BRITON S. COLLINS is a litigator who provides strategic counsel to individuals, businesses, and local governmental entities looking to resolve their most challenging problems.
Much of Briton’s practice is devoted to construction and real estate litigation, representing general contractors, subcontractors, owners, suppliers, and design professionals in lawsuits and arbitrations involving defect, delay, and scope of work claims, and claims involving nonpayment and the assertion of liens. Borrowing from his experience litigating these disputes, Briton helps his construction industry clients manage their risk by drafting and negotiating effective contracts. Briton is an active member of the Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel and the Tennessee Bar Association’s Construction Law Section, currently serving on the latter’s executive council. In 2018, Briton was chosen by CityView magazine as a “Top Attorney” in construction law.
In addition to construction and real estate litigation, Briton maintains a general civil litigation practice in which he handles all manner of civil cases. He has represented clients in cases ranging from simple breach of contract claims to complex multi-million dollar personal injury claims. In 2017, Briton was selected by Super Lawyers magazine as a Mid-South “Rising Star,” recognizing him as one of Knoxville’s top-rated civil litigators.
Briton also devotes a portion of his practice to representing local governmental entities in a general counsel role. His work in this area involves advising his clients on a range of matters, such as procurement and compliance with Tennessee’s Sunshine laws, as well as prosecuting and defending cases on their behalf as part of his litigation practice. Briton serves as general counsel to one of the region’s largest public utilities.
Outside of his law practice, Briton serves as chairman of the Tennessee Board of Court Reporting and serves on the board of directors of The Arc Knox County, which is a nonprofit organization that provides programs and services for people with intellectual disabilities. Briton is also an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee’s College of Law, teaching pretrial litigation.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Attorney - Construction Law||CityView Magazine||2018|
|Mid-South Rising Star||SuperLawyers||2017|
|First Place - Advocates Prize Competition||University of Tennessee College of Law||2010|
|Associate||Kennerly, Montgomery & Finley, P.C.||2011 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor||University Of Tennessee College Of Law||2017 - 2017|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Tennessee Bar Association, Construction Section||Executive Council Member||2017 - Present|
|Associated Builders and Contractors||Member||2017 - Present|
|Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel||Member||2011 - Present|
|Tennessee Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Knoxville Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Tennessee Bar Association, Construction Section||Member||2011 - Present|
|Tennessee Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division||Member||2011 - Present|
|Knoxville Chamber||Member||2011 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2011 - 2015|
|American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division||Member||2011 - 2015|
|American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry||Member||2011 - 2015|
|The Primerus Paradigm||The Fiduciary Exception to the Attorney-Client Privilege: Who is the Client in the Administration of ERISA Benefits?||2014|
|University of Tennessee College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2011|
|University of Tennessee||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2008|
|TACC 2017 Spring Meeting||Tennessee Consumer Protection Act Issues in Construction Litigation||2017|
|TACC 2014 Spring Meeting||Economic Loss Rule in Construction Litigation||2014|
|Residential Construction Defects||Judgment for $360,482.75|
|Defamation Claim||Favorable out-of-court settlement|
|Property Owners' Association||All claims dismissed, affirmed on appeal|
|Fraudulent Conveyance||Judgment for client, affirmed on appeal|
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