Tanner joins Nashville law firm

Former Congressman signs on with Miller & Martin

Retired Congressman John Tanner isn't retired anymore.

The law firm of Miller & Martin has announced Tanner has joined its ranks, effective immediately. Tanner recently retired from the U.S. House of Representatives after serving 11 terms in Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District.

Tanner will join the firm where his longtime fundraiser and political advisor C. Dale Allen is a partner. Miller & Martin officials say Tanner will provide strategic advice to the firm’s clients in the areas of taxation and tariffs, international business development, foreign relations, government, military relations and the environment.

In addition to joining Miller & Martin, Tanner will serve as vice chairman of Prime Policy Group, a government and public affairs firm, in Washington D.C. He will also augment the firm’s participation in the World Law Group, a global law firm network consisting of 50 independent member law firms from 60 countries on six continents.

While in Congress, Tanner was elected president of NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly, a body of high-ranking officials that links NATO with the parliaments of the NATO nations. In the House of Representatives, Tanner served on the Foreign Affairs Committee and its Europe and Western Hemisphere subcommittees. He also sat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, and chaired that panel’s Trade subcommittee.

"John Tanner has an extraordinary perspective and understanding when it comes to the world's varied economies and governments,” said former Gov. Phil Bredesen. “He combines that deep knowledge with a refreshing common sense. He'll be a great asset, not only to Miller & Martin, but to its international partner, World Law Group.”

During his Congressional tenure, Tanner was credited with co-founding the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of fiscally conservative Democrats that regularly impacted policy over the last decade. He was also the first person to sit concurrently on the board of visitors of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force.

“Congressman Tanner has made a positive and significant difference in the lives of Tennesseans and all Americans. Now he has the opportunity to share that unique experience with our firm and our clients,” said Melvin Malone, chairman of Miller & Martin.

“It is an honor to become associated with a prestigious firm like Miller & Martin,” said Tanner. “I’ve long known this firm to be a uniquely outstanding practice that not only reaches across Tennessee and the Southeast, but also the nation and world.”

Prior to being elected to Congress, Tanner served 12 years as a state representative in the Tennessee General Assembly and chaired the House Commerce Committee. He also served in the Tennessee Army National Guard from 1974 to 2000, retiring as a colonel, and in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps. Tanner received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Tennessee.