Brad Box, a partner at Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC, has been named the 2013-2014 president of the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association. The association is the state arm of the national Defense Research Institute, an organization committed to the exchange of ideas, technique and information.
“It’s a great honor,” Box said. “It’s just a great association for building skill and integrity … and having a voice for ourselves and our clients on issues that are important to the folks that are generally on the defense side of cases.”
Rainey Kizer has offices in Jackson, Tenn., and Memphis. Box, who lives in Jackson, has embraced the commute – with the majority of his work being Shelby County, state and federal cases.
“I consider myself as a Memphis lawyer,” he said.
Box is a civil trial attorney representing national and regional corporations in business, tort and insurance litigation, mainly on the defense side. It isn’t the area he thought he would focus on as he was working toward a bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. “I thought I would do transactional work, and I never have.”
He grew up on the Tennessee River in Decatur County, Tenn., and may have been set on his path early in life when his father told him his name – Bradford David Box – “sounded like a lawyer.”
Whether the seed was planted then or not, he graduated from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 1994, having interned with Rainey Kizer between his second and third years of school. He told the firm during his internship exit interview, “Look, I’m coming to Jackson and y’all can hire me if you’re willing, but either way, I’m coming to your town.”
A firm believer in the importance of family and community, Box seeks such characteristics, not only in his private life but professionally as well. This is a key reason why he’s stayed with Rainey Kizer since the beginning.
“The unique thing about our firm, and the thing that stood out to me and stands out to me now, is our firm … is really committed to supporting people in their personal lives, giving them encouragement in living their lives the right way in their faith, in their family, and I’ve got great mentors ahead of me that are living their lives the way I want to live mine,” he said.
He’s active within the community with the Room in the Inn program, part of Area Relief Ministries. The program helps shelter homeless men in Jackson, which doesn’t have a men’s homeless shelter. Area churches provide a place to sleep, dinner and breakfast.
“The unique thing about our firm ... (it) is really committed to supporting people in their personal lives.”
Partner, Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC
As an avid runner – a “fanatic,” he says – he’s come in fifth overall in the Lean Horse 100 ultra marathon in South Dakota, and is training for Chattanooga’s first Ironman next year.
Running is something he came into late in life. As a way to help get his community involved in the sport he loves so much, he’s on the committee working to build Jackson’s first greenway.
“(Running) was a big part of stabilizing my life because I realized after about 10 years of practicing law that I wasn’t exercising. I was gaining two or three pounds a year, and I just kind of made a life change,” he said. “It’s been great. I feel better, I sleep better – there’s no substitute for that.”
Box and wife Angela have four children – Weston, 14; Jenna, 10; Marshall, 8; and Jondavid, 6. With four children, he says, “there’s never a dull moment.”
It’s been a year of honors for Box. In addition to being named president of the TDLA, an organization he first became associated with 15 years ago, he was also added to the executive committee of Rainey Kizer. He’s an AV rated lawyer, a member of the Howell Edmunds Jackson American Inns of Court, and a fellow in the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel.
Box has become the attorney he’d hoped to be, largely because of the environment he’s worked in since embarking on his career. As a recruiting partner within the firm, he plays the part of mentor, telling the young lawyers he comes in contact with that “you become what’s around you.”