Tyler Chance Yarbro
Tyler Chance Yarbro brings her extensive experience in courtroom advocacy to advise and assist clients with their litigation needs. She is involved in a wide range of litigation matters, including employment, personal injury, and criminal law. In 2018, she became the firm’s Managing Partner.
Yarbro graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Wellesley College where she studied English and economics. During college, she also attended The University of Paris for a semester.
Prior to practicing law, Yarbro worked in politics. She served as a field director for Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign in a number of states, beginning with the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary and ending with a lesser-known vote recount in the Oregon general election.
Yarbro earned her law degree at the University of Virginia. While there, she was recognized for her legal writing and was named a Dillard Fellow to assist and tutor in the first year legal research and writing program.
Following law school, Yarbro worked at Nashville’s Metropolitan Public Defender’s Office representing thousands of indigent clients facing every level of offense. Whether the charge was as minor as disorderly conduct or as serious as first degree murder, Yarbro sought to provide informed, conscientious, and passionate advocacy for her clients. As a public defender, Yarbro appeared in court nearly every day and helmed numerous jury trials. She was also qualified under the Tennessee Supreme Court rules to serve as co-counsel on capital cases.
Yarbro has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2016-2021 Editions of The Best Lawyers in America©. She is currently listed in the the fields of Litigation: Labor and Employment , Employment law: Individuals and Employment Law: Management).
Since 2016, Yarbro has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University, teaching a course in trial advocacy to law students. Yarbro is a member of the Nashville Bar Association, the Lawyers’ Association for Women, and the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She was a member of the 2012 TBA Leadership Law Class, and the Nashville Post named her one of “Nashville’s Law Leaders Rising.” She is a three-time Nashville Business Journal “Best of the Bar” honoree, and in 2014 she was named to the Mid-South “Rising Star” List–a designation given to no more than 2.5% of attorneys in the state. Each year since 2014, the Tennessee Supreme Court has named her an “Attorney for Justice,” signifying that she has devoted at least 50 hours per year to pro bono legal work.
In 2017, Yarbro was nominated by the Mayor and appointed by the Metro Council to the Greenways and Open Spaces Commission. Previously, she served on the Community Corrections Advisory Board for nine years. She also serves on the YWCA Advocacy Committee.
Yarbro maintains an avid interest in politics, regularly volunteering on behalf of local candidates. She is also very involved in the life of Christ Church Cathedral. She recently completed a three-year term on the parish vestry and is currently serving as Chair of the Strategic Plan Implementation Committee.
She is married to Jeff Yarbro, also an attorney. They have two children.