Nashville, Tenn., (January 14, 2021) – Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to announce the election of seven new members in the firm: Emily A. Burrows, Meredith Edwards Collins, Lymari Martinez Cromwell, Brad L. Hart, R. Davis Mello, Sarah B. Miller and J. Paul Singleton. All of the attorneys work out of the firm’s Nashville office.

“I am privileged to announce that the firm has elected these seven new members. Each of these individuals has demonstrated a deep commitment to our firm, our clients and the legal industry overall. The firm is proud to honor them with this elevation in recognition of their accomplishments and excited to watch them continue to grow in their legal career,” said Todd Rolapp, the firm’s managing partner.

Emily A. Burrows advises companies on a wide-range of business and technology-related transactions, including the intellectual property components of commercial transactions involving the development, transfer and licensing of technology assets. Burrows also regularly oversees significant intellectual property due diligence evaluations in the context of acquisitions of technology-focused companies and prepares and negotiates intellectual property and technology agreements in spin-outs and other acquisition transactions. Prior to joining the firm, Burrows practiced at a firm in Austin, Texas. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Lawrence E. Meyers with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Burrows earned a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law (2011) and a B.S. from Vanderbilt University (2007).

Meredith Collins 2021Meredith Edwards Collins advises healthcare companies, private equity groups and other investors through various types of transformative healthcare transactions. Drawing on her corporate and healthcare regulatory background, Collins navigates federal and state regulatory risks that require complex analysis to find creative and innovative solutions resulting in the most favorable outcome for the client while protecting their business interests and promoting their strategic goals. Collins earned a J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law (2009) and a B.S. from Belmont University (2006).

Lymari Martinez Cromwell counsels clients in all aspects of employment and labor relations law, helping employers comply with the constantly changing regulations that impact the workplace and working to ensure correct implementation of the laws. Cromwell’s practice is primarily focused on advising companies with regard to non-compete laws, overseeing significant employment-related due diligence in the context of acquisitions, and drafting and negotiating employment agreements. She also serves as defense counsel on employment litigation. Cromwell earned a J.D. from Emory University School of Law (2008) and a B.A. from the University of Georgia (2005).

Brad Hart 2021Brad L. Hart advises companies on a broad range of transactional, corporate governance and securities law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and day-to-day SEC reporting and disclosure compliance. He provides guidance on a variety of transactional matters, including public and private company acquisitions and dispositions; registered and Rule 144A offerings and private placements; and the preparation of Form 10-Ks, 10-Qs, 8-Ks, proxy statements and earnings releases. Hart earned a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law (2012) and a B.B.A. from the University of Kentucky (2009).

Davis Mello 2021Davis Mello represents buyers, sellers, investors and operators across a variety of industries in connection with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations, growth equity investments, venture capital financings and other strategic corporate transactions. He also advises clients on corporate governance, compliance and other general corporate matters. Mello’s industry experience includes healthcare services, technology (including health IT), manufacturing and distribution, industrial services, and food and beverage, among others. Mello earned a J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School (2012) and a B.A. and B.S. from Miami University (2009).

Sarah B. Miller counsels clients in high-stakes civil litigation, including mass torts, class action claims and other complex business litigation matters. Miller has represented clients in product liability actions, fraud investigations, unfair trade practices and other complex business disputes in state and federal courts across the country. She has extensive experience in assisting companies with data management issues, data retention counseling and e-discovery projects involving high-stakes litigation. Miller earned a J.D. from William & Mary Law School (2008) and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina (2004).

Paul Singleton imageJ. Paul Singleton is a corporate attorney with a practice focused on public and private acquisitions and divestitures, private equity transactions, and corporate law matters. He represents private equity firms, public and private acquirers, and target companies in a variety of acquisitions, dispositions, spin-offs and restructurings. Prior to beginning his legal career, Singleton served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Singleton earned a J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law (2010) and a B.S. from the University of Kentucky (2007).

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is a professional limited liability company rather than a partnership. Professional limited liability companies have ‘members’ instead of ‘partners.’

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