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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, 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 disaster recovery programs (Public Assistance, Individual Assistance, Fire Management Assistance Grants, Community Disaster Loans, etc.). 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.

  • City of Fernandina Beach, Florida – Favorably settled a FEMA arbitration involving application of the Public Assistance 50 Percent Rule, with FEMA agreeing to fund replacement costs as well as financing costs incurred by the City to replace the marina's dock attenuator system, a revision from the original "repair-only" determination worth an estimated $6 million for the City.

  • Successfully represented a Colorado county against FEMA in an arbitration regarding hazardous tree work.

  • Successfully appealed a Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness denial by the US Small Business Administration regarding an applicant's non-profit status and accounting practices.

  • FEMA Administrator's Award for Innovation (2013)
  • DHS Service Award for Superior Mission Achievement (2010)


  • 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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