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Grant C. Glassford

Grant C. Glassford,-Nashville Family Law Attorney


Nashville resident since 1974. Attorney since 1985. Grant’s practice involves primarily family law matters involving divorce, parenting arrangements, child support and the myriad of issues that arise from these relationships. In every case his goal is to guide his client through the process in an efficient and expeditious manner.

He has been a Tennessee Rule 31 Mediator since 2012, after taking a 40 hour mediation course in 2012 and completing he annual required continuing legal education for mediators. He has served as mediator in over 100 mediations with a successful record of facilitating settlement agreements.

His entire practice has been in litigation and related work. He spent more than three years an Assistant District Attorney in Nashville and had more than 50 jury trials. Grant has appeared in court thousands of times for a variety of hearings, motions and arguments. He is experienced in the courtroom and comfortable in that stressful environment. If your case does not settle, then Grant has the skill and the experience to handle your case through trial and, if necessary, the appellate process.

Before concentrating on family law, Grant handled general litigation covering a variety of issues in both state and federal courts. Early in his career he worked for a 200 lawyer litigation firm in Chicago. In his early 40s he was a shareholder with a major Nashville general service firm and served as co-chair of the litigation section and headed the family law section.

Grant is a founding member of the Middle Tennessee Collaborative Alliance and a former board member having served as Chair of the Training Committee and Chair of Protocols. He has been a presenter at multiple family law seminars over the years.


  • Licensed to Practice Law, Tennessee – 1987
  • Licensed to Practice Law, Illinois – 1985 (inactive)


  • Vanderbilt University, B.A. – 1982 , B.A. History, Minor Economics
  • Vanderbilt School of Law, J.D. – 1985, Associate Editor Vanderbilt Law Review
  • August 2009 – Basic Collaborative Training
  • June 2012 – 46 Hour Rule 31 – Family Mediation Training


  • Member Nashville Bar Association (Board Member 1997-1999)
  • Member Williamson County Bar Association
  • Member Tennessee Bar Association
  • Former Member Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 7 Investigating Committee
  • Tennessee Bar Foundation
  • John Marshall Inn of Court
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Middle Tennessee Collaborative Alliance
  • Economic Club of Nashville f/k/a Exchange Club of Nashville
  • Martinale Hubble AV Rating Since 2003
  • The Best Lawyers in America since 2005
  • Nashville Business Journal Best of the Bar, Family Law 2005 and 2007


Grant did an excellent job for me in a very difficult situation. His experience showed throughout the process and despite my own mistakes and misguided attempts to steer… He kept the course and got me through a very difficult time. I would recommend Grant!
Grant has been my attorney for several years, representing me in various parenting plan revisions, and has always been very knowledgeable in this area. He provides a calm, secure and insightful perspective. Grant asked excellent questions during our deposition and helped me to receive a settlement I was happy with. Grant is very personable and kind!
“Grant Glassford represented me in a complex and emotional case regarding custody and the safety of a minor child. We worked together for almost 2 years. Mr. Glassford is smart, creative, knowledgeable in the law, very supportive, and highly ethical. He meticulously plans but also adeptly pivots on the fly when needed, and has an excellent memory for past conversations, legal arguments and exhibits. Communications are efficient, directed and focused on the crucial facts, but he deftly balances that with empathy, compassion and sage advice. Frankly, he’s an amazing attorney. I give him my absolute highest recommendation.”
“Grant took the time to explain all aspects of the divorce process before I had decided to take that route. Even at times when I lost faith in everything Grant would call and reassure me that it would be ok and he was on my side. He is a great man and an amazing attorney. Thanks Grant.”
“Grant represented me in a collaborative divorce process. He provided me with solid understanding in a world I knew almost nothing about before getting started. He was thorough in his preparation, respectful in all communications with me and with the other professionals involved. He was understanding of my specific situation, and he made himself available to fit my already full schedule. He gave me great advice from start to finish. I would recommend Grant without reservation, and I am completely satisfied with his representation.”
“Grant Is an amazing attorney. He knows the law well. He has been a God-send to me and my family. He took on my case in the middle of litigation due to a conflict of interest from my previous counsel. He was with me fighting through a 5 day trial and onto the court of appeals. He fought for me as if I was family. At trial, he worked hard to bring out the truth. He truly wants what is best for you and your children. You can trust him and his approach. He is experienced and works diligently and is patient and professional in his work. He has a calm, patient, and professional presence whether you meet with him in his office, on the phone, or as he represents you in court. You will not go wrong with Grant. He is an incredible, intelligent, diligent, dependable and trustworthy attorney.”
“Grant Glassford is very thorough and proficient in bringing out the facts in a divorce trial and child custody issues. He presents a positive image for his client. He is good in dealing with unjustified accusations and presenting the facts correctly.”
“Grant Glassford patiently and expertly guided me through a very painful and complicated divorce that involved both property and children. It was a difficult time and Grant’s approach to family law is to calmly work with the other side to reach an agreement that does the least amount of damage possible. He’s a seasoned veteran in the legal domestic arena and takes the long view in these situations. If you’re looking for a junkyard dog who’s going to try and destroy the other side, rack up the biggest bill possible, and drag it out for years, Grant may not be your guy. But if you’re trying to reach the fairest and sanest possible resolution to one of life’s most difficult situations, then go talk to Grant. You won’t be sorry.

