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J. Douglas (Doug) Sloan, III


Spencer Fane attorney Doug Sloan

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Doug Sloan represents businesses and individuals in the areas of land use and zoning regulations, regulatory compliance in development, public–private partnerships, and government relations, helping them accomplish their goals in land development and job creation.

Previously, Doug served as the vice president and chief legal officer at Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. Doug was the planning director for Nashville and managed the Metro Planning Department for several years during Nashville’s recent growth. Prior to that, he served in the office of Mayor Karl Dean, where he managed land purchases for Nashville after the 2010 flood and also served as liaison to the Tennessee General Assembly for the city of Nashville. Prior to working in the mayor’s office, Doug advised the Codes Department, Planning Department, Water Services, and a variety of other Nashville Metropolitan Government departments for more than 15 years.

Doug has written numerous pieces of local legislation for the Metropolitan Council regarding land use and zoning matters, as well as state legislation affecting land development. Doug has worked closely with the Finance Department of the Metropolitan Government regarding the purchase and sale of publicly owned land. He negotiated public–private partnerships that benefit the community and the private partners involved.

Doug is a native Nashvillian and a lifelong public servant. He enjoys being involved in local politics and working with the community. Doug enjoys playing golf and traveling with his family. Along with his wife, Karre, and daughter, Gracie, the Sloan family has found a new love in skiing.


  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association

Contact Doug Sloan at 615.238.6315 or dsloan@spencerfane.com.