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We serve as effective advocates of our clients' interests in matters where government and business intersect, including lobbying Tennessee's legislative and executive branches of government. The firm's attorneys and staff represent clients in their business relationships with the agencies of state government, from the General Assembly to the many executive branch departments, agencies, boards and commissions.

Our clients include Tennessee’s internationally known distillery of Tennessee Whiskey, healthcare companies, insurers, banks and other financial institutions, utilities and others. The firm also has been a leader in public policy issues such as tort reform.

We serve as effective advocates of our clients' interests in matters where government and business intersect, including lobbying Tennessee's legislative and executive branches of government. The firm's attorneys and staff represent clients in their business relationships with the agencies of state government, from the General Assembly to the many executive branch departments, agencies, boards and commissions.

Our clients include Tennessee’s internationally known distillery of Tennessee Whiskey, healthcare companies, insurers, banks and other financial institutions, utilities and others. The firm also has been a leader in public policy issues such as tort reform.

The firm appears regularly in support of clients' interest in the state of Tennessee, including:

  • State government purchasing and contracting.
  • State and federal political action committees and government ethics.
  • Ethics Commission and Registry of Election Finances on lobbyist and campaign issues.
  • Department of Economic and Community Development on business relocation and state and local tax incentives, abatements and tax increment financing.
  • Environmental regulators on enforcement, licensure and rule-making matters.
  • Department of Revenue on state and local tax disputes and assessment appeals.
  • Department of Financial Institutions on banking and other regulatory matters.
  • Department of Commerce and Insurance on insurance licensure and rate-setting matters.
  • Department of Commerce and Insurance on state securities topics.
  • Department of Health on licensure and regulatory matters.
  • Tennessee Occupational and Safety Administration and other labor and employment regulators.
  • Attorney General investigations and inquiries.
  • Tennessee Regulatory Authority on telecommunications and other regulated matters.

Richard Lodge, Lee Barfield and Erica Bell Vick are registered lobbyists for the firm's clients in the state of Tennessee. Dick Lodge has been recognized by Business Tennessee magazine as one of the most effective, top-tier lobbyists for business interests. A current list of the firm's lobbyist registrations can be found on the Tennessee Ethics Commission website. Brant Phillips and Erica Bell Vick are the co-authors of the Tennessee chapter of the Thomson/West Lobbying, PACs and Campaign Finance: 50 State Handbook.

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