C. Dale Allen

C. Dale Allen (Nashville, Tennessee)

C. Dale Allen

Attorney in Nashville, TN
Dale Allen joined Adams and Reese in 2012 as a Partner in the firm's Nashville office.

Practicing law since 1984, Dale is a corporate lawyer who concentrates his practice in transportation, government relations and regulatory law. He is a Partner on the Government Relations team and serves as legislative counsel to a number of businesses, trade associations and nonprofit organizations with interests before the Tennessee General Assembly.

Dale has been successful in assisting in passing legislation over the past 30 years resulting in tax and regulatory relief on a variety of matters in the areas of tobacco, transportation, trucking, rental car, entertainment, and health care. Dale recently worked to secure the enactment of the Tennessee Anti-Indemnification Act for Common Carriers and also tax incentives for a major gun manufacturing company relocating to Tennessee.

Dale is ranked among Best Lawyers in Government Relations.

Dale's other representative experience includes:
•He has represented clients in a wide range of legislative matters including tax incentives, development and procurement issues on behalf of major automotive, entertainment, transportation interests, and gun manufacturing.
•Serves on the Board of and as General Counsel for Averitt Express, Inc. and its related entities.
•Represents several other trucking companies, including FirstFleet, Inc. and FirstExpress, Inc.
•Represents numerous other clients in the transportation industry including the Tennessee Trucking Association, Enterprise Rent-A-Car of Tennessee and American Traffic Solutions.
•Represents the Cigar Association of America and Swisher International, Inc.
•Represents several clients including Averitt Express, Beretta, Elvis Presley Enterprises and others on tax incentive matters.

Dale is an active member of the Conference of Freight Counsel and Transportation Lawyers of America. In the community, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Performing Arts Corporation since 2013 and presently serves as Chairman of the Board. He also serves on the Board of the National Guard Association of the United States Educational Foundation. Dale served for 28 years in the Tennessee Army National Guard, retiring with the rank of Colonel in 2015. He formerly served in numerous positions including the Staff Judge Advocate General, J-7 and CACO for the TNARNG.

He received his J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, in 1983, and earned his B.S. from the University of Tennessee at Martin, in 1981.

Dale counts his long-time personal and professional friend, John Tanner, former member of Congress, as among the people he most admires for setting an example of working with individuals with different opinions to reach a common ground on issues.

Dale and his wife Julie have one child. While not at work, Dale enjoys golf and running, as well as watching his son play baseball and soccer.

Other Distinctions

Best Lawyers - Government Relations

fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation

Tennessee Trucking Association Pinnacle Award, 2012

Press Releases

Adams and Reese Has 121 Attorneys Ranked 2016 Best Lawyers 8/18/2015

Allen Elected Chairman of Board of Tennessee Performing Arts Center 12/8/2014

Adams and Reese Has 120 Attorneys Ranked Among 2015 Best Lawyers 8/18/2014

Adams and Reese Partner Dale Allen Elected fellow of Tennessee Bar Foundation 11/12/2012

Adams and Reese Partner Dale Allen Elected Board Vice Chairman of Tennessee Performing Arts Corporation 8/8/2012

Adams and Reese Adds National Transportation Group; Strengthens Governmental Relations and Labor & Employment Practices 1/23/2012

Media Mentions

Adams and Reese Partner Dale Allen Featured as Cover Story in Tennessee Trucking News Magazine 9/13/2012


Adams and Reese Adds National Transportation Group; Strengthens Governmental Relations and Labor & Employment Practices 1/23/2012

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Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Governmental Relations
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Labor and Employment
  • Tax
  • Transactions
  • Health Care
  • Government

Peer Rating

Peer Rating

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Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Partner, Governmental Relations
Admission Details
Admitted in 1984, Tennessee
United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
Tennessee Supreme Court
United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals
Law School Attended
Cumberland School of Law at Samford University
Class of 1983
University Attended
University of Tennessee at Martin
Class of 1981
Associations & Memberships

Professional Memberships / Affiliations

Nashville Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association

American Bar Association

Transportation Lawyers Association

Conference of Freight Counsel

National Guard Association of Tennessee

National Guard Association of the United States

National Guard Association Educational Foundation, Board Member

Tennessee Performing Arts Center Board of Directors - Chairman

Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America

St. George's Episcopal Church Nashville Tennessee Foundation Board

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Contact Information

Contact Information
Firm Address
Adams and Reese LLP
Fifth Third Center, 424 Church Street, Suite 2800,
Nashville, TN 37219
Office Information
Office Information
C. Dale Allen
Partner, Governmental Relations
Adams and Reese LLP
Fifth Third Center, 424 Church Street, Suite 2800,
Nashville, TN 37219

Adams and Reese LLP (Nashville, Tennessee)