Edward "Ed" M. Callaway

At the intersection of environmental law and strategic business objectives, companies turn to Ed Callaway for advice on the regulatory demands and details that impact commercial development projects, acquisitions, and day-to-day operations in a wide range of industries. Clients appreciate Ed's professional and personal curiosity and his willingness to get his hands dirty–literally–when making on-site visits to better understand their operations.

Ed has provided enforcement defense and compliance advice to many of the largest solid waste disposal companies in the U.S., and has advised some of Tennessee's largest hazardous waste treatment facilities regarding permitting issues and matters involving site contamination and remediation.

Ed also frequently serves as environmental counsel, performing critical due diligence assessments for clients involved in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures in the healthcare, wireless communications, and other industries.

He has successfully resolved environmental compliance matters associated with industrial operations and commercial real estate development projects throughout the Southeast, including local, state, and federal permitting as well as other issues that can delay or derail projects, including:

  • Protection of endangered species
  • Wetlands preservation
  • Site contamination

Chambers USA and Best Lawyers both recognize Ed as a leading lawyer in Environmental Law. Ed has also recently been listed as a "2017 Mid-South Super Lawyer."


  • Board Member, Volunteer Section, Solid Waste Association of North America
  • Program Vice Chair for the Environmental Transactions and Brownfields Committee, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, American Bar Association
  • Member, Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
  • Member and Former Chair, Environmental Law Sections of the Nashville and Tennessee Bar Associations
  • Member, Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Section of the American Bar Association
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated

Prior Affiliations

  • Tennessee Attorney General's Office, Environmental Division, 1991-92
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Land and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Enforcement Section, 1992


  • J.D., cum laude, Vermont Law School, 1993
  • B.A., cum laude, Dartmouth College, 1990

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • Kentucky

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee

Up Close

Ed proudly drives a Nissan Leaf. He attended college and law school in New England where he developed a passion for playing ice hockey that continues to this day. Ed's iPod contains every CD he has owned since college – more than 15,000 songs.