We have some exciting news to share!
Nashville’s oldest lobbying firm, Smith Harris & Carr, is now
Harris Frazier Government Relations
Firm’s team boasts more than 50 years of combined experience
Nashville, TN – Nashville’s oldest lobbying firm, Smith Harris & Carr, is now Harris Frazier Government Relations. The firm, originally known as Smith & Johnson, was founded in 1980.
“Two of our firm’s named partners retired so it’s time we change our name to better represent our current ownership,” explained Estie Harris, who joined the firm in 1994 and has been a partner since 1996. “The name Harris Frazier Government Relations represents our new ownership and what we do.”
“Original owner Anne Carr retired last year and Cleve Smith retired many years ago. We appreciate the excellent leadership they shared and we are excited to continue their legacy,” added Meagan Frazier, who joined the firm in 2003 and became a partner in 2008.
Estie Harris began lobbying by being in the right place at the right time! It became the perfect career for her and she hasn’t left. She has been working in or around the Tennessee General Assembly since the late 1980’s.
Her broad experience in both the executive and legislative branches of government has greatly benefited Harris Frazier’s clients. Both clients and legislators appreciate Harris' knowledge, compassion, and attention to detail in the political process. She does her homework and can switch gears rapidly.
Legislators and peers consider Harris to be a subject-matter expert in the state budget process and the unique needs of health care providers. She has impacted issues as diverse as judicial selection, farm credit, the Tennessee Lottery, special payments to hospitals, pay equity for those providing services to the intellectually disabled and mental health insurance benefits.
Harris serves on numerous middle Tennessee community boards and associations, participates in local charitable fundraising efforts, and is involved with her church, The Cathedral of the Incarnation.
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Harris graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in agricultural economics. She is married and has two sons.
Meagan Frazier has a solid reputation for her hard work on hospital, health care, business and transportation issues. She is well known for her knowledge of the Tennessee General Assembly’s rules and procedures as well as her relationships within all three branches of state government. She has successfully guided her clients through complex issues such as prescription safety regulations, state funding needs and professional licensing requirements.
Frazier knew she wanted to be a professional lobbyist prior to her arrival to Capitol Hill in 2001 and set out to reach that goal by working for the Tennessee House of Representatives and the state Treasury Department.
Frazier is the current President of the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Lobbyist Association. She serves in leadership positions on numerous non-profit boards and co-founded CASA of Dickson County to advocate for abused and neglected children in her community.
A licensed attorney, Frazier is a graduate of the Nashville School of Law. She earned a B.S. in Public Relations at Middle Tennessee State University. Frazier is married and has three young daughters. A Dickson County native, she and her husband are members of the Walnut Street Church of Christ in Dickson.
Along with partners Estie Harris and Meagan Frazier, the firm’s team includes:
Lou Alsobrooks, Associate, joined Harris Frazier Government Relations in 2013. A licensed attorney since 2012, Alsobrooks also serves as the firm's lead researcher, helping clients find answers to complex legislative and regulatory questions.
Alsobrooks' deep understanding of the legislative and regulatory process in Tennessee coupled with his love for research have made him a valued asset to both clients and policy makers alike. He has worked successfully on numerous legislative matters during his career ranging from corporate taxation, workers' compensation reform, alcoholic beverage regulation, and housing development and zoning. Outside of the legislative arena, Alsobrooks helps clients successfully navigate the state government procurement process to generate new or maintain current contracts with state agencies and departments.
Alsobrooks grew up in Dickson, Tennessee, completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and obtained his law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida. He and his wife Lida reside in Nashville and attend Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Merle Franklin, bookkeeper/accountant, joined the firm in 1998. She has more than 20 years of experience working in both the for-profit and not-for-profit arenas. She previously worked for the Tennessee Alcohol & Drug Association (TADA). Still earlier, she worked for HCA, starting as an accounts payable clerk and working her way up to a senior accounts payable position.
Franklin manages all contracting and fiscal matters for the firm and is the “go to” person for vendors and for clients with billing or accounting questions. In addition, all financial questions that none of the rest of us can understand are referred to Franklin. Franklin is originally from Sussex, England, but calls Nashville home.
Harris Frazier Government Relations provides consulting, monitoring, and/or active lobbying services for those at the beginning of the effort and for those already engaged in the journey. Additionally, we offer assistance with the state procurement process, in-depth policy research, and issue forecasting. The firm has a reputation for being strategic, hardworking, effective, and ethical. Visit www.harrisfrazier.com for more information.
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