Erica K. Garrison

Known for her unique understanding of municipal and state regulatory law, Erica Garrison assists clients involved in transactions with the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and other local governments. She also works on land use and zoning issues associated with controversial projects, and identifies and obtains state and local incentives for businesses relocating to Tennessee. In addition, Erica performs procurement work for clients, from helping them respond to an RFP to contesting the issuance of an RFP award.  She also regularly represents clients on a cadre of state regulatory matters before the state's various Boards and Commissions.

Previously employed as an associate attorney with the Metropolitan Department of Law in Nashville, Erica brings a specific understanding of how government works and how best to interact with government. She appreciates the nuanced intersection of law, politics, and policy, which led her to her current practice. Being directly involved in the shaping and development of a client's businesses both challenges and excites Erica. 


  • Represented a manufacturer of nitrous oxide in their obtaining of incentives from the state and local governments
  • Represented a local company on zoning work in multiple matters involving getting local zoning approval
  • Represented a publicly traded company on zoning work and writing new legislation to redefine the client's industry
  • Represented multiple clients on procurement laws involving how to develop a winning and responsive bid and how to contest the bids that they lose
  • Represented a local contractor on municipal regulatory work
  • Represented several Tennessee municipalities to establish various TIF Districts
  • Represented a large corporate client being investigated by the State Attorney General's office
  • Represented numerous businesses on matters before the Metro Council


  • Member, Nashville and Tennessee Bar Associations
  • Member, Harry Phillips America Inns of Court
  • Volunteer, Legal-Aid

Prior Affiliations:

  • Associate Attorney, Metropolitan Department of Law, Nashville, Tenn., 2004-2006


  • J.D., University of Notre Dame, 2004
    • Three-Year Academic Scholarship
    • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
    • Dean Knoop Legal Aid and Public Defender's Award
  • B.A., DePauw University, 2001
    • DePauw Merit Scholar
    • Carson Newman History Scholar

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee

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Erica is married with a young daughter and a cockapoo. She lives in a historic area of Nashville and she and her husband, who is also a lawyer, are both interested and active in politics, traveling and volunteering. She is also an avid reader actively involved in several neighborhood book clubs as well as a member of West End United Methodist Church. Her involvement in organizations outside of work include the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, the Kitchen Cabinet and the Martha O'Bryan Center.