Nashville, Tenn., (May 14, 2012) – Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to announce that Managing Partner Keith Simmons has been elected chair of the board of directors of Lex Mundi. Lex Mundi is the world’s leading association of independent law firms with 160 firms of over 21,000 lawyers in 120 different countries. There is a Lex Mundi firm in each state of the United States, each province of Canada, and in each commercially developed country of the world. Bass, Berry & Sims is the Lex Mundi member firm for Tennessee.

“I am honored to have been selected to lead this very distinguished group of law firms,” said Simmons. “Bass, Berry & Sims is becoming more global in our work and our vision. More and more clients are coming to us with issues of international concern. In the last two years alone, we have assisted clients with projects in more than 25 countries on six continents, including Brazil, Russia, India, China, Italy, Mexico, Cambodia, Thailand, Argentina and others. Lex Mundi gives us the capacity to serve our clients effectively all over the world.”

Simmons will lead a 16-member board of directors composed of representatives of member firms from around the world. Simmons succeeds Simon Truskett of Clayton Utz, the member firm for Australia.

“Lex Mundi is in the forefront of providing a unique client service solution by combining global coverage, local market knowledge and relationships, coordinated service delivery, and the expertise of more than 21,000 lawyers,” added Simmons.

Simmons has been the managing partner of Bass, Berry & Sims since 1995. As recently announced, he will step down as managing partner at the end of 2012 and be succeeded by Todd Rolapp, currently the head of the firm’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group.

About Lex Mundi
Lex Mundi members with a trusted network of top-tier law firms that share similar values and a similar focus on quality. Through Lex Mundi, members can access unparalleled legal resources that enable them to serve their clients’ needs worldwide and to continuously improve all aspects of their firms. Member firms are located throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Through its nonprofit affiliate, the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, Lex Mundi member firms provide pro bono legal assistance to social entrepreneurs around the globe. For more information, please visit and

About Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
With more than 200 attorneys representing numerous publicly-traded companies and Fortune 500 businesses, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has been involved in some of the largest and most significant business transactions and litigation matters in the country. For more information, visit