Below are important questions to ask every potential criminal defense or DUI attorney you consult.
You are the client, and you need to feel confident that you are making the best choice for you. You and the attorney you hire may work together for an extended period of time depending on your case — so you need to be sure that you make the best choice.
Bryan’s business model is to keep his client list low enough that each case can be handled thoroughly and effectively. He keeps no more than approximately 20 clients at any given time, enabling him to devote the optimal time to each case, and to be accessible to every client.
Some attorneys will advise their clients to WAIVE their right to a preliminary hearing for no apparent reason (except possibly for attorney-laziness). Sometimes there is a legitimate, tactical reason to waive a prelim, but typically, it is NOT a good idea to give up that right! Giving up the right to a prelim must be done with EXTREME caution. I’ve gained valuable insight into my cases, and even caught witnesses in lies by HAVING the prelim in many cases.
Bryan runs his business without any loans and keeps his caseload at a level at which he can provide personal and thorough attention to each case.
Bryan draws on his experience handling cases in numerous courts and counties, and interacting with numerous ADAs and Judges. He tailors his approach for each case based on the client, the particular ADA, the judge, type of case, and where the case is in the court system.
Often, when an attorney is disciplined, it is for doing something that negatively impacts clients, such as neglecting a case by performing below reasonable standards, failing to file appropriate motions, failing to communicate with clients, or being dishonest. Attorneys’ public disciplinary histories are available at the Board’s website.
Bryan has never been disciplined by the Board (either publicly or privately), and seeks to maintain the highest level of ethical practice and client satisfaction.
Bryan is not only an attorney; he’s a professor of law. In this capacity, he continually stays on top of new developments and case law, so that he may pass this knowledge along to his students. This benefits his practice, as he is up-to-date on the latest changes and revisions in the law. In cases where a client has a new or unique issue, he puts forth the time and effort to learn what he needs so that he may address the specific situation.
Tennessee criminal defense lawyers are ethically prohibited from making such guarantees of success to criminal defense clients. The basis for this is Tennessee Rule of Professional Conduct 1.5, which prohibits criminal defense lawyers from charging contingency fees. A guarantee of a certain result implies that if the attorney cannot obtain that result, then the fee would then be refunded to the client, which runs afoul of the prohibition against contingency fees in criminal cases.
Bryan works diligently to obtain the best possible results for all of his clients. He will never make unethical promises to induce potential clients to hire him. His law license, reputation, and personal moral code are too valuable to run his business in that way.
Bryan runs his law office responsibly. Being a responsible attorney means, among other things, having solid malpractice insurance to protect his office and his clients.