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On December 1, 2016, Parker Hannifin Corporation and CLARCOR Inc. announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Parker will acquire CLARCOR for approximately $4.3 billion in cash, including the assumption of net debt. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of each company. Upon closing of the transaction, expected to be completed by or during the first quarter of Parker’s fiscal year 2018, CLARCOR will be combined with Parker’s Filtration Group to form a leading and diverse global filtration business. Bass, Berry & Sims has served CLARCOR as primary corporate and securities counsel for 10 years and served as lead counsel on this transaction. Read more here.

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15 Bass, Berry & Sims Attorneys Named "Lawyer of the Year"

August 18, 2014

Nashville, Tenn., (August 18, 2014) - Bass, Berry & Sims is pleased to announce that 15 of its attorneys recently were named "Lawyers of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Best Lawyers began designating "Lawyer of the Year" in the U.S. in high-profile legal practice areas in conjunction with the 15th edition (2009). Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year," making this accolade particularly significant.

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 21st edition of The Best Lawyers in America® (2015) is based on detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

Listed below are the lawyers that were honored from Bass, Berry & Sims and the area of specialty in which they were recognized.

  • H. Lee Barfield II – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Appellate Practice "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Coburn Dewees Berry IV – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Litigation – Land Use and Zoning "Lawyer of the Year"
  • E. Steele Clayton IV – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Litigation – Antitrust "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Tim K. Garrett – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Labor Law – Management "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Paul G. Jennings – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Litigation – Bankruptcy "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Howard H. Lamar III – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Securities / Capital Markets Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • J. Richard Lodge, Jr. – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Non-Profit / Charities Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • George H. Masterson – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Public Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Cynthia N. Sellers – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Commercial Transactions / UCC Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Richard R. Spore III – Best Lawyers® 2015 Memphis Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Samuel E. Stumpf, Jr. – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Securities Regulation "Lawyer of the Year" 
  • James S. Tate, Jr. – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Commercial Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Shepherd D. Tate – Best Lawyers® 2015 Memphis Arbitration "Lawyer of the Year"
  • F. Mitchell Walker, Jr. – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Leigh Walton – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Health Care Law "Lawyer of the Year"

To see the full report of 85 attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015, please click here.

About Best Lawyers®
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers in America® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Over 50,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers in considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice." 

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