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Tireless advocate for clients in Tennessee

Catie Lane Bailey has earned a reputation as one of the best government relations attorneys in Tennessee. A registered lobbyist, Catie Lane represents and advises clients on legislative and public policy matters before the Tennessee General Assembly, local governments, and various state and local agencies. A hardworking and driven advocate for clients, Catie Lane began her public policy career as a Congressional intern for Senator Lamar Alexander while she was still an undergraduate. Catie Lane understands the legislative process from start to finish and has effective working relationships throughout the Tennessee statehouse and the executive branches of state and local government.

Catie Lane takes pride in being part of the history that is made in Tennessee, and she is an integral part of a team that represents more than two dozen clients before the Tennessee General Assembly on a range of issues.

Catie Lane monitors and tracks proposed state legislation and regulations of interest to Waller government relations clients, and she reviews proposed amendments to identified bills that could impact clients. Her successful track record of promoting, opposing or amending specific legislation and administrative rulemaking proceedings for clients is built on long-standing bipartisan relationships with lawmakers and their staffs on both sides of the political aisle. 

Catie Lane represents clients from a wide range of industries with an equally wide range of interests. Corporate clients frequently turn to Catie Lane for assistance with securing state and local appropriations needed to expand, relocate or retain operations in Tennessee. Clients also rely on Catie Lane’s understanding of the government procurement process when vying for public contracts. Additionally, she has also gained extensive experience with specific industry segments. She is the go-to lobbyist for the multi-family housing industry in Tennessee, representing owners and developers throughout the state. Catie Lane is also a leading lobbyist for companies entering the nascent Tennessee sportsbook industry following the 2018 Supreme Court decision that opened the door to legal sports betting.  Education and education policy are also key areas of focus for Catie Lane's government relations and lobbying practice. Additionally, Catie Lane oversees the regulatory and compliance work for political action committees established or operated by Waller clients.

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  • Education
    • J.D., Nashville School of Law, 2012
    • B.A., summa cum laude, Western Kentucky University, Political Science and Communication Studies, 2007
      • Inductee, Western Kentucky University Hall of Distinguished Seniors
      • Certificate in Political Communication
      • Department of Political Science Outstanding Senior Award
      • Outstanding Academic Achievement in Political Science Award
      • Outstanding Achievement in Campaign Management Award
      • Student Representative, by appointment of the Dean, Potter College of Arts & Letters Curriculum Board
      • Contributing Author, "How to..." series on Civic Engagement for the Western Kentucky University Herald, 2005-2007
  • Bar Admissions
    • Tennessee
  • Professional Involvement
    • Young Leaders Council, Nashville Class 76
    • Member, Lawyers' Association for Women - Marion Griffin Chapter
    • Member, Tennessee Council of School Board Attorneys
    • Member, Tennessee Lobbyists Association
    • Member, Nashville and Tennessee Bar Associations
  • Community Involvement
    • Board Member, United Way of Greater Nashville Young Leaders Society
    • Member, Brentwood Baptist Church
    • Former Member, Steering Committee, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Member, Nashville Business Coalition
    • Member, Nashville Young Leaders Council
  • Up Close
    Catie Lane is a lifelong resident of the Volunteer State. Her son Wyatt is the fourth generation of Catie Lane's family to be born at Baptist Hospital in Nashville (now Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital).

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