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C. David Briley

Of Counsel

Spencer Fane attorney David Briley

T 615.238.6392
F 615.238.6301

David Briley defines, assesses and minimizes litigation risks for clients, developing creative, proactive strategies to navigate the shifting legal landscape that confronts the applicable industry in each matter he handles. He is engaged primarily in civil, commercial, and class-action litigation. He regularly represents his clients in a variety of matters in state and federal court in both Tennessee and California, including wage and hour claims asserted by employees, securities class-action litigation, and civil litigation. Concentrating in those areas, David also advises clients on administrative and regulatory matters throughout the state of Tennessee.

Representative cases also include successful representation of wage and hour claims asserted by various employees, an ongoing role as co-lead counsel in securities class-action litigation.

David was elected Nashville’s vice mayor in 2015 and then elected as mayor in 2018. As mayor, he led the city’s efforts to recruit Amazon to Tennessee, resulting in 5,000 new jobs; brought Alliance Bernstein’s headquarters to Nashville; and obtained final approval for Nashville’s MLS expansion team. His efforts also resulted in recognition for LGBT-owned businesses in Metro Procurement, an unprecedented investment in affordable housing, and creation of a novel program that promotes completion of community college. He also established a policy to support conversations about domestic violence situations in the workplace, and created the Minority Business Advisory Council, Community Behavioral Health and Wellness Advisory Council, Ending the HIV Epidemic Advisory Council, and the Council on the State of Women, in recognition of the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

David previously served as an at-large member of the Metro Council for eight years, during which he served on the Council’s Budget and Finance committee, the Ad Hoc Committee on Solid Waste, and the Water Rate Oversight Committee.

David is married to Jodie Bell, who is also a member of the Nashville Bar, practicing criminal defense law at another Nashville law firm. They have a son, Sam, whose parents have already taught him the art of cross-examination and are routinely forced to apologize to his teachers because of this. David rides his bike hundreds of miles a month and has been known to roast a whole pig for his annual Fourth of July party with his family. 


  • Housing Fund, Former Member of the Board of Directors
  • Sister Cities of Nashville, Former Member of the Board of Directors


  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association


  • Mid-South Super Lawyers

Contact David Briley at 615.238.6392 or dbriley@spencerfane.com.