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In June 2017, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: PNFP) closed a $1.9 billion merger with BNC Bancorp (NASDAQ: BNCN) pursuant to which BNC merged with and into Pinnacle. With the completion of the transaction, Pinnacle becomes a Top 50 U.S. Bank. The merger will create a four state footprint concentrated in 12 of the largest urban markets in the Southeast. 

Bass, Berry & Sims has served Pinnacle as primary corporate and securities counsel for more than 15 years and served as counsel on the transaction. Our attorneys were involved in all aspects related to the agreement, including tax, employee benefits and litigation. 

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Robert E. Cooper, Jr.

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-7768 TEL
(615) 742-2858 FAX

Robert E. Cooper, Jr.

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-7768 TEL
(615) 742-2858 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-7768 TEL
(615) 742-2858 FAX

As a member of the firm's Compliance & Government Investigations Practice Group, former Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper has broad experience in consumer protection and compliance monitoring. He served eight years as Tennessee Attorney General and four years as legal counsel to Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, and he currently is the Compliance Monitor in a consumer protection consent decree involving the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Daymar Colleges Group, a for-profit college system. 

Bob advises clients on matters related to compliance and enforcement issues and assists clients in responding to internal investigations from federal, state or local governments. Clients draw upon Bob's years of public service experience to help maneuver through a state's administrative processes, including challenges to regulations, contracts and other official actions. In addition, he provides counsel on enforcement of nonprofit and charitable entities law. 

Bob rejoined the firm in April 2015 as a member after 12 years of public service, serving as legal counsel to Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen from 2003-2006 and Attorney General from 2006-2014, during which time he served as chair of the Southern Region of the National Association of Attorneys General from 2012-2013.

As a member of the firm's Compliance & Government Investigations Practice Group, former Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper has broad experience in consumer protection and compliance monitoring. He served eight years as Tennessee Attorney General and four years as legal counsel to Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, and he currently is the Compliance Monitor in a consumer protection consent decree involving the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Daymar Colleges Group, a for-profit college system. 

Bob advises clients on matters related to compliance and enforcement issues and assists clients in responding to internal investigations from federal, state or local governments. Clients draw upon Bob's years of public service experience to help maneuver through a state's administrative processes, including challenges to regulations, contracts and other official actions. In addition, he provides counsel on enforcement of nonprofit and charitable entities law. 

Bob rejoined the firm in April 2015 as a member after 12 years of public service, serving as legal counsel to Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen from 2003-2006 and Attorney General from 2006-2014, during which time he served as chair of the Southern Region of the National Association of Attorneys General from 2012-2013.

His practice encompasses:

  • Monitorships Significant experience with multiple regulatory auditor and monitoring regimes at state and federal level.
  • Compliance & Government Investigations – Representing clients in civil and criminal matters, including developing and implementing compliance policies and programs.
  • Healthcare Fraud & Abuse – Advising healthcare providers and individuals in enforcement actions.
  • Nonprofit & Charitable Entities Regulation – Counseling clients on state and federal regulations, developing compliance, audit and training programs and, when needed, litigation.
  • Consumer Financial Services – Representing clients in investigations and enforcement matters conducted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), states' Attorneys General offices, and other federal and state regulators involving the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), state consumer protection acts and related legislation.

While Tennessee Attorney General, Bob served on the executive committee for mortgage servicing claims against the nation's five largest banks that resulted in a $25 billion settlement by 49 state attorneys general and the federal government. Medicaid fraud also was a priority during his tenure, and Bob formed a separate division within the Attorney General's Office devoted solely to pursuing provider Medicaid fraud and recovered some $150 million for the state. He also created the Public Interest Division in the Attorney General's office to consolidate and expand oversight of nonprofits and charities and, during his tenure, recovered more than $130 million in charitable funds through investigations and litigation. 

Since 1998, Bob has served as an adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School teaching Campaign Finance and Elections. Prior to entering private practice, he served as a law clerk for The Honorable Louis F. Oberdorfer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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Memberships

Society of Attorneys General Emeritus (SAGE)

National Association Attorneys General (NAAG) – Chair, Southern Region (2012-2013)

American Bar Association – House of Delegates (2009-2014)

Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society – President (2014-2015)

Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (2002-2006)

Charter Revision Commission of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County (2000-2006) – Chair (2002-2006)

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands – Board of Directors (1992-2003); President (1998-2000)

ThinkTennessee – Board Chair

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Accolades

U.S. District Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer, Washington, D.C. – Law Clerk

Yale Law Journal – Managing Editor

American Bar Foundation – Fellow

Tennessee Bar Foundation – Fellow

Nashville Bar Foundation – Fellow

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