Nathan Ridley leads the firm’s Tennessee government relations and lobbying practice as part of the Governmental Affairs Practice Group. This involves representing client interests in matters pending before the Tennessee General Assembly and executive branch agencies. Nathan handles regulatory matters for the firm’s utilities, financial services, and construction clients, and he also serves as secretary for the firm’s Tennessee political fund.

Before joining Bradley, Nathan spent 18 years with the Tennessee General Assembly, serving as senior legislative attorney in the Office of Legal Services before his departure. In this position, he served as special counsel to the speaker of the Senate. He drafted bills, resolutions and amendments for consideration by members of the general assembly and served as counsel for a number of committees, including the House Commerce Committee and the Senate State and Local Government Committee.

For more than 20 years, he has provided the “Legislative Update” for the Nashville Bar Association’s CLE program for state staff attorneys, as well as a similar update for the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office. He is a current member and past chair of the Tennessee Lobbyists Association. He has served for many years as chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s political fund, LAWPAC.

Notable Matters
  • Worked in 2021 with client, Associated Builders and Contractors, Greater Tennessee Chapter, to enact legislation establishing uniform construction workplace safety standards.
  • Worked in 2021 with client, Tennessee Wastewater, to enact legislation giving private regulated utilities access to the state’s revolving loan fund for system improvements.
  • Worked in 2021 with client, Aviagen, to defer legislation dealing with the foreign ownership of agricultural land.
  • Worked in 2021 with client, Facebook, on privacy legislation.
  • Worked in 2020 with client, Tennessee Self-Storage Association to enact legislation dealing with sale publication issues.