Attorney Brian S. Duffy
Brian S. Duffy is Of Counsel in Spicer Rudstrom’s Nashville office, where he concentrates his practice in employment and injury defense. He brings extensive experience in civil litigation, products liability, insurance defense, tort liability and civil rights litigation, as well as employment law matters. He is an active lecturer and author in trial matters and has an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Immediately prior to joining Spicer Rudstrom, Brian was a partner at McConnaughhay, Duffy, Coonrod, Pope, Weaver, Stern & Thomas PA in Tallahassee, Florida.
Brian is passionate about education, noting that education opens the doors of opportunity, and has been a serious student from the outset. Brian’s interest in the law was first kindled by an experience in college when advice from his adjunct government professor (a lawyer by day) rescued him from harassment by a collection agency. A prankster had signed Brian up for the record-of-the-month club, and he was being dunned for payments for products he had not requested. The demands abruptly stopped after Brian’s lawyer informed the record company that because Brian was younger than the age of majority (then 21), there was no enforceable contract.
He earned a J.D. degree with honors and a bachelor’s degree in engineering science, both from Florida State University, and he and his family all enjoy cheering their Seminoles in college football.
Brian and his wife (a former professor of government) share a love of history and cultural tourism and have visited many countries. They extensively research every place they visit, and enjoy living among the locals.
Business and Commercial Litigation
Civil Rights Litigation
Construction and Real Estate Litigation
Employment Practices Litigation
Government Tort Liability
Insurance Defense Litigation
Veterinary Malpractice Defense
Florida State University College of Law (J.D., with honors, 1974)
Florida State University (B.S., 1971)
Tennessee State and Federal Courts
United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Florida State and Federal Courts
United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
United States Supreme Court
Awards and Accomplishments
AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Law Specialist, 1993-2018
Florida Bar Code and Rules of Evidence Committee, Chair, 1995-1996
The William H. Stafford American Inn of Court, Founder and Master of the Bench
Judicial Nominating Commission, Second Judicial Circuit of Florida, Former Member
Super Lawyers, Civil Litigation: Defense, 2009; Employment Litigation: Defense, 2010 – Present
Tennessee Bar Association
Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
International Association of Defense Counsel
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Premium Member
American Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
American Veterinary Medical Law Association
Florida Defense Lawyers Association
Tallahassee Bar Association