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Bass, Berry & Sims Establishes Government Contracts Practice in Washington, D.C. with Lateral of Todd R. Overman

February 3, 2014

Washington, D.C. / Nashville, (February 3, 2014) – Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to announce the establishment of its Government Contracts practice. The practice will be led by Todd R. Overman who has lateraled to the firm as a member to serve as chair of the practice area. Overman is the most recent addition to join the firm's Washington, D.C. office, which opened in January 2012. 

"We are proud to announce the addition of government contracting legal services with the formal establishment of this practice area. Our strategic decision to form the group was based entirely upon client needs and requests," stated Managing Partner Todd J. Rolapp. "We are incredibly fortunate that Todd Overman will join us to lead this expansion of our firm's capabilities. We know that his sincere commitment to quality legal work and client service is consistent with our standard, and we are more than pleased to welcome him to the firm."

About the Government Contracts Practice

Bass, Berry & Sims' Government Contracts practice consists of a multidisciplinary team focused on the full spectrum of issues that impact government contractors including: M&A support; federal and state level bid protests; small business size and affiliation standards; foreign ownership control or influence (FOCI); pending claims, investigations, audits, and disclosures; intellectual property and data rights; facility and personnel security clearances; and, ethics and compliance concerns.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Bass, Berry & Sims' growing presence in the nation's capital," says Overman. "Their corporate and litigation practices have an enviable reputation that extends nationally. I am excited about the opportunity to provide an additional level of service to their impressive client-base."

About Todd R. Overman

Overman has more than a decade of experience advising companies on the unique aspects of doing business with the federal government. In this regard, his practice includes a combination of regulatory and compliance advice, transactional issues, and dispute resolution. Overman focuses on the aerospace, defense, government services, healthcare and life science industries.

Overman's transactional practice focuses on advising buyers and sellers of government contractors in complex business transactions including mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, and securities offerings. Overman's regulatory and compliance practice encompasses counseling on all aspects of government contracts law, but he has developed particular focus in corporate compliance programs, General Services Administration (GSA) and Veterans Administration (VA) Federal Supply Schedule programs, and small business issues. His dispute resolution practice includes litigating and mediating government contractor claims, bid protests, and size protests.

Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Overman was a partner at a leading global law firm, and prior to entering private practice, served as a law clerk for The Honorable Loren A. Smith of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. He received his law degree from Vanderbilt University and his undergraduate degree from Duke University.

About Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

With more than 200 attorneys representing more than 40 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

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is a professional limited liability company rather than a partnership. Professional limited liability companies have 'members' instead of 'partners.'

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