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.
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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.
Serving and supporting the legal profession by addressing the needs of attorneys in all Grand Divisions of Tennessee.
Promote and develop programs that facilitate professional and economic success in the ever-evolving legal marketplace for members across the State.
Partnering with local and specialty bar associations to ensure the TBA can better serve all its members, encourage involvement, and build new membership.
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; email@example.com; (615) 601-1276 or (615) 473-3243.
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.
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:
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