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Kramer Rayson marks 60 years

Town of Farragut’s law firm, Kramer Rayson, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

Kramer Rayson has 62 employees, including 21 partners, of which Town attorney Tom Hale is one.

Hale began working for the firm in 1978 as a clerk; he joined the firm as an attorney two years later. Hale has been Town attorney since Jan. 1, 2000.

During the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting April 22, Hale called Town business “interesting.”

“Believe it or not, as lawyers, it is interesting and fun to have interesting work. There’s a lot of work out there that’s not very interesting. Certainly, the Town’s work is always interesting and is always challenging and it is very much appreciated,” he said.

I just want to express that our partners, uniformly across the board, have a great appreciation and are really proud of our representation of the Town … We are proud of it and hope that we continue to have a mutually beneficial arrangement,” Hale added.

In a later interview, Hale continued expressing his appreciation of working with the Town.

“There’s a lot that goes on in the administration of a municipality that you probably just don’t see … I really enjoy the relationships with the people and staff out there,” he said.

Much of Hale’s work in Farragut includes preparing and reviewing contracts, helping with planning issues and keeping the Town in compliance with state laws and free of lawsuits.

“Contrary to what many people think, we really don’t have that many lawsuits … and that’s sort of the way I view my job, to try to avoid that if at all possible,” Hale said.

The Town was the subject of several lawsuits during the time of Hale’s predecessor, David Rogers, another Kramer Rayson attorney. According to Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III, these suits were from Knoxville and Knox County to prevent the incorporation of Farragut.

“Dave was very instrumental in fighting the court battles that enabled the town of Farragut to stay in existence,” Ford said. The Town hired Hale when Rogers retired in 2000.

“We have the advantage of the power and expertise of a great law firm along with Tom serving the Town.

“We certainly congratulate Kramer Rayson. They are a distinguished law firm and we have used the services of their attorneys throughout the life of the town of Farragut,” Ford added.

Ford said Hale is “very courteous and very knowledgeable of where the Town should be.”

“We extend congratulations. Sixty years is a long time. The benefit of a great legal firm has been a great asset to the town of Farragut,” Ford said.

Kramer Rayson represents business and individuals. The firm handles employment, tax and contractual matters for businesses and helps individuals with tax, estate and trust matters. Kramer Rayson also represents individuals in defense or prosecution of civil claims.

The firm is located downtown in the First Tennessee Plaza and has an office in Oak Ridge.

Kramer Rayson was recently named eleventh in Business TN Magazine’s best employers of 2007. This is the third time the firm has received the honor.

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