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Adams and Reese attorneys Gif Thornton, Edward Playfair, Brad Lampley, and Will Cheek have been selected among Nashville Post’s “In Charge 2024,” which features an annual list of “Nashville’s most influential people”.

The publication ranks business executive and community leaders to reflect how leaders in different industries deploy similar skillsets to push Nashville forward.

Thornton serves as Adams and Reese Managing Partner and is a leading member of the law firm’s Government Relations Practice. Playfair is the Partner in Charge of the Adams and Reese Nashville office and Global Intellectual Property Practice Leader. Lampley is the Intersection of Business and Government Practice Leader. Cheek is a leading member of the Adams and Reese Alcohol and Hospitality Practice, leading the Tennessee Retail Team.

Thornton and Playfair were honored in “Legal”; Lampley in “Government and Politics”; and Cheek in “Food”. Below are excerpts on our honorees from the Nashville Post.


Edward Playfair — “Nashville Partner in Charge, Adams and Reese: Has led firm’s local office since 2021. Also helms global intellectual property practice.”

Gif Thornton — “Managing Partner, Adams and Reese: Connected attorney has run regional firm since 2015. Has served on state and city boards and committees.”

Government and Politics

Brad Lampley — “Partner, Adams and Reese: Former leader of firm’s Nashville office now leads its group focused on intersection of business and government. Represents Tennessee Bar Association, Regions Bank, and Apple in lobbying practice.”


Will Cheek III — “Partner, Adams and Reese: Leads law firm’s alcoholic beverage group, providing licensing and regulatory compliance advice to restaurants, hotels, art venues, bars and clubs. Key legal sector player related to Tennessee liquor law.”