Jill Talbert

Jill Talbert is the owner and president of Talbert Government Relations LLC in Nashville. Since starting the firm in 2012, she has represented various clients in the state legislative, executive and regulatory arenas. She started lobbying in 2005 immediately upon graduating from law school. Over the years, her clients’ interests have evolved to be diverse and cover a broad spectrum:

  • health care management
  • hospitals
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • criminal justice
  • data analytics
  • workers’ compensation
  • education
  • distilleries
  • wellness
  • dietetics
  • developmental disabilities

For two of her clients, she serves as the Executive Director for their associations. She has served as the Executive Director for the Tennessee Self-Insurers Association since January 2014 representing Tennessee’s largest self-insured employers on workers’ compensation issues. In October 2015, Jill became the first Executive Director for the Tennessee Distillers Guild representing thirty distilleries in Tennessee. Prior to starting her own firm, she worked for the Tennessee Hospital Association (THA) for four years as the Assistant Vice President of Advocacy and Grassroots/ Regulatory Attorney.

Jill is married with two young children. She enjoys traveling, scuba diving and spending time with family and friends. She is currently the president of the Tennessee Lobbyists Association and actively involved as a board member in the Blake McMeans Foundation working to promote the Blake McMeans Promise Tour message to high school students to prevent drunk driving.


    • University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Juris Doctorate, May 2005; Admitted to TN Bar: October 2005

    • University of Tennessee, Knoxville

TN Bachelor of Science, College of Communications, December 2001

Laura Wood

Laura Wood joined Talbert GR in January 2015 as an Associate. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. After college, Laura worked at Dollar General’s corporate office, but was never able to shake her interest in government relations. Laura’s journalistic curiosity, diligence, and incredible attention to detail allow her to juggle Talbert GR’s diverse client needs while delivering quality solutions at every stage.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, family, and her fiancé.