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Adams and Reese attorneys Gif Thornton and Brad Lampley were selected among Nashville Post’s “In Charge” for 2014, as the publication annually names a compendium of Middle Tennessee’s top business, political and civic leaders. The 450-plus women and men on the list — the publication’s fifth annual — make a positive impact not just on their individual sectors, but on the city in general.

Thornton was named in the Government and Politics section, while Lampley was selected in the Legal section.

The Nashville Post said about Lampley: “Has particular experience in the areas of transportation, energy, health care and insurance. Serves on the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees. A former UT scholar-athlete. Has served on the board of directors of the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.”

The Nashville Post said about Thornton: “Attorney/lobbyist who is 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.”

At Adams and Reese, Thornton is the former Executive Committee Chairman of the Firm and a Partner in the Nashville office. He serves as legislative counsel to a number of businesses, trade associations and governmental entities with interests before Tennessee state government. 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 has been previously named as the highest ranked lawyer/lobbyist on the Power 100 list of influential people in Tennessee, compiled annually by Business TN®.

Thornton is a former member of the Davidson County Election Commission and has served as counsel to a number of statewide Republican campaigns.  He serves on the Board of the Metropolitan Development Housing Agency, as well as the Board of the Tennessee Business Roundtable. He is a Fellow of the Tennessee and Nashville Bar Foundations. He is former Board President of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and currently serves on the Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Commission. Thornton has served on the Boards of Trust of Vanderbilt University and is currently on the board of the Hermitage.

At Adams and Reese, Lampley serves as Partner in Charge of the Nashville office, and has served in that position since 2008. Lampley has a multifaceted practice, serving as legislative counsel to businesses and trade associations with interests before the Tennessee General Assembly and Tennessee state government. He has experience in the areas of transportation, energy, health care and insurance, among other fields. His practice also focuses on business litigation and commercial dispute resolution, with experience in banking and construction litigation, sports law and real estate.

Lampley was appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to serve a five-year term on the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees. He also has served on the board of directors of the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl for more than a decade, during which time the bowl has grown to provide an average economic impact of more than $18 million per year for the Nashville area. He served as the bowl's Chairman in 2011 and 2012, the youngest Chairman in the bowl's history. Lampley also serves on the board of directors for the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, and volunteers his time as a youth football coach.

Lampley was named to the inaugural class of the Nashville Business Journal’s Top Forty Under 40 in 2009, and in 2011, presented with the Nashville Emerging Leader Award in the Legal Services category.