Bass, Berry & Sims Welcomes 18 Attorneys to the Firm

December 6, 2018
Personnel Announcement

Nashville, Tenn., (December 6, 2018) – Bass, Berry & Sims is pleased to welcome 18 new attorneys to the firm – 13 in Nashville, three in Memphis, one in Knoxville and one in Washington, D.C.

The following seven attorneys counsel clients on corporate and securities issues including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, private equity financings, and securities regulations matters and filings.

  • Shayan A. Ahmed (Associate, Nashville) previously was an associate with Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP. He earned a law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law (2016); and an M.A. (2013) and a B.A. (2012) from Vanderbilt University.
  • Elizabeth A. Bounds (Associate, Nashville) earned a law degree from Duke University School of Law (2018) and a B.A. from Vanderbilt University (2015).
  • Mark B. Buente (Associate, Nashville) earned a law degree from The University of Chicago Law School (2018) and a B.B.A. from The George Washington University School of Business (2012).
  • Bo R. Cook (Associate, Nashville) earned a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law (2018) and a B.A. from the University of Tennessee (2015).
  • Chris Johnson (Associate, Nashville) earned a law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law (2018) and an M.B.A. (2018) and a B.S. and B.B.A. (2015) from the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics.
  • Sara Vance (Associate, Nashville) previously was an associate at Sirote & Permutt, P.C. in Birmingham, Alabama before joining Bass, Berry & Sims. She earned a law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law (2016) and a B.A. from Mississippi State University (2013).
    Sara Vance is currently licensed to practice in Alabama and registered to practice in Tennessee pursuant to Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 7 Sec. 10.04.
  • Lora A. Wuerdeman (Associate, Nashville) earned a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law (2018) and a B.B.A. from the University of Mississippi (2015).

The following four attorneys provide healthcare regulatory counsel as it relates to compliance, operational and transactional matters.

  • Ali Deatherage (Associate, Nashville) earned a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law (2018) and a B.A. from the University of Tennessee (2014).
  • Mallory Farrar (Associate, Memphis) earned a law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (2018) and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Asheville (2010).
  • Maleaka N. Guice (Associate, Nashville) earned a law degree from Emory University School of Law (2018) and a B.A. from the University of Mississippi (2015).
  • Page Minton Smith (Associate, Nashville) earned a law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law (2018), an M.P.H. from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health (2015), and a B.S. from Washington and Lee University (2012).

The following two attorneys counsel clients such as commercial and residential developers, landlords and tenants, businesses and investors related to commercial real estate and debt financing transactions.

  • Cheyne W. Harris (Associate, Memphis) previously was an attorney at Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh, PLLC before joining Bass, Berry & Sims. Before practicing law, Harris worked as a city planner for a Tennessee municipality where he worked with city officials on commercial and residential development projects and related zoning and variance matters. Harris earned a law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (2012) and a BLA from Mississippi State University (2003).
  • Turner Henderson (Associate, Nashville) earned a law degree from Vanderbilt Law School (2018) and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina (2014).

In addition, the following five individuals also joined the firm:

Stefanie Colletier (Associate, Nashville) represents clients on intellectual property transaction matters, including mergers and acquisitions, licensing and service agreements, and strategic relationships. She earned a law degree from Vanderbilt Law School (2018) and a B.B.A. from Belmont University (2014).

 Taylor A. Hillman (Attorney, Washington, D.C.) assists clients throughout the contracting process with federal, state and local government and also works with companies on international trade compliance. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Hillman was an associate at Roth Jackson Gibbons Condlin, PLC in Virginia. She earned a law degree from The George Washington University Law School (2017) and a B.A. from George Mason University (2014).

 Brooke Howlett (Associate, Nashville) represents clients in complex litigation, contract disputes and business torts; she also assists clients in response to government investigations and related civil and criminal proceedings. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Howlett was an associate at Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP in Seattle, Washington. Howlett earned a law degree from the University of Washington School of Law (2014) and a B.A. from the University of Washington (2011).

Catherine G. Norton (Associate, Memphis) assists clients with the design, implementation and administration of qualified benefit plans, health and welfare benefit plans, and deferred compensation packages. She earned a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law (2018) and a B.B.A. from Southern Methodist University (2015).

Alexandrea R. Samber (Associate, Knoxville) represents clients in the areas of public finance and commercial real estate transactions. Samber earned a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law (2018) and a B.S. from the University of Tennessee (2014).

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