Phone: (865) 546-7311
Fax: (865) 524-1773
A native of Knoxville, BRITON S. COLLINS practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation and appeals, construction law, real estate law, and municipal law. He has experience representing general contractors, subcontractors, owners, suppliers, and design professionals in various construction related disputes, including defect, delay, and scope of work claims, as well as mechanics' and materialmen's liens claims. He also regularly represents clients in a wide variety of litigation matters before State and Federal courts, with particular experience in matters involving real estate, land use, and the interpretation and enforcement of restrictive covenants. Briton’s municipal law practice focuses on representing local governmental entities, including advising local governmental clients on matters such as procurement and compliance with Tennessee’s Public Records Act and Open Meetings Act. He serves as general counsel to one of the region’s largest public utilities boards.
Briton earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law with a Concentration in Business Transactions from UT’s Clayton Center for Entrepreneurial Law. While in law school, Briton served on the Tennessee Law Review and won the College of Law’s Advocates Prize Competition, successfully arguing a final round oral argument in front of a panel that included Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court. Prior to attending law school, Briton earned his Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Tennessee, double majoring in Political Science and Legal Studies and minoring in Philosophy. During both his undergraduate and law school years, he served as a Baker Scholar with the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy.
In 2013, Briton was appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to serve on the Tennessee Board of Court Reporting, which is responsible for issuing court reporter licenses, conducting disciplinary inquiries for ethical violations, ensuring completion of continuing education requirements, and maintaining the State’s registry of court reporters. He currently serves as the Board’s chairman. In 2015, Briton began serving on the board of directors of The Arc Knox County, a nonprofit organization that provides programs and services for people with intellectual disabilities in Knox County.
Areas of Practice
Business and Corporate Law
Civil Litigation and Appeals
Real Estate Law
Local Government and Public Utilities
University of Tennessee – J.D., cum laude, 2011
University of Tennessee – B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2008
Tennessee – 2011
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee – 2012
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee – 2013
U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee – 2014
U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals – 2012
U.S. Supreme Court – 2015
Tennessee Bar Association
Young Lawyers Division
Knoxville Bar Association
Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel