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Primary Care Providers Win Challenge of CMS Interpretation of Enhanced Payment Law

With the help and support of the Tennessee Medical Association, 21 Tennessee physicians of underserved communities joined together and retained Bass, Berry & Sims to file suit against the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to stop improper collection efforts. Our team, led by David King, was successful in halting efforts to recoup TennCare payments that were used legitimately to expand services in communities that needed them. Read more

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Healthcare Private Equity Compliance Checklist

The complex and ever-changing healthcare regulatory and enforcement environment, including increased focus on the role of private equity firms in their portfolio companies, make compliance a top priority for private equity firms investing in healthcare companies. The best way to limit your exposure as a private equity firm is to avoid a compliance misstep in the first place. Additionally, an effective and robust compliance program for your portfolio healthcare company makes it much more attractive to potential buyers and helps you avoid an unexpected and costly investigation or valuation hit down the road. Download the Healthcare Private Equity Compliance Checklist to assess whether your portfolio company's compliance program is up-to-date.

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Michael Cottone

Associate

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

Michael Cottone

Associate

Nashville
(615) 742-7798 TEL
(615) 742-0488 FAX
Nashville
(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 disputes, including franchise, excise, sales and use, and business taxes. Beyond litigation, Michael assists clients by negotiating with taxing authorities, providing representation in formal administrative proceedings, challenging assessments through the informal conference process, filing claims for tax refunds, and requesting letter rulings. In the past year, Michael obtained a positive letter ruling from the Tennessee Department of Revenue, authored briefs resulting in the favorable resolution of potential excise tax liability, successfully pursued an administrative sales tax appeal, and secured over $4 million in state tax credits for his clients.

In addition, Michael counsels electric membership corporations and other cooperative entities in connection with federal and state tax issues. He also represents clients in a variety of complex disputes in federal and state courts, including class actions, multi-district litigation, and challenges to regulations and other agency actions. 

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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American Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association

Institute for Professionals in Taxation 

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Publications

  • 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), http://wpo.st/DT6Z0
    • 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)

Accolades

Tennessee Law Review – Editor-in-Chief

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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