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Nicole Osborne

With more than a decade of government affairs experience, Nicole Osborne is recognized for her leadership and judgment in developing and executing effective legislative and government relations strategies across Tennessee and the Southeast. Nicole represents the interests of corporate clients, industry groups, professional associations and not-for-profit organizations before elected officials in the Tennessee General Assembly, the United States Congress and government officials in numerous local, state and federal agencies. Her experience includes drafting and negotiating legislation, assisting with regulatory and rulemaking compliance strategy and traditional lobbying to the state legislature, the state executive branch, congressional representatives, state and federal agencies, city councils, county officials and community leaders. Additionally, Nicole monitors legislative developments and educates clients on legislative processes, procedures and progress. She also manages political action committees (PACs) and fundraising programs for clients and provides guidance on grassroots advocacy efforts and the development of coalitions.

Prior to joining Waller, Nicole led government relations, public policy and economic development initiatives for a Chattanooga-based law firm. Earlier in her career she gained valuable government and regulatory affairs experience with the Tennessee American Water Company and the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. While attending law school, Nicole served as a Federal Government Affairs Summer Associate for the National Rifle Association and a Government Relations Intern for a leading bipartisan government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Before attending law school, Nicole served as a congressional intern on Capitol Hill for United States Senators George Allen (R-Va.) and John Warner (R-Va.).

Professional

  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member, Tennessee Lobbyists Association
  • Appointed Member, City of Chattanooga Health, Educational and Housing Facility Board
  • Member, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Public Affairs Committee
  • Member, Southeast Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women

Prior Affiliations

  • Government Affairs Counsel, Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C., Chattanooga, Tenn., 2015-2018
  • Government and Regulatory Affairs Manager, Tennessee American Water Company, Chattanooga, Tenn., 2013-2015
  • Attorney, Director of Government Affairs, Meyers & Alterman/Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, Washington, D.C., 2006-2013
  • Federal Government Affairs Summer Associate, National Rifle Association, Washington, D.C., 2005
  • Government Relations Intern, Cassidy and Associates, Washington, D.C., 2004
  • Congressional Intern, U.S. Senator George Allen, Washington, D.C., 2002
  • Congressional Intern, U.S. Senator John Warner, Washington, D.C., 2002

Education

  • J.D., Regent University Law School, 2006
    • Republican National Lawyers Association
    • Regent University School of Law Ambassador
  • B.A., cum laude, Emory & Henry College, Mass Communications, Political Science, 2002
    • Pi Sigma Kappa National Political Science Honor Fraternity
    • Pi Gamma Mu International Social Science Honor Society
    • Cardinal Key National Women’s Honor Society

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • District of Columbia