Brian Manookian represents plaintiffs in complex, catastrophic injury, and class action cases. One hundred percent of his practice is devoted to litigation. He has handled and prevailed in major actions in areas of law as varied as health care liability, constitutional claims, consumer protection, and business disputes. Known for both his intellect and aggressive approach to litigation, Brian’s clients describe him as the go-to guy when the defendant won’t budge, and it’s time to go to battle.
Brian grew up in Nashville and has deep roots in the community. After graduating from Goodpasture Christian School and Lipscomb University, he turned down scholarship offers from multiple Ivy League and top law schools across the country, choosing to stay home in Middle Tennessee. Brian attended Vanderbilt University Law School on scholarship where he distinguished himself academically, including being selected for Law Review and serving as an editor.
In practice, Brian’s clients range from Fortune 500 companies and high-profile politicians to small businesses and families. He takes pride in being available to them at all hours of the day and night, going so far as to ensure that each one has his personal cell and home phone numbers. As for defendants, Brian’s relentless style of litigation is unique even among trial lawyers. And it’s so effective, he is frequently hired by the very same entities he previously sued. Of the many indicators of an attorney’s skill and success, Brian believes having former adversaries retain him to represent them in future matters is quite possibly the highest practical endorsement an attorney can receive.
- Prevailed in a series of highly-technical consumer cases alleging widespread fraud in the diamond industry, securing significant settlements, and directly leading to the dissolution of one of the world’s largest and oldest diamond certifying organizations. Following Brian’s sustained assault on the company’s practices, it issued a press release announcing it was disbanding its global operations from Israel to South Africa and the United States, and would thereafter “cease to exist.” Brian’s efforts led to major changes in the diamond industry and received global media attention.
- Obtained major settlements for clients defrauded by prominent national timeshare corporation. Following payment, and as a result of Brian’s suits, the company shut down its business entirely.
- Brought what the national media has described as “the largest class action lawsuit in American history” against Google for illegally intercepting Wi-Fi users’ data during its Street View Mapping campaign, prevailing against Google at the Federal District Court and Court of Appeals.
- Defeated U.S. Congresswoman who sued campaign opponent for defamation and was seeking to have opponent’s campaign commercials pulled from the air. Brian successfully defended the ads in an emergency hearing, allowing them to continue running during the critical period leading up to the election.
- Defeated Metro Councilwoman in a widely reported defamation case in which the Councilwoman alleged her constituents had slandered her by petitioning for her recall. Brian not only had the cases dismissed, along the way he exposed the Councilwoman’s longtime physician partner as having fraudulently obtained his medical license, successfully petitioning the Board of Medicine to revoke his ability to practice in the State.
- Obtained significant jury verdict against well-known Nashville bar and music venue whose employee assaulted a law student, leaving him with permanent brain injuries.
- Defeated major multi-state retailer who sued small local business for defamation. Facing off against a large, national law firm, Brian forced a dismissal in less than twenty-one days.
- Obtained numerous summary judgments for clients, securing victories as a matter of law without the need for a trial.
- Briefed and prevailed in numerous appellate cases, including securing decisions that now define important areas of Tennessee healthcare and injury law.
SELECTED TENNESSEE SUPREME COURT CASES
- Banks v. Elks Club Pride of Tennessee, 301 S.W.3d 214 (Tenn. 2010)
- Powell v. Community Health Sys. Inc., 312 S.W.3d 496 (Tenn. 2010)
SELECTED TENNESSEE COURT OF APPEALS CASES
- Jackson v. HCA Health Services of Tennessee, Inc. (Tenn. App. 2012)
- Cardiac Anesthesia Services, PLLC v. Jones (Tenn. App. 2012)
- Smith v. Pratt (Tenn. App. 2009)
- Cookeville Regional Medical Center Authority v. Cardiac Anesthesia Services, PLLC (Tenn. App. 2009)
- Lawrence v. HCA Health Services of Tennessee, Inc. (Tenn. App. 2008)