Meet Scott Tift


Get to know the candidate running for Davidson County Chancery Court Judge, Part II.

Scott grew up in Macon, Georgia, where his parents’ example as engaged members of the community instilled Scott with the lifelong drive to public service that motivates him to seek Davidson County’s support to serve as a judge.

Scott Tift is a partner at Barrett, Johnston, Martin & Garrison, LLC—the law firm founded by George “Citizen” Barrett. Prior to joining Barrett Johnston, Scott practiced law as an associate at Bass, Berry, and Sims from 2008 to 2010. If elected, Scott will bring 10 years of litigation experience to the bench.

During Scott’s time at Barrett Johnston, he has represented individual people in many types of civil litigation. Among these cases, Scott has successfully defended individuals’ First Amendment rights to free speech and religion, successfully recovered unpaid wages for thousands of employees who have not been paid properly for their work, and regularly represented unionized workers in arbitrations governed by collective bargaining agreements.

During Scott’s time at Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC, Scott represented individuals, small businesses, and large businesses in a wide array of civil litigation, including contract disputes, real estate disputes, zoning disputes, and arbitrations under the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Combined, Scott’s work with these two firms has provided him with a broad array of trial experiences that will assist him, if elected, in his number one priority of making all judicial decisions as a fair and impartial decision maker.

In the community, Scott has served on the Board of Directors of Conexión Américas since 2010, where he is currently the Chair of the Board. Throughout his time at Conexión Américas, Scott has regularly been inspired by the stories of Nashville’s newest neighbors. Scott has also served on the board of the local chapter of the American Constitution Society and in the Harry Phillips American Inns of Court.

Scott graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University. After graduation, Scott worked for the presidential campaign of former Vermont Governor, Howard Dean, and worked for former President Bill Clinton. Scott then attended law school at Vanderbilt University Law School, where he graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif.

Scott is married to Nesrin Tift, a partner at Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC. Scott and Nesrin have two children, Isaac (5 years old) and Arthur (3 years old). Scott, Nesrin, Isaac, and Arthur live in East Nashville, where they spend most of their free time at little league, youth soccer, the Margaret Maddox YMCA, and anywhere else where Isaac and Arthur can run, jump, swing, and play.