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47 Firm Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA in 2017; Healthcare Practice Rises in Nationwide Ranking

May 26, 2017

Nashville, Tenn., (May 26, 2017) – The Bass, Berry & Sims Healthcare Practice Group received its second Nationwide ranking in the latest edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. The firm earned a national ranking of Band 4, up a level from last year. In addition, the firm received six Band 1 rankings in Tennessee. A total of 47 firm attorneys received recognition in the 2017 edition; 45 attorneys in Tennessee and two attorneys recognized in the Nationwide category for international trade. Within the state of Tennessee, Bass, Berry & Sims had the most attorneys recognized. 

The firm received a top-ranked Band 1 listing from Chambers USA 2017 in Tennessee among the following six practice areas:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Environment
  • Healthcare
  • Litigation: General Commercial
  • Real Estate

Additionally, our Labor & Employment practice received a Band 2 ranking in Tennessee.

A total of 47 Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys have been listed as leaders in Chambers USA 2017. Listings are based on thousands of in-depth interviews by Chambers staff who researched the strengths and reputations of attorneys across the United States. Rankings are assessed based on the following qualities: technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients.

The following Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys were listed as leaders in the following practice areas in Tennessee:

  • James H. Cheek III – Corporate/M&A (Star Individual)
  • David Cox – Corporate/M&A
  • Matthew M. Curley – Healthcare: Government Investigations & Fraud
  • Michael L. Dagley – Litigation: General Commercial 
  • J. Page Davidson – Corporate/M&A
  • Wallace W. Dietz – Litigation: General Commercial 
  • Felix R. Dowsley III – Banking & Finance
  • Mary Beth Fortugno – Healthcare (Recognized Practitioner)
  • Craig V. Gabbert, Jr. – Litigation: Bankruptcy
  • Tim K. Garrett – Labor & Employment 
  • J. Andrew Goddard – Environment
  • B. Riney Green – Corporate/M&A
  • Anna M. Grizzle – Healthcare: Regulatory
  • Michael R. Hess – Healthcare
  • Michael R. Hill – Healthcare 
  • Scott Holley – Banking & Finance: Regulatory
  • Bob Horton – Labor & Employment 
  • Angela Humphreys – Healthcare
  • J. James Jenkins Jr. – Healthcare 
  • Paul G. Jennings – Litigation: Bankruptcy
  • Kris Kemp – Corporate/M&A
  • Howard H. Lamar III – Corporate/M&A 
  • Britt K. Latham – Litigation: General Commercial
  • Mark Manner – Corporate/M&A; Healthcare
  • Claire F. Miley – Healthcare: Regulatory 
  • J. Allen Overby – Corporate/M&A 
  • William N. Ozier – Labor & Employment (Senior Statesman)
  • Michael S. Peek – Real Estate 
  • Cynthia Y. Reisz – Healthcare; Healthcare: Regulatory 
  • Brian D. Roark – Healthcare: Government Investigations & Fraud
  • Todd J. Rolapp – Corporate/M&A (Eminent Practitioner)
  • Glenn B. Rose – Litigation: Bankruptcy
  • Cynthia N. Sellers – Banking & Finance 
  • D. Mark Sheets – Real Estate 
  • Richard R. Spore III – Real Estate 
  • John A. Stemmler – Real Estate
  • James S. Tate Jr. – Banking & Finance 
  • G. Scott Thomas – Environment 
  • Ryan Thomas – Corporate/M&A (Recognized Practitioner)
  • Bob F. Thompson – Banking & Finance (Senior Statesman); Banking & Finance: Regulatory (Senior Statesman)
  • Overton Thompson III – Litigation: General Commercial 
  • T. Gaillard Uhlhorn – Real Estate (Up and Coming)
  • F. Mitchell Walker Jr. – Corporate/M&A 
  • Leigh Walton – Healthcare
  • Jessalyn H. Zeigler – Environment (Recognized Practitioner)

In addition, the following Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys were listed in the Nationwide category as leaders in the following practice area:

  • Thaddeus R. McBride – International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions
  • Cheryl Palmeri – International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions (Associates to Watch)

Four firm attorneys received the additional recognition:

Senior Statesman – A Senior Statesman is an attorney who no longer works hands-on with the same intensity but who, by virtue of close links with major clients, remains pivotal to the firm's success.

  • William N. Ozier was named a "Senior Statesman" in Labor & Employment
  • Bob F. Thompson was named a "Senior Statesman" in Banking & Finance and Banking & Finance: Regulatory

Star Individual – A Star Individual ranking is given to those attorneys with exceptional recommendations in their field.

  • James H. Cheek III was named a "Star Individual" in Corporate/M&A

Eminent Practitioner – Eminent Practitioners are highly influential attorneys in a particular practice area who, due to managerial or client relationship commitments, are less active in day-to-day work but remain key players in the team.

  • Todd J. Rolapp was named an "Eminent Practitioner" in Corporate/M&A

About Chambers and Partners
Chambers and Partners, based in London, began as general book publishers in 1969. Since 1990, they have published the Chambers Guide to the UK legal profession. The USA Guide was first introduced in 2003. For more information on rankings, visit www.chambersandpartners.com.

About Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
With more than 270 attorneys representing numerous publicly traded companies and Fortune 500 businesses, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has been involved in some of the largest and most significant business transactions, investigations and litigation matters in the country. For more information, visit www.bassberry.com.


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