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Butler Snow expands government relations presence in Alabama


J. Ross Gunnells

J. Ross Gunnells

MONTGOMERY, Ala. —  J. Ross Gunnells has joined the Butler Snow Government Relations Group in Montgomery.  Gunnells, who most recently served as Governor Robert Bentley’s Legislative Affairs Director, brings a wealth of governmental experience and knowledge to the firm’s growing government relations practice.

Gunnells began his career in government as the finance director for Gov. Bentley’s campaign in 2010 where he assisted the campaign in raising over $12 million. He has since served in various roles within state government, including serving as the assistant director of the Alabama Rural Development Office, the House Liaison and Deputy Director for the governor’s Office of Legislative Affairs.

“Ross’ experience and knowledge of the legislative process will allow him to provide our clients with the service that they’ve come to expect,” said Donald Clark, Jr., Chairman, Butler Snow.

Gunnells earned a bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of Alabama, where he was a member of the football team and a two-time selection to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll.  Civically, he is a graduate of the Alabama Leadership Initiative and serves as the vice chairman of the Hospital Committee for the Statewide Health Coordinating Council and is the past vice chairman of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority.

The Southern Political Report recently named Butler Snow among The South’s Top Government Affairs Firms and Lobbyists in Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama. The Southern Political Report produces these rankings based on the results of an online survey sent to lobbyists and government affairs specialists across thirteen Southern states. Top lawyers and lobbyists were consulted to make sure the rankings for each Southern state are as comprehensive and accurate as possible.

Services provided by Butler Snow’s Government Relations Group includes developing strategies to help businesses take advantage of opportunities, overcome obstacles, stay up-to-date on new developments as they occur and educate policymakers at the local, state and federal levels.


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