J. Bryan Echols

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 Stites & Harbison

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.

More than Stites & Harbison

Bryan is listed in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. He is on the board of the Heritage Foundation for Franklin and Williamson County and for Franklin Tomorrow, and a volunteer attorney for the Land Trust for Tennessee.

Contact J. Bryan Echols

Contact J. Bryan Echols

Stites & Harbison PLLC
401 Commerce St.
SunTrust Plaza Suite 800
Nashville, Tennessee  37219
Phone: 615-595-0636
Fax: 615-742-4123


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Tennessee