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R. Dale Grimes

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Nashville
(615) 742-6244 TEL
(615) 742-2744 FAX
  • R. Dale Grimes

    Member

    Nashville
    (615) 742-6244 TEL
    (615) 742-2744 FAX
  • Dale Grimes, a Member of the firm and leader of its Antitrust and Trade Practices Group, has more than 30 years of experience handling civil litigation matters in both state and federal trial and appellate courts and administrative agencies throughout Tennessee with a special focus on antitrust, consumer fraud, complex litigation, class actions, telecommunications, energy and water.  He currently serves as counsel for a major auto manufacturer in a complex auto parts antitrust investigation.  In addition to extensive experience in complex cases, including multidistrict litigation, Dale has been counsel of record for defendants in more than 30 class actions. 

    Dale's practice also focuses on antitrust counseling to clients on a variety of merger, pre-merger notification, distribution, exclusive dealing, exclusionary practices, market power, healthcare, pricing and joint venture issues, as well as government and internal antitrust investigations.  He has spoken on healthcare and antitrust issues to business and trade organizations, healthcare provider groups and various clients as well as the Tennessee Bar Association.  In addition, Dale has designed and presented antitrust compliance programs for various clients.

    In the telecommunications and utilities field, Dale represents telecommunications, natural gas and water distribution clients before the Tennessee Regulatory Authority as well as in state and federal courts.

    Dale Grimes, a Member of the firm and leader of its Antitrust and Trade Practices Group, has more than 30 years of experience handling civil litigation matters in both state and federal trial and appellate courts and administrative agencies throughout Tennessee with a special focus on antitrust, consumer fraud, complex litigation, class actions, telecommunications, energy and water.  He currently serves as counsel for a major auto manufacturer in a complex auto parts antitrust investigation.  In addition to extensive experience in complex cases, including multidistrict litigation, Dale has been counsel of record for defendants in more than 30 class actions. 

    Dale's practice also focuses on antitrust counseling to clients on a variety of merger, pre-merger notification, distribution, exclusive dealing, exclusionary practices, market power, healthcare, pricing and joint venture issues, as well as government and internal antitrust investigations.  He has spoken on healthcare and antitrust issues to business and trade organizations, healthcare provider groups and various clients as well as the Tennessee Bar Association.  In addition, Dale has designed and presented antitrust compliance programs for various clients.

    In the telecommunications and utilities field, Dale represents telecommunications, natural gas and water distribution clients before the Tennessee Regulatory Authority as well as in state and federal courts.

    Dale served as editor of the 4th edition of the Tennessee chapter of the State Antitrust Practice and Statutes published by the American Bar Association.  He was chair of the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group for the Middle District of Tennessee, in which he co-authored the Cost and Delay Reduction Plan and local rule on case management practices currently in force in that federal court.  Dale has been listed in Best Lawyers®  since 1999, and named as one of the best litigation lawyers in Tennessee by Chambers USA.  He is also listed in the Lawdragon 500 and Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America.  He has lectured on healthcare and antitrust law in the Executive Seminars Program at the Owen Graduate School of Management of Vanderbilt University.  He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Nashville Bar Foundation, and has been active in many bar association activities.  Dale is past chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of the South, a former senior warden of Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral, president of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary's Sewanee and former chair of the Constitution and Canons Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee.

    A native of Nashville, Dale received a B.A. from the University of the South in 1975 and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1978, where he served as an editor of the Tennessee Law Review.  Following law school, he served a two-year judicial clerkship with the Honorable L. Clure Morton, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.  He joined Bass, Berry & Sims in 1980.  He attended the Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers in 1985, where he studied Antitrust Law with Professor Philip Areeda, Federal Civil Procedure and Economics.

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    Nashville Bar Association, Federal Court Committee, Co-Chair, 1990

    American Bar Association, Sections on: Antitrust Law, Vice Chair of Pricing Conduct Committee; Litigation

    Tennessee Bar Association

    Lex Mundi Antitrust, Competition & Trade Practice Group, Chair, 2012-2014

    American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

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    Accolades

    Best Lawyers in America® – 2013 Nashville Antitrust Law Lawyer of the Year

    Best Lawyers in America® (1999-2015): Antitrust Law; Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation; Energy Law; Litigation – Antitrust; Utilities Law

    Chambers USA (2013) - Litigation: General Commercial

    Lawdragon 500

    Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America

    Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2006, 2009-2014

    Top 50 Nashville Super Lawyers, 2014

    Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyers, 2014

    Benchmark Litigation "Local Litigation Stars"

    Business Tennessee's "150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee"

    Nashville Business Journal's "Best of the Bar," 2011-2012

    University of the South, Board of Regents, 1989-1995; Chairman, 1993-1995

    Federal Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group, Middle District of Tennessee, Chair, 1991-1995

    American Bar Foundation, Fellow

    Nashville Bar Foundation, Fellow

    The Price Point, American Bar Association's Antitrust Law Section Committee newsletter, Editor

    Law Clerk to the Honorable L. Clure Morton, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, 1978-1980

    Omicron Delta Kappa

    Tennessee Law Review, Articles Editor

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