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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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17 Bass, Berry & Sims Attorneys Named "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America 2017

August 16, 2016

Nashville, Tenn., (August 16, 2016) - Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to announce that 17 of its attorneys were named "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America© 2017.

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. 

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

  • E. Steele Clayton IV: Best Lawyers® 2017 Nashville Litigation – Antitrust "Lawyer of the Year"
  • J. Page Davidson: Best Lawyers® 2017 Nashville Corporate Governance Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Felix R. Dowsley III: Best Lawyers® 2017 Nashville Commercial Transactions / UCC Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Tim K. Garrett: Best Lawyers® 2017 Nashville Employment Law – Management "Lawyer of the Year"
  • John S. Golwen: Best Lawyers® 2017 Memphis Arbitration "Lawyer of the Year"
  • R. Dale Grimes: Best Lawyers® 2017 Nashville Antitrust Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Anna M. Grizzle: Best Lawyers® 2017 Nashville Litigation – Health Care "Lawyer of the Year"
  • L. Wearen Hughes: Best Lawyers® 2017 Nashville Litigation – Construction "Lawyer of the Year"
  • J. James Jenkins, Jr.: Best Lawyers® 2017 Nashville Securities / Capital Markets Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Paul G. Jennings: Best Lawyers® 2017 Nashville Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Howard H. Lamar III: Best Lawyers® 2017 Nashville Securities Regulation "Lawyer of the Year"
  • J. Richard Lodge, Jr.: Best Lawyers® 2017 Nashville Administrative / Regulatory Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • J. Allen Overby II: Best Lawyers® 2017 Nashville Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Cynthia N. Sellers: Best Lawyers® 2017 Nashville Banking and Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Richard R. Spore III: Best Lawyers® 2017 Memphis Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • John A. Stemmler: Best Lawyers® 2017 Memphis Real Estate Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • G. Scott Thomas: Best Lawyers® 2017 Nashville Environmental Law "Lawyer of the Year"

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
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