Working towards a better Future for Tennessee Lawyers and the TBA.

Meet

Brian C. Winfrey

Bar Service

Qualifications

Focus for

the TBA

My name is Brian Christopher Winfrey. I am running for Vice-President of the Tennessee Bar Association, which will assume the role of TBA President in June 2021. I created this website so I could share my background with you, along with information on the election process and what I’d like to accomplish if elected. Simply click on the tabs above or scroll down the webpage for information about my background, qualifications, and vision for the TBA. I am humbled to have the opportunity to run, and I would be honored to serve you as TBA President.

On or about March 1, 2019, you should have received an email from the Tennessee Bar Association with the subject line “Vote now. 2019 TBA Election” from vote@electionsonline.com.If you did not receive the e-mail with your username and password, the link to vote is here, and you can request your log-in using this link as well: https://www.electionsonline.com/vote/login.cfm. You can also check your spam filters if you do not receive a ballot notification.

Providing benefits for all Tennessee Lawyers

As an executive officer of the Board of Governors with a diverse practice background, Brian fully understands TBA operations and the myriad of complex issues affecting Tennessee lawyers. If elected, Brian will focus on building sections and communities within the TBA, promoting collaboration and cooperation with local and specialty bar associations, and helping attorneys understand the benefits of membership and opportunities available to them.

Brian believes that the TBA should be the representative of ALL Tennessee lawyers. Brian plans to work towards improving the practices and lives of bar association members in various ways, including: developing programs that promote lawyer well-being and professional satisfaction; increasing TBA membership from practice and geographic areas that are not largely represented as active members; and advocating for the legal profession, judicial system, and policy reforms that improve the practice of law and ensure justice for all citizens.

Local Bar Associations

Serving and supporting the legal profession by addressing the needs of attorneys in all Grand Divisions of Tennessee.

Practical Benefits

Promote and develop programs that facilitate professional and economic success in the ever-evolving legal marketplace for members across the State.

Outreach

Partnering with local and specialty bar associations to ensure the TBA can better serve all its members, encourage involvement, and build new membership.

Meet

Brian C. Winfrey

Brian Christopher Winfrey is a member of the firm Morgan & Morgan, P.A. Brian leads and manages the firm’s Employment Law Practice in Tennessee. Brian was raised in Nashville and graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Brian specializes in employment litigation and trial practice. Brian is a skilled litigator who has tried a large number of civil cases to verdict before juries, judges, arbitrators, and administrative law judges. Brian’s professional experience is extensive and broad-based. Brian built and ran The Winfrey Firm as its Managing Partner before merging the business into Morgan & Morgan’s growing Nashville office. Brian has been recognized by SuperLawyers and Best Lawyers in America for his work on behalf of employees in employment disputes. Brian also has prior work experience as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Labor and associate attorney at Ogletree Deakins, a national employment defense firm. Brian’s business and courtroom experience as a solo, government, and large firm practitioner [representing both plaintiffs and defendants] has provided him a balanced perspective on the legal profession, the evolving marketplace for legal services, and the real issues affecting lawyers and their well-being as practitioners and people.

Brian is committed to serving lawyers and the legal profession. Brian has been a member of the Executive Committee of the TBA Board of Governors and Tennessee Legal Community Foundation since 2015. Brian has been appointed to serve as the Secretary of the Board of Governors and TLCF by each of the last four (4) presidents of the Tennessee Bar Association [Bill Harbison, Jason Long, Lucian Pera, and Jason Pannu]. Brian also served as the Co-Chair of TBA’s Diversity Leadership Institute, Executive Council of the Labor and Employment Section, and member of the YLD Board and CLE Chair. Brian is also a board member of the Tennessee Employment Lawyers Association (TENNELA) and member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA).

In addition to practicing law, Brian has remained involved in local, state, and national government for his entire adult life. He has worked with numerous members of the Tennessee General Assembly, United States Congress, and Metro Nashville City Council. During a period of rapid growth in the city, Former Mayor of Nashville Karl Dean appointed Brian to the Metro-Nashville Transportation Licensing Commission – where he was Chair of the Commission for a number of years. Brian also supports a number of local non-profit, youth, and civic organizations in the Nashville area.

