The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation Friday named a consortium of law firms including Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis PLLC, Burch Porter & Johnson PLLC, Metz Hauser & Husband PA and Spence & Wade PLLC to provide outside legal services to the Tennessee Lottery.
"We received applications from a number of impressive firms and groups of firms," said lottery board member Jim Ripley of Sevierville, who led the search for a legal-services provider.
"At the end of the day," Ripley said, "the consortium led by Waller Lansden offered the best combination of broad legal experience and depth of resources."
The firms will work at a maximum hourly rate of $240. Governor Phil Bredesen and Attorney General Paul Summers have approved the selection.
Waller Lansden has a deep bench of attorneys capable of providing a broad range of legal services that will be required by the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, including corporate and contractual work, officials said.
Waller Lansden has associated with three other firms including Burch Porter & Johnson, of Memphis, whose senior partner Mike Cody is a former Tennessee Attorney General. The group brings lottery specific expertise through an association with Metz Hauser & Husband PA, Tallahassee, Fla. Partner James Hauser served as outside counsel to the Florida Department of Lottery during its startup.
The Spence & Wade firm includes Memphis attorneys Robert L.J. Spence Jr. and Allan J. Wade, who have considerable experience in government law.
Originally, Spence & Wade partnered with two other groups in applying for the lottery's legal-services contract. Based on the strength of their qualifications, presentation and overall reputation, the Board urged them to join the Waller Lansden group, it was stated.
Lottery Board Chairman Denny Bottorff said the selection of the Waller Lansden group gives the Corporation the best possible representation.
"This is a legal team with real depth and diversity," Bottorff said. "We're pleased to have permanent legal-services providers in place as we move ahead in this critical startup period."