Lela Hollabaugh


  • Roundabout Plaza
    1600 Division Street
    Suite 700
    Nashville, TN 37203
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Lela Hollabaugh


Lela M. Hollabaugh has served as the lead trial lawyer in more than a dozen jury trials, as well as more than two dozen bench trials, arbitrations and administrative hearings. She advises leading natural gas pipeline companies on issues involving location, land acquisition, construction and operations. Lela is currently advising on several large scale pipeline projects in the southeast. She also represents leading pharmaceutical, medical device and other manufacturers in matters ranging from individual lawsuits to mass tort cases. She is actively involved in several mass tort matters around the country.

Hollabaugh has served in several leadership positions in legal, industry, and government organizations. She currently heads the firm's business litigation group and is the managing partner of the Firm’s Nashville office. She is general counsel to the Nashville Bar Association and a trustee of the Nashville Bar Foundation. She is a past-president of the Nashville Bar Association and is a past member of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Board of Directors. Lela is a past Chair of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. Hollabaugh is also listed on the American Arbitration Association’s (AAA) Roster of Neutrals for Commercial Litigation. She holds a J.D. and B.S. (with honors) from the University of Tennessee.


  • Indigent Representation Task Force
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®
    • Commercial Litigation, 2015-2016
    • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, 2014-2016
    • Energy Law, 2010-2016
    • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants, 2016
    • Product Liability Litigation-Defendants, 2016
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Nashville, Energy Law, 2014
  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation, "Future Star," Tennessee, 2015-2016
  • Listed in The International Who's Who Legal
    • Products Liability Defence Lawyers, 2012-2015
  • Listed in Nashville Business Journal, "Best of the Bar," 2013-2015

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, Chair, 2011-2013; Board Member, 2009-2014 
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Board of Directors, 2009-2012; Trial Academy Faculty, 2009; Products Liability Committee, Past-Chair; Newsletter, Energy and Maritime Committee, Past-Vice-Chair
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Member
  • Nashville Bar Association, General Counsel, Past-President; Young Lawyers Division, Past-President
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Renewal House, Board of Directors 2008-2012, President 2012
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-South Chapter (formerly Middle Tennessee Chapter); Former Chair, Board of Trustees; active involvement with the chapter since 1995
  • Nashville Bar Foundation Trustee 2015-2018
    • Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum Steering Committee Member
  • Harpeth Hall School, Alumni Board Member