Lateral Attorneys

At Bass, Berry & Sims, fostering attorney development and integration within our firm is a priority. When it comes to seeking attorneys for open positions, we look for candidates with quality backgrounds both academically and professionally, as well as exceptional interpersonal skills. We aim to cultivate the growth of each individual who becomes part of our firm and endeavor to meet both the goals of each attorney and the needs of our clients.

Over the past few years, our attorney classes have grown dramatically from both the summer associate program and experienced attorney hiring, and our firm has grown to nearly 300 attorneys across our offices in Tennessee (Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis) and Washington, D.C. As we look forward to expanding our practice even further, we seek attorneys who can meet the challenge of developing our firm’s community through a team-oriented approach.

The experienced attorneys who join our firm contribute greatly to our dynamic practice and to our ability to meet the diverse needs of our firm’s clients. Depending on the needs of our practice areas, we are able to offer several options to attorneys joining from outside of our firm: lateral moves, reduced work schedules, and staff or contract positions.

We are always working to create and maintain a talented and diverse team of attorneys within our offices. Embracing diversity and inclusion strengthens who we are as a firm and enhances the services we can provide to our clients. To this end, we have devoted substantial recruitment efforts to attracting and developing stellar attorneys who will bring a wide variety of backgrounds and life experiences to our team.

If you are a team player, and an intelligent and personable individual, then Bass, Berry & Sims may be the place for you.

Important Note to Legal Search Firms:

In accordance with the NALSC Code of Ethics, candidates shall be referred only with prior authorization of Bass, Berry & Sims. Posting of positions on this website or other third party sites does not authorize search firms or other third parties to directly solicit candidates on the firm’s behalf. Only search firms with contracted agreements are invited to submit candidates for the positions. We will not accept submissions from search firms with which we do not have an established contract. Once contracted, our Attorney Talent Management team will provide the search firm with a login and specific instructions for our recruiting portal, ViDesktop. ViDesktop will have the list of positions available to the search firm for submissions. Please contact our Attorney Talent Management team at for contract inquiries and more information on our process for search firms.

We prefer excellent academic achievement in law school and prior legal experience. With respect to judicial clerks, please note that we do not accept judicial clerk resumes from search firms and will not pay a fee for judicial clerk submissions. For information about our law student and judicial clerk hiring, please click here.

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.