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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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100 Attorneys from Bass, Berry & Sims Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

August 15, 2016

Nashville, Tenn. (August 15, 2016) – Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to announce that 100 of its attorneys were named to The Best Lawyers in America © 2017. The attorneys were listed in 75 different practice areas.

Listed Knoxville attorney includes: 

  • G. Mark Mamantov: Project Finance Law; Public Finance Law; Real Estate Law

Listed Memphis attorneys include: 

  • Michael A. Brady: Arbitration; Litigation – Securities 
  • Annie T. Christoff: Commercial Litigation
  • John S. Golwen: Arbitration; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Securities 
  • B. Taylor Gray: Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law; Real Estate Law
  • Michael R. Hess: Health Care Law
  • J. Brook Lathram: Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Antitrust; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants 
  • Christopher G. Lazarini: Arbitration; Litigation – Securities 
  • Peter R. Pettit: Banking and Finance Law; Financial Services Regulation Law 
  • John C. Speer: Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking and Finance 
  • Richard R. Spore III: Banking and Finance Law; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law; Project Finance Law; Real Estate Law 
  • John A. Stemmler: Banking and Finance Law; Leisure and Hospitality Law; Project Finance Law; Real Estate Law 
  • Shepherd D. Tate: Arbitration; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy); Litigation – Securities; Securities Regulation 
  • David A. Thornton: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Litigation – ERISA
  • T. Gaillard Uhlhorn V: Project Finance Law; Real Estate Law

Listed Washington, D.C. attorney includes: 

  • Janelle D Waack: Litigation – Intellectual Property

Listed Nashville attorneys include: 

