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Bryan Paul Stephenson

Criminal defense Attorney at Nashville, TN

5.0   126 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Bryan

Learn Bryan’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    Defense of all crimes under TN law. Alcohol-related incidents, Narcotics, Assault, Theft, Embezzlement, Probation Violations, DUI, Robbery, Homicide, and all other crimes both felony and misdemeanor. State, Juvenile, and Federal courts. Call now.

    20 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    40%
    Defense of all alcohol and drug related driving offenses: DUI, Implied Consent, Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Assault, Reckless Driving. Serving Nashville, TN and all counties in Middle Tennessee. Stop worrying, call Attorney Stephenson now.

    20 years

  3. Domestic violence
    18%
    Defense of all domestic violence cases, including handling orders of protection. Felonies and misdemeanors. Contact Attorney Stephenson today for a free consultation.

    20 years

  4. Expungement
    2%
    Helping eligible clients clear their criminal records.

Attorney Bryan Stephenson is a skillful lawyer, professor, business owner, and family man. He represents clients in Nashville and all counties in Middle Tennessee. He has conducted hundreds of court proceedings, including hearings, trials (both jury and bench), and various motions. He is very familiar with "the system", and is knowledgeable of Tennessee law. His legal skills and knowledge are also put to use in his position as adjunct professor for Lipscomb University's Law, Justice, and Society program.  He keeps abreast of legal developments and changes in the law, and is a member of the Nashville Bar Association, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the DUI Defense Lawyers Association.

Prior to opening his own law practice, Attorney Stephenson worked "on the other side" as an Assistant District Attorney for Davidson County for over three years. While a prosecutor, he was in court nearly every day, and dealt with most every type of crime that exists under Tennessee law--everything from Felony Murder, Aggravated Robbery, all levels of felony Drug Offenses, Theft, DUI, Forgery, Burglary, Assault, Sexual Assault, down to Simple Possession of Drugs, Driving on a Suspended License, Public Intoxication, Disorderly Conduct, and many other types of cases. He was a supervisor for the Wiretap Room during investigations by the Drug Task Force. His knowledge and experience from working as a prosecutor helped him lay a strong foundation for starting his own defense firm.

Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Attorney Stephenson worked as a law clerk in the Antitrust, Financial, and Special Litigation divisions of the Nashville office of the Tennessee Attorney General. He also spent a summer working as a law clerk for The Lovelace Law Firm, an Elder Law practice in Dripping Springs, Texas.

Attorney Stephenson graduated with his law degree, Order of the Barristers, from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California. While in law school he was selected to serve on the Pepperdine Law Review and was the school's delegate to numerous national moot court competitions across the country. His article was selected for publication in the Law Review ("I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, But Could I Sue: Whether 'Interacting With Others' Is a Major Life Activity under the ADA", 31 Pepp. L. Rev. 773 (2004)). He was the recipient of several awards and scholarships, including the Gunnar Nicholson Endowed Scholarship, Odell McConnell Scholarship, Howard A. White Scholarship, Associated Women for Pepperdine Scholarship, and was the only Pepperdine student selected one semester to receive an award from the Southern California Defense Counsel. Even as a student, he had the heart of a teacher, and worked as a Teaching Assistant, instructing new law students on Legal Research and Writing. He deeply values his time spent at Pepperdine and frequently misses the weather of southern California, but knew that he would return to his native and lovely Tennessee to practice law and build his career.

Attorney Stephenson graduated with a degree in Mathematics from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. He gained the honor of being named an AP Exam Scholar, earning an entire year of college credit upon entry to Lipscomb. He grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and resides in Middle Tennessee with his wife and children.

Law office based in Nashville, TN and serving all counties in middle Tennessee.

 

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Location

Law Office of Bryan Stephenson
2021 Richard Jones Road, Suite 150E
Nashville, TN, 37215

