Mark J. Fishburn is Judge of Division VI, Criminal Court, 20th Judicial District. He was appointed as the first judge of the newly created Division VI by Governor Phil Bredesen on September 1, 2003.
Prior to his appointment, Fisburn served as the Judge of Division Two of the Metropolitan General Sessions Court. Elected in September, 1998, Fishburn subsequently served as Presiding Judge of the General Sessions Courts and initiated a highly praised Mental Health Court program in July of 2000.
Judge Fishburn was in private practice for 18 years specializing in criminal law, personal injury and worker’s compensation cases. He is a member of the American Judges’ Association, Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations and the Tennessee Judicial Conference. Fishburn is a member of numerous justice and mental health related boards and regularly serves as presiding judge for Appellate Moot Court Programs at Harvard Law School and the Nashville School of Law.