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Tera Rica Murdock

Partner, Chair of Recruiting Committee (Hiring Partner)
Patti Hutcheson
615.850.8870 direct

Tera Rica Murdock has gained a reputation as a skillful litigator and an effective advocate in complex commercial, business, and employment disputes. Tera Rica has extensive trial experience. She has led trials in both state and federal court, and she has extensive experience in private arbitration.

She has both prosecuted and defended claims of breach of contract in the financial services, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. Whether enforcing a contract on its terms, recovering damages, or defending against these claims, Tera Rica has the experience needed to advocate for businesses while respecting their organizational objectives.

Tera Rica has also defended financial institutions and family offices, as well as their officers, directors, and trustees, against claims of breach of fiduciary duty and breach of trust. Clients count on Tera Rica to craft strategies for resolution which preserve relationships while keeping in accordance with the terms of the trust instrument.

Additionally, she is experienced in the representation of management in the manufacturing industry in all aspects of employment law. She has litigated complex multi-plaintiff claims involving the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, assisted companies in enforcing non-compete agreements, and defended businesses against alleged violations of federal and state employment law.

Honors, Recognitions and Leadership

Tera Rica serves as Chair of Waller's Recruiting Committee where she supervises the recruiting and hiring of entry-level attorneys at the firm. Since 2014, the Tennessee Supreme Court has recognized Tera Rica as an Attorney for Justice for the pro bono legal services she provides through the Legal Aid Society. In 2012, Tera Rica was honored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as one of Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30 Professionals for her philanthropic involvement, exemplary leadership qualities, and professional success as an attorney. The Nashville Business Journal recognized Tera Rica in 2017 as one of Nashville's Top 40 Under 40. Additionally, she currently serves as President of the Nashville Bar Association Young Lawyer's Division.

  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2009
    • Order of the Coif
    • Editor-in-Chief - Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law
    • Chancellor's Law Scholar; Street Law Director for the Campus for Human Development
    • Law and Business Certificate Program
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Murray State University, 2006
    • Outstanding Senior Woman of Murray State University
    • Presidential Scholar
Bar Admissions
  • Tennessee
  • Kentucky
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of Tennessee
  • Tennessee, All State Courts
  • All State Courts Kentucky


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