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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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Companies go public to raise capital to fuel growth, pay down debt and provide liquidity to shareholders. Although all issuers and offerings are different, the basic process of going public remains relatively constant. Blueprint for an IPO identifies the key players, details the process and identifies the obligations companies will face after going public.

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Michele L. Bendekovic

Director of Attorney Development & Diversity

(615) 259-6369 TEL
(615) 248-8802 FAX

Michele L. Bendekovic

Director of Attorney Development & Diversity

(615) 259-6369 TEL
(615) 248-8802 FAX
(615) 259-6369 TEL
(615) 248-8802 FAX

Michele Bendekovic is the Director of Attorney Development and Diversity at Bass, Berry & Sims. In this role she is responsible for assisting all firm attorneys in ongoing professional development activities and for establishing a diverse and inclusive team in order to provide firm clients with the highest quality of work and service. 

With respect to her role in attorney development, Michele develops and manages training programs for attorneys at all levels related to the enhancement of skills in leadership, marketing, practice management, business development, client relationships and others.

In conjunction with the overall attorney development program, Michele works with firm administration on the development of short- and long-term diversity goals and policies that will support and augment the firm's overall strategy. This planning includes recruitment, retention and ongoing programs that support and advance a diverse group of attorneys.

Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Michele was the Director of Recruiting and Professional Development at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in Morgantown, West Virginia.


National Association for Law Placement (NALP)

  • Nominating Committee (2016)
  • Professional Development Institute Planning Committee (2016)
  • Long Range Strategic Planning Committee (2015); Membership Expansion Working Group, Chair
  • Professional Development Section, Chair (2010); Professional Development and Education Programming Advisory Group
  • Recruiting Section
  • Experienced Professionals Section
  • Publication Advisory Group (2008-2011)
  • Attrition Working Group (2008-2009)
  • Liaison to the ABA Law Practice Division (2013-2014)
  • Liaison to the Professional Development Consortium (2012-2014)

Professional Development Consortium (PDC) – Board Member; Membership and Nominating Committees, Chair; 2010 PDC Annual Conference, Planning Chair

American Society for Training and Development

National Legal Mentoring Consortium

Talent Management Roundtable for Mid-Sized Law Firms

Additional Thought Leadership


  • "You Have to Collaborate to Innovate" and "Right Hand Meets Left Hand: PD Initiatives Across Schools and Employers" (panelist), 2016 NALP Annual Education Conference (April 2016)
  • "No Matter How You Slice It: Law Schools and Employer Expectations in Professional Development Programming" and "Get a Grip on Leadership! Better People Management (Up, Down and All Around)"(panelist), 2015 Professional Development Institute (December 2015)
  • "Train the Trainers? How About Parlay Your Partners! – Advance Course" (panelist), 2015 Professional Development Institute (December 2015)
  • "PD 201: Advancing Your Skills as a Mid-Level PD Professional" (panelist), 2014 NALP Annual Education Conference (April 2014)
  • "How Legal Educators Are Shaping the Future of the Profession – Challenges, Triumphs and Reflections from Around the World" (panelist), 2013 Professional Development Institute (December 2013)
  • "Hot Topics in PD" (panelist), 2013 NALP Annual Education Conference (April 2013)
  • "Competencies and Evaluations 101" and "Building a Culture of Learning: How to Design and Implement Lawyer Training Programs" (panelist), 2013 Newer Professionals Forum (February 2013)
  • "Can You Really Teach 'Old' Partners 'New' Tricks" and "Teach Your Associates Well" (panelist), 2012 Professional Development Institute (December 2012)


  • "Reply to Law Schools from Law Firms: What Professional Development Skills Do We Expect Law School Graduates to Have at Entry Level?" NALP Bulletin (January 2013)
  • "Highlights from the PDC Annual Summer Conference," NALP Bulletin, 8-9 (October 2012)
  • "Where is the Legal Profession Headed?" PD Quarterly, 7-9 (August 2012)
  • "It's Easy as 1, 2, 3 … Addressing Professional Development Issues from Law School through Retirement – Step 3: Rounding Out a Great Career," NALP Bulletin, 12-13 (June 2012)
  • "Competencies for PD Professionals," PD Quarterly, 1-3 (February 2012)


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