Nashville, Tenn., (November 8, 2023) – Bass, Berry & Sims is pleased to announce the addition of four new attorneys. In Nashville, Jennifer McLellan joins as counsel along with associates William T. Abramson and Justin Hay; Niya E. Mack joins the Washington, D.C. office as an associate. Today’s announcement marks 18 attorneys added across the firm in 2023.

“We are excited to welcome these exceptional individuals to our team as our firm continues to grow in these highly competitive markets for legal talent,” said Todd Rolapp, managing partner of Bass, Berry & Sims. “Building our roster across key practice areas is central to addressing the ever-evolving needs of our clients, and the diverse experience that Jennifer, Will, Justin and Niya bring reflect our continued commitment to exceptional service.”

Jennifer McLellan (Counsel, Nashville) advises clients on complex and strategic business transactions, with an emphasis on cross-border and domestic mergers, acquisitions and dispositions. She represents public and private companies in a number of industries, including the healthcare, technology and financial services industries. McLellan also works with private equity firms and portfolio companies making investments, acquisitions and dispositions in these industries. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, she was a senior associate at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP in New York where she represented companies in a variety of complex transactional matters. McLellan earned a law degree and a corporate and commercial law certificate from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (2015) and an undergraduate degree from Tulane University (2012).

William T. Abramson (Associate, Nashville) represents clients in all facets of employment law, providing counsel with respect to state and federal employment law compliance, including issues involving the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). He advises employers in matters involving employee discipline, wrongful termination, retaliation, discrimination, harassment, wage and hour claims, and other employment-related litigation. Abramson also regularly counsels companies on employment agreements, severance agreements, terminations, handbooks and policies, and other workplace documentation. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, he was an associate with McGuireWoods LLP in Chicago as part of the labor and employment group. Abramson earned a law degree from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (2020) and an undergraduate degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (2011).

Justin Hay (Associate, Nashville) advises public companies regarding compliance with federal and state securities laws; public and private capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings, secondary offerings, block trades, and high-yield and investment grade debt offerings; reporting and disclosure obligations, including regularly reviewing and preparing Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K and proxy statements; compliance with stock exchange rules, including the NYSE and the Nasdaq stock markets; and Section 16 reporting obligations. He works closely with in-house counsel, company leadership and boards of directors to address shareholder activism, compliance issues, reporting obligations, and regulatory requirements. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Hay was an associate in the capital markets group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago and the corporate group at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Indianapolis. Hay earned a law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law (2019) and an undergraduate degree from Belmont University (2010).

Niya E. Mack (Associate, Washington, D.C.) advises clients on various regulatory and transactional matters affecting a wide variety of healthcare and life science entities. She provides strategic counseling related to fraud and abuse, the corporate practice of medicine, and licensure laws to advance commercial goals and address legal risks. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Mack was a healthcare associate at McDermott Will & Emery in its Washington, D.C office. Early in her legal career, she worked at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as the lead attorney advisor for the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and Administration for Native Americans (ANA), Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Children, Families, and Aging Division. Mack earned a law degree from Boston University School of Law (2017) and an undergraduate degree from Temple University (2013).

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