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John R. Branson


John R. Branson represents clients in the resolution of disputes through litigation and alternative means as appropriate.

Professional Biography


Mr. Branson is a member of the Firm's Litigation and Intellectual Property Groups and is a shareholder based in the Firm's Downtown Memphis office; he also operates from the Firm's East Memphis office as needed.

Mr. Branson enjoys handling disputes in a wide variety of substantive areas, rather than specializing in a narrow area of substantive law. He has extensive experience with litigation, arbitration and mediation in a variety of areas, including:

  • Complex family law matters
  • Class actions
  • Commercial and business litigation
  • Medical and legal malpractice defense
  • Copyright, trademark, patent, and trade secret cases
  • Bankruptcy adversary proceedings
  • Corporate governance and stockholder disputes
  • Banking
  • Securities
  • Health care
  • Construction
  • Fraud and RICO matters
  • Personal injury cases for both plaintiffs and defendants
  • Libel/slander
  • Will contests, trust litigation, conservatorships and other probate litigation
  • Investigations of public corruption
  • SEC investigations of public companies

Mr. Branson has tried numerous jury and non-jury cases. He also has participated in many arbitrations before the AAA, NASD and MSRB, and numerous judicial and non-judicial mediations, and has handled over a dozen appeals in the Tennessee Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Tennessee, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Mississippi.

Case Studies
Professional Honors & Activities
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Health Care Litigation, 2021
  • Chairman – General, Solo & Small Firm Section of Tennessee Bar Association, 1997 – 1998
  • Chairman – Continuing Legal Education Committee of Memphis Bar Association, 1997
  • Volunteer Litigator – Community Legal Services
  • Memphis Bar Foundation
  • Lawyers' Journal Club
Speaking Engagements



  • University of Mississippi Law School, J.D., 1984
    • Research Editor & Managing Editor, Mississippi Law Journal
    • Chairman – Law School Election Commission
    • Student Senator, University Senate
  • University of Mississippi, B.B.A. in Marketing, 1981


  • Tennessee, 1984
  • Mississippi, 1984

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