I enjoy government relations and economic development work because both rely heavily on relationships. In government relations work, you are working to educate legislators and other government officials about your clients’ business and the 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 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 three years.
In 2013, Brad was appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to serve on the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, which is the governing body of the University of Tennessee and its five campuses across the state. 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 $18 million per year for the Nashville area. He served as the bowl's Chairman in 2011 and 2012 and is currently serving as the Bowl's Co-Chair. Brad also serves on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.
Brad is Leader of the firm’s Government Relations team and Partner in Charge of the Nashville office.
Brad played offensive tackle for the University of Tennessee Volunteers’ football team, where he was a member of 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.
“ Right now, Tennessee state government is in the middle of historic changes, as many state legislators opt for retirement, the governor cannot run for re-election because of term limits, and the Speaker of the Tennessee House is stepping down to run for governor. In 2019, the key players in state government will be very different than they are today. It is critical for businesses and groups to engage legislative counsel and establish a presence with the changing branches of state government. ”
- University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 2000
- University of Tennessee, B.A., 1996
Areas of Practice
Brad has been named to Best Lawyers® for Government Relations. He was named to the Nashville Post's "In Charge" list in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 and named to the inaugural class of the Nashville Business Journal’s Top Forty Under 40.
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- University of Tennessee, Board of Trustees
- Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Co-Chairman
- Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Board of Directors
- University of Tennessee Research Foundation, Board of Directors
- Tennessee Bar Foundation, Fellow
- Tennessee Bar Association
- Nashville Bar Association
- Participation in numerous successful lobbying efforts, including most recently in the areas of business law, transportation, utility law, and aviation, as well as passage of a bill to enable state of the art treatment for those struggling with opioid addiction. Brad was also instrumental in the defeat of numerous bills that would have been adverse to clients’ interests.
- Spearheaded the negotiation of economic incentives for two major headquarters facilities in Tennessee, including one of the largest corporate co-locations in recent history.
- High-profile representation of a former major college basketball coach, assisting in the successful defense of the coach before the NCAA Committee on Infractions.