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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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Inside the FCA blogInside the FCA blog features ongoing updates related to the False Claims Act (FCA), including insight on the latest legal decisions, regulatory developments and FCA settlements. The blog provides timely updates for corporate boards, directors, compliance managers, general counsel and other parties interested in the organizational impact and legal developments stemming from issues potentially giving rise to FCA liability.

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Attorney Spotlight: Courtney Grande

June 8, 2016

Courtney Grande spotlight

1. Tell us about your legal practice.

I started my legal career representing clients in internal, civil and regulatory investigations at King & Spalding in Atlanta, Georgia. After practicing in Atlanta for a few years, I accepted a position as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. In this position, I had the opportunity to handle white collar criminal cases as well as some drug and gun cases. After a couple of years at the U.S Attorney's Office, I decide to go back to a law firm to do civil law. I choose Bass, Berry & Sims because of the firm's growing and highly regarded healthcare work.

Today, I primarily represent healthcare providers in civil and regulatory investigations, corporate internal investigations, and litigation related to fraud and abuse matters related to violations of the federal False Claims Act and state false claims acts. 

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the legal field?

I first became interested in law after taking an environmental sciences class in high school. I loved studying the different cases, such as the Love Canal lawsuit. I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from UNC-Chapel Hill with the plan to become an environmental lawyer. As an associate at King & Spalding and an Assistant U.S. Attorney, I had the opportunity to try different areas of law, including criminal law. I ultimately decided that I enjoy practicing investigations and fraud and abuse law, which is how I ended up in the area I am in today. 

3. How did your previous experience working as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Charlotte, North Carolina, prepare you for your role as an attorney within a law firm?

My time at the U.S. Attorney's Office allowed me to the opportunity to get courtroom and trial experience, which is often times an opportunity that is difficult to obtain as a younger attorney.

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