W. Neal McBrayer

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W. Neal McBrayer
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Court Information:
Tennessee Court of Appeals
Title:   Judge
Position:   Middle Section
Salary:  $171,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Bill Haslam
Active:   2014-2022
Preceded by:   Patricia Cottrell
Past post:   Attorney, Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC
Past term:   2012-2014
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Maryville College, 1986
Law School:   College of William & Mary, 1989
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Court of Appeals
Position:  Retention
State:  Tennessee
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  8/7/2014
Election vote:  64.0%ApprovedA

W. Neal McBrayer is a judge for the Tennessee Court of Appeals. He was appointed to the court by Governor Bill Haslam on August 23, 2013 to replace Judge Patricia Cottrell, who retired from the bench in May 2014.[1] He was sworn into office on May 29, 2014.[2] McBrayer was retained in August 2014 for a term that expires in 2022.[3]



See also: Tennessee judicial elections, 2014
McBrayer was retained to the Court of Appeals with 64.0 percent of the vote on August 7, 2014.[3][4]

Retention recommendation

McBrayer was recommended for retention by the Tennessee Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission.[5][6]

  • Read Judge McBrayer's Judicial Evaluation Report here.

Retention controversy

A conservative effort to unseat the three Tennessee Supreme Court justices facing retention in 2014 highlighted the issue of retention elections across the state. For more information on this controversy, see: Tennessee Supreme Court elections, 2014.


McBrayer received his undergraduate degree from Maryville College in 1986 and his J.D. from the College of William & Mary in 1989.[1]


  • 2014-2022: Judge, Tennessee Court of Appeals
  • 2012-2014: Attorney, Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1999-2012: Attorney, Miller & Martin
  • 1989-1998: Attorney, Trabue, Sturdivant & DeWitt
  • 1989: Admitted to the Tennessee Bar [1][7]

Awards and associations

  • Member, Twentieth Judicial Circuit Delegate, Tennessee Bar Association House of Delegates
  • Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Past President, Mid-South Commercial Law Institute [1]

See also

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