The Latest News From Thompson Burton

Bryan Echols Joins Thompson Burton as Partner


Nashville-Area Law Firm Adds 20th Attorney and Eyes Expansion Thompson Burton PLLC is pleased to announce that seasoned lawyer, Bryan Echols, will join the firm as a partner beginning in April. He will continue to focus his practice on commercial real estate, land use, and lending. Echols was most recently an attorney at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP where he built on his reputation handling challenging annexation, zoning and land-use applications in Franklin and Williamson County. “Bryan represents everything we look for in a potential partner,” said founding partner Walt Burton. “Skill, passion, experience, a team-player attitude, and more. He is going to be a great addition to Thompson Burton.” “Thompson Burton’s model is the future of law firms,” said Echols. “The firm’s culture is ideal for attorneys focused on excelling at work and in their personal lives. That’s rare, and exactly what I was looking for at this […]

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TB Profile: Meet Justin Campbell


In this edition of the TB Profile, we introduce you to Justin Campbell, who joined Thompson Burton three years ago and specializes in bankruptcy and creditor rights. When did you know that you wanted to be a lawyer? I liked government and civics all the way back to high school. Being a lawyer seemed to be the next logical step. My grandfather also really wanted me to do something that required a graduate degree. How did you choose bankruptcy as your area of practice? It started my last year in law school when I took a Ch. 11 seminar. The subject matter satisfied my interest in being a lawyer, and it was based in numbers. You have a set number of assets and liabilities. It’s a lot like putting a puzzle together. I thought I wanted to work for the U.S. Attorney’s office early in law school. But then I […]

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Skill and Passion


Two of my primary responsibilities as a Thompson Burton co-founder and managing partner are to: Build a culture that makes success more likely; and Find and recruit the best possible talent I believe a great culture starts with the right values. Walt Burton and I identified seven core values when we started the firm back in 2012. In this post, I want to talk about two – Skill and Passion – because they are so important for success. In fact, they are inseparable from it. SKILL Skill is like the moat that protects the castle. Skill creates separation from a crowded field of legal professionals. We made a decision during the early days to focus on unique practice areas that require a high degree of experience and Skill. It’s easy to identify lawyers with tremendous amounts of Skill.  They tend to be more patient.  They also speak with great confidence and […]

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The firm has diverse practice areas, including commercial real estate, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, commercial litigation, direct sales and MLM, labor and employment, administrative law, corporate, entertainment law, and domestic and family law. Our clients range from fortune 500 companies and national banks, regional and community banks, borrowers, closely held corporations, real estate developers, property owners, investors, small businesses, start up entrepreneurs, to individuals.

What our clients say about Thompson Burton

  • Kevin, your expertise, professionalism and exemplarity services well performed have been invaluable to our Company. So much so that not only did we feel the best possible gesture to show our appreciation with paying your firm in full well in advance of our contract being due, I just had to write and share that in all my decades in the business world, you, your partner and your team are the first legal firm I’ve actually enjoyed sending money to. Thank you so very much; you are on my short list of highest priority for professional referral.

    Ken Stewart, ECOE

  • Kevin and I have worked together on a number of my projects. Kevin is a man of integrity and quite frankly, they just don't come much better. He brings his best to the table in everything he does. If I needed help with anything, Kevin was available. In the rare situation when I was not able to reach him, he replied to my messages within 24 hours.
    Kevin and I had the opportunity to be speakers at the grand opening of Moringo Organics in India. It was a great opportunity to get to know him on a personal level. If you're looking for someone to represent your company, Kevin brings more than his legal expertise to the table. He made himself available to a host of issues faced by the company. His experience and contributions were invaluable. With Kevin, we got more than a lawyer, we got a seasoned partner. I personally will be using Kevin on any and all my projects going forward.
    Thank You Kevin for not only being a great attorney but a friend as well.

    Robert James, Moringo Organics

  • The Direct Sales/Network Marketing/MLM Industry from all aspects and angles is a most difficult one to navigate through. And, like in all industries you have the "good guys" and the "bad guys" to filter through in an effort to reach your goals.
    I am very grateful to have met Kevin so early in the game. He has mentored and advised me from the outset when my business was just a thought in my head. That advice is priceless in an industry such as this. The scrutiny that we are all under, and the potential legal changes that are on the horizon, I am very thankful to have Kevin and his MLM business acumen in my corner.
    Thank you Kevin for everything you have done for me personally and for this great Industry!

    Mitch Buchwalter

  • Walt is an extremely knowledgeable attorney who can provide excellent advice on complicated real estate transactions ranging from leases to sales to tenant disputes. He understands the business needs of the large institutional owner to the small entrepreneur. He works well with opposing counsels of all personality types. Walt is sensitive to time pressures and will quickly (and accurately) finish tasks before tight deadlines.

    Jesse Harty, Asset Manager, Clarion Partners

  • Cole Dowsley and Thompson Burton PLLC are critical to my company's success as a growing small business. Their business law expertise has been very helpful in dealing with a variety of matters, ranging from contract negotiations to customer disputes. Cole always represents our interests with professionalism and integrity. I highly recommend his firm to other entrepreneurs and business owners to provide sound advice and representation for all legal matters.

    Jeff Stockon, Owner, ApexWorks, Restoration Service Experts

  • I have been blessed to have the legal advice of Cole Dowsley since the beginning stages of my company. He has been with me through EEOC investigations and employee lawsuits, customer contractual issues and was truly instrumental (putting it mildly) when it came time to the sale of my business to a large national investment group. In each event, he has delivered a solid product. The employee lawsuit was settled for 6% of the original asking price, the customer issues have always been handled without hurting our customer base and I sold my business for a healthy sum, while still negotiating the exit strategy I needed. He is a solid man who delivers strong influence to those sitting across the table or gentle influence, whichever is needed. His guidance with laws and regulations, business practice and consumer rights, internal policies and agreements, and third party negotiations and contracts were instrumental to our success! I can definitely say that Mr. Dowsley has treated, and will continue to treat, my businesses as well!

    Joshua D. Spradlin, Alliance Building Group

  • In real estate development, it's not a matter of if complex legal situations will occur, it's when. And when they do, we only turn to Thompson Burton PLLC. With substantial capital at risk, strategy, thoroughness, and timeliness are just a few of the elements that have to be flawless in execution. Time and time again, Thompson Burton delivers, exceeds expectations, and is a chief partner in our company's continued growth and success.

    Ryan Meadows

  • Kevin and I competed on the Track team. He quickly became a leader on the team and was a major contributor to the National Championship that Tennessee earned. He's a leader, a do'er. Kevin is someone I would trust both personally and professionally. He's one of the most solid all around guys - I think most people who know him would say the same.

    Matt Dewalt, Teammate

  • Kevin Thompson leaves an impression. Be it because he is sociable, intelligent, confident or all of the above, Kevin is sure to be remembered even after one meeting. And I am proud not only to have worked with Kevin, but also to call him my friend.

    Chris McCarty, co-worker

  • Kevin Thompson's service to our company was more than we expected. The whole process was excellent and we look forward to working with Kevin for years to come.

    Eric Gleaton, Co-Funder, Vonumental

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