Judge McBrayer graduated from Maryville College, magna cum laude, in 1986 and from the College of William & Mary's Marshall-Wythe School of Law in 1989, where he was an editor of the William & Mary Law Review. He is a fellow of the American, Tennessee, and Nashville Bar Foundations. He is also the president of the Belmont University College of Law American Inn of Court. He received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Maryville College in 2015.
Judge McBrayer is co-author of Tennessee Secured Transactions Under Revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code: Form and Practice Manual, published by Data Trace Publishing. From 2001 to 2015, Judge McBrayer served as a delegate to the Tennessee Bar Association House of Delegates. He is also a past-president of the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute and a past-chair of the Bankruptcy Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association.