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Quan Poole


Spencer Fane attorney Quan Poole

T 615.238.6391
F 615.238.6301

Quan Poole understands his clients’ goals for real estate projects related to the purchase, sale, development, construction, and exchange of land, working with all principals involved to maximize the benefits for successful projects. He concentrates his practice in the areas of land use and zoning regulations, regulatory compliance in real estate development, public–private partnerships, and government relations, as well as general business litigation.

Previously, Quan served as an assistant metropolitan attorney for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. During his time at Metro, Quan advised the Planning Department, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Metro Public Health Department, among other departments. Quan also advised the Metro Codes Department on short-term rental property regulations and handled their enforcement in Environmental Court. Prior to working for Metro, Quan was an assistant public defender for Shelby County Government. There, he was assigned to the office’s vertical representation team and handled all aspects of client representation from arraignment to trial.

Quan officiates high school football as a member of the Middle Tennessee Football Officials Association (MTFOA). He enjoys flag football, softball, group long runs and weekend road trips.

Highlights of Quan’s experience include:

Administrative and Regulatory Law Practice

  • Advised the Metro Nashville Beer Permit Board on permitting, enforcement, and use restrictions of the beer laws within Metro Nashville.
  • Obtained favorable outcomes handling Metro’s asset forfeiture matters before the Administrative Procedures Division.
  • Successfully defended multiple employee disciplinary actions before the civil service commission and other personnel boards.

Land Use and Zoning

  • Formed a thorough understanding of state and local zoning laws while providing legal advice to the Metro Planning Commission, Metro Planning Department, Historic Zoning Commission, and Board of Zoning Appeals.
  • Reviewed all Metro Council zoning legislation for compliance with local, state, and federal law.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

  • Won multiple bench trials in general sessions and circuit court and negotiated favorable settlements on behalf of the Metropolitan Government.
  • Obtained favorable verdicts in criminal court jury trials. 


  • Walk Bike Nashville, Board Member
  • Urban Land Institute Nashville, Member
  • Young Leaders Council, Class 73


  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Napier-Looby Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum ’19

Contact Quan Poole at 615.238.6391 or qpoole@spencerfane.com.