Lisa M. Carson



Lisa Carson is a 1991 honors graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law where she was a member of the Moot Court Board, the Order of the Coif and was the recipient of the Founder’s Medal. Prior to attending Vanderbilt, Lisa graduated from Franklin High School and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Belmont University. She joined the firm as a clerk in 1988, became an associate in 1991 and became a partner in 1996. Lisa splits her practice between health care operations law and defense of civil litigation. She represents providers in matters concerning peer review, EMTALA, hospital and medical staff bylaws, medical malpractice and credentialing of physicians. She handles a variety of litigation for municipalities and other governmental entities, including tort defense, constitutional claims, and employment litigation. As an employment litigator, she provides legal defense for governmental and private clients in race, sex, age and disability discrimination actions, harassment cases and retaliatory discharge matters. Lisa has received an AV “Preeminent” Martindale-Hubbell rating from her peers.

Community involvement is very important to Lisa. She serves on the Staff Parish Relations Committee of her church, is an active member of Rotary and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee (Williamson County Clubhouses) and Friends of Williamson County Animal Center. She is the Chancellor for the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church. Lisa mentored aspiring young lawyers by coaching the Franklin High School Mock Trial Team for over ten years. She has been an instructor of Business Law and an adjunct professor of Health Care Management at Belmont University, and presents educational seminars for hospital boards, health care providers, governmental entities and medical staff support personnel throughout the country. Lisa is a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation and a member of the Williamson County Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the American Bar Association litigation section and the Tennessee County Attorneys’ Association. Lisa and her husband Byron are long-time residents of Franklin.


Areas of Practice

  • Labor and Employment Litigation

  • Health Care Law

  • Governmental Litigation


  • Tennessee Supreme Court and all Tennessee Courts of Record, 1991

  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee, 1992

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 2011

  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1992

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1995


  • Vanderbilt University School of Law, Nashville, Tennessee, 1991, J.D.

    • Honors:  Order of the Coif

    • Honors:  Member, Moot Court Board

  • Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1987, B.A.

    • Honors:  Magna Cum Laude

Classes Taught

  • Instructor, Business Law, Belmont University Center for Quality and Professional Development, 1997-2004

  • Adjunct Professor, Health Care Management and the Law, Belmont University, 1998-2001

Memberships, Honors

  • Recipient, Founder’s Medal, Vanderbilt Law School, 1991

  • Williamson County Bar Association

    • Treasurer, 1993-1994

  • Tennessee Bar Association

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section 

  • Tennessee County Attorneys Association

  • Tennessee Bar Foundation, Fellow

Community Involvement

  • Staff Parish Relations Committee, Franklin First United Methodist Church

  • Rotary Club of Franklin at Breakfast

  • Advisory Board, Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee, Franklin Clubhouses

  • Board of Directors, Friends of Williamson County Animal Center

  • Franklin High School Mock Trial Team, Coach, 1995-2008