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Erin Palmer Polly

Erin Palmer Polly is a partner in the firm's Nashville office and is a member of the Commercial Disputes practice group. She is a trial lawyer who focuses her practice on business and commercial disputes, civil rights litigation, class action matters, intellectual property litigation, professional liability defense, and provider/payor disputes. She has tried cases in federal and state courts as well as before arbitration panels and has developed significant experience conducting internal investigations.

  • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV®-Preeminent™ - Peer Review Rated, 2011-2023
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Commercial Litigation, 2018-2023
    • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2018-2023
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Named to Mid-South Super Lawyers list, Civil Litigation: Defense, 2018-2022
    • Named to the Mid-South Super Lawyers list, Top 100 Lawyers in Tennessee, 2022
    • Named to the Mid-South Super Lawyers list, Top 50 Women Lawyers in the Southeast, 2022
    • Named to Mid-South Rising Stars List, Civil Litigation: Defense, 2010-2017
  • Women of Influence, Nashville Business Journal, 2023
  • Benchmark Litigation, Future Star, 2018, 2022-2023
  • The Legal 500 United States, Dispute Resolution, General Commercial Disputes, 2023 
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America, 2022, 2024
  • The National Law Journal, Top Verdicts of 2016, $22,200,000
  • Best of the Bar, Nashville Business Journal, 2016-2023
  • Top 40 Under 40, Nashville Business Journal, 2017
  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation, 2019
  • Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation, 2015
  • President’s Award, Nashville Bar Association, 2015
  • Legal Aid Society, Volunteer Lawyers Program Pro Bono Leadership Award, 2014
  • Nashville Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Enterprise Award, 2007
  • Maryville College Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni, 2006
  • Tennessee Bar Association
    • Leadership Law Program, Class of 2014
  • Nashville Bar Association
    • Past President, 2018
    • Young Lawyers Division Past President, 2014
  • Nashville Bar Foundation
    • President
  • Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands
    • Board of Directors
    • 2019 Campaign for Equal Justice Chair
  • Tennessee Lawyer’s Fund for Client Protection
    • Past Chair, 2020-2021 
  • Harry Phillips American Inn of Court
  • Belmont University College of Law Dean's Advisory Council
  • Lawyers’ Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter
  • Maryville College Board of Directors
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Young Leaders Council, Class 45
  • Presenter, “Federal Courts,” Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum, 11 January 2023
  • Presenter, “How to Break-Up with Your Worst Client,” Lawyers’ Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter, 15 February 2022
  • Presenter, “Litigation Alternatives,” International Trademark Association Roundtable, 21 June 2017
  • Presenter, “Making the Most of Discovery: What You Don’t Know Can Come Back to Haunt You,” Tennessee Bar Association, 7 April 2016
  • Presenter, “Making the Most of Discovery: What You Don’t Know Can Come Back to Haunt You,” Tennessee Bar Association, 2 April 2015
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • “The World Trade Organization Slips Up: A Critique of the World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Understanding Through the European Union Banana Dispute,” Tennessee Law Review, Vol. 69, 2002
Additional News & Event Pages
  • A Nashville Business Journal article notes Erin Palmer Polly was recognized among the publication’s 2023 “Women of Influence” winners.
  • A Nashville Business Journal (online) article notes Nashville partners Kim Looney and Erin Palmer Polly were recognized among the publication’s 2022 Best of the Bar honorees. 
  • Mentioned, "In Charge 2022: Legal," Nashville Post, 23 April 2022
  • "Announcing the 2021 Best of the Bar honorees," Nashville Business Journal, 21 May 2021
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