Carpenter, (trial counsel)
  • Robert Coe v. State of Tennessee, (competency for execution) (right to counsel at execution)Sedley Alley v. Ricky Bell, (habeas corpus)
  • Gary Cone v. Ricky Bell, (habeas corpus)
  • Gaile Owens v. Earline Guida, (habeas corpus)
  • Mika`eel Abdullah Abdus Samad v. Ricky Bell, (habeas corpus) (clemency counsel)
  • Michael Howell v. Ricky Bell, (habeas corpus)
  • Heck Van Tran v. Ricky Bell, (habeas corpus)
  • Phillip Workman v. State of Tennessee, (post conviction) (coram nobis)

Civil Rights
  • Barrett v. Hardin County, (ordered construction of new jail facility in Hardin County, Tennessee)Davis v. Sutton, (declared unconstitutional and ordered construction of new jail facility in Lauderdale County, Tennessee)
  • Little v. Shelby County, (declared unconstitutional Shelby County Jail)
  • Robert Coe v. Bell, (established right of counsel to be present at execution)
  • Maben v. Williams, (held Lauderdale County General Sessions Judge liable for damages for violation of civil rights)
  • Philip Workman v. State (established right of capital defendant to raise claims of factual innocence premised upon newly discovered evidence which were not raised earlier through no fault of the defendant)
  • In re: Mika`eel Abdullah Abdus-Samad (mounted clemency campaign resulting in Governor's commutation of client's death sentence to life imprisonment - first successful death sentence commutation in Tennessee since 1965)

Published Articles:
  • "The Irony of the Execution of Robert Glen Coe;" Memphis Commercial Appeal, May 21, 2000
  • The Right of the Condemned to Have Counsel at Execution as Established in the case of Robert Glen Coe 31 U. Memphis L. Rev. 757 (2001)
  • "Ethics, Conscience and Dissent" The Bencher, November 2002

Vanderbilt UniversityBS 1989Vanderbilt UniversityJ.D. 1992
Tennessee Bar AssociationMemphis Bar AssociationCatholic Charities, Inc.Review Board for the Diocese of Memphis in Tennessee

Office Location

6000 Poplar Avenue, Suite 400
Memphis, TN 38119
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense: General Practice of the Memphis Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice of the Memphis Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense: General Practice of the Memphis Metro Area
Robert L. Hutton has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Robert L. Hutton has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Robert L. Hutton has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice
Civil Rights Law
Commercial Litigation
Criminal Defense: General Practice
Criminal Defense: White-Collar