Attorney and Professor Bryan Stephenson
Native Tennessean Bryan Stephenson has been a practicing criminal attorney for 15 years, and represents clients in Nashville and all counties in Middle Tennessee. A criminal defense attorney, Bryan’s expertise covers both felony & misdemeanor offenses: DUI charges, assaults, domestic violence, thefts, drug charges, alcohol-related crimes, and pretty much anything that could land you in jail.
Using the insight he obtained as an Assistant District Attorney for Davidson County, Bryan helps his clients navigate the criminal justice system, and achieve the best possible results. He has extensive knowledge of the Tennessee justice system and has conducted hundreds of court proceedings. He has lectured to other attorneys at various CLE programs across Tennessee. His case experience includes Felony Murder, Aggravated Robbery, Drug Offenses, Theft, DUI, Forgery, Burglary, Assault, Sexual Assault, Simple Possession of Drugs, Drivers License issues, Public Intoxication, Disorderly Conduct, and much more. For his role as adjunct professor at Lipscomb University’s Law, Justice, and Society program, Bryan stays current with legal developments and changes in the law, a big benefit for his clients. He is a member of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL), the DUI Defense Lawyers Association, and the Nashville Bar Association. In 2020 he was elected to serve as a board member and Ethics Committee member for TACDL.
Briefly leaving Tennessee for Malibu, California, Bryan earned his law degree at Pepperdine University School of Law. A member of the Order of the Barristers, which honors graduating students of outstanding ability, Bryan was a delegate to numerous national moot court competitions across the country. He served on the Pepperdine Law Review, and his article, “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), was selected for that publication.
Bryan has received numerous 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.
Prior to Pepperdine, Bryan graduated from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, with a degree in Mathematics. An AP Exam Scholar, he began Lipscomb with a full year of college credit. He grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Bryan lives in Middle Tennessee with his wife and children, where he is an active church member, an avid Titans fan, and a competitive soccer player. He is a member of the Nashville Bar Association, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the DUI Defense Lawyers Association.