Bryan Tilley was born in Little Rock and grew up in Texas. He graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas (1970), Texas Tech University (1974) and the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville (1977).
Immediately after graduation from law school he was licensed to practice in all Arkansas state and federal courts and later was admitted to practice in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis as well as the United States Supreme Court.
Bryan began his private law practice in Heber Springs in 1982. He is a member of numerous professional associations including the American and Arkansas Bar Associations and the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a past member of the American Judges Association.
Opting to focus his community service through the Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, Bryan served as Vice President (1984), President (1985), Treasurer, and as a Board Member for three 3-year terms. He was Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in 1994 and served on the Quorum Court as Justice of the Peace in 2000. Bryan was a member of the Heber Springs Civil Service Commission from 2004 -2009. Currently Bryan serves as a board member and was also past Chairperson of the Cleburne County Library Board, a member of the Heber Springs A & P Commission, and a director on the Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation Board of Directors. Bryan has been a member and also Treasurer for St. Francis Episcopal Church of Heber Springs for many years. Additionally, he is the Legal Advisor for Cleburne County Cares, Inc. and is the Legal Advisor for and a founding member of the Cleburne County Shooting Club.
In addition to his private law practice and community activities, Bryan also had a lengthy judicial career, having served as the City Court Judge in Greers Ferry from 1983 until 2009. He also started the City Court in Quitman in 1991 and the City Court in Concord in 1996.