Over 60 Years Of Litigation Experience

Tricia Herzfeld
  • Partner







Tricia Herzfeld is a 2001 graduate of George Washington University Law School. Before joining Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC, Attorney Herzfeld served as legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, where she successfully litigated dozens of high-profile civil rights cases in state and federal courts. Ms. Herzfeld previously was also a public defender in Miami, where she conducted over 80 criminal trials.

Ms. Herzfeld is a graduate of the 2010 Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law program and a member of the Tennessee Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education Committee. She is a frequent lecturer on a variety of civil rights and civil liberties issues. Ms. Herzfeld is also a member of the Legal Advisory Board of the Workers' Dignity Project and is an ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorney. She is licensed to practice law in Tennessee, Florida and West Virginia. In 2012, she was selected as one of the nation's Super Lawyers, and among those with that honor, she attained Rising Star status in 2013. Ms. Herzfeld also serves on the Davidson County Election Commission.

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2013
  • Florida


  • George Washington University Law School, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 2001
  • The George Washington University, District of Columbia, Washington
    • B.A. - 1997
    • Major: Communications

Published Works

  • Analyzing the Immigration Process and How Criminal Law Fits In, 9 Tenn. J.L. & Pol'y 135, Summer 2013, 2013

Representative Cases

  • Nuñez-Escobar v. Gaines, 2014 WL 4384389 (M.D. Tenn. 2014)
  • Doe v. Wilson Cnty. Sch. Sys., 564 F. Supp. 2d 766 (M.D. Tenn. 2008)
  • Prison Legal News v. Anderson, No. 2:13-cv-266 (E.D. Tenn. 2013)
  • Villegas v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Servs., No. 2:13-cv-2922 (W.D. Tenn. 2013)
  • Doe v. Corr. Corp. of Am., No. 3:15-cv-68 (M.D. Tenn. 2015)
  • Wahi v. Charleston Area Medical Ctr., 453 F. Supp. 2d 942 (S.D.W. Va. 2006)
  • Wohlfeil v. City of East Ridge, No. 1:10-cv-275 (E.D. Tenn. 2010)
  • Read v. Lifeweaver, LLC, 2010 WL 1798704 (E.D. Tenn. 2010)
  • Rodriguez v. State, 437 S.W.3d 450 (Tenn. 2014) (for amicus curiae)
  • Occupy Nashville v. Haslam, 949 F. Supp. 2d 777 (M.D. Tenn. 2013)

Honors and Awards

  • Nation’s Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Harry Phillips American Inn of Court, 2013 to Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law alumna, 2010
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild

Past Employment Positions

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, Legal Director
  • Miami Public Defender (Miami, Fla.), Assistant Public Defender

Pro Bono Activities

  • Workers' Dignity/Dignidad Obrera, Legal Advisory Board
  • ACLU of Tennessee Cooperating Attorney
  • Commissioner, Davidson County Election Commission


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