Steve Elkins is Of Counsel with FARRAR | WRIGHT, PLLC. Mr. Elkins concentrates his practice in the areas of general business and employment law, administrative and regulatory matters, and estate administration and probate.
For the past fifteen years, Elkins has engaged in a variety of legal, business and public services endeavors across the State of Tennessee. He brings to the firm an extensive knowledge and understanding of state government, earned through his eight years of service in state government, including almost four years as Legal Counsel to Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. As Legal Counsel to the Governor, Mr. Elkins was responsible for coordinating the legal affairs of the Executive Branch of state government, as well as counseling and advising the Governor on the wide variety of legal matters confronting the State on a daily basis.
As Legal Counsel to the Governor, Mr. Elkins served as the Executive’s primary official advisor in making appointments to both appellate and trial level judgeships, and coordinated the Governor’s relationship with the Judicial Branch of state government, including the Supreme Court and the Attorney General and Reporter. In this role, Mr. Elkins also drafted and implemented executive orders, drafted legislation, managed pending requests for executive clemency in both capital and non-capital cases, and managed the legal components of various policy initiatives being developed and implemented by the Governor.
In addition to his background in state government, Mr. Elkins also brings first hand business experience to the firm, having been a minority owner of home care agency Aid & Assist At Home, where he served as General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer and Compliance Officer. At Aid & Assist At Home, Elkins oversaw the legal, regulatory and compliance issues of a Nashville-based entity that consistently provided non-medical home and community based services to over 1,000 clients across the State of Tennessee. He served as a member of a four-person executive team that oversaw the day to day operations of a company with over 85 full time employees, as well as approximately 1,000 PRN employees.
Most recently, Mr. Elkins was a member of a Nashville based law firm, concentrating in business and regulatory law.
Throughout his career, Mr. Elkins has served in a variety of leadership and service positions. From 2006 – 2009, Elkins served as the Governor’s designee on both the State Board of Equalization and the Tennessee Housing Development Authority. Elkins also formerly served as Chairman of the Board of Control of the Tennessee Corrections Institute, the entity responsible for oversight and state certification of local jails across the state. He has also served as the Governor’s designee on the Tennessee Tobacco Farmers Certifying Board. In 2007, Ekins served on the Governor’s Advisory Committee on the Transfer of Chief Executive Powers, along with the Speaker of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Attorney General and Reporter, a former Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court and a former Governor of the State of Tennessee.
After serving as an alternate member for the past four years, Mr. Elkins was recently appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to serve as a member of the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area Advisory Board. Elkins is a member of the Nashville Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association, where he served on the Leadership Law Program Steering Committee from 2012 – 2015.
Mr. Elkins graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1999, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as his class’s valediction speaker. Elkins also holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Tennessee, having graduated summa cum laude in 1995.
Steve Elkins is a Smyrna native who now resides in Nolensville with his wife Andrea. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Murfreesboro. In his free time, he enjoys running, reading, and working and spending time on the Bedford County farm that has been in his family for over 175 years, as well as his family’s Rutherford County farm.