Feel free to contact Brian directly, as he welcomes the opportunity to discuss his qualifications and vision for the TBA with any member of our state bar. Brian can be reached at: bwinfrey @forthepeople.com; brian@thewinfreyfirm.com; (615) 601-1276 or (615) 473-3243.

Education
  • Vanderbilt University Law School, 2006, J.D.
  • Middle Tennessee State University, 2002, B.S.
Associations & Memberships
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Secretary, Board of Governors, 2015-Present
  • Tennessee Legal Community Foundation, Secretary, 2015-Present
  • TBA Labor and Employment Section, Executive Council, 2012- 2015
  • Tennessee Employment Lawyers Association, Member and Board Member, 2013-Present
  • Diversity Leadership Institute, Co-Chair, 2013-14
  • Napier-Looby Bar Association, Executive Council, Treasurer, and Member, 2007-Present
  • Metro Nashville Transportation Licensing Commission, Chair
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Executive Committee, Board of Governors, 2015 – Present
Awards & Accolades
  • Best Lawyers in America, Employment litigation (2016 – Present)
  • Nashville Bar Association, Fellow (2017)
  • National Black Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40
  • Super Lawyers Mid-South Rising Stars, 2013- Present
  • Nashville’s Emerging Leaders (2010)

Bar Service Qualifications

Demonstrated Commitment to the TBA and the Tennessee Legal Community

Attorney Brian Christopher Winfrey is an Executive Committee member of the TBA Board of Governors and Tennessee Legal Community Foundation. Brian was appointed to serve as the Secretary of the Board of Governors by each of the last four (4) TBA presidents — Bill Harbison (Nashville), Jason Pannu (Nashville), Lucian Pera (Memphis), and Jason Long (Knoxville). Brian has also served as a board member of the Young Lawyers Division, Co-Chair of the Diversity Leadership Institute, and executive council of the Labor & Employment Section. Brian is a member of the 2012 class of the TBA Leadership Law program (TBALL).

Brian is a frequent lecturer and panelist at seminars and CLE’s sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association, and other professional associations. Brian has shown that he is committed to providing his legal advice as a public service. Brian provides representation on several pro bono cases each year, and often contributes time and resources to indigent representation and access to justice programs. Brian has repeatedly been listed on the Tennessee Supreme Court Pro Bono Honor Roll.

TBA Qualifications
  • Secretary, Board of Governors, 2015 – Present
  • Secretary, Tennessee Legal Community Foundation, 2015 – Present
  • Executive Committee, Board of Governors, 2015 – Present
  • Executive Council, TBA Labor and Employment Section
  • Co-Chair, Diversity Leadership Institute
  • Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law, Class of 2012
  • Young Lawyers Division, Board Member 2008 – 2015 (multiple years)
Other Association Memberships
  • Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation (2017)
  • Treasurer, Executive Board, and Life Member, Napier Looby Bar Association (2007 – Present)
  • Board Member, Tennessee Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association

My Platform

Focus for the TBA

Working to Demonstrate the Value of TBA Membership and Build Community Among Lawyers

I am passionate about the practice of law and service to the legal profession. Much of the satisfaction I gain from our profession is the result of remaining active in TBA activities and leadership. I am blessed to have gained lifelong friends, professional mentors, referral sources, and various other benefits as a direct result of remaining involved with the TBA. I humbly and firmly believe in the timeless truth that, “To whom much is given, much is required. And from one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12: 48 (various others). On this belief and commitment, I would be honored to serve you as President of the TBA.

