Brian J. Rife

Brian J. Rife

Managing Attorney
Bristol, Virginia

For over 12 years, Mr. Rife's practice has focused on representing clients in the matters of Virginia and Tennessee workers' compensation defense, Federal black lung defense, insurance defense, subrogation and employment. Mr. Rife's experience in all aspects of both administrative and appellate advocacy includes representation of clients at evidentiary hearings, trials and appeals including defending both workplace accident claims as well as occupational disease claims tied to factories, coal mines, natural resource companies, service industries, and the trucking industry.

Mr. Rife came to Midkiff, Muncie & Ross in 2011 to open and manage the firm's first office in Southwest Virginia. Mr. Rife's career of practicing in both Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee uniquely places the Bristol office within a short drive from evidentiary hearings for Virginia Workers' Compensation claims, Federal black lung claims before the Federal Department of Labor, and workers' compensation claims before the Tennessee Department of Labor. Mr. Rife was recently honored by his peers by being awarded an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell; a recognition of the highest levels of ethics and skill in his practice area.

Mr. Rife enjoys spending time with his wife, Anne Rife, Esq., and their two small children. Mr. Rife and his family enjoy spending most weekends at Steele Creek Park in Bristol, Tennessee, the state's third largest municipal park. Mr. Rife spends much of spring and early summer coaching his son's little league baseball team and attempting to keep up with his young daughter. In the winter, Mr. Rife may be found skiing in the mountains of Colorado or West Virginia when time and weather permits.

Areas of Practice

  • Workers' Compensation
  • Federal Black Lung Defense
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Federal and State Litigation
  • Subrogation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Premises Liability Defense
  • Property Insurance Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • Tennessee, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
  • Court of Appeals of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit


  • The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    • J.D. - 2003
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • B.A. - 1999

Published Works

  • Brian Rife, et al., Workers' Compensation Update , Lorman Education Services, 2007, 2011, 2012


  • Virginia Workers' Compensation Law…., Workers' Compensation Institute, Workers' Compensation Educational Conference & 27th Annual Safety & Health Conference, August 23-26 Orlando, Florida
  • Tennessee & Virginia Workers' Compensation: A Comparison, May 14, 2015
  • Defending Virginia Workers' Compensation Claims, March 6, 2014
  • Unexplained and Idiopathic Falls in Virginia, May 31, 2012
  • Anticipation of Workers' Compensation Claims: An Employer's Perspective, May 2, 2012
  • Unexplained Falls after Herndon, December 8, 2011
  • Workers’ Compensation Update: Preparing for Claims from an Employer’s Perspective, May 19, 2011
  • Legislative Updates to Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act, May 13, 2011
  • Family and Medical Leave Act 2009 Final Regulations, February 10, 2010
  • Settlement of Workers’ Compensation Claims and Special Considerations, May 1, 2009
  • Introduction to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, September 10, 2008
  • Use of Subpoena Power and the Independent Medical Exam in Litigation of Workers’ Compensation Claims, May 20, 2008
  • Workers’ Compensation Update in Virginia: Employment Law Basics and Interactions with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act, November 30, 2007
  • Sexual Harassment in the Modern Workplace, January 31, 2007
  • Litigating and Defending the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Claim, April 27, 2006
  • The Litigated Workers’ Compensation Claim: Strategy and Preparation, March 10, 2006
  • Arising Out of and in the Course of Employment in Virginia Workers’ Compensation Claims, October 28, 2004, Bristol Compressors, Bristol, Virginia

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Labor and Employment Law Division
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Bristol, Tennessee Bar Association , Past President-2012
  • National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals, VBA Community Servant
  • Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce Steering Committee - LEAD Bristol Program
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Bristol TN/VA Chamber Commerce, Defense Research Institute