Meet Law Clerk Brandon Fersten


Brandon Fersten

Brandon has been employed as a law clerk at Barnes Law since May of 2017. He is a student at the University of Tennessee College of Law and plans to graduate cum laude this coming spring. Brandon has made the Dean’s List three years in a row and was awarded the prestigious CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Advanced Criminal Law and Negotiation in the spring of 2018.

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In February 2017, he traveled to Washington, D.C. to represent the University in a national mock trial tournament. He is also scheduled to participate in the UT Advocacy Clinic in the spring of 2019, where Brandon will receive a limited license to practice law by the Tennessee Supreme Court to represent indigent defendants in both criminal and juvenile cases. Only a small percentage of students are selected to participate in this clinic.

As a child growing up in Coral Springs, Florida, Brandon displayed an affinity for argument. Although his parents weren’t quite yet aware of it, this affinity was a premonition to his future as an attorney. He went on to achieve a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with a minor in Economics from the University of South Florida.

After obtaining his undergraduate degree, he chose to travel to the University of Tennessee to complete his legal training. Brandon fell in love with Knoxville and plans to make his relocation here permanent. He enjoys spending time watching sports and is a die-hard L.A. Rams fan. And even though he is a native Floridian, our Knoxville clients will be happy to know he prefers the Volunteers over the Gators. Brandon also enjoys hiking in the Great Smokies with his girlfriend of three years, Taylor.

“John is more than a boss. He’s a mentor and a friend. He is a perfect example of what a great attorney should be.”

Brandon has established himself as an integral part of our practice, and we are very thankful to have him on our team. We look forward to seeing him as a practicing attorney after he passes the Bar Exam in October, 2019.


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