Former Nashville restaurateur Jody Faison said today he plans to begin a solo legal practice, with an emphasis on regulations that affect the food and beverage industry.
Faison, who passed the bar exam in April after finishing his course work at Nashville School of Law, said he hopes to handle some legal work with long-time friend and local attorney Adam Dread.
“I am excited to start practicing law and hopefully being of service to the people in Middle Tennessee and also looking forward to working with many of the people who so graciously helped me get to this point,” said Faison, a Fayetteville native. “One of those persons, Mr. Adam Dread, was my first restaurant manager, circa 1984, and he and I plan to collaborate on legal matters in the food and bar industry.”
Faison said his nearly 26 years of experience as a restaurant owner/operator will benefit his legal practice as it relates to the technical aspects of the industry.
Following graduation from Vanderbilt University in 1981, and at age 22, Faison opened in Hillsboro Village the eponymously named Faison’s. The restaurant/bar was immensely popular and served as a forerunner, of sorts, to the explosion of cosmopolitan nightspots that hit the city in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
After opening Faison’s, Faison remained a constant in the city’s culinary and entertainment scene for the next 25 years, with popular eateries and music venues including 12th and Porter, 12th and Porter Playroom, The Iguana, JoeD’s Hot Chicken Shack, Café 123, Jody’s Dining Hall and Bar Car and Pub of Love. Faison also served as a founding partner in Jules and SoBro Grill.
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