John Stephens is a native of Dickson, TN. He attended Austin Peay State University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. During that time, he served as president of the local chapter of Psi Chi, a national honor society.
After graduation, Mr. Stephens attended Belmont University College of Law, graduating in 2015 with a Juris Doctor. During law school, Mr. Stephens interned for two years with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), assisting the Criminal Investigation Division (CID), Drug Investigation Division (DID), and the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU). He also assisted former United States Attorney General and current Dean of Belmont University College of Law, Alberto Gonzalez, in the drafting of “Advising the President: The Growing Scope of Executive Power to Protect America,” published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.
Mr. Stephens’ primary areas of practice include criminal, family, and healthcare law. His criminal experience includes representation for serious charges including rape, drug possession, firearm possession, DUI, child abuse, domestic assault, and first degree murder. He additionally litigates family matters including child custody, divorce, adoption, and dependency and neglect.
Mr. Stephens brings a unique perspective in the area of healthcare law, from both an investigative and practical standpoint. During his internship with the TBI, Mr. Stephens assisted in the investigation and litigation of violations of federal law, including the False Claims Act (FCA), Anti-kickback Statute (AKS), and whistleblower lawsuits. Additionally, Mr. Stephens brings pharmaceutical knowledge from working as a certified pharmacy technician for more than six years prior to law school.
Mr. Stephens joined Batson Nolan in November 2017. He is licensed to practice in Tennessee as well as the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Mr. Stephens is the current Vice President of the Montgomery County Bar Association as well as President-elect for 2019.