J. Bryan Echols - Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP

J. Bryan Echols

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 615-850-8865

Bryan Echols focuses on commercial real estate, including zoning and land use, acquisitions and due diligence, financing, development, planning and leasing. He has assisted with shopping centers, business centers, commercial office space and flex-space leases.

He also represents lenders and commercial borrowers in loan transactions, including national lenders providing conduit credit facilities secured by real estate interests. Another facet of his practice is the use of conservation easements, fund-raising for preservation purposes and related issues.

Recent Assignments

  • Successfully secured zoning approval for a controversial mixed-use development from Franklin, Tennessee, officials
  • Completed acquisition, loan and condominium establishment for a distinctive redevelopment effort in downtown Nashville
  • Obtained city of Brentwood, Tenn., approval for first "Innovative Project" residential development, including town homes, boulevard homes and hilltop estates
  • Completed protracted negotiations for 60,000 square foot commercial lease in prominent office park

Recent Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • Led seminars for real estate professionals and attorneys regarding due diligence investigations, lending principles and foreclosures.
  • Provided seminars on conservation easement drafting and tax aspects.

Before Dickinson Wright

Mr. Echols is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, with 22 years of military service. He earned his law degree on active duty and served as a Judge Advocate. Bryan oversaw the Air Force's Base Closure and Realignment process in 1995 and was legal advisor to the Office of Military Cooperation in the American Embassy in Kuwait.

Bryan is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2007-2010). He is on the board of the Heritage Foundation for Franklin and Williamson County , and a volunteer attorney for the Land Trust for Tennessee.  In 2009, Mr. Echols was presented with the Patron's Award by the Heritage Foundation for his contributions to the work of the foundation.

United States Air Force AcademyBS 1976Vanderbilt UniversityJ.D. 1981
NAIOPUrban Land InstituteWilliamson County Bar AssociationNashville Bar AssociationTennessee Bar Association

Office Location

Nashville City Center, Suite 2700
511 Union Street
Nashville, TN 37219
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Land Use and Zoning Law of the Nashville Metro Area
J. Bryan Echols has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Land Use and Zoning Law (Condominiums, Easements and Rights of Way, Land Use, Master Planned Communities, Real Estate, Zoning)
Real Estate Law