Stephen Price Profiled in the Nashville Business Journal's "The Boss" Series
For Stephen Price, practicing law was always part of plan. Now the labor attorney wears an administrative hat in his role as managing partner of Burr & Forman's Nashville office in addition to maintaining a full-time practice. At 52 years old, the father of three stays busy outside work by perfecting his one-handed backhand on the tennis court, following his friends at Tennessee's biggest music festival and watching his alma mater play football.
When you were younger what did you want to be when you grew up?
I actually thought I wanted to be an attorney. Perhaps because I didn't grow up in a lawyer's family, so I never saw the work and time it takes to be one. The TV shows with lawyers be it the old "Perry Mason" show. … There was a movie called "The Paper Chase" that I very much liked. I thought it was all fascinating, so I did nerdy things, like high school debate, that seemed conducive to being a lawyer and continue down that path. What's your favorite Perry Mason episode? I don't remember a particular episode, but the one thing I always find funny about Perry Mason is that they were actually not real trials. They were always sort of pre-trial hearings, so there's this misnomer that Perry Mason was always in front of a trial, and it's just not true. Almost every Perry Mason episode someone confesses guilt on the stand, but in real life very few opposing clients cave to that level.