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Adams and Reese Partner and Governmental Relations attorney Gif Thornton was featured among the most influential lobbyists at Legislative Plaza for 2013 in TNReport’s article, “Artists of Persuasion,” published on the news service’s web site on January 8th.

TNReport’s government affairs writer Trent Seibert compiled the list through conversations with many key people at Legislative Plaza, including staff, elected officials and other lobbyists. The publication also took a look at lobbyists who spent the election season supporting new lawmakers and helping incumbents keep their seats. News Service, Inc. covers state government, legislative action and election campaigns in Tennessee and also monitors the affairs of state, priorities and moods of Tennessee’s dynamic citizenry and diverse communities.

The following was written about Thornton in the article:

“Thornton has been a Republican heavy-hitter not only at Legislative Plaza, but also representing clients before various regulatory agencies in Tennessee. He has many clients, but as a representative of the Tennessee Bar Association, he has the ear of key Republican leaders when it comes to the judiciary. He also has had no shortage of adventures throughout his life. He’s run the Boston Marathon and worked as a special assistant to the ambassador at the American Embassy in Paris. Clients from 2012 included: the Tennessee Bar Association, Delta Dental, Liberty Mutual, the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association and the American Heart Association.”

At Adams and Reese, Thornton serves as the Chairman of the firm’s Executive Committee and is a governmental relations attorney in the firm’s Nashville office. In 2012, Thornton was featured for the third consecutive year among Nashville Post's 2012 “In Charge” edition, featuring businesspeople and community leaders who are writing Music City’s success story by shaping Middle Tennessee’s growth, both in the spotlight and behind the scenes.

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.