About Us 2018-02-07T18:54:21+00:00


Houston Parks, Wesley Mack Bryant, and Shawn Snyder decided to bring their experiences and expertise together as a new law firm, Parks, Bryant & Snyder, PLLC, to serve the legal needs of persons in middle Tennessee.  Houston brings 40 years of experience as a lawyer and trust officer, Wesley has been practicing law for over a decade and is one of the premier litigators in the area, and Shawn, having spent several years as the director of a dispute resolution center, is highly experienced in mediation and family law.

The mission of Parks, Bryant & Snyder is to provide superior client support always with a personal touch and professional expertise.  We determine early on what the client truly expects and needs, and we craft a strategy for each client to reach his or her goals.  The client’s interest comes first, and a strategy to vigorously and effectively get favorable results comes next.

We believe in excellence in every step taken to benefit the client.

We believe in efficiency through technology in getting results at a reasonable cost.

We believe in choosing the right approach to resolving each disputed legal matter.  Some matters are best resolved by collaboration, while other matters require a legal contest.  Each client decides with us the best approach for the matter at hand.

We believe in resolving each client’s matter as fully, as effectively, and as quickly as is possible under the circumstances.




Houston is a native of Maury County.  He wanted to be a lawyer since he was a boy, and after receiving a degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, where he majored in History, he received his law degree from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

After serving as law clerk to federal district judge Harry Wellford in Memphis, Houston returned to his hometown and practiced law for 21 years, first with MacFarland, Colley, Blank & Jack, and then with Trabue, Sturdivant & DeWitt.  His law practice was varied, and included wills and estates; divorces, custody, and support; adoptions; real estate; business law; and litigation.  He is AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  He helped start The Mediation Center in Columbia.

For the next 18 years, Houston was an officer of First Farmers and Merchants Bank, and worked as general counsel and senior trust officer of the bank’s $4 billion trust department.  At First Farmers, Houston worked extensively with wills and estates, guardianships and conservatorships, powers of attorney, estate and asset planning, and investments.  He has extensive knowledge of financial statements and valuation methods.

The Tennessee Supreme Court has appointed Houston to the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education.

Houston is married to Suzanne Cox Parks, and they have one child, Alexander.  Both Suzanne and Alexander are educators.  Houston has been active in legal and civic leadership in Maury County and middle Tennessee.  In his spare time, Houston is an avid reader and writer.



Wesley was born and raised in Columbia, TN.  After graduating from Ole Miss in 1999, he attended the University Of Tennessee College Of Law where he served as the Student Materials Editor of the Tennessee Law Review.

After receiving his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from UT in 2002, Wesley returned to Columbia and began practicing law where he concentrates on Domestic Relations/Family Law, Criminal Law, Collections, and Landlord Tenant issues.

Wesley authored an article titled Solomon’s New Sword: Tennessee Parenting Plan, The Roles of Attorneys, and the Care Perspective which was included in the Tennessee Law Review’s 2002 Ethics Symposium edition.

Wesley has also participated in the cutting edge of the legal field, having argued before the Tennessee Supreme Court the case of Hodge v Craig which established, for the first time in Tennessee, a cause of action for Paternity Fraud.

Maury County is Wesley’s home and he has dedicated his life to promoting and serving it.  Wesley has served as the Chamber Council Chair of the Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance where he also served as a board member.  Wesley is a graduate of Leadership Maury as well as Leadership Law, and is the current chairman of the City of Columbia’s Planning Commission.  He is a member of Kiwanis of Columbia as well a board member for the Maury Regional Medical Center Foundation.  Wesley coaches, referees, and when he can, plays in the local recreational soccer league.

An avid distance runner, Wesley enjoys traveling with his wife Katie and his daughters, Avery, Audrey, and Nora.



With a catholic father from New York and an evangelical mother who grew up outside of Houston, Shawn learned to appreciate multiple sides and outlooks early on in life.  He welcomes conflict and differing opinions and views them as opportunities to learn something new.

Shawn’s naturally inclined to help people solve their disagreements before going to war and this mentality serves his family law clients well.  Most families don’t need to hire a warrior who views every encounter as a battle to be won; they need a lawyer who simply sees problems that need to be solved.

A native Texan, Shawn went to Texas A&M University where he double-majored in Political Science and English and also received a minor in History.

Shawn received his JD from South Texas College of Law.  While in law school he taught himself how to play guitar.  His guitar playing skills are very much on par with his singing ability, which is to say: they are both quite mediocre, but he entertains himself, and his wife, Lesley, is kind enough to humor him.

After law school, Shawn spent nearly three years as the executive director of a community mediation center.  He is a Rule 31 mediator and has participated in hundreds of mediations.

Lastly, Shawn would like it known that he is issuing a standing offer to mediate, pro bono, whatever disagreement that’s keeping The Civil Wars members John Paul White and Joy Williams from making more music together.  Seriously.


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