As TBA President, I will:

  • Promote Cooperation and Collaboration with other Tennessee bar associations to better serve and support the legal profession. I will work to create stronger partnerships with local, specialty, and minority bar associations to learn how to better serve all lawyers, encourage engagement and participation in the TBA, and maintain existing members and grow new membership. To this end, I plan to create a council of bar presidents and representatives to offer new input on how we can improve the bar association for everyone.
  • Make Sure Members Know the Value of the TBA while continuing to develop more tools to help members thrive in their practices. I plan to review and enhance our marketing to and communication with our members to create greater awareness of the benefits of membership. I want to focus on the TBA as the representative of Tennessee lawyers in the practice and promotion of the legal profession. The TBA can be strengthened to serve its members by focusing on the following: increasing member recruitment and retention; improving member engagement and satisfaction through innovative programs and services; and developing succession planning for leadership to insure the ongoing stability and health of the Bar.
  • Promote Service to the Public by stressing the importance of pro bono service and extol the professional satisfaction that comes from it. I believe we have a professional responsibility to better our communities through service, as do most members of our bar. Keeping public service as a priority will remain a focus of the TBA moving forward.
  • Work to Increase Bar Association Membership and Participation from Lawyers Who Do Not Practice in Metropolitan Areas or with Large Firms, including In-House Counsel and Government Service Attorneys. The TBA has always maintained strong membership numbers and engagement from lawyers who practice at large firms in metropolitan areas such as Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Knoxville. This is wonderful and welcomed. However, as a lawyer who built a small firm/solo practice in no small part from my TBA contacts and relationships, I want to actively encourage lawyers of diverse practice backgrounds and geographic locations to participate in TBA boards, committees, and sections. I believe inclusion and engagement of all lawyers is essential to our bar association’s continued viability in the ever-evolving marketplace for legal services and legal profession.
  • Assure that the General Assembly and Other Influencers are Aware of the Issues Affecting Lawyers. The TBA performs outstanding government affairs and legislative work. Our bar association has done great legislative and public policy work in recent years, taking important positions with regard to indigent representation reform, criminal justice reform, and other laws impacting our profession and practices. It is extremely important that we continue to build on the great work of past administrations in order to assure that our voices remain heard on important issues of law and policy affecting Tennessee lawyers.
  • Be a Real Resource for Law Schools and Young Lawyers. I want to implement regular meetings with law school deans to: (1) develop ideas as to what the TBA can do to better assist the deans in preparing their students for practice; (2) find out what the TBA can do to enhance the student’s law school experience; and (3) develop programs that promote the transition from law student to lawyer. Professional associations have suffered a decline in membership numbers in recent years across the nation. This is largely the product of a failure by professional associations to communicate the benefits of membership to young professionals. I plan to enhance the benefits of TBA membership for young lawyers by creating networking and career development initiatives specifically-tailored for this demographic, effectively using technology and social media to make young professionals aware of TBA programs and initiatives, and continuing to support the activities of TBA Young Lawyers Division.
  • Promote Lawyer Well-Being and Wellness. The TBA has prioritized programs that promote lawyer well-being and wellness in recent years. We all know that our profession is challenging and often-stressful. As a bar association we must continue to develop and promote resources that help lawyers manage the stress and challenges of the legal profession. I will work with the TBA Attorney Well-Being Committee to develop programs that the lives and professional satisfaction of TBA members.
  • Build Even Better Section and Practice-Specific Communities within our bar association to encourage greater participation in the TBA by connecting attorneys by practice, discipline, geographic location, and member identity. I would love to maximize the benefits available to our members through the innovative use of technology and interactive communication methods to increase lawyer participation in TBA Sections and Communities.

Information About

The Election Process:

Tennessee Bar Association elections are primarily carried out electronically using online balloting. TBA members voting electronically will receive an email with a link to the election site along with a password to use to cast their ballots. Ballots will come from the vote@electionsonline.com email address, so please check your spam filters if you do not receive a ballot notification. Tabulation of election results will continue to be carried out by an accounting firm selected by the board.

Members who prefer to cast paper ballots can opt out of electronic voting either through the TBA.org website or providing written notice to the TBA Executive Director Joycelyn Stevenson at 221 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37219.

For additional information related to the election process, follow the below link or contact the offices of the TBA directly:
https://www.tba.org/news/tba-yld-announce-process-for-electronic-voting

My

Contact Info

Brian Winfrey
810 Broadway, Suite 105
Nashville, TN 37203

(615) 601-1276

brian@thewinfreyfirm.com
or
bwinfrey@forthepeople.com