Kristin E. Berexa

Kristen E. Berexa, managing partner at Farrar Bates Berexa

Kristin E. Berexa

Managing Partner



Kristin joined Farrar Bates Berexa in 1994. Her areas of practice include civil rights defense, law enforcement liability defense, municipal liability defense and employment law. She handles cases in both federal and state courts, as well as at both the trial and appellate level. Over the years, Kristin has handled a broad range of cases involving complex constitutional issues, police misconduct, officer-involved shootings, catastrophic accidents and employment related matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Kristin served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Tennessee Office of the Attorney General. Kristin received her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1991, where she graduated cum laude. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, cum laude, from Austin Peay State University in 1988.

In addition to practicing law, Kristin provides training seminars for her clients in all aspects of law enforcement liability and employer/employee relations. She has been a featured speaker at professional conferences on topics of municipal liability, police liability and employment law. She has been named to the Mid-South Super Lawyers.

Kristin and her husband, Dan, reside in Brentwood, where they raised their three children.


University of Tennessee College of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, cum laude, 1991
Austin Peay State University, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, cum laude, 1988


State of Tennessee
United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
United States Supreme Court

Presentations and Seminars:

Lorman Education Services Police Liability Seminar

  • Taser Liability Update
  • Application of Tennessee Open Records Act to Law Enforcement

Heritage Professional Publishing

  • Suing and Defending the Government

Public Entity Partners Annual Symposium

  • Police Pursuits under Federal and State Law
  • Municipal Courts and Suspension of Driver’s Licenses for Failure to Pay Traffic Debt
  • Employment Litigation and Governmental Entities
  • Use of Inmates on Municipal Work Projects
  • Law Enforcement Liability

Public Entity Partners – Partnering for Success Webinar Series

  • Mutual Aid and Assistance in Law Enforcement

Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association Seminar

  • Primer on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • Municipal Liability for Police Misconduct