Lela Hollabaugh has served as the lead trial lawyer in more than a dozen jury trials, as well as more than two dozen bench trials, arbitrations and administrative hearings. Lela represents leading pharmaceutical, medical device and other product manufacturers in matters ranging from individual lawsuits to mass tort cases. She has served, and continues to serve, in varying national and local counsel roles in litigation involving Fosamax®, Xarelto®, Yaz®, Vioxx®, Baycol® and other pharmaceuticals. Currently she is representing a Fortune 20 company facing a high-stakes product liability claim. She is listed in Who’s Who Legal, “International Who’s Who Products Liability Defense Lawyers.”
In addition to her products liability and pharmaceutical work, Lela advises leading natural gas pipeline companies on issues involving location, land acquisition, construction and operations. Over the past 20 years, she has served as lead counsel for several pipeline projects in the southeast involving hundreds of lawsuits. Currently she is assisting a natural gas company in the completion of a $3 billion interstate pipeline project. Lela has been recognized multiple times as "Lawyer of the Year," Nashville, for Energy Law by The Best Lawyers in America®.
Lela has served in several leadership positions in legal, industry, and government organizations. She is a past president of the Nashville Bar Association and is a past member of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Board of Directors. She was appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2009 to the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. The Supreme Court appointed her as chair of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility in 2011 and re-appointed her in that role in 2012 and 2013. Lela is also listed on the American Arbitration Association’s (AAA) Roster of Neutrals for Commercial Litigation. She holds a J.D. and B.S. (with honors) from the University of Tennessee.