Tom Lee

Nashville attorney Tom Lee is a member of Frost Brown Todd LLC, one of the nation’s 150 largest law firms, and managing principal of CivicPoint, FBT’s government relations subsidiary.

Three decades of experience as a trusted lobbyist, Best Lawyers® advocate, winning campaign strategist, and Emmy-award-winning journalist gives Tom a unique skill set for clients who need a compelling story told — and heard.

CivicPoint represents clients in five states across mid-America, representing businesses and organizations before the legislative and executive branches of state and local governments in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

A seventh-generation Tennessean whose great-grandfather served in the Tennessee House, Tom works in industries from health care to education to energy to hospitality and financial services. As a lobbyist and counsel to conservation interests, he negotiated the acquisition out of bankruptcy and ultimate sale to the State of Tennessee of Doe Mountain, an 8,500-acre property in Johnson County, Tennessee, that became the foundation for the Doe Mountain Recreation Area. Most recently, his cutting-edge clients include the Tennessee Blockchain Alliance and IMMI, the world’s largest manufacturer of heavy-duty vehicle safety systems.

Tom’s credibility as a trusted advocate and strategist is such that he is that rarest of political strategist—sought after by leaders and candidates of both parties. He served as senior advisor for policy and communications to the 2006 U.S. Senate campaign of Rep. Harold Ford Jr, and senior advisor to Nashville Mayor Karl Dean's initial mayoral campaign, which rose from 2% in early polls to victory in eight months.

A 1995 Order of the Coif graduate of Vanderbilt Law School, where he served as executive editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review, Tom worked for 11 years in Knoxville and Nashville as a newspaper and television journalist prior to law school. He won two Emmy awards for his documentary reporting on the aftermath of the first Gulf War and continues to contribute a widely read monthly column on Southern politics to www.bittersoutherner.com.

He is married to Laurie Sanders Lee, and they are parents of Virginia Carol ZhangJing Lee. The entire family is active at West End United Methodist Church, where Tom teaches Sunday School, served as a youth counselor, and recently preached his first sermon.