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Attorney J. Bryan Boyd
A native of North Carolina, attorney J. Bryan Boyd grew up in Asheville with an appreciation for people from all walks of life. Neither of Bryan’s parents went to college, but were dedicated, hard workers at a textile mill. While he didn’t grow up wanting for anything, he understood how hard times could be a layoff or an injury away, because it happened to others around him. Part of his upbringing revolved around helping people and meeting their needs, which is why he considered becoming a lawyer in the first place. By combining his natural talents, intelligence, and drive to help his community, Bryan sought to emulate his parents’ hard work and went into law.
Bryan excelled in law school, winning various awards, competitions, and distinctions. After he graduated, he went straight into a two-year clerkship for Justice Bob Edmunds in the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Then, an opportunity for him to teach at his alma mater, Campbell Law School, fell into his lap, and Bryan has since taught many of the attorneys now practicing throughout North Carolina and beyond. He subsequently became the director of the Legal Research and Writing department, and from there, became Campbell Law School’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Bryan was also the Associate Dean for Administration at Liberty Law School in Virginia from October 2017 to August 2018.
“I step in whenever and wherever there is a need.”
Over the course of his career, Bryan has taught various areas of the law, from trial and appellate advocacy, to criminal law, to litigation. He has never backed out of a challenge.
When it comes to representing clients, Bryan has taught current and future attorneys how to do what they do best during trial.
Giving Clients One-on-One Attention
Bryan enjoyed teaching best when he could provide personal attention to his students. He is at his best when he is face-to-face with a person, working with them to find solutions for their problems, and making a personal connection with them.
“You should talk to Hoyt Tessener.”
When Bryan was in law school, he told his professor that he wanted to be a litigator. His professor told him, “Well, you should talk to Hoyt Tessener.”
Attorney Hoyt Tessener is one of the lead litigators at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, and is a shareholder of the firm. Hoyt was teaching at Campbell Law School – and still does to this day.
According to Bryan, “I’ve known of Hoyt certainly since I was a student and graduate student, and I’ve seen the amazing things he’s done and how he represents people and how he does it at a very high level. I’ve known of his work and respected him, and he’s one of those people that drive me to try to be better in all that I can do.”
Hoyt said, “Bryan brings an incredible skill set to James Scott Farrin. He has taught everything we do as lawyers to help our clients. Bryan has always been one of the highest rated professors at Campbell Law School, and is just adored by his students. He has created a class there that he will continue teaching that commands a waiting list every year. From Asheville, to Buies Creek, to the NC Supreme Court, back to Campbell, and then Clerk of the NC Supreme Court, and now with us at Farrin. We will all have the opportunity to learn from Bryan as he does what he is called to do – and that is to litigate.”
A Compassionate Advocate for All
Bryan has witnessed how easily one event can derail an individual’s life – whether that’s a car accident or a hardship that came about through no fault of one’s own.
Bryan approaches his clients with a relatable grace and compassion, whether it’s good news or bad news. If it’s bad news, he works through it with them.
What drives Bryan in his day-to-day is the opportunity to do the best that he can for his clients. Every day is a new day to do what he can for people who need his help.
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