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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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E. Bruce Foster, Jr.

Member (retired)

Knoxville
(865) 521-0364 TEL
(865) 521-6234 FAX

E. Bruce Foster, Jr.

Member (retired)

Knoxville
(865) 521-0364 TEL
(865) 521-6234 FAX
Knoxville
(865) 521-0364 TEL
(865) 521-6234 FAX

Bruce Foster has practiced in the Bass, Berry & Sims office in Knoxville since it opened in 1991. His practice concentrates on general business law, litigation matters and mediation.  Bruce earned B.S. and J.D. degrees from the University of Tennessee.  He served as president of the Knoxville Bar Association and president of the Young Lawyers Conference of the Tennessee Bar Association and as a member of the Tennessee Appellate Court Nominating Commission.  He served in the Tennessee State Constitutional Convention of 1977, and from 1980-81, he served as an appointed Special Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court.  Bruce is a member of the Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society, the Lex Mundi College of Mediators and the Hamilton Burnett Inn of the American Inns of Court, which has designated him Master of the Bench.  He is a mediator certified by the Tennessee Supreme Court under Rule 31, and certified by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.  Bruce has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 1987.

Memberships

Knoxville Bar Association — President (1980-1981)

Tennessee Bar Associations

American Judicature Society

American Inns of Court

Mediator Panel, USDC ED, Tennessee

Lex Mundi College of Mediators

Tennessee Bar Foundation — Fellow

Knoxville Bar Foundation — Fellow

Tennessee Appellate Court Nominating Commission — Member (1985-1991)

Accolades

Best Lawyers in America® — Knoxville Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2010)

Tennessee Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution — Rule 31 Mediator

Tennessee Limited Constitutional Convention — Delegate, 1977

Phi Delta Phi

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