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 Governmental 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 has served for more than 27 years in the Tennessee Army National Guard, where he currently holds the rank of Colonel as a Command Judge Advocate General. 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.


Best Lawyers - Government Relations

fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation

Tennessee Trucking Association Pinnacle Award, 2012

Press Releases
Allen Elected Chairman of Board of Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Adams and Reese Has 120 Attorneys Ranked Among 2015 Best Lawyers
Adams and Reese Partner Dale Allen Elected fellow of Tennessee Bar Foundation
Adams and Reese Partner Dale Allen Elected Board Vice Chairman of Tennessee Performing Arts Corporation
Adams and Reese Adds National Transportation Group; Strengthens Governmental Relations and Labor & Employment Practices

Media Mentions
Adams and Reese Partner Dale Allen Featured as Cover Story in Tennessee Trucking News Magazine
9/13/2012 Announcements
Adams and Reese Adds National Transportation Group; Strengthens Governmental Relations and Labor & Employment Practices

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Areas of Law

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


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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 1980

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C. Dale Allen
Partner, Governmental Relations
Fifth Third Center 424 Church Street, Suite 2800,
Nashville, TN 37219


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