William Outhier


Bill Outhier focuses his practice on commercial litigation, election law, employment law and government relations.  Mr. Outhier represents one of the largest owners of hospitals and healthcare facilities in the country on a variety of matters including parent corporation liability, employment disputes, responses to subpoenas and various contractual matters.  Mr. Outhier has successfully assisted corporate clients in obtaining dismissals in early stages of litigation in state and federal courts across the country.  He has also represented a large financial services firm on employment litigation matters involving restrictive covenants.  Mr. Outhier has also served as counsel to multiple campaigns and provides campaign finance advice to both corporations and PACs.

Immediately prior to joining Riley & Jacobson, Mr. Outhier was Managing Director with Carmen Group, Inc., a government relations firm located in Washington, D.C.  While there he represented clients in connection with legislative, regulatory and government contracting matters.  Mr. Outhier continues to provide government relations services to various clients.

Prior to his work with Carmen Group, Mr. Outhier spent six years working in the United States Congress, most recently serving as Republican Chief Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs.  During his tenure with the Committee, he coordinated a number of oversight and investigative hearings, including investigations of Enron and the California energy crisis.  He also worked on a variety of legislative matters, including campaign finance reform, election reform, amendments to the Inspector General Act, and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.  Mr. Outhier also served as counsel to the House Oversight Subcommittee of the Committee on Education and the Workforce's investigation into the 1996 political activity of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.  Mr. Outhier began his work on the Hill as counsel to the Governmental Affairs Committee's Investigation into Illegal and Improper Activities in the 1996 Federal Elections. 

Mr. Outhier received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Vanderbilt University School of Law where he served on the Jessup Moot Court Team.  He graduated with Highest Honors from the University Tennessee in 1989 with a B.A. degree in the College Scholars program, where he was named Phi Beta Kappa.

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Election Law
Employment Law
Government Relations


Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D. 1992
University of Tennessee, B.A. 1989

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 1992


American Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
Nashville Bar Association


Phone: (615) 320-3700 ext. 124