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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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Robert L. Echols

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Nashville
(615) 742-7811 TEL
(615) 742-2771 FAX

Robert L. Echols

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-7811 TEL
(615) 742-2771 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-7811 TEL
(615) 742-2771 FAX

Robert Echols is a Member in the firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group. With more than 18 years of experience as a United States District Judge, he concentrates his practice on litigation, arbitration, mediation, and dispute resolution alternatives. He is a listed certified Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator, a listed Mediator for the United States District Courts in Tennessee, a member of the American Arbitration Association's (AAA) Master Panel of Arbitrators for large, complex commercial litigation and its Master Panel of Retired Judges. Because of his experience, he has been selected as a member of the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals and is often asked to mediate a wide variety of disputes and is also chosen to serve as an arbitrator to preside over arbitration trials and render binding legal opinions to end the dispute. Prior to joining the firm, he served as Judge of the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Tennessee from 1992 to 2010 and as Chief Judge from 1998 to 2005.

Robert Echols is a Member in the firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group. With more than 18 years of experience as a United States District Judge, he concentrates his practice on litigation, arbitration, mediation, and dispute resolution alternatives. He is a listed certified Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator, a listed Mediator for the United States District Courts in Tennessee, a member of the American Arbitration Association's (AAA) Master Panel of Arbitrators for large, complex commercial litigation and its Master Panel of Retired Judges. Because of his experience, he has been selected as a member of the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals and is often asked to mediate a wide variety of disputes and is also chosen to serve as an arbitrator to preside over arbitration trials and render binding legal opinions to end the dispute. Prior to joining the firm, he served as Judge of the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Tennessee from 1992 to 2010 and as Chief Judge from 1998 to 2005.

Robert has a rich and well-established background in litigation on federal and state levels. He has substantial experience in civil and criminal cases, both jury and non-jury. He has handled a broad variety of litigation, including cases involving banking and commercial matters, contracts, business disputes, class actions, securities, healthcare, discrimination, insurance, construction, real estate, wrongful death, products liability, insurance disputes, intellectual property rights, a variety of First Amendment and other constitutional law claims, as well as those arising out of federal regulations and statues such as the Medicare Act, False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and many others. In addition, Robert has handled complex class actions and multiple district cases with national and international implications, and others involving significant claims brought by and against the state and federal government, including a variety of criminal cases. For 13 years Robert served as one of the judges for the national appellant moot court finals on First Amendment issues sponsored by the First Amendment Center of the Freedom Forum in Washington, D.C. and Vanderbilt University Law School.

Robert began his legal career as a law clerk for Chief U.S. District Judge Marion S. Boyd in Memphis, Tennessee, and as a legislative assistant for Congressman Dan Kuykendall in Washington, D.C. Afterwards, he practiced for two years with the Nashville-based law firm, Bailey, Ewing, Dale & Conner, and later was a founding partner of the law firm Dearborn & Ewing, where he practiced for 20 years before being appointed to the federal bench.

During his career as a federal judge, Robert served as a member of the Judicial Branch Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the executive committee and board of directors of the Federal Judge Association, the Sixth Circuit Judicial Council, the Judicial Conference Planning Committee and the Tennessee State-Federal Judicial Council. Robert has served as a lecturer at numerous legal education seminars on a variety of subjects.

For nearly 35 years, Robert served in the Army National Guard and Army Reserves, including the District of Columbia Army National Guard; the Judge Advocate General Corps in Washington, D.C.; and the Tennessee Army National Guard, until his retirement in 2001 with the rank of Brigadier General. During his military career, he received numerous medals of honor including the Legion of Merit, the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Selective Service Distinguished Service Medal, among others. In 2007, Robert was appointed by the Secretary of the Army as a Civilian Aide at-large in Tennessee to the Secretary of the Army, and he continues to serve in that capacity. He is a member of the Association of the United States Army, the National Guard Association of the United States, and the Tennessee National Guard Association. In 2012, Robert was appointed to serve as chair of the newly formed Veterans Committee of the Nashville Bar Association.

Robert has also served in a variety of professional, education, community and philanthropic organizations. He currently serves on the board of advisors for the Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity and has served on the boards of other professional and civic organizations including the Nashville Bar Association, Tennessee Supreme Court Disciplinary Board, University of Tennessee College of Law Advisory Council, the Dean's Circle, University of Tennessee Athletics Board, Family and Children's Service of Nashville, Investors Savings and Loan Association, Matthew Walker Health Center, United Way, McNeilly Day Home, and the boards of directors of Brentwood Academy and Ensworth School.

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Memberships

American Arbitration Association

National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals — Tennessee Chapter

Tennessee Bar Association — Dispute Resolution Section, Executive Council; Federal Practice Section; Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

Nashville Bar Association — Veterans Committee, Chair (2012-2015); ADR Committee; Ethics Committee, Board Member (1986-1990)

Nashville Bar Foundation — David C. Rutherford Award (2010)

Tennessee Supreme Court Disciplinary Board (1979-1985)

Legal Associations

American Bar Association

American Bar Foundation — Fellow

Tennessee Bar Foundation — Fellow

Nashville Bar Foundation — Fellow

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Accolades

United States District Judge, Middle District of Tennessee (1992-2010); Chief Judge (1998-2005)

Best Lawyers in America® — Arbitration; Commercial Litigation; Mediation (2012-2017)

Tennessee Supreme Court — Special Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court (2012)

Best Lawyers in America® — Nashville Mediation "Lawyer of the Year" (2014)

Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (2007-present)

Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity — Board of Advisors (2010-present)

Leadership Nashville — Alumni Association (1982-present); Board of Directors (2013-2014)

University of Tennessee College of Law — Alumni Leadership Award; Outstanding Public Service Award; Dean's Circle (1989-present)

Nashville Bar Foundation — David Rutherford Award (2010)

Rhodes College Sports Hall of Fame


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