Ed Callaway is an environmental attorney in Holland & Knight's Nashville office. Mr. Callaway counsels companies on the regulatory demands and details that impact commercial development projects, acquisitions and day-to-day operations in a wide range of industries. Clients appreciate Mr. Callaway's professional and personal curiosity and his willingness to get his hands dirty – literally – when making on-site visits to better understand their operations.

Mr. Callaway has provided permitting, enforcement defense and compliance advice to the largest solid waste disposal companies in the U.S., and has advised some of Tennessee's largest hazardous waste treatment facilities regarding permitting and compliance issues and matters involving site contamination and remediation.

In addition, Mr. Callaway has assisted investors, developers and banks navigating Tennessee's brownfield redevelopment program, facilitating dozens of the state's landmark projects, including the Neuhoff development, HCA Healthcare's headquarters, River North and Hill Center Sylvan Heights.

Mr. Callaway frequently serves as environmental counsel in transactional matters, performing critical due diligence assessments and risk allocation for clients involved in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures and private investments in healthcare and other industries. His experience also includes permitting and site development work for utility-scale solar projects in the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) market.

Representative Experience

  • Assisted Congress Group with environmental issues related to redevelopment of the 151 1st Avenue South site, which will be second tallest tower in the city and home to luxury hotel Four Seasons and condominiums; developers were able to invest in Nashville skyline without environmental liability
  • Assisted Monroe Investment Partners with preparing 106 acres of industrial park on the Cumberland River for mixed-use development
  • Assisted Third and Urban in Atlanta to help eliminate potential environmental liabilities from a nearly a century of industrial use, as it rehabilitated a West Nashville factory into retail, restaurant and office use
  • Assisted New City Properties with environmental issues related to converting the Neuhoff Slaughterhouse to a development consisting of residential and retail, while preserving historic buildings; project involved multiple sellers require complex approach to different parts of the site
  • Assisted Elmington Capital with the redevelopment of multiple affordable housing sites in Memphis, Chattanooga and West Nashville areas
  • Assisting Tennessee Titans with management of environmental issues associated with coordinated approach to development of new football stadium and adjoining East Bank neighborhoods in Nashville
  • Assisted Giarratana Development with avoiding environmental liability in redevelopment of Downtown YMCA with 60-story residential tower


  • Vermont Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Kentucky
  • Tennessee
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • Urban Green Lab, Board Member, 2022-Present
  • Conservation Easement Monitor, The Land Trust of Tennessee, 2020-Present
  • Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Board Member in Volunteer Section, 2010-2014
  • Vermont Law and Graduate School, Alumni Association Board, Vice President, 2020-Present
Honors & Awards
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Environmental Law (Tennessee), 2012-2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Environmental Law, 2012-2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year, 2014 and 2023
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine, 2013-2015, 2017-2020, 2022, 2023
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated


Speaking Engagements