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21 Bass, Berry & Sims Attorneys Named "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America 2018

August 16, 2017

Nashville, Tenn., (August 16, 2017) – Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to announce that 21 of its attorneys were named "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America© 2018.

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 in 2018 from Bass, Berry & Sims and the area of specialty in which they were recognized.

  • Robert L. Brewer: Best Lawyers® Nashville Technology Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • J. Page Davidson: Best Lawyers® Nashville Mergers and Acquisitions Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Wallace W. Dietz: Best Lawyers® Nashville Litigation – Banking and Finance "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Felix R. Dowsley III: Best Lawyers® Nashville Project Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Tim K. Garrett: Best Lawyers® Nashville Labor Law – Management "Lawyer of the Year"
  • B. Riney Green: Best Lawyers® Nashville Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Michael R. Hess: Best Lawyers® Memphis Health Care Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • L. Wearen Hughes: Best Lawyers® Nashville Construction Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • David A. King: Best Lawyers® Nashville Litigation – Health Care "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Howard H. Lamar III: Best Lawyers® Nashville Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • J. Richard Lodge, Jr.: Best Lawyers® Nashville Government Relations Practice "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Lori B. Morgan: Best Lawyers® Nashville Corporate Governance Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • J. Allen Overby II: Best Lawyers® Nashville Securities Regulation "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Michael S. Peek: Best Lawyers® Nashville Banking and Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • W. Brantley Phillips, Jr.: Best Lawyers® Nashville Administrative/Regulatory Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • John N. Popham IV: Best Lawyers® Nashville Securitization and Structured Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Fritz Richter III: Best Lawyers® Nashville Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Cynthia N. Sellers: Best Lawyers® Nashville Commercial Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Blaine H. Smith: Best Lawyers® Nashville Litigation – Trusts and Estates "Lawyer of the Year"
  • T. Stephen C. Taylor: Best Lawyers® Nashville Financial Services Regulation Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Overton Thompson III: Best Lawyers® Nashville Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions "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. 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and Best Lawyers has received more than 10 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 7.4 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 58,000 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."

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