Brian Yoakum’s practice includes a wide range of complex commercial litigation in the areas of general and business law, premises liability defense, mass tort defense, contract and transactional disputes and business divorces among owners of all types of business entities. Mr. Yoakum also handles commercial tort actions such as procurement of breach of contract, tortious interference with business relations, interference with contracts and breach of restrictive covenants.
Mr. Yoakum serves on the firm’s Board of Directors as well as the marketing committee. He is a member of the American, Tennessee, and Memphis Bar Associations. He is a 2017 graduate of the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law program (TBALL) and has been selected by Super Lawyers magazine as a Rising Star in the field of business litigation every year since 2014. He has also been elected a Barrister in the Leo Bearman, Sr. Chapter of the American Inn of Court and was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 in the field of Commercial Litigation for the second year.
Mr. Yoakum has experience aggressively advocating the interests of his clients before state and federal trial courts, administrative bodies, the Tennessee Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Sixth Circuit. In addition, Mr. Yoakum regularly resolves disputes to his clients’ benefit through alternative dispute resolution vehicles, including negotiations, mediations, and arbitrations.
Mr. Yoakum is very active in the community as well. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association- Mid-South Chapter as well as a member of the Tennessee Advocacy Committee for the American Heart Association. He is also the current Director of the Touchdown Club of Memphis and the current Director of the Red Acres Neighborhood Association. He is a voluntary Special Judge for Shelby County, TN General Sessions Court. He served as a transition team member for Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland on the administrative budget committee and is a former board member and ombudsman of the Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services.