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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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Martha Allard and Russ Baldwin Promoted to Counsel Status

November 11, 2013

Nashville, Tenn., (November 11, 2013) - Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to announce that Martha B. Allard and Russell S. Baldwin have been promoted to Counsel status.

Allard joined Bass, Berry & Sims in 2012 as a contract attorney in the Intellectual Property and Technology Practice with more than 10 years of experience in counseling clients in all aspects of intellectual property law, including trademark selection, prosecution and enforcement. She has been involved in various trademark and patent infringement matters in federal court, and has represented clients in inter partes proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Allard practiced at Waddey & Patterson, P.C., an intellectual property law boutique firm in Nashville and prior to that at Cummings & Lockwood, P.C. in Stamford, Connecticut.

Baldwin joined the firm in 2002 as an associate in the litigation department. His practice concentrates on complex business litigation, appellate litigation, and administrative and regulatory proceedings, including government contracting and investigations. Before joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Baldwin serviced as an assistant Tennessee attorney general, where he represented the state in appellate litigation, legislative affairs, and litigation cases. Baldwin formerly served in the United States Army and is currently a Lieutenant Colonel, Judge Advocate Generals Corps in the Tennessee Air National Guard, where he serves as Command Judge Advocate for the 230th Sustainment Brigade.

"Both Russ and Martha have extensive experience in their practice areas (Martha in trademark and intellectual property matters and Russ in business litigation and administrative and regulatory proceeding matters). Their counsel is valued by both our firm and our clients. We congratulate them on attaining this designation," said Todd Rolapp, managing director of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC.

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