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Pamela | April 24, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
The best attorney in Nashville
I cannot begin to thank Bryan enough for all of his help throughout my recent case. He was super helpful through the entire process since this was my first criminal charge and was always quick to respond to all of the questions I had. I highly recommend Bryan and I’m very grateful for his help!
Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Attitude of Gratitude
Mr. Stephensons, expertise and clear guidance were invaluable during a challenging time. His professionalism and prompt attention to detail greatly relieved our concerns, and we sincerely appreciative of his support throughout this process. His dedication for ensuring the best possible outcome on our behalf. His services were greatly respected and recommended.
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Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Trusted Advisor, Excellent Advocate
I originally spoke to a handful of attorneys across the Nashville area when looking for someone to represent me for my DUI charge. Bryan’s name had come highly recommended to me from a colleague whose son had great success with Bryan on two separate DUI charges. Immediately after speaking with him, I knew he was who I wanted to hire. Bryan has a strong grasp on not only the technical, black letter law, but also the unwritten local practices/probabilities, and has established strong relationships with the DA’s office based on mutual respect. This trifecta makes Bryan your best option for whatever your criminal charge may be. Throughout the entire process Bryan was extremely informative and walked me through the charges, potential outcomes, and likelihood of each, while being a supportive/understanding listener. Any type of criminal case is coupled with outside stress and emotional strain. Bryan’s professionalism and empathy helped to alleviate much of this for me. He was routinely available/responsive after hours and on the weekends as and if emergencies arose and demonstrated a true, caring dedication to me as a client and person. I was happy with the ultimate outcome achieved and believe the cost of his services to be on par with what I received. Highly recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible Advocate after Complicated DUI Arrest
Stop looking for a lawyer, and please do yourself a favor & hire Bryan right now if you are looking for help like I was. Bryan is your man! After scouring the online web myself: various websites, interviewing multiple lawyers,, and debating between cost.vs potential reward for such a serious offense: I am ultimately so happy that I settled on hiring Bryan to represent me. He got me out of a difficult DUI arrest & instead we opted for reckless driving which will be off my record in 5 years. 6 months unsupervised probation will be a no-brainer. No interlock. AND most importantly, no DUI conviction. After blowing under the legal limit after bumping a hotel van with no injuries or property damage, I was still faced with a DUI arrest with all the ramifications of an DUI accident. Bryan was the ultimate professional & helped me feel comfortable through a stressful process. He has incredible table-side manners. Throughout the process, he very clearly articulated all our options & gave me various pathes to pursue depending on my risk tolerance, as we worked through the court system together. Most importantly, he impressively navigated a few difficulties the legal system threw our way in terms of how they wanted to prosecute the case. He knows his stuff! Bryan showed up before each of our appearances to ensure I understood what was going to happen. He was always just a phone call away. He was with me in the courtroom the whole time, by my side, and he was clearly very well respected amongst his peers on all sides of the courtroom. That stuff matters. I hope to never have to deal with Mr. Stephenson again, but if anyone is even in my position I will most certainly be recommending him without any hesitation.
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Posted by Hussaen | January 5, 2024
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Highly Recommended!!!
Bryan Stephenson is the attorney to have hands down, his expertise is unmeasurable. His connections with DAs and other attorneys are extremely impressive and reputable. He was always two steps ahead and knew exactly how to make himself available in our defense incase there were any gaps or lingering questions by DAs before anything got set in stone. I saw a lot of reviews here about him being slightly more expensive than others but you get what you pay for, especially when it matters. Highly Recommended!
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Posted by Heidi | September 13, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Attorney Stephenson
I would highly recommend Attorney Stephenson! He is professional, hard working and compassionate at all times. If there were 6 or more stars, I would give him extra stars.
Posted by Charles | June 14, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney ... prepared and communicative.
Bryan successfully defended me from a bogus prosecution, going above and beyond to minimize disruption to my life and making sure nothing slipped through the cracks. He was engaged, available, clear and concise in his approach and explanations. 10/10.
Posted by Larry | April 12, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
After searching for an attorney for hours online I finally gave Bryan Stephenson a call. From the first meeting Bryan laid out the court process and walked me through what to expect. This attorney will turn over every rock to help a client with their case. He was always very easy to call and will respond in a very short time. I would highly recommend Bryan if in need of a great attorney. Thank you Bryan for the great outcome.
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Posted by David | March 22, 2023
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The attorney you want to hire!
Being completely honest here. I didn't know much about this industry. Hiring Bryan was one of the best decisions I've ever made. He was very patient with me, kind and made my entire process so much easier. Throughout my entire process he also taught me many things I didn't know before in this industry. If you need an attorney please hire Bryan. He will make your life/process so much easier/smoother! Thank you so much Bryan.
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Posted by Tiffany | January 5, 2023
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The GOAT!!!!
He was awesome! Very detailed…knowledgeable…great attitude and just all around great! Communication on point and worth every penny spent for his help! Don’t second guess just let him help you!
Posted by Alex | September 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
1st DUI .149 BAC
After getting pulled over for DUI my blood work came out to a .149 and my situation wasn’t looking good. I did my research and scoured the internet for DUI lawyers. I also took recommendations from people in town but after consultations with all of them Brian stood out as the best option if I wanted a fighting chance. Aside from being extremely knowledgeable and personable he is also truly passionate about his work and that’s the guy you want in your corner. After the first phone call you will know right away he is different from a lot of the other lawyers out there. Bryan got the DUI charge dropped and got me out of doing the often mandatory 2 days in jail. First day of court people seemed to know Brian including the judge who seemed to be fond of him. He clearly had a reputation and a positive presence in the courtroom. If you want your best shot in court I wouldn’t recommend anyone else.
