Government Relations

Advocating business interests at legislative plaza by lobbying, debating and monitoring legislative actions with senators and house representatives offers a true strategic advantage for GSRM clients.  Almost daily, GSRM attorneys meet face-to-face with elected officials and government representatives to discuss and monitor proposed or current legislation effecting business.  GSRM attorneys lobby local, state and federal government on behalf of individual entrepreneurs, commercial organizations, business coalitions and trade associations.  Our attorneys are on a first name basis with law makers, and actively participate in the development of statewide politics and commercial development.  Simply, GSRM attorneys are there—advocating the objectives of Tennessee businesses and acting as a catalyst for progress to ensure a sustainable commercial environment for the future. 

GSRM attorneys work tirelessly as proponents of change for legislative and political initiatives that not only support the development of business, but also mitigate impediments to commercial progress.  Known as some of the most effective policy influencers and makers in the state, GSRM attorneys regularly testify on behalf of clients before various house and senate committees.  The firm’s attorneys maintain a proven record as change agents when it comes to leveraging our client’s position on proposed legislation that could create serious or harmful barriers to commerce.

Our clients consistently benefit from the relationships cultivated over many decades that the firm offers and, as a result, sometimes problems are solved with just a phone call.  Other challenges, however, may require dedicated and persistent lobbying across government to achieve a desired objective—and our attorneys stand ready to accomplish this goal.  In addition to creating and coordinating advocacy strategies and interacting with local, state and federal decision makers, our attorneys also monitor and report on legislative activity and proposed rules, as well as assist clients to anticipate and comply with evolving laws and new regulations.

Our breadth of experience extends to a wide variety of heavily regulated industries.  The firm has experience in such areas as hospitality, healthcare, railroad, banking, broadcasting, retail trade businesses and pharmaceuticals, among others.  Our attorneys work tirelessly to understand the complexities involved in dealing with the full scope of administrative agencies, as well as to strive to anticipate and influence change before it occurs.

GSRM attorneys regularly meet with members of the Tennessee General Assembly and frequently appear before state legislative committees and regulatory boards and commissions, such as the:

  • Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance
  • Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation
  • Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions
  • Tennessee Department of Revenue
  • Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission
  • Tennessee Regulatory Authority
  • Treasurer of the State of Tennessee
  • Comptroller of the State of Tennessee
  • Tennessee Secretary of State
  • Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration
  • Tennessee Attorney General

GSRM’s broad experience with the varying procedures of governmental agencies provide our clients with the necessary direction required to assist them to reach critical business and/or political objectives.

Government influence on commercial activity is a given today, and the response to agency scrutiny can make or break a business.  GSRM attorneys understand the impact of federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations on business dealings and other heavily examined commercial transactions.  Real estate and construction projects, mergers and acquisitions, public/private partnerships and labor and employment challenges are only a few of the day-to-day challenges business owners and managers face that are reviewed and closely audited by government.

Seeking counsel from a government relations attorney can make the difference on any given project, transaction or controversy.  GSRM attorneys stand ready to guide clients through the red tape or—where possible—beyond it by creating a solution that satisfies both business interests and government requirements.  GSRM has represented some of Tennessee’s most important commercial organizations in their government relations initiatives, a sampling of which includes:

  • International Aesthetic and Laser Association
  • Tennessee Association of Broadcasters
  • Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association
  • Tennessee Hospitality Association
  • Tennessee Jobs Coalition
  • Tennessee Orthopedic Society
  • Tennessee Title Pledge Association
  • The Short Line Railroad Alliance
  • TIAA-CREF
  • Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc.