Nashville, Tenn., (January 17, 2019) – Bass, Berry & Sims is pleased to welcome five new attorneys to the firm – four in Nashville and one in Washington, D.C.

Noah R. Black (Associate, Nashville) assists clients with the design, implementation and administration of qualified benefit plans, health and welfare benefit plans, and deferred compensation packages. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Black worked with the U.S. Department of Labor in the Employee Benefits Security Administration. He earned a J.D. from Cornell Law School (2015) and a B.A. from Rhodes College (2011).

Nicholas D. Gaffney (Associate, Nashville) represents clients in the areas of estate planning, taxation, business planning, and estate and trust administration. He advises individuals and businesses with respect to income taxes, estate taxes, gift taxes, and the federal generation-skipping transfer tax. Gaffney earned an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida (2013), a J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law (2012) and a B.A. from DePauw University (2005).

Nicholas D. Gaffney is currently licensed to practice in Indiana and Florida and registered to practice in Tennessee pursuant to Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 7 Sec. 5.01(g).

Ryan Lee construction attorneyRyan A. Lee (Counsel, Nashville) advises clients in various construction-related litigation matters, such as disputes related to contractor licensing, design and construction defects, mechanics’ and materialmen’s liens, and Prompt Pay Act and other payment issues. In addition, he drafts and negotiates many types of construction, design and related contracts. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Lee worked at the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office as an Assistant Attorney General in the Financial Division where he handled complex public finance and investment transactions including serving as regulatory counsel for the state of Tennessee’s retirement systems alternative investments in private equity, strategic lending, and real estate. He earned a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law (2007) and a B.S.E. from Princeton University (2002).

Laura M. Mallory (Associate, Nashville) represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law advising companies on a variety of employment matters and providing counsel on compliance with state and federal employment laws, hiring and termination policies, drug testing, and other employment related issues. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Mallory practiced in the Nashville office of King & Ballow and in New Jersey at the law offices of Weiner Lesniak LLP. She earned a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law (2010) and a BGS from the University of Michigan (2006).

Olivia Seraphim (Associate, Washington, D.C.) represents healthcare clients in government actions, investigations and related litigation arising from fraud and abuse allegations brought under the False Claims Act (FCA), Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS), the Stark Law, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rules, and various other federal and state healthcare statutes and regulations. Seraphim earned a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School (2017) and a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz (2013).

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