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Posted by Trey | September 18, 2022
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Bryan is a Skilled Attorney, Focused on the Best Interests of his Clients
Bryan Stephenson is a great attorney and professional. I feel he's a man of integrity focused on the best interests of his clients. I found Bryan online after researching defense attorneys and reviews, and he was the perfect choice. I can't thank Bryan enough for helping me. I always believed he was looking out for me and helping me do the right thing. He knows the law and court system and works well with everyone throughout the legal process. Bryan handled my case seamlessly and got a quick, fair settlement that wouldn't have been possible without him. He was informative and always responsive and kind to me. I highly recommend Bryan. His positive case results and great reviews speak for themselves. You'll be in good hands and won't be disappointed.
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Posted by Sanchez | June 2, 2022
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Aggravated Assault dismissed and 2ndDUI to Reckless Driving
Bryan Stephenson was communicative, effective, and professional. I first hired him to help me with an Aggravated Domestic Assault charge - which he assisted in getting dismissed, I also hired him for a DUI charge. With his assistance it was dropped down to Reckless Driving. Being a DACA recipient if I had been convicted of the two original charges I would have lost my legal status in the US. I am very grateful of how effective and professional Bryan Stephenson was. Truly recommend him as an attorney to anyone that finds themselves in a similar unpleasant situation.
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Posted by Phil V. | February 7, 2022
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DUI
I was facing a first time DUI and implied consent. After researching different attorneys I decided on Bryan Stephenson. This turned out to be a great decision! I am self-employed and driving long distances is a major part of my life. What impressed me the most was Bryan was on the phone way before the court date trying to resolve the matter. I noticed while most attorneys wanted to be first in line to get out of the courtroom, he would wait around to be last so he had more time to talk to the ADA. Bryan through negotiations had the implied consent thrown out and expunged. I received a reckless driving charge with no loss of license and best of all no interlock. I paid a small fine and was on my way. Bryan is the best in the business and knows how everything works. He was previously an ADA and is highly organized. I believe this is a big advantage to the defendant. I know whole heartily Bryan Stephenson will give you the best possible out come. Phil V.
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2021
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Best representation for someone new to needing an attorney
Cross posting this from other review sites! Bryan Stephenson was beyond helpful when it came to helping me with my case. This was the first time I had ever been in a situation where I had to hire a lawyer, and Bryan made the process extremley easy and simple for someone who has minimal to none understanding of how the law works. He was also very understanding in my worries and no matter how "stupid" I felt a question was he was always willing to answer with patience and clarity. He never made me feel "dumb", and I never left a conversation feeling confused. Bryan was able to provide me with the best possible outcome of my case, and I would hire him again in an instant, and would absolutley recommend him to anyone who needs representation in a legal situation. His attornery "bedside manner" is superb and felt like he was very easy to talk to and put me at ease while still remaining confident. Thank you SO much Bryan!
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Posted by LEBON | August 22, 2021
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Supervisor
Bryan’s Office is a place you can always trust when you really are under a big terrible Criminal cases. Bryan is Professional Anttorny in all ways. He’s active and ready at all time you need him. Bryan is Lawyer who knows what he’s doing. I was not guilty but also died. He pushed harder. Thanks God I’m freed today. My car, goods and more were Seized. Let me tell you that I got everything back with o cost. Please don’t hesitate to call this guy. LEBON D.
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Posted by Chris House | July 3, 2021
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DUI
A really good lawyer really does everything possible to pull you thru. This was my second time hiring him and I got good end results both times. I would definitely recommend him as your lawyer.
Posted by Vicki | June 7, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Beyond excellent!
Beyond excellent! He was absolutely professional, incredibly knowledgeable and very responsive at a very difficult time in our lives. We walked out of the quart room feeling well represented it and he achieved better than Expected results. I would highly recommend them if you’re looking for a criminal defense lawyer.
Posted by Alexander | May 26, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Review of Bryan Stephenson Law Services
Highly recommend Bryan Stephenson's services. He guided me through my case every step of the way. Professional, responsive and communicative, backed with the knowledge and know how, always made me feel like I was being taken care of and that my case was top priority. I can't stress my recommendation enough! Thanks you so much for everything Bryan!
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Posted by Will | April 22, 2021
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Incredibly Grateful
I don’t think I can adequately put into words just how grateful I am for Bryan. I was really anxious about the consequences that I was facing with my case. However because of Bryan my charge was reduced and I received a much better outcome, better than I could have possibly imagined. Throughout the whole process Bryan did an outstanding job. He guided me step by step with great legal advice. He was dependable, reliable, and responded quickly when I had questions. I am in a much better place now because of him and I’m deeply grateful for him. I would wholeheartedly encourage you entrust your case to Bryan.
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Response from Bryan Stephenson May 4, 2021
Thank you for the words of endorsement. Happy to assist.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Lipscomb University
  • 2008 - Present
  • Attorney & Owner
  • Law Office of Bryan Stephenson
  • 2008 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Office of the District Attorney General, Nashville, TN
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • Tennessee Attorney General
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Teaching Assistant - Legal Research & Writing
  • Pepperdine University School Of Law
  • 2003 - 2004
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Education

