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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 2023”, which features an annual list of “Nashville’s most influential people”.

This year, the publication ranked business executive and community leaders across 19 categories to reflect how leaders in different industries deploy similar skillsets to push Nashville forward.

Thornton and Playfair were honored in “Legal”; Lampley in “Government and Politics”; and Cheek in “Food”.


Edward Playfair – Nashville Partner in Charge, Adams and Reese. From the UK, the local office manager also leads firm’s intellectual property group.”

Gif Thornton – Managing Partner, Adams and Reese. Has led regional law firm since 2015. Well-known lobbyist who has served on various boards and advisory councils.”

Government and Politics

Brad Lampley – Partner, Adams and Reese. Powerhouse lobbyist and adviser leads law firm’s practice focusing on the intersection of business and government. Ex-UT lineman remains involved in statewide sports efforts.”


Will Cheek III – Partner, Adams and Reese: Leads law firm’s alcoholic beverage team and provides licensing and regulatory compliance advice to restaurants, hotels, art venues, bars and clubs. Go-to source for Tennessee liquor law. Wife Sharon Creek oversees state’s brewer’s association.”