  • Martha B. Allard: Trademark Law
  • H. Lee Barfield II: Appellate Practice; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation – ERISA; Litigation – Health Care; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants 
  • Robert L. Brewer: Copyright Law; Information Technology Law; Technology Law; Trademark Law 
  • James H. Cheek III: Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Mutual Funds Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation 
  • E. Steele Clayton IV: Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Antitrust 
  • David Cox: Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Matthew M. Curley: Health Care Law; Litigation – Health Care; Litigation – Securities 
  • Michael L. Dagley: Commercial Litigation; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions; Litigation – Securities 
  • J. Page Davidson: Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law 
  • Wallace W. Dietz: Commercial Litigation; Corporate Compliance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Health Care Law; International Trade and Finance Law; Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Health Care; Litigation – Mergers and Acquisition; Litigation – Securities; Trade Secrets Law 
  • Brian M. Dobbs: Construction Law
  • Kevin H. Douglas: Corporate Law
  • Felix R. Dowsley III: Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Finance Law; Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Project Finance Law; Public Finance Law; Real Estate Law; Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Robert L. Echols: Arbitration; Commercial Litigation; Mediation
  • R. Todd Ervin: Tax Law 
  • Mary Beth Fortugno: Health Care Law
  • Susan W. Foxman: Banking and Finance Law; Real Estate Law
  • Davidson French: Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment 
  • Craig V. Gabbert, Jr.: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation – Construction; Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions; Litigation – Securities 
  • Tim K. Garrett: Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment 
  • J. Andrew Goddard: Administrative / Regulatory Law; Energy Law; Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental; Natural Resources Law; Water Law 
  • James C. Gooch: Trusts and Estates 
  • B. Riney Green: Corporate Law; Health Care Law; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law 
  • Charles A. Grice: Banking and Finance Law
  • R. Dale Grimes: Antitrust Law; Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation; Energy Law; Litigation – Antitrust; Utilities Law 
  • Anna M. Grizzle: Health Care Law; Litigation – Health Care
  • Michael R. Hill: Health Care Law
  • D. Scott Holley: Banking and Finance Law; Financial Services Regulation Law 
  • Michael J. Holley: Tax Law
  • L. Wearen Hughes: Arbitration; Construction Law; Litigation – Construction; Mediation 
  • Angela Humphreys: Corporate Law; Health Care Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Gene L. Humphreys: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy 
  • Stephen J. Jasper: Litigation and Controversy – Tax 
  • J. James Jenkins, Jr.: Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Health Care Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law 
  • Paul G. Jennings: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy 
  • Kris Kemp: Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation
  • David A. King: Commercial Litigation; Health Care Law; Insurance Law; Litigation – Health Care; Litigation – Insurance; Litigation – Securities; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants 
  • Howard H. Lamar III: Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Health Care Law; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation; Venture Capital Law 
  • Britt K. Latham: Commercial Litigation
  • Robins H. Ledyard: Corporate Law; Insurance Law 
  • J. Richard Lodge, Jr.: Administrative / Regulatory Law; Commercial Litigation; Government Relations Practice; Insurance Law; Non-Profit / Charities Law 
  • Mark Manner: Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Health Care Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • George H. Masterson: Derivatives and Futures Law; Public Finance Law 
  • Anthony J. McFarland: Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Litigation; Franchise Law; Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Securities; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants 
  • Andrew L. McQueen: Corporate Law
  • Bryan W. Metcalf: Tax Law 
  • Claire F. Miley: Health Care Law 
  • Russell A. Miller: Public Finance Law
  • Paige Waldrop Mills: Advertising Law; Copyright Law; Entertainment Law – Music; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Trademark Law 
  • Lori B. Morgan: Corporate Governance Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Michael S. Moschel: Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment 
  • Karen S. Neal: Public Finance Law 
  • Jennifer N. Noonan: Corporate Law
  • Jeffrey A. Oldham: Public Finance Law 
  • J. Allen Overby II: Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities Regulation 
  • William N. Ozier: Education Law; Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment 
  • Michael S. Peek: Banking and Finance Law; Project Finance Law; Real Estate Law 
  • W. Brantley Phillips, Jr.: Administrative / Regulatory Law; Commercial Litigation; Government Relations Practice; Litigation – Health Care; Litigation – Securities
  • John N. Popham IV: Corporate Law; Real Estate Law; Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Cynthia Y. Reisz: Corporate Law; Health Care Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law 
  • Fritz Richter III: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law 
  • Brian D. Roark: Health Care Law; Litigation – Health Care
  • Todd J. Rolapp: Corporate Compliance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation 
  • Glenn B. Rose: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Corporate Governance Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions; Litigation – Securities 
  • John S. Seehorn: Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Finance Law; Real Estate Law 
  • Cynthia N. Sellers: Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Finance Law; Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Real Estate Law 
  • D. Mark Sheets: Real Estate Law 
  • Susan V. Sidwell: Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Keith B. Simmons: Public Finance Law 
  • Blaine H. Smith: Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Trusts and Estates 
  • Michael D. Sontag: Administrative / Regulatory Law; Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Trusts and Estates 
  • Samuel E. Stumpf, Jr.: Corporate Compliance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Franchise Law; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation 
  • James S. Tate, Jr.: Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Finance Law; Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Real Estate Law; Securitization and Structured Finance Law 
  • T. Stephen C. Taylor: Banking and Finance Law; Financial Services Regulation Law; Insurance Law 
  • G. Scott Thomas: Environmental Law; Information Technology Law; Litigation – Environmental; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Natural Resources Law; Technology Law 
  • Shelley R. Thomas: Copyright Law
  • Bob F. Thompson: Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Financial Services Regulation Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Mutual Funds Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law 
  • Overton Thompson III: Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions; Litigation – Securities
  • F. Mitchell Walker, Jr.: Corporate Compliance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Mutual Funds Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation 
  • Kathryn H. Walker: Commercial Litigation
  • Leigh Walton: Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Health Care Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation 
  • Elizabeth S. Warren: Health Care Law 
  • Charles K. Wray: Public Finance Law 
  • Jessalyn H. Zeigler: Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental; Natural Resources Law

About Best Lawyers®
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers® lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and we have received more than 13 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 7.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers® is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers® "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

About Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
With more than 260 attorneys representing numerous publicly traded companies and Fortune 500 businesses, Bass, Berry & Sims has been involved in some of the largest and most significant litigation matters and business transactions in the country. For more information, visit www.bassberry.com.


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