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Bryan Lee Capps

also known as Bryan L. Capps

About me

Bryan L. Capps has literally worked in personal injury and insurance litigation his entire adult life.  He was born and raised in north Knoxville.  In 1988, just two years out of high school, he began clerking for one of Tennessee’s top plaintiff litigation firms.  While studying economics and religion at Carson-Newman College, Bryan was promoted to firm administrator.  He managed the firm while obtaining his Master of Business Administration and law degrees from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.


In 1999, Bryan graduated law school with friend and partner Stephen Burroughs. Since then, Bryan has worked tirelessly for injured Tennesseans and for consumers and businesses harmed by unscrupulous insurers and other corporations.  


Bryan has litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout Tennessee and in Ohio, Kentucky, and Georgia.  He has handled cases against countless large corporations and insurance companies.  He has successfully argued cases before the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Tennessee Supreme Court and United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


Bryan’s energy, ethics and commitment to injured clients and small businesses has been recognized by his clients and by his peers.  He has consistently been voted among Knoxville's best attorneys in plaintiff injury litigation.  He was selected to serve six years as a hearing panel member for the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee.


In 2012, Bryan elected to serve as President of the Tennessee Association for Justice (TAJ) -  the state’s premier organization of plaintiff trial attorneys.  In that role he fought, and continues to fight, the Legislature’s efforts to strip away Tennesseans' constitutional right to trial by jury and fair compensation for the injured.


When Bryan is not practicing law his focus is on family, community and hobbies.  Bryan is married and has two wonderful stepdaughters.  He proudly volunteers as a Board member for the Tennessee Tech University Parent Association.  He also helps veterans coming home from active duty return to their former jobs by serving as an ombudsman for Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR).   


Bryan is an active member of he Knoxville and Tennessee Bar Associations; Tennessee Association for Justice, American Association for Justice and the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America.  He enjoys traveling, vegetable gardening and time spent on Norris Lake and in the Great Smoky Mountains. 


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    17 years
  2. Car Accident: 40%
    17 years
  3. Trucking Accident: 10%
    17 years
  4. Slip and Fall: 5%
    17 years
  5. Insurance: 5%
    17 years



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  • Michael Keith Pence

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    Michael Pence Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • B. Keith Williams

    I have known Bryan on a personal and professional level for over 15 years. He is not only a wonderful person, but he is one of the most highly regarded personal injury attorneys in the Southeast. He is a past President of the Tennessee Association for Justice where he sacrificed a year of his professional life to fight for the rights of injured Tennesseans in the legislature. He is an excellent attorney and if one of my family members were injured, Bryan is who I would hire to represent them.


    B. Williams Trucking Accident Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info


9111 Cross Park Drive
Suite E-100
Knoxville, TN, 37923


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw office of Stephen A. Burroughs2012 - Present
Litigation AttorneyGilreath and Associates1999 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tennessee Tech University Parent Association (TTUPA)Chairman-Elect2013 - Present
Tennessee Association for Justice (formerly TN Trial Lawyers Assoc.)Past-President2012 - 2013
Tennessee Supreme Court - Board of Professional Responsibility Hearing PanelMember2006 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Johnson v. Tennessee Farmers Mutual Insurance Co.(TFMIC)Veridict for Plaintiff. Upheld by Tennessee Supreme Court.
Starnes v. Wal-MartVerdict for Plaintiff: $257,680 United States District Court - Knoxville
Fagan v. Allstate Insurance CompanyVerdict for Plaintiffs for full loss of home. Federal Court - Knoxville
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Tennessee College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of Tennessee College of LawBusinessMBA - Master of Business Administration1993
Carson-Newman CollegeEconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Tennessee Association for Justice Annual New Orleans ConferenceTennessee Hospital Liens - Tactics and Strategies2016
Knoxville Bar Association CLEUse of Social Media Before and During Trial2013
Tennessee Association for Justice Annual New Orleans ConferenceBeauty & the Bailment - Discovery in Bailment Actions2012
Knoxville Bar Association CLCEffective Use of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations2008
Developments in Tennessee Tort LawBad Faith Failure to Settle Auto Collision Claims in Tennessee2007