Garrett P. Swartwood


Garrett Swartwood concentrates his practice in the areas of civil trials, commercial litigation and business and real estate law. His practice includes commercial collections, judgment recovery, foreclosures, construction litigation, landlord-tenant and real estate litigation, probate litigation, business dispute resolution and complex litigation. He also represents clients in contract and lease negotiations and preparation. Garrett has extensive experience in state and federal trial courts, bankruptcy courts and appellate courts. In addition to court appearances, he represents clients before special masters, arbitrators and administrative judges.

Garrett has practiced law for over 20 years and has achieved a prestigious AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He is a steady, trusted legal advisor, helping clients solve legal issues and accomplish their economic goals even when litigation becomes necessary. Garrett steers clients through all phases of litigation, including bench and jury trials.

Among other accomplishments, his track record of success includes:

  • Collection of millions of dollars in outstanding accounts receivable for local, regional and national businesses
  • Winning a judgment for a general contractor at trial in a construction lawsuit involving claims in excess of $1 million
  • Establishing insurance rights on behalf of company directors and officers in multimillion-dollar bankruptcy litigation
  • Successfully defending an architect in a week-long jury trial of a construction lawsuit
  • Successfully settling claims asserted by the U.S. Department of Justice under the Fair Housing Act against property owners in federal court
  • Preparing a standard lease agreement, credit application and associated documents for a major equipment distributor
  • Obtaining a favorable settlement on behalf of a lender in complex Chapter 12 bankruptcy proceedings
  • Successfully prosecuting and settling claims for nearly one-half million dollars in sales commissions against a governmental contractor.

Representative court decisions include:

King v. Gatlinburg Sportsman Club, Inc., No. M2002-02949-COA-R3-CV, 2004 Tenn. App. LEXIS 476 (Tenn. Ct. App. February 2, 2004) (representation of sportsman club in a lease dispute)

Sevier County v. Waters, 126 S.W. 3d 913 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2003) (representation of landowner in condemnation proceeding)

In re Medex Reg’l Labs, LLC, 314 B.R. 716 (Bankr. E.D. Tenn. 2004) (resolution of insurance issues in bankruptcy court)

Braun Constr. Servs. V. Richard’s Restoration, Inc., No. 3:05-cv-129, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1630 (E.D. Tenn. January 11, 2006) (resolution of jurisdictional issue in federal court)

Institutional Jobbers Co. v. Hobby (In re Hobby), No. 07-31772, 2007 Bankr. LEXIS 3766 (Bankr. E.D. Tenn. October 31, 2007) (prosecution of creditor’s rights in bankruptcy court)

Claiborne Hauling, LLC v. Wisteria Park, LLC, No. E2009-02667-COA-R3-CV, 2010 Tenn. App. LEXIS 519 (Tenn. Ct. App. July 17, 2010) (representation of grading contractor in a construction dispute)

Prestige Land Company v. Mullins, No. E2009-02609-COA-R3-CV, 2010 Tenn. App. LEXIS 673 (Tenn. Ct. App. October 29, 2010) (representation of developer in a construction dispute)

Keith v. Jackson, No. E2012-01056-COA-R3-CV, 2013 Tenn. App. LEXIS 120 (Tenn. Ct. App. February 22, 2013) (representation of employer in a contract dispute)

Garrett also has written several articles and seminar materials on subjects related to his areas of practice, including writings on collection strategies and landlord-tenant law. He is a regular lecturer for attorneys and trade groups.

Before joining the firm, Garrett served as an officer and judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps. He achieved the rank of Major. While in the Marines, Garrett also served as a company commander and an instructor in the laws of war and rules of engagement. He lives in the Farragut area of Knox County, Tennessee, with his wife and three children. He and his family enjoy the outdoor and sporting activities available in East Tennessee.


B.A., University of Florida, 1990, history

Juris Doctor, Stetson University College of Law, cum laude, 1993

Moot Court Board

Phi Delta Phi


Tennessee, 2002

Florida, 1993 – 2015

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Tennessee

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Tennessee

U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit


Tennessee Bar Association

Knoxville Bar Association, Publications Committee

Knox County Ethics Committee, Chairman

Rotary Club of Farragut

St. John Neumann Catholic Church

Testimonials & clients

We are only as good as the work we do for our clients, and we strive always to represent them efficiently and effectively. Our clients appreciate the devoted effort to solve their legal matters, and we thank them for telling us about their experiences with Long, Ragsdale & Waters.

  • I cannot begin to express my gratitude to Garrett. He is a rock star lawyer.  He handled the quagmire in our subdivision with wellhoned skills, tact and finesse.

    Donna Baran
    Real Estate Agent, Keller Williams Realty
  • I have had the pleasure of working with Garrett for the past six years with regards to all my legal issues. In many instances, his quick response to my calls and excellent legal guidance have enabled me to be proactive in avoiding lengthy legal proceedings. Garrett always has time for me, and he is always professional and courteous. Evictions are difficult, costly, stressful and time-consuming. As a result of his legal expertise and effective handling of my evictions, on many occasions the resident will forgo court proceedings. I know that I can always depend on him and consider myself very fortunate to have him working on my behalf.

    Christi Sanderson
    Property Manager, Southwood Apartments
  • Garrett has provided invaluable legal services to our company for over 12 years. He understands our business and the role he plays in our success. Garrett has ably prepared contracts, handled commercial collections and provided general legal advice. He knows his way around contracts and, when necessary, the courthouse. Garrett responds quickly to everything from the smallest questions to the most significant legal issues. He tells us the good, the bad and the ugly, and is always ready with a sound recommendation. We really appreciate his knowledge, responsiveness and cost-effectiveness.

    Greg Collins
    Credit Manager, Stowers Machinery Corporation
  • I have used Garrett for several years for commercial collections. He is tenacious, but also cost-conscious. Garrett knows the ins and outs of collections, garnishments and levies. He is great at thinking outside the box in difficult cases. He is good about personally responding by telephone and email and good about providing updates. I’m glad I found him!

    Todd Smith
    President, Receivable Solutions, Inc.