Nashville, Tenn., (August 31, 2022) – Bass, Berry & Sims is pleased to announce that Scott B. Shanker has joined the firm’s nationally ranked Healthcare Practice as a member of the firm. Marianne C. Garner also joins the Healthcare Practice as counsel. Shanker and Garner will be based in the firm’s Memphis office. Both previously worked at Butler Snow LLP in Memphis.

“Scott and Marianne provide clients deep knowledge of healthcare legal issues and keen understanding of their operational challenges,” said Angela Humphreys, chair of the Healthcare Practice and co-chair of the firm’s Healthcare Private Equity Team. “We are excited to add these experienced healthcare regulatory attorneys to our nationally ranked Healthcare Practice.”

Scott B. Shanker

For more than 20 years, Shanker has worked with a wide range of healthcare provider companies, including hospitals and health systems, specialty physician practices and private equity-backed healthcare companies helping them achieve their business objectives through navigation of complex regulatory, compliance and operational issues. He also has experience serving as outside general counsel to several clients, making valuable day-to-day decisions covering critical regulatory, business and transactional matters.

Shanker advises clients on ensuring compliance with federal and state fraud and abuse laws, including the physician self-referral prohibition commonly known as the Stark Law, and on regulatory disclosures with federal agencies. He also helps healthcare companies properly structure professional service, employment and operational agreements, and leads regulatory diligence for clients entering pivotal transactions, helping to identify and resolve regulatory risks.

Shanker earned his law degree and healthcare certificate from Saint Louis University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. He is a member of the American Health Law Association (AHLA) and serves as chair of the Executive Council of the Health Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association.

Marianne C. Garner

Garner focuses her practice on compliance, operational and reimbursement matters and has advised healthcare companies on federal regulations and state laws on reimbursements in all 50 states, as well as providing analysis of health plan documents, contracts and arrangements.

Garner earned her law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Spring Hill College. She is a member of AHLA and a member of the board for the Health Law Section of the Memphis Bar Association.

About the Bass, Berry & Sims Healthcare Practice

Marked by an integrated approach and unmatched regulatory knowledge, the Healthcare Practice of Bass, Berry & Sims is a team of more than 260 experienced attorneys who leverages their diverse strengths to meet the unique demands of our clients. Our team encompasses the multitude of legal specialties necessary to service one of the largest, most highly regulated industries in the U.S. The firm has been recognized by leading healthcare and legal industry outlets, including, nationally ranked by Chambers USA for the last seven years (2016-2022), recognized as the fourth largest healthcare law firm in the U.S. by the American Health Law Association (2022), and honored in the healthcare category as a Law360 Practice Group of the Year (2020). Read more here.

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