I enjoy government relations and economic development work because both rely heavily on relationships. In government relations work, you build relationships and work to educate government officials about your clients’ business and the positive or negative effects that policies and legislation might have. In economic development work, I get to work with top-tier companies – negotiating incentives on their behalf with state government officials – and, in the process, I get to sell the State of Tennessee and all it has to offer.
Brad Lampley served as Partner in Charge of the Nashville office, a post he held for the better part of the last 12 years. In his practice, Brad serves as legislative counsel to businesses and trade associations with interests before the Tennessee General Assembly and Tennessee state government.
He has particular experience advising clients in the energy, environmental, health care, insurance, legal services, public utilities and transportation industries, and he brings years of experience as a corporate litigator to the advice he provides to government relations clients.
Brad also has extensive experience advising national and multinational companies on economic development matters, negotiating state and local incentive packages for companies that wish to relocate their businesses to Tennessee.
He recently acted as Tennessee counsel for a major global health technology and consumer electronics company that was considering where to establish a new North American center for excellence. Brad negotiated state and local economic development incentives, assisted the client on navigating a myriad of governmental and public relations issues, and helped coordinate local strategy. That company ultimately decided to bring more than 800 jobs to Nashville, constituting one of the biggest corporate relocations to Tennessee in the last decade. It also represented the second major headquarters-type relocation that Brad had negotiated in the last five years.
Brad is very active civically as well. From 2013-2018, and at the request of Governor Bill Haslam, Brad served on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, the University of Tennessee. Brad has also served on the board of directors of the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl for over 15 years, during which time the bowl has grown dramatically in prominence in the college football landscape, now drawing an average economic impact of more than $23 million per year for the Nashville area. He served as the bowl's Chairman in 2011 and 2012 and just completed his third year as the Bowl's Co-Chair. Brad also serves on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2019 was reappointed to that board by Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally. He also serves on the board of the Delta Dental of Tennessee and is currently the Chairman of the Board for The Smile 180 Foundation, the charitable foundation for Delta Dental.
In college, Brad played offensive tackle for the University of Tennessee Volunteers’ football team, where he was a member of Hall of Fame Coach Phillip Fulmer’s first recruiting class and was part of one of the winningest senior classes in Tennessee football history. While at UT, he received numerous academic and community awards, including being named to the Southeastern Conference's All-Academic team three times, and also serving as UT's representative to the SEC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Brad is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. In 2018, Brad was inducted into the Hall of Fame of his high school alma mater, Trinity High School. He was inducted alongside his father, Dennis Lampley, who is a legendary high school football coach.
“ In the past two years, the Tennessee state government has been in the midst of historic changes, as we have a new Governor, Speaker of the House, majority leaders, and dozen of new legislatures and committee chairmen. It is critical for businesses and organizations to engage and to establish a presence with the new players in state government. We possess the relationships and expertise to partner with clients to help them do just that. ”
- University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 2000
- University of Tennessee, B.A., 1996
Areas of Practice
Brad has been named to the Nashville Post’s “In Charge” list every year since 2014, and lawyers throughout Nashville and middle Tennessee voted him to the Nashville Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” list in 2019 and 2020 for Government Relations. He is also listed to Best Lawyers® for Government Relations, and was also named to the inaugural class of the Nashville Business Journal’s Top 40 Under Forty.
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- University of Tennessee, Board of Trustees, 2013-2018
- Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Co-Chairman, 2017-present
- Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Board of Directors
- Smile 180 Foundation, Chairman
- University of Tennessee Research Foundation, Board of Directors, 2015-2018
- Tennessee Bar Foundation, Fellow
- Tennessee Bar Association
- Nashville Bar Association
- UT College of Communications Board of Visitors