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The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 Lists 77 Bass, Berry & Sims Attorneys in 72 Practice Areas

September 7, 2011

Blue-chip Firm Recognized Nationally for Work in Corporate Governance

Nashville, Tenn., (September 7, 2011) – Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to announce that 77 of its attorneys were named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 list in more than 70 different practice areas.

Bass, Berry & Sims also was named the nation’s top-listed firm in Corporate Governance Law and one of the top-listed national firms in three other areas, according to The Best Lawyers in America® 2012.

Additionally, the firm received top-listed status in 35 areas within the state of Tennessee, including Health Care Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Securities Litigation; two areas in Knoxville, including Public Finance Law; eight areas in Memphis, including Securities Litigation; and 46 areas in Nashville, including Health Care Law. Bass, Berry & Sims had 64 attorneys listed from the Nashville office, the most of any other Nashville firm.

Listed Knoxville attorney includes:
  • G. Mark Mamantov – Project Finance Law; Public Finance Law; Real Estate Law
Listed Memphis attorneys include:
  • Michael A. Brady – Arbitration; Litigation-Securities 
  • John S. Golwen – Arbitration; Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Banking & Finance; Litigation-Securities 
  • John A. Good – Banking & Finance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation 
  • J. Brook Lathram – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Antitrust; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions-Defendants; Product Liability Litigation-Defendants 
  • Christopher G. Lazarini – Arbitration; Litigation-Securities 
  • Peter R. Pettit – Banking & Finance Law; Financial Services Regulation Law 
  • Stephen W. Ragland – Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law; Litigation-Bankruptcy 
  • John C. Speer – Banking & Finance Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Banking & Finance 
  • Richard R. Spore III – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Banking & Finance Law; Real Estate Law 
  • John A. Stemmler – Banking & Finance Law; Leisure & Hospitality Law; Project Finance Law; Real Estate Law 
  • Shepherd D. Tate – Arbitration; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy); Litigation-Securities; Securities Regulation 
  • David A. Thornton – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Listed Nashville attorneys include:
  • H. Lee Barfield – Appellate Practice; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Health Care Law; Insurance Law; Litigation-ERISA; Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants 
  • Coburn Dewees Berry IV – Ethics & Professional Responsibility Law; Land Use & Zoning Law; Litigation-Land Use & Zoning; Litigation-Real Estate; Real Estate Law 
  • Ross Booher – International Trade & Finance Law 
  • Robert L. Brewer – Copyright Law; Information Technology Law; Technology Law; Trademark Law 
  • James H. Cheek III – Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Leveraged Buyouts & Private Equity Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Mutual Funds Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation 
  • E. Steele Clayton IV – Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Antitrust 
  • Matthew Curley – Litigation-Securities 
  • Michael L. Dagley – Commercial Litigation; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Litigation-Mergers & Acquisitions; Litigation-Securities 
  • J. Page Davidson – Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Leveraged Buyouts & Private Equity Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law 
  • Wallace W. Dietz – Commercial Litigation; Corporate Compliance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Derivatives & Futures Law; International Trade & Finance Law; Litigation-Banking & Finance; Litigation-Intellectual Property; Litigation-Mergers & Acquisition; Litigation-Securities 
  • Felix R. Dowsley III – Banking & Finance Law; Commercial Finance Law; Real Estate Law 
  • Robert L. Echols – Arbitration; Commercial Litigation 
  • R. Todd Ervin – Tax Law 
  • Samuel L. Felker – Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions-Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants; Product Liability Litigation; Product Liability Litigation-Defendants 
  • Davidson French – Employment Law-Individuals; Employment Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment 
  • Tim K. Garrett – Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment 
  • J. Andrew Goddard – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Energy Law; Environmental Law; Litigation-Environmental; Natural Resources Law; Water Law 
  • James C. Gooch – Trusts & Estates 
  • B. Riney Green – Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law 
  • R. Dale Grimes – Antitrust Law; Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Antitrust 
  • D. Scott Holley – Banking & Finance Law; Financial Services Regulation Law 
  • L. Wearen Hughes – Arbitration; Construction Law; Litigation-Construction; Mediation 
  • Gene L. Humphreys – Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law; Litigation-Bankruptcy 
  • Angela Humphreys – Corporate Law; Health Care Law 
  • J. James Jenkins, Jr. – Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Health Care Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law 
  • Paul G. Jennings – Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law; Litigation-Bankruptcy 
  • David A. King – Commercial Litigation; Health Care Law; Litigation-Securities; Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants 
  • Howard H. Lamar III – Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Health Care Law; Leveraged Buyouts & Private Equity Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation; Venture Capital Law 
  • Robins H. Ledyard – Corporate Law; Insurance Law 
  • J. Richard Lodge Jr. – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Commercial Litigation; Government Relations Practice; Insurance Law; Non-Profit / Charities Law 
  • George H. Masterson – Public Finance Law 
  • Anthony J. McFarland – Commercial Litigation; Franchise Law; Litigation-Banking & Finance; Litigation-Securities; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions-Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants; Product Liability Litigation; Product Liability Litigation-Defendants 
  • Bryan W. Metcalf – Tax Law 
  • Claire F. Miley – Health Care Law 
  • Paige Waldrop Mills – Copyright Law; Litigation-Intellectual Property; Trademark Law 
  • Michael S. Moschel – Employment Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment 
  • Karen S. Neal – Public Finance Law 
  • T. Scott Noonan – Health Care Law; Non-Profit / Charities Law 
  • Jeffrey A. Oldham – Public Finance Law 
  • J. Allen Overby II – Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Leveraged Buyouts & Private Equity Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Securities Regulation 
  • William N. Ozier – Education Law; Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment 
  • Michael S. Peek – Banking & Finance Law; Project Finance Law; Real Estate Law 
  • W. Brantley Phillips Jr. – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Commercial Litigation; Government Relations Practice 
  • J. Bradbury Reed – Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law 
  • Cynthia Y. Reisz – Corporate Law; Health Care Law 
  • Fritz Richter III – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law 
  • Todd J. Rolapp – Corporate Compliance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Leveraged Buyouts & Private Equity Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation 
  • John S. Seehorn – Banking & Finance Law; Real Estate Law 
  • Cynthia N. Sellers – Banking & Finance Law; Commercial Finance Law; Real Estate Law 
  • D. Mark Sheets – Real Estate Law 
  • Keith B. Simmons – Public Finance Law 
  • Blaine Smith – Litigation-Trusts & Estates; Trusts & Estates 
  • Michael D. Sontag – Litigation & Controversy-Tax; Trusts & Estates 
  • Samuel E. Stumpf Jr. – Corporate Compliance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Franchise Law; Leveraged Buyouts & Private Equity Law; Mergers &Acquisitions Law; Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation 
  • James S. Tate Jr. – Banking & Finance Law; Commercial Finance Law; Real Estate Law; Securitization & Structured Finance Law 
  • T. Stephen C. Taylor – Banking & Finance Law; Financial Services Regulation Law; Insurance Law 
  • G. Scott Thomas – Environmental Law; Information Technology Law; Litigation-Environmental; Natural Resources Law; Technology Law 
  • Bob F. Thompson – Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Financial Services Regulation Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Mutual Funds Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law 
  • Overton Thompson III – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Derivatives & Futures Law; Litigation-Mergers & Acquisitions; Litigation-Securities; Litigation-Trusts & Estates 
  • F. Mitchell Walker Jr. – Corporate Compliance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Mutual Funds Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation 
  • Leigh Walton – Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Health Care Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation 
  • Elizabeth S. Warren – Health Care Law 
  • Charles K. Wray – Public Finance Law 
  • Jessalyn H. Zeigler – Environmental Law; Litigation-Environmental; Natural Resources Law

About Best Lawyers in America ®
Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 41,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.9 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

About Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
With more than 200 attorneys representing numerous publicly traded companies and Fortune 500 businesses, Bass, Berry & Sims has been involved in some of the largest and most significant litigation matters and business transactions in the country. For more information, visit www.bassberry.com.

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