Judge Thomas Brothers

Sixth Circuit Court


Thomas W. Brothers is Judge of the Sixth Circuit Court for the 20th Judicial District of Tennessee (Nashville/Davidson County). He was born in Nashville on July 16, 1951. His parents were Mack and Sarah White Brothers. He is married to Julia Westland Brothers.

He attended Parmer Elementary School and Montgomery Bell Academy. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors in 1973 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law and was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1977.

Judge Brothers practiced law in Nashville as a solo practitioner (1978-89) in the law offices of Jack Norman. He was appointed to the Sixth Circuit Court in February 1989 by Governor Ned McWherter and was re-elected in 1990. He is a member of the Tennessee, Nashville and American Bar Associations and L.A.W. He is a member of the ABA Judicial Division’s Technology Committee. He has served as chairman of the Minorities Opportunities Committee and as a member the Board of Directors of the Nashville Bar Association. He is an emeritus Master of the Bench of the Harry Phillips American Inn of Court.

As a member of the Tennessee Judicial Conference he serves as Chairman of the Technology for the Courts Committee and is a member of the Pattern Civil Jury Instructions Committee and the Delay Reduction Committee. He is a past Secretary for the Conference.

Judge Brothers was Presiding Judge for the 20th Judicial District for two terms, from 1991 to 1993. He is the Vice-Chair for the Justice Information System (JIS) of Nashville- Metropolitan government as well as being the Circuit Court Representative on the Policy and Operations Committees of JIS.