Nashville, Tenn., (August 15, 2013) – Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to announce that 14 of its attorneys recently were named “Lawyers of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Best Lawyers began designating “Lawyer of the Year” in the U.S. in high-profile legal practice areas in conjunction with the 15th edition (2009). Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant.

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America® (2014) is based on detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

Listed below are the lawyers that were honored from Bass, Berry & Sims and the area of specialty in which they were recognized.

  • James H. Cheek III – Best Lawyers’ 2014 Nashville Corporate Governance Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • J. Page Davidson – Best Lawyers’ 2014 Nashville Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Wallace W. Dietz – Best Lawyers’ 2014 Nashville Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Felix R. Dowsley III – Best Lawyers’ 2014 Nashville Commercial Transactions / UCC Law “Lawyer of the Year” and Best Lawyers’ 2014 Nashville Securitization and Structured Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Robert L. Echols – Best Lawyers’ 2014 Nashville Mediation “Lawyer of the Year”
  • John A Good – Best Lawyers’ 2014 Memphis Securities / Capital Markets Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Paul G. Jennings – Best Lawyers’ 2014 Nashville Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Karen S. Neal – Best Lawyers’ 2014 Nashville Public Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • James Allen Overby II – Best Lawyers’ 2014 Nashville Securities Regulation “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Peter R. Pettit – Best Lawyers’ 2014 Memphis Financial Services Regulation Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Todd J. Rolapp – Best Lawyers’ 2014 Nashville Securities / Capital Markets Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Shepherd D. Tate – Best Lawyers’ 2014 Memphis Litigation – Securities “Lawyer of the Year”
  • G. Scott Thomas – Best Lawyers’ 2014 Nashville Technology Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Bob F. Thompson – Best Lawyers’ 2014 Nashville Banking and Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year”


About Best Lawyers in America ®
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

About Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
With more than 200 attorneys representing numerous publicly traded companies and Fortune 500 businesses, Bass, Berry & Sims has been involved in some of the largest and most significant litigation matters and business transactions in the country. For more information, visit