For the fourth year in a row, the Bass, Berry & Sims Healthcare Practice Group received a Nationwide ranking in the Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, earning a Band 4 national ranking. Bass, Berry & Sims received six Band 1 rankings in Tennessee. Additionally, 45 firm attorneys were recognized in the 2019 edition.

The firm received a top-ranked Band 1 listing from Chambers USA 2019 in Tennessee among the following six practice areas:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Environment
  • Healthcare
  • Litigation: General Commercial
  • Real Estate

Additionally, two of our practices were ranked in Band 2 in Tennessee: Labor & Employment and Intellectual Property.

A total of 45 Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys have been listed as leaders in Chambers USA 2019. Forty-three of those listed are from the firm’s offices in Nashville and Memphis, the most attorneys listed from any firm based in the state of Tennessee. Listings are based on thousands of in-depth interviews by Chambers staff who researched the strengths and reputations of attorneys across the United States. Rankings are assessed based on the following qualities: technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients.

The following Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys were ranked as leaders in the following practice areas in Tennessee:

  • Robert L. Brewer – Intellectual Property
  • James H. Cheek III – Corporate/M&A (Senior Statesman)
  • David Cox – Corporate/M&A
  • Matthew M. Curley – Healthcare: Government Investigations & Fraud
  • Michael L. Dagley – Litigation: General Commercial
  • J. Page Davidson – Corporate/M&A
  • John Dawson – Environment (Up & Coming)
  • Wallace W. Dietz – Litigation: General Commercial
  • Felix R. Dowsley III – Banking & Finance
  • Craig V. Gabbert, Jr. – Litigation: Bankruptcy (Senior Statesman)
  • Tim K. Garrett – Labor & Employment
  • J. Andrew Goddard – Environment
  • B. Riney Green – Corporate/M&A
  • Anna M. Grizzle – Healthcare: Regulatory
  • Michael R. Hess – Healthcare
  • Michael R. Hill – Healthcare
  • Scott