J. Bryan Echols

With permitting and environmental regulations growing increasingly complex, Bryan Echols has earned a reputation among commercial and residential real estate developers for his ability to move projects forward. Bryan is frequently engaged in challenging annexation, zoning and other land use applications in Franklin and Williamson County, Tennessee.  He successfully obtained zoning approval for the Westhaven and Berry Farms mixed-use developments as well as Lockwood Glen, Barclay and numerous other residential development projects.

Responsive and efficient, Bryan counsels clients by understanding both their objectives as well as the challenges they face with each development project. As a result, he has built long-standing relationships with the clients he represents, and much like the real estate developers and lenders to whom he is a trusted advisor, Bryan takes pride in his role in bringing projects from planning to completion.

A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Bryan served in the Air Force for 22 years as an Air Force Judge Advocate. Among his assignments he served as the Department of the Air Force Office of the General Counsel representative during the 1995 Base Realignment and Closure Commission process, and as counsel to the Office of Military Cooperation in the American Embassy in Kuwait.

Honors and Recognitions

Best Lawyers recognizes Bryan's experience in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law. Additionally, he is a three-time recipient of the Nashville Business Journal's Williamson County Impact Award and a member of the Williamson County Business Hall of Fame.


  • Represents the owner of the second largest office building in Nashville’s Gulch/Midtown area in commercial leasing matters and refinancing
  • Represents banks and other commercial lenders in loan origination matters for development, construction and refinancing real-estate secured lending
  • Represented real estate developers in Nashville’s “Gulch” district including mixed-use property development, retail and office leases


  • Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Member, Nashville and Tennessee Bar Associations
  • Member, NAIOP | Commercial Real Estate Development Association
  • Member, Urban Land Institute


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1981
    • American Jurisprudence Awards in Contracts II, Commercial Paper, and Labor
  • B.S., U.S. Air Force Academy, 1976

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  • Tennessee
  • Georgia

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A native of Alabama, Bryan roots for the Crimson Tide. He’s also an avid reader who enjoys historical fiction. Bryan and his wife raised three children, two of whom are currently living abroad and the third of whom is a U.S. Air Force pilot.