Michael W. Binkley

Circuit Court Judge

Judge Binkley was elected Circuit/Chancery Court Judge of Division III of the 21st Judicial District on March 6, 2012 by the voters of the 21st Judicial District.  Judge Binkley was sworn in on August 31, 2012 and was unopposed in the next judicial election of 2014.

Year Elected/Appointed


Previous Employment

Judge Binkley has been self-employed since the inception of his practice as Michael W. Binkley, P.C.  Judge Binkley practiced law with his brother, Joe P. Binkley Jr., and his father, Joe P. Binkley Sr., although each lawyer was a separate entity with their own separate law practices and separate employees.

In 2008, Judge Binkley was a founding member of Schell Binkley & Davies law firm.

Judge Binkley was elected to the bench in a three-person election on March 6, 2012 and was sworn in as the Circuit/Chancery Court Judge of Division III of the 21st Judicial District.


Birmingham Southern College, 1974
Vanerbilt School of Law, 1977


Judge Binkley has been listed for many years in Woodard/White Best Lawyers in America in the area of Divorce Law.

In 2011, Judge Binkley was chosen by his peers to be included in Super Lawyers of the Mid-South.

Judge Binkley was elected as a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Association. 

During his years of active trial practice, Judge Binkley was listed in the Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers and earned an AV rating, the highest rating for both legal ability and ethics, by his fellow lawyers and judges before whom he practiced.

Judge Binkley was accepted to the Nashville Bar Foundation as a Fellow in November 2002.

During his private practice, Judge Binkley was the sole counsel in 17 reported cases in the State of Tennessee Supreme Court as well as 30 unreported cases in the Tennessee Court of Appeals.


  • Williamson County Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • John Marshall American Inn of Court

Community Involvement

Judge Binkley has been actively involved in numerous community activities, including Habitat for Humanity, The Ear Foundation, The Martha O’Bryan Center, and many other community boards and programs.  Judge Binkley has also, in the past and continues to be, actively involved each Sunday morning at the Nashville Room in the Inn’s Guest House, where he assists homeless individuals who come to the Guest House as an alternative to jail for intoxication or who come to the Guest House for respite for those homeless individuals recovering from surgery, illness, or injury, together with assisting in other alcohol and drug recovery programs for members of the Guest House.

During Judge Binkley’s private practice, he was invited to teach and participate in over 20 legal educational seminars throughout Middle Tennessee.

Since being elected to the bench in 2012, Judge Binkley has been invited to teach and participate in over 20 legal educational seminars in Middle Tennessee.

  • 615-599-4014 (P)


135 Fourth Avenue South Ste 286
Williamson County Judicial Center
Franklin, TN 37064


Hickman, Lewis, Perry, Williamson