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In June 2016, AmSurg Corp. and Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (Envision) announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which the companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. Upon completion of the merger, which is expected to be tax-free to the shareholders of both organizations, the combined company will be named Envision Healthcare Corporation and co-headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and Greenwood Village, Colorado. The company's common stock is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol: EVHC. Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel on the transaction, led by Jim Jenkins. Read more.

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W. Brantley Phillips, Jr.

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Nashville
(615) 742-7723 TEL
(615) 742-2842 FAX

W. Brantley Phillips, Jr.

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-7723 TEL
(615) 742-2842 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-7723 TEL
(615) 742-2842 FAX

Brant Phillips is chair of the firm's 85-attorney Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group.  He also serves as a member of the firm's seven-member Executive Committee.  Brant's practice focuses on complex business litigation and healthcare matters, and he routinely serves as lead counsel to public and private companies and their directors in high-stakes arbitrations, securities and shareholder class actions, derivative actions and business fraud cases throughout the country. Drawing on his background in public policy, Brant also leads clients through administrative and enforcement proceedings before government boards and commissions, with a special focus on obtaining certificates of need and regulatory approvals for the establishment and operation of healthcare facilities and services.

Brant Phillips is chair of the firm's 85-attorney Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group.  He also serves as a member of the firm's seven-member Executive Committee.  Brant's practice focuses on complex business litigation and healthcare matters, and he routinely serves as lead counsel to public and private companies and their directors in high-stakes arbitrations, securities and shareholder class actions, derivative actions and business fraud cases throughout the country. Drawing on his background in public policy, Brant also leads clients through administrative and enforcement proceedings before government boards and commissions, with a special focus on obtaining certificates of need and regulatory approvals for the establishment and operation of healthcare facilities and services.

Brant's practice involves:

  • Certificate of Need & CON Hearings – Representing a wide array of healthcare providers – including ambulatory surgery centers, nonprofit hospitals, imaging centers, outpatient diagnostic centers, physician practice groups, rehabilitation centers and others – in connection with the regulatory approvals needed to proceed with new service lines or major capital projects. Recent projects include the approval of three $100 million proton beam therapy facilities being developed in Tennessee. 
  • Regulatory & Administrative Proceedings – In addition to CON proceedings, representing business interests in regulatory and administrative matters before state and federal agencies, including the Tennessee Ethics Commission, the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance, the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, the Department of Health, the Tennessee Department of Revenue, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General and the federal Rural Utilities Service, among others.
  • Securities & Shareholder Litigation – Representing public and private companies in securities and shareholder class actions, derivative actions and merger and acquisition litigation involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty and breach of securities laws.
  • Business Disputes – Representing plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of complex business disputes including business fraud, breach of contract, corporate and partnership dissolutions, as well as insurance disputes.

Brant is the author of the chapter on Tennessee law found in Lobbying, PACs and Campaign Finance: 50 State Handbook (Thomson/West Publishing). He previously served as chief legal counsel to the Tennessee Democratic Party. 

Brant also is involved with the firm's pro bono initiative and recently assisted in filing a successful petition for executive clemency on behalf of a Tennessee death row inmate.

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Nashville Bar Association

Nashville Bar Foundation — Fellow

Tennessee Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association — Leadership Law (Class of 2006)

American Bar Association

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

Washington & Lee University — Law Alumni Council (2013-present)

Birmingham-Southern College — Nashville-area Alumni Chapter, Co-Chair (2012-present)

Nashville Symphony Association — Board of Directors (2014-present); Member, Executive Committee; Chair, Governance Committee

Leadership Tennessee (Class of 2016)

American Constitution Society — Nashville Chapter Advisory Board Co-Chair (2010-2015)

Harry Phillips American Inn of Court (2008-2012)

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Martindale-Hubbell — AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America® — Administrative / Regulatory Law; Commercial Litigation; Government Relations Practice; Litigation: Health Care; Litigation: Securities (2008-2017)

Best Lawyers in America® — Nashville Administrative / Regulatory Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2016)

Benchmark Litigation — Future Star: Tennessee (2010-2016)

Nashville Business Journal  "Best of the Bar"

Nashville Post "In Charge" — Legal Sector (2015-2016)

Mid-South Super Lawyers (2013-2015)

Tennessee Bar Association — Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Award (2011)

Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers — Capital Defense Award (2011)

Washington & Lee Law Review — Senior Articles Editor (1996-1997)

Law Clerk to William M. Acker, Jr., U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama (1997-1998)

Phi Beta Kappa

Omicron Delta Kappa

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