  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Lipscomb University
  • B.S.
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • St. v. J.H.
  • Dismissed
  • St. v. R.K
  • Not Guilty!
  • State v. J.H.
  • Dismissed
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Associations

  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Ethics Committee Co-Chair
  • 2020 - Present
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Criminal Justice Committee Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Order of the Barristers
  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • 2004
  • Finalist
  • Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition
  • 2004
  • Best Respondent Brief
  • Wagner Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Competition
  • 2003
  • Scholarship Winner
  • Southern California Defense Counsel
  • 2003
  • Member
  • Pepperdine Law Review
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • TACDL Annual Seminar
  • Working with Prosecutors in DUI Cases
  • 2022
  • Guest Lecturer
  • Ethics & the Laws of Compliance
  • 2017
  • Criminal Law & Procedure Course
  • Criminal Law
  • 2015
  • Guest Speaker - Kaplan Career Institute
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (22)
Endorse Bryan
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bryan is as intelligent as he is compassionate. He is an aggressive and effective advocate for his clients all over middle Tennessee. Highly recommended."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I used to work with Bryan and have known him over 12 years. He was always a professional attorney to work with. He goes above and beyond for his clients and treats each case with great care. He is intelligent and well-respected."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bryan is an intelligent and dedicated attorney. He is thorough and leaves no stone unturned. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bryan Paul Stephenson is a top-notch trial attorney. He is intelligent, professional, articulate, passionate, dedicated to protecting your constitutional rights, and even more important, highly successful. He is well-respected within the trial lawyer community, the bench, and among his clients. It is a high honor to endorse my colleague."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bryan is extremely knowledgeable in his field and a top notch advocate for his clients. I proudly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bryan Stephenson is a fantastic criminal defense lawyer. I never hesitate to refer people to him knowing they will be in excellent hands."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Bryan. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bryan is an excellent DUI attorney. I recommend him highly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Bryan 8 years ago when I first started practicing law. I have always known him to be professional, in and out of the courtroom. He has the passion and vision to achieve true results for his clients, as well as, the integrity, leadership skills and drive to help his clients with matters affecting their liberty. He truly cares about his clients, works hard to obtain optimal results and has an excellent reputation in the legal community. I strongly endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bryan is an exceptional attorney and dedicated advocate for his clients. His experience, attention to detail, and devotion helps him achieve great results for his clients. I recommend Bryan to anyone needing criminal defense representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Stephenson is smart and well versed in all of his practice areas. He is a worthy adversary who tenaciously represents his clients. He puts his clients first and it shows in his representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Bryan on several matters that involved complex criminal allegations. His comprehensive knowledge of the law, and well deserved respect from his peers in the courtroom, always put our clients in the best possible position. I highly recommend his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bryan Stephenson is an excellent criminal defense attorney who works hard to get great results for his clients. He is a former prosecutor with experience handling a wide variety of cases at both the trial and appellate level."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bryan has the unique ability to think on his feet and provide intelligent legal arguments to defend his case. He is a true asset to the legal profession. It was a pleasure to work with and against Bryan and it is refreshing to know an attorney who truly puts the client first."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bryan Stephenson is a smart, hardworking and experienced criminal defense attorney. He can be relied upon to do the best job possible for his clients. I can recommend this lawyer without reservations."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Stephenson is a superbly talented criminal defense attorney who knows how to handle criminal defense cases from start to finish. He understands each case and each client are different even if charged with the same offense; therefore, he thoroughly prepares each case with a unique strategy to achieve the best result for each individual client. I recently had the good fortune to work with Bryan on a sex-related case where we were able to achieve a fantastic result for a very happy client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Bryan is a highly professional, motivated and skilled trial attorney. He is qualified to handle any criminal case."
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