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Bryan Paul Stephenson

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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 and Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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. He worked in close connection with the United States Attorney's Office to transfer State gun and drug cases to the Federal government, and primarily handled high-felony level drug prosecutions. Attorney Stephenson also represented the State in Restoration of Citizenship Rights petitions filed by convicted felons in Circuit Court. As a prosecutor, he learned the "ins" and "outs" of how the government prosecutes crimes, and how the overall system works (and in many ways, how it doesn't work). His knowledge and experience from working as a prosecutor helped him lay a strong foundation for starting his own defense firm, given his unique background.

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 downtown Nashville, TN and serving all counties in Middle Tennessee.



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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 45%
    13 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    9 years
  3. Domestic Violence: 15%
    13 years



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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  • Patrick Brian Newsom

    Bryan is extremely knowledgeable in his field and a top notch advocate for his clients. I proudly endorse him.


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  • Joanna Lee Mccracken

    Bryan Stephenson is a fantastic criminal defense lawyer. I never hesitate to refer people to him knowing they will be in excellent hands.


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Contact info

Law Office of Bryan Stephenson

414 Union St, Suite 905
Bank of America Plaza
Nashville, TN, 37219


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Order of the BarristersPepperdine University School of Law2004
FinalistThurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition2004
Best Respondent BriefWagner Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Competition2003
Scholarship WinnerSouthern California Defense Counsel2003
MemberPepperdine Law Review2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorLipscomb University2008 - Present
Attorney & OwnerLaw Office of Bryan Stephenson2008 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyOffice of the District Attorney General, Nashville, TN2004 - 2008
Law ClerkTennessee Attorney General2003 - 2003
Teaching Assistant - Legal Research & WritingPepperdine University School Of Law2003 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2008 - Present
Nashville Bar AssociationCriminal Justice Committee Member2008 - Present
Nashville Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. S.R.Possible DUI-2nd, resulted in a DUI-1st
State v. R.F.Not Guily on Attempted Murder
State v. S.R.Dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Lipscomb UniversityMathematicsB.S.2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Course - Law, Justice & Society DeptLegal Research & Reasoning2016
Criminal Law & Procedure CourseCriminal Law2015
Law, Justice & Society Summer Law CampMock Trial Judge & Speaker2011
Guest Speaker - Kaplan Career InstituteCriminal Law and Procedure2011