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Erin J. Greten*

Of Counsel

With nearly two decades of experience working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and in other preparedness, response, and recovery-related roles with the federal government, Erin Greten is uniquely qualified to advise clients on their disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts.

Professional Biography

Erin Greten is a member of Baker Donelson's Disaster Recovery and Government Services Team and focuses her practice on disaster response and recovery assistance laws, government contracting, and public policy. Ms. Greten's experience gives her specialized knowledge of FEMA's programs and broad practical understanding of federal operations including audits, administrative procedure, and financial processes.

Erin serves clients by applying her knowledge of FEMA's programs and federal law to identify creative ways to leverage, maximize, and maintain disaster assistance.

Prior to joining Baker Donelson, Ms. Greten served as the career senior executive Chief Counsel of the First Responder Network Authority, where she proactively managed and resolved legal issues of all types for the federal agency responsible for the nationwide public safety broadband network known as FirstNet. Prior to that, Erin served as FEMA's Associate Chief Counsel for Regional & Field Operations where she was responsible for the delivery of legal services to FEMA at all presidentially-declared disasters and emergencies nationwide, as well as FEMA's ten regional offices. She also served as FEMA's Deputy Associate Chief Counsel for Recovery, where she was principal legal advisor for FEMA's more than $5 billion disaster recovery programs. In addition, she served as FEMA's Assistant Chief Counsel for Regulation & Policy, where she developed, implemented, and managed FEMA's regulatory program.

Before joining FEMA, Ms. Greten worked with the U.S. Coast Guard as a regulatory attorney, and practiced commercial litigation in a private law firm.

  • FEMA Administrator's Award for Innovation (2013)
  • DHS Service Award for Superior Mission Achievement (2010)
  • "Representing States, Tribes, and Local Governments before, During, and After a Presidentially-Declared Disaster," The Urban Lawyer, Volume 48, Issue 3 (Summer 2016); republished in Homeland Security and Emergency Management: A Legal Guide for State and Local Governments, 3d. ed. (2018)


  • Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense/Security, Executive Leadership Graduate, 2011
  • Catholic University of America, J.D., 2001
  • James Madison College, Michigan State University, B.A., 1997


  • Maryland, 2001
  • Michigan, 2017
  • Virginia, 2019
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2005



Baker Donelson professional not admitted to the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; admitted to the Maryland, Virginia, and Michigan bars.

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