Bryan Essary


  • Mr. Essary has been representing health care facilities and individual providers in Tennessee for more than 25 years, in all sorts of matters. His practice focuses on the representation of hospitals and other health care facilities, and he has represented hospitals, from 600-bed regional health care centers to 50-bed community hospitals, in cases from pre-suit investigation through appeal. He has tried numerous cases on virtually any health care-related issue, many for professional negligence. Mr. Essary also regularly represents individual health care providers, from physicians to social workers to counselors to therapists. Mr. Essary has successfully handled cases in virtually every county in Tennessee. Mr. Essary is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Law
  • Products Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Hospital Negligence
  • Personal Injury
  • Business Litigation


  • University of Alabama, B.A., 1987
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1990
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Curia Honoris

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1990
  • Georgia, 1990
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998


  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers of America (Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants), 2018-present
  • Best Lawyers of America (Health Care Law), 2018-present
  • Tennessee Super Lawyers Mid-South, 2017-present
  • Recognized and ranked in Chambers USA (Litigation: Medical Malpractice Defense) 2020-present
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV preeminent rating
  • Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards in Federal Income Tax, Bankruptcy, and Commercial Transactions II

Professional Activities

  • Member 1988-1989 and Managing Editor 1989-1990, Cumberland Law Review
  • Co-Author: ‘The Treatment of Attorney’s Fee Enhancements in Alabama and the Eleventh Circuit: Justice! the Law!: My Ducats and My Daughter!’ 20 Cumberland Law Review 769 (1990)
  • Cordell Hull Research and Writing Teaching Fellow, 1988-1989

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