Nathan Ridley leads the firm’s Tennessee government relations and lobbying practice as part of the Government 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 healthcare 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 15 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 currently serving as chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s political fund, LAWPAC. He is a current member and past chair of the Tennessee Lobbyists Association. 

Notable Matters

Worked in 2015 with client, Delek US Holdings, to enact legislation assisting retailers with cigarette pricing.

Worked with the governor's office, the alcohol and drug treatment provider community and the criminal defense bar community to enact the Recidivism Reduction Act for DUI offenders.

Worked with immigration reform clients, Conexion Americas and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition to make residency requirements for Tennessee born college students with undocumented parents consistent with other students.

Worked with Nashville Electric Service, the state's second largest municipal electric power distributor, to update notification requirements for customers before service termination.

Worked with alcohol and drug treatment provider community for the adoption of an amendment to the 2015 appropriations bill restoring state funding for adolescent residential treatment services.

Worked with firm's hospital clients for adoption of two rezoning ordinances in the Metropolitan Nashville Council for campus expansion and development.