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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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Brian D. Roark

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Nashville
(615) 742-7753 TEL
(615) 742-0442 FAX

Brian D. Roark

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-7753 TEL
(615) 742-0442 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-7753 TEL
(615) 742-0442 FAX

Brian is the head of Bass, Berry & Sims' Healthcare Fraud Task Force and concentrates his practice on representing healthcare clients in responding to governmental investigations and defending False Claims Act lawsuits. He has successfully litigated and resolved numerous healthcare fraud matters involving hospitals and health systems, ambulatory surgery centers, hospices, home health companies, drug and alcohol abuse treatment centers, and other healthcare providers. Brian also frequently represents clients in connection with Medicare audits and overpayment disputes. 

He serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University, where he teaches Healthcare Fraud and Abuse. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the BNA Health Care Fraud Report. He is ranked in Chambers USA as a top Healthcare Government Investigations and Fraud attorney (Band 1) in Tennessee. According to the most recent edition of Chambers USA, Brian has been recognized as someone who "maintains an excellent reputation for representing healthcare clients in governmental investigations and resulting litigation. He is particularly experienced in handling Medicare audits and False Claims Act cases ... A commentator declares: 'If I had to refer a client for an investigation, he's the guy I'd go to.'" (from Chambers USA 2016) Brian was selected as a 2014 AHLA Pro Bono Champion for his work handling the trial and appeal of a criminal Medicare fraud case.

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Chambers USA — Healthcare: Government Investigations & Fraud (2013-2016)

Best Lawyers in America® — Health Care Law; Litigation: Health Care (2013-2017)

Nashville Medical News "InCharge Healthcare" (2013-2016)

American Health Lawyers Association — Pro Bono Champion (2014)

Mid-South Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2013, 2016)

Tennessee Bar Association — Health Care Law Section Executive Council

BNA Health Care Fraud Report — Advisory Board

North Carolina Law Review — Articles Editor

Law Clerk to James C. Fox, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina (1999-2001)

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