Baggett Adds Tennessee State Government Experience to Accomplished Government Advocacy Practice
Nashville, Tenn., (July 27, 2021) – Bass, Berry & Sims is pleased to announce the addition of Jacob D. Baggett as senior public policy counsel in the firm’s Nashville office. Joining the firm’s Government Advocacy & Public Policy Practice, Baggett brings nearly 10 years of experience working in Tennessee government and politics, most recently serving as a senior legislative advisor to a top Tennessee state senator where he crafted, organized and actively participated in guiding legislation through the General Assembly.
“Jacob’s legal insight and on-the-ground experience working with and within Tennessee’s state government make him a great fit for our team,” said Erica Bell Vick, practice leader of Bass, Berry & Sims’ Government Advocacy & Public Policy Practice. “We are proud to have the most established government advocacy practice in Tennessee, and Jacob’s addition and his shared commitment to client advocacy will help to build upon our client successes and overall reputation going forward.”
Baggett joins the firm’s Government Advocacy & Public Policy Practice, which has been involved in several significant legislative mandates through its advocacy of clients’ interests in matters where government and business intersect. Landmark examples in the last decade include the enactment of the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act of 2017, repeal of Tennessee’s gift and inheritance taxes in 2012 and the enactment of the Civil Justice Act in 2011.
At Bass, Berry & Sims, Baggett represents clients before the Tennessee General Assembly and the executive branch departments, agencies and commissions of state government. He advises companies, organizations and associations related to state legislative and regulatory issues. Prior to joining the firm, Baggett served as the senior legislative advisor to Chairman Ken Yager of the Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus. While working in the Tennessee Senate, he also consulted on election strategy and participated in high-level fundraising for the Republican Caucus.
Prior to joining the staff of the Tennessee Senate, Baggett served as campaign manager for former Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell’s 2018 campaign for governor. He also worked with the Tennessee Department of Treasury for nearly three years, counseling on a range of legal matters and assisting with legislative issues. Baggett began his government work while in law school serving as a law clerk in Senator Lamar Alexander’s office, where he was assigned to the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (H.E.L.P.) committee. He also served as an intern law clerk in the chambers of Chief Justice Gary R. Wade of the Tennessee Supreme Court. He currently serves as the executive director of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature Foundation.
Baggett earned his undergraduate degree from East Tennessee State University and his law degree from the Lincoln Memorial University John J. Duncan Jr. School of Law.
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