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In June 2016, AmSurg Corp. and Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (Envision) announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which the companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. Upon completion of the merger, which is expected to be tax-free to the shareholders of both organizations, the combined company will be named Envision Healthcare Corporation and co-headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and Greenwood Village, Colorado. The company's common stock is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol: EVHC. Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel on the transaction, led by Jim Jenkins. Read more.

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Inside the FCA blogInside the FCA blog features ongoing updates related to the False Claims Act (FCA), including insight on the latest legal decisions, regulatory developments and FCA settlements. The blog provides timely updates for corporate boards, directors, compliance managers, general counsel and other parties interested in the organizational impact and legal developments stemming from issues potentially giving rise to FCA liability.

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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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