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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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Michael Cottone


(615) 742-7798 TEL
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Michael Cottone


(615) 742-7798 TEL
(615) 742-0488 FAX
(615) 742-7798 TEL
(615) 742-0488 FAX

Michael Cottone is an associate in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group. He focuses on representing clients in a range of tax issues, including franchise, excise, sales and use, and business taxes, and assists clients in negotiations with taxing authorities. In addition, Michael counsels clients in a variety of complex business disputes.

Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Michael served as a law clerk to the Honorable Eugene E. Siler, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Honorable J. Daniel Breen of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. He also served as a judicial extern and temporary law clerk to the Honorable Gary R. Wade of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Michael earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law and received a B.A. in philosophy from Middle Tennessee State University.


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  • Rethinking Presumed Knowledge of the Law in the Regulatory Age, 82 TENN. L. REV. 137 (2014)
    • Discussed in George F. Will, When Everything Is a Crime, WASH. POST (Apr. 8, 2015),
    • Cited by 1 WAYNE R. LAFAVE, SUBSTANTIVE CRIMINAL LAW § 5.6 (2d ed. 2015)
    • Cited by Hon. Alex Kozinski, Criminal Law 2.0, 44 GEO. L.J. ANN. REV. CRIM. PROC. iii, xliv n.243 (2015)
  • When Should eDiscovery Vendors Be Disqualified?, 15 TRANSACTIONS: TENN. J. BUS. L. 441 (2014) 
  • The Textualist Third Amendment, 82 TENN. L. REV. 537 (2015)


Tennessee Law Review – Editor-in-Chief

Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law – Member 

University of Tennessee College of Law – Outstanding Graduate, Top Collegiate Scholar

The Micki C. Fox Tennessee Law Review Award for Extraordinary Service

The Herbert L. Davis Memorial Trust Fund Award 

The Knoxville Auxiliary to the Tennessee Bar Association Award 

The Harshfield Award for Excellence in Civil Procedure 

Academic Achievement Awards: Civil Procedure I and II, Criminal Law, Contracts II, Legal Process II, Property, Torts II, Administrative Law, American Jurisprudence, Business Associations, Class Actions & Complex Litigation, Constitutional Law, Contract Drafting, eDiscovery, Evidence, Fundamental Concepts of Income Taxation, Intellectual Property, Interviewing & Counseling, Pretrial Litigation 

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