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For the fourth consecutive year, Adams and Reese attorney Gif Thornton, a member of the firm’s Governmental Relations practice team and Chairman of the Executive Committee, was featured in the Legal Section of Nashville Post's 2013 “In Charge” edition, featuring businesspeople and community leaders in Middle Tennessee who have “positively exerted their influence on Nashville and its surrounding communities. They are ‘in charge’ of making things happen in the Nashville area.”
To craft the list, during the past 12 months, the Post reached out to industry sector movers and shakers and to political powerbrokers to gauge their take regarding Nashville’s business and political elite. A total of 413 honorees were selected.
The Nashville Post included about Thornton: “Attorney/lobbyist [who] is very active in Tennessee Republican politics. Formerly served as special assistant to the late Ambassador Joe M. Rogers at the U.S. embassy in Paris, as well as assistant to the Republican leader of the Tennessee House of Representatives.”

Thornton was also recently featured among the most influential lobbyists at Legislative Plaza for 2013 in TNReport’s article, “Artists of Persuasion.”

Thornton serves as legislative counsel to a number of businesses, trade associations and governmental entities with interests before the Tennessee General Assembly. In addition, he represents clients before regulatory boards and administrative agencies of local, state and federal government. He has extensive experience in the areas of education, energy, health care, insurance, technology, transportation and utilities.

Thornton was named as the highest ranked lawyer/lobbyist on the Power 100 list of influential people in Tennessee, compiled annually by Business TN®. He was also selected by Business TN® as one of 2010’s Best 150 Lawyers in Tennessee, a peer reviewed survey of the 18,000 active lawyers in the state.

Adams and Reese is a multidisciplinary law firm with offices strategically located throughout the southern United States and Washington, DC. American Lawyer includes Adams and Reese on its distinguished list of the nation's top law firms - "The Am Law 200.” The National Law Journal also includes the firm on the "NLJ 250" list of the nation's largest law firms.