Nashville, Tenn., (December 2, 2011) – Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to announce that 17 of its attorneys were named as 2012 Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers® in 18 different practice areas.

After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”

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, 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) is based on more than 3.9 million 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.

  • H. Lee Barfield II – Best Lawyers’ 2012 Nashville Appellate Practice “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Robert L. Brewer – Best Lawyers’ 2012 Nashville Technology Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Wallace W. Dietz – Best Lawyers’ 2012 Nashville Litigation – Banking & Finance “Lawyer of the Year”
  • J. Andrew Goddard – Best Lawyers’ 2012 Nashville Administrative / Regulatory Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • John A. Good – Best Lawyers’ 2012 Memphis Securities / Capital Markets Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • L. Wearen Hughes – Best Lawyers’ 2012 Nashville Litigation – Construction “Lawyer of the Year”
  • J. Brook Lathram – Best Lawyers’ 2012 Memphis Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year”
  • James Allen Overby II – Best Lawyers’ 2012 Nashville Mergers & Acquisitions Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • William N. Ozier – Best Lawyers’ 2012 Nashville Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Todd J. Rolapp – Best Lawyers’ 2012 Nashville Leveraged Buyouts & Private Equity Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Cynthia N. Sellers – Best Lawyers’ 2012 Nashville Commercial Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Michael D. Sontag – Best Lawyers’ 2012 Nashville Litigation & Controversy – Tax “Lawyer of the Year”
  • John A. Stemmler – Best Lawyers’ 2012 Memphis Banking & Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Samuel E. Stumpf, Jr. – Best Lawyers’ 2012 Nashville Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • G. Scott Thomas – Best Lawyers’ 2012 Nashville Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Bob F. Thompson – Best Lawyers’ 2012 Nashville Securities / Capital Markets Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • F. Mitchell Walker, Jr. – Best Lawyers’ 2012 Nashville Mutual Funds Law “Lawyer of the Year” and 2012 Nashville Securities Regulation “Lawyer of the Year”

About Best Lawyers in America ®
Since its inception 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 41,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.9 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