Whether it’s an employment law case or a complex business dispute, Bryan E. Pieper has litigated across the country, from New York to Oregon, California and Florida. As much as he loves being in the courtroom, Bryan is equally comfortable in the boardroom, counseling clients through internal labor and employment disputes or conducting in-house training or policy review in order to prevent disputes.
Bryan has lived around the world, having spent several years in Germany and Czechoslovakia, as well as having lived in international U.S. cities such as Miami and New Orleans, yet he loves to call Nashville home. Bryan first came to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University, and wherever his travels have taken him, he has always returned.
Bryan’s commercial litigation practice covers a broad range of business disputes, including corporate officer and director liability, fraud, theft of trade secrets, breach of contract, trademark infringement and antitrust violations. Bryan’s labor and employment law practice focuses not only on dispute resolution but also on dispute prevention through preventive measures such as policy preparation, HR training and corporate compliance. He frequently speaks to trade associations and at legal seminars on employment law topics such as wrongful termination, discrimination, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"), ADA, FMLA, FLSA overtime regulation, and drafting and enforcing covenants not to compete.
Bryan represents both employers and employees, and he firmly believes it makes him better at both. Bryan contends that you cannot be the best you can be unless you have walked in the shoes of your opponent. When he is not litigating a case or helping a client navigate a sticky employment or contract matter, Bryan’s practice provides him with the best possible perspective on the law – the view from the bench. For several years, Bryan served as an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), presiding over disputes between Nashville Electric Service and its employees. For several years after that, he provided the same service as a Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) Outside Review Officer, presiding over disputes between MNPS and its employees. Companies hire Bryan to conduct internal investigations when they must get to the bottom of a business or workplace problem in a thorough and neutral manner. He also helps parties resolve disputes as a Rule 31 listed Civil Mediator. By representing plaintiffs, defendants and serving as a third-party neutral, Bryan has a 360-degree view of what really works and what doesn’t.
Bryan received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where he studied Political Science and German, though he completed a portion of his undergraduate studies at Regensburg University in Germany. Similarly, he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Vanderbilt School of Law, though he also studied law at Charles University in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now, the Czech Republic).
Bryan lives in East Nashville, where he and his family are active members of their Lockeland Springs neighborhood.