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Tera Rica Murdock

Lisa Adcock
615.850.6159 direct

Representing clients in the financial services, manufacturing, and healthcare industries, 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 been second chair in jury trials and bench trials in both state and federal court as well as in private arbitrations. She has both prosecuted and defended charges of securities fraud, and she has been involved in a number of high-profile disputes representing individuals investing in limited liability partnerships within the energy sector.

Tera Rica has also has defended financial institutions and their officers, directors, and trustees against claims of breach of fiduciary duty, many of which stem from the recent upheaval in the financial markets. Additionally, she is experienced in the representation of management in the manufacturing industry in all aspects of labor and employment law.

Tera Rica is a member of Waller’s E-Discovery and Data Management Initiative. She advises clients on how to keep e-discovery costs down by implementing pre-litigation information governance and retention strategies. During litigation, Tera Rica provides advice concerning defensible approaches to meeting discovery obligations while managing cost.

Tera Rica was recognized by the Tennessee Supreme Court as a 2014 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.


  • 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

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of Tennessee


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