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Payton’s practice consists primarily of construction litigation, insurance coverage matters, and commercial litigation for a variety of industries. He represents owners, contractors, and subcontractors in construction defect and payment disputes, and represents insurers in property claims. He also has experience counseling businesses large and small in the real estate, finance, and insurance space in connection with commercial disputes, external investigations, and enforcement actions brought by state and federal regulatory agencies. Payton applies this breadth of litigation and industry-specific experience to every client matter, focusing on the best course of action for the business in a given set of circumstances.

Prior to joining Frost Brown Todd, Payton practiced commercial and bankruptcy litigation at a regional law firm. He received his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Georgia Law Review. During law school, Payton also co-chaired the annual Protect Athens Music Conference, a forum for legal and business issues facing the music industry, and served as a research assistant for Professor Elizabeth Chamblee Burch on issues related to multidistrict litigation and common benefit attorneys’ fees.

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Law School

University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 2016, cum laude

Georgia Law Review, Editor in Chief

Undergraduate School

University of Georgia, B.A., Political Science, 2009, magna cum laude


Bar Memberships

Payton is licensed to practice in the following state(s):



Payton is admitted to practice before the following court(s):

U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee


Local & National Recognition

Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Stars®, Business Litigation (2019-2021)

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

University of Georgia Alumni Association, Nashville Chapter (2018-present)

Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County Board of Zoning Appeals, Member (2022-present)

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Amplify My Community, Board Member (2013-present)

Major Publications

Payton is an author or contributor to the following publications:

Journal of Bankruptcy Law: “Shipped Goods Deemed Received” Upon Physical Possession for Allowed Claims for Administrative Expenses in Bankruptcy

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