Brian was born in Jackson, Tennessee, and raised in neighboring Henderson County. He attended Pin Oak Elementary School, Lexington High School, and graduated from Riverside High School in Decatur County.
After a couple of years working full-time at a local grocery store, Brian began classes at Union University in Jackson. He graduated cum laude from Union University in 2000, and from the University of Memphis (Memphis State) School of Law in 2003.
While at Union, he placed 2nd in the university-wide History Essay Competition. Brian also served as an Intern and later Assistant Research Analyst for the Senate Judiciary Committee for the 101st Tennessee General Assembly in Nashville, earning college credit for his service. While serving the Committee, he worked on major legislation that created and amended several criminal statutes. Brian was honored to be awarded the Political Science Minor Award by Union’s History & Political Science Department, largely due to his service with the Tennessee General Assembly.
As a law student, Brian was active in Moot Court, Mock Trial, and the Christian Legal Society. He received the Dean’s Award for Best Interoffice Memorandum as a first-year law student. During Brian’s second year, he and a fellow student placed Runner-up in the Advanced Moot Court Competition. Brian and his team advanced to the semifinals of the National Mock Trial Competition during his third year of law school, defeating the teams from Vanderbilt and Samford. He also completed an internship with the Major Crimes Division of the Shelby County (Memphis) District Attorney General’s Office during his third and final year of law school.
Upon graduation and passage of the Bar Exam in Fall 2003, Brian began practicing law as an Assistant District Attorney in Coffee County, prosecuting individuals charged with criminal offenses in the Juvenile, General Sessions, and Circuit Courts of the county.
Brian left the District Attorney General’s Office upon being offered and accepting an appointment as Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Justice Division of the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office in Nashville. While there, he was a member of the West Tennessee team and argued before the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals on a regular basis.
Brian next served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, during which time he prosecuted gun and drug crimes under the Project Safe Neighborhoods. He briefly returned to the Attorney General’s Office where he served on the death penalty/federal habeas corpus team, litigating post-sentencing cases in capital punishment and non-capital cases in the federal district courts of the state as well as in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Brian then found his passion – criminal defense. Having witnessed “over-prosecution,” ambivalence toward constitutional rights afforded criminal defendants, and general injustice in the criminal justice system, Brian eagerly and zealously began practicing criminal defense in 2009 in Franklin and Columbia.
In early 2014, after the birth of a son, he and his family returned to his native West Tennessee to be near family. Brian has defended men and women charged with crimes in every West Tennessee county save 6, and has also defended in the Middle Tennessee counties of Perry and Wayne. Brian zealously represents his clients, promising and giving them “110%.” He uses his vast experience as a defense attorney as well as a prosecutor in representing clients. Brian is down to earth, easy to talk to, and seeks to provide his clients with peace of mind while their charges are pending.
Brian is married to Hayley. They have one son, Zach. They live in Jackson and attend Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA). Brian is licensed to practice in all Tennessee state courts, the Federal District Courts for the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of Tennessee, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Jackson-Madison County Bar Association, and the Beech River Bar Association. Brian enjoys traveling, college football, genealogy, and nature, and loves spending time with his wife and son.