Endorsements: Compassionate, Good at explaining, Knowledgeable, Organized, Professional, Reliable, Responsive, Trustworthy”

“I have worked with Grant since my move to Nashville 15 years ago, for post-divorce proceedings, including child support, changing custody and parenting plans, and securing judgments for outstanding child support. He is a strategic lawyer who is practical and thoughtful, and provides realistic feedback of legal situations and strategies. He has been extremely available and responsive through the past 15 years, including some very contentious and challenging situations with my ex-husband. I highly recommend him.

Endorsements: Compassionate, Determined, Good at explaining, Knowledgeable, Organized, Professional, Reliable, Responsive, Trustworthy, Won my case!”

“Grant helped me through a divorce as well as a relocating with my child. He always had my best interest in mind, and worked through the documentation providing clear explanations for everything. “
“I hired Grant to handle my divorce case. He provided excellent legal and practical advice that in regards to my rights as a parent and division of the assets. He handled all of my concerns and was very prompt if I had an issue calling me after hours and on the weekends. I have recommended Grant to all my friends for their law needs.”
“Grant is a steady presence in an inherently unstable practice area. He provided practical, first-rate counsel based on extensive experience with judges, lawyers, and other professionals in Nashville.”
“I hired Grant Glassford upon the recommendation of a co-worker who used him for her divorce proceedings 2 years ago. I highly value the opinion of this co-worker and did not hesitate to contact Mr. Glassford. I called his office after an extremely stressful confrontation with my spouse, and Mr. Glassford immediately returned my call and lowered my stress level. Throughout the divorce proceedings, he and his office were very courteous, knowledgeable and efficient. My calls and emails were always returned promptly, and I am extremely satisfied with the outcome of my case.”
“Grant has and continues to be an incredibly competent and detailed oriented attorney. He helped me navigate my divorce quickly in mediation instead of court and also gave advice that proved invaluable when returning to mediation 6 years later, saving me thousands of dollars. During both processes Grant always returned calls and emails quickly and was always up to speed on where things stand with the case. I can’t recommend him enough.”
“After signing an agreement to end alimony to an ex spouse 16 years ago, she decided that was not legal and sued me for 16 years worth. I can tell you this..Grant Glassford is an awesome attorney. He is extremely knowledgeable of legal procedures,very astute in family law, and is very comfortable and confident in a court room setting. He will not waste your time or money in his representation of your case. I strongly recommend him if your in need of a family law attorney. He truly helped me win.”