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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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J. Brook Lathram

Member (retired)

Memphis
(901) 543-5905 TEL
(866) 838-4138 FAX

J. Brook Lathram

Member (retired)

Memphis
(901) 543-5905 TEL
(866) 838-4138 FAX
Memphis
(901) 543-5905 TEL
(866) 838-4138 FAX

In his 40 years of practice, Brook Lathram has tried a wide variety of complex commercial matters by learning the details of the business and advising clients in accordance with what is best for their business objectives. Today, Brook focuses his practice on federal criminal trials and internal investigations; on complex business and commercial litigation, including antitrust, business tort and breach-of-contract cases; and on the defense of product liability claims.

In 2009, Brook was asked by the Tennessee Supreme Court to serve as chair of the Court’s Advisory Commission on the Tennessee Rules of Evidence and Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure. He held that position until his term on the Commission expired by operation of statute at the end of 2011.

In his 40 years of practice, Brook Lathram has tried a wide variety of complex commercial matters by learning the details of the business and advising clients in accordance with what is best for their business objectives. Today, Brook focuses his practice on federal criminal trials and internal investigations; on complex business and commercial litigation, including antitrust, business tort and breach-of-contract cases; and on the defense of product liability claims.

In 2009, Brook was asked by the Tennessee Supreme Court to serve as chair of the Court's Advisory Commission on the Tennessee Rules of Evidence and Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure. He held that position until his term on the Commission expired by operation of statute at the end of 2011.

Brook has provided counsel to leaders of major companies in an array of industries for all aspects of dispute prevention, litigation or alternative dispute resolution. Brook's practice involves:

  • Business Disputes – Advising clients on fraud, breach of contract, trade secrets, antitrust, consumer protection and other claims.
  • Product Liability & Torts – Defending manufacturers, healthcare providers, physicians and other businesses facing product liability suits, including mass torts.
  • Professional Liability – Representing prominent law firms in substantial malpractice cases to avoid financial and reputational damages.

Brook has taught courses on antitrust law and discovery in federal civil litigation at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. For his discovery course, Brook prepared his own casebook, Cases and Materials on Discovery in Federal Civil Litigation (© 2005, 2007).

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American College of Trial Lawyers — Fellow

Chambers USA — Litigation: General Commercial (2012-2014)

Best Lawyers in America® — Memphis Product Liability Litigation: Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" (2016); Memphis Litigation: Antitrust "Lawyer of the Year" (2013); Memphis Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions: Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" (2012); Memphis Mass Tort Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" (2011); Memphis Bet-the-Company Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" (2009)

Best Lawyers in America® — Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation: Antitrust; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions: Defendants; Product Liability Litigation: Defendants (1993-2017)

Mid-South Super Lawyers (2007-2016)

Top 50 Memphis Super Lawyers (2011-2014, 2016)

Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyers (2011-2014)

Supreme Court Advisory Commission on Tennessee Rules of Evidence and Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure — Past Chairman

University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law — Past Adjunct Professor

Tennessee Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award (1992)

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