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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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Eli J. Richardson

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Nashville
(615) 742-7825 TEL
(615) 742-0416 FAX

Eli J. Richardson

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-7825 TEL
(615) 742-0416 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-7825 TEL
(615) 742-0416 FAX

Eli Richardson helps businesses and executives respond to internal scandals or external government investigations involving alleged white-collar crime or quasi-criminal civil violations. His private practice is informed by a successful career serving in high-profile positions with the Department of Justice (DOJ), including the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Eli works to devise and execute strategies to successfully navigate the particular criminal, financial and reputational risks facing his clients. He conducts internal investigations, advises on compliance policies, provides compliance training, proposes media strategies, conducts self-disclosure to government authorities, and asserts any rights the client might possess as a crime victim. He also represents clients under subpoena or investigation by DOJ, the Securities and Exchange Commission, various Offices of Inspector General, state Attorneys General or other government enforcement agencies. Eli also handles civil litigation related to alleged conduct of a criminal or quasi-criminal nature, such as prosecution and defense of civil RICO actions and major fraud cases.

Eli Richardson helps businesses and executives respond to internal scandals or external government investigations involving alleged white-collar crime or quasi-criminal civil violations. His private practice is informed by a successful career serving in high-profile positions with the Department of Justice (DOJ), including the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Eli works to devise and execute strategies to successfully navigate the particular criminal, financial and reputational risks facing his clients. He conducts internal investigations, advises on compliance policies, provides compliance training, proposes media strategies, conducts self-disclosure to government authorities, and asserts any rights the client might possess as a crime victim. He also represents clients under subpoena or investigation by DOJ, the Securities and Exchange Commission, various Offices of Inspector General, state Attorneys General or other government enforcement agencies. Eli also handles civil litigation related to alleged conduct of a criminal or quasi-criminal nature, such as prosecution and defense of civil RICO actions and major fraud cases.

Eli's experience includes assisting clients in connection with:

  • Financial fraud
  • Healthcare fraud
  • Issues implicating counterterrorism or national security concerns
  • Matters involving cooperation between U.S. and foreign law-enforcement authorities
  • Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) actions
  • Domestic and foreign corruption, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Tennessee Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) actions

Immediately prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Eli served 19 months overseas as DOJ's Resident Legal Advisor to Serbia, providing training, advice and case-specific assistance to Serbian judges, police and prosecutors. From 2004 to 2009, Eli was an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee, where in addition to prosecuting cases he served as Anti-terrorism Coordinator, head of the Terrorism and Official Corruption Unit, and finally Criminal Chief. From 2002 to 2004, Eli served as an AUSA in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey, investigating and prosecuting a wide variety of cases. Prior to that, he spent four years as an FBI Special Agent, working first on public-corruption investigations, and then on counterterrorism matters as the FBI's regional Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator.

Eli has authorized numerous law review articles and regularly publishes pieces in legal professional publications. He taught trial advocacy at Belmont University College of Law for several years and currently is an adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School, where he teaches Corporate Compliance and Internal Investigations. During 2010, he served as an anti-corruption expert monitor for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

Belmont University College of Law American Inn of Court

Belmont University College of Law — Adjunct Faculty

Vanderbilt Law School – Adjunct Faculty

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Nashville Post "Nashville's 101 Top Lawyers" (2011)

The Tennessean "Top 40 Under 40" (2005)

Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney (2009)

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