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 regularly represents property owners and businesses such as restaurants, retail stores, and apartment communities in defense of lawsuits brought pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Housing Act, and the Neighborhood Preservation Act. 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 is a shareholder at Evans Petree, having served on the firm’s Board of Directors as well as its Political Action Committee and 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 was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 in the fields of Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants for the fourth year. He has also been elected a Barrister in the Leo Bearman, Sr. Chapter of the American Inn of Court.

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 Advocacy Chair for the American Heart Association. He is also a Director of the Touchdown Club of Memphis and the Red Acres Neighborhood Association. Mr. Yoakum serves as Special Judge in the General Sessions Court of Shelby County, Tennessee. He was also honored to serve on the Transition Team for Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, working with the Administrative Budget Committee. He is also a former board member and ombudsman of Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services.

Best Lawyers Award Badge

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts, Western and Middle Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
  • Tennessee State Courts
  • Selected by Super Lawyers Magazine to the Rising Stars list in field of Business Litigation, 2014-2018
  • Elected as a Barrister in the Leo Bearman, Sr. chapter of the American Inn of Court
  • 2017 Graduate, Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law program (TBALL)
  • Board of Directors, American Heart Association- Mid-South Chapter
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 in fields of Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants
  • Board of Directors, Evans Petree PC, 2017-2018
  • Transition Team member, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, Administrative Budget Committee
  • Advocacy Chair, American Heart Association
  • Director, Touchdown Club of Memphis
  • Director, Red Acres Neighborhood Association
  • Special Judge, Shelby County, TN General Sessions Court
  • American Bar Association
  • Memphis Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association


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