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Former Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey joins new lobbying affiliate of attorneys Farrar & Bates

NASHVILLE — Expanding on its expertise in the area of governmental relations, Farrar & Bates, LLP, announces the addition of former Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey to its new lobbying affiliate, Ramsey, Farrar & Bates, LLC.

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Addison Russell (left), William N. Bates, J. Russell Farrar and Ron Ramsey

Ramsey served as Tennessee’s lieutenant governor from 2007 until his retirement earlier this year and was the first Republican to hold the post in 140 years. He was a member of the Tennessee General Assembly for 24 years, serving two terms as a state representative from the 1st District and four terms as a state senator from the 4th District. Ramsey held numerous leadership positions in the Senate and was named “The Best Lawmaker for Business in Tennessee” by Business Tennessee magazine in 2008 for his success in passing pro-growth policy to improve the state’s business climate.

“We are pleased to welcome Ron to Ramsey, Farrar & Bates,” says Russell Farrar, founding partner of Nashville-based Farrar & Bates and general counsel and lobbyist for the Tennessee Association of Realtors. “This new subsidiary is a natural progression for our firm, and we look forward to the depth and perspective Ron will bring to our clients through this new partnership.”

In addition to his political career, Ramsey is the longtime owner of Ron Ramsey & Associates, a real estate and auction company licensed in Tennessee and Virginia, which he started only three years after receiving his bachelor’s degree in building construction technology from East Tennessee State University. He is a current member and former president of the Bristol Tennessee/Virginia Association of Realtors, a member of the Farm Credit Association Advisory Board, and a former president of the Blountville Business Association.

“For 30 years, Russ Farrar has been drafting legislation, managing the political landscape, and building close relationships with clients and elected officials,” Ramsey says. “It is an honor to work alongside my good friend, who is a dynamic leader and has a proven record of success throughout the state. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together for the people of Tennessee.”

Established in 1992, Farrar & Bates, LLP, is a comprehensive litigation firm concentrating on trial and appellate practice in state and federal court, as well as administrative, arbitration and mediation proceedings. The firm specializes in the defense of real estate errors and omissions actions against real estate licensees, and also regularly represents Tennessee municipalities, municipal officers and municipal employees in the practice areas of employment discrimination and retaliation, premises liability, general tort liability, workers’ compensation, wage and hour disputes, police liability, civil rights, land use, zoning and planning, contract disputes and inverse condemnation. The firm’s offices are located in the heart of downtown Nashville within sight of the Tennessee State Capitol. Visit for more information.

Published September 12, 2017

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