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Payton advises financial services, real estate, entertainment and manufacturing clients with regard to business disputes, business litigation and bankruptcy proceedings in state and federal courts. Prior to joining Frost Brown Todd, Payton practiced commercial and bankruptcy litigation at a regional law firm. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he served as Editor in Chief of the Georgia Law Review. During law school, Payton 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.

Prior to attending law school, Payton worked as a touring musician for three years after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Georgia. At the University of Georgia, Payton was a recipient of the Foundation Fellowship, the university’s top undergraduate scholarship.

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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 Court – Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee


Local & National Recognition

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

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

University of Georgia Alumni Association, Nashville Chapter (2018-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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