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In June 2016, AmSurg Corp. and Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (Envision) announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which the companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. Upon completion of the merger, which is expected to be tax-free to the shareholders of both organizations, the combined company will be named Envision Healthcare Corporation and co-headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and Greenwood Village, Colorado. The company's common stock is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol: EVHC. Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel on the transaction, led by Jim Jenkins. Read more.

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Bass, Berry & Sims Attorney Robert Echols Accepted as Member of Tennessee Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

March 26, 2013

Nashville, Tenn., (March 26, 2013) - Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to announce that Robert Echols was accepted to membership in the Tennessee Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

Echols has more than 40 years of experience in the legal industry as both a litigator and judge. He concentrates his current practice on litigation, arbitration, mediation, and investigations. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims in 2010, Echols served for 18 years as a United States District Judge. In addition to his membership in the Tennessee Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, he is a member of the American Arbitration Association's (AAA) Roster of Neutrals for complex commercial arbitrations and mediations, as well as AAA's Judicial Settlement Conference Service Panel and the AAA Healthcare Payor Provider Judicial Arbitration Panel; and a member of the ICDR International Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators. Also, he is a listed certified Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator; and a listed Mediator for the United States District Courts in the Middle, Western and Eastern Districts of Tennessee. Echols served in the military for 35 years and retired as a Brigadeer General in the Tennessee Army National Guard. He currently services as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, and was recently appointed as chair of the newly formed Veterans Committee of the Nashville Bar Association.

About the Tennessee Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
The Tennessee Academy is the local chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, a national professional association of 600 plus members who are admitted only by invitation based upon their proven success and experience in the field of civil and commercial arbitration and mediation and by their commitment to the practice of alternative dispute resolution. For more information, please visit the organization’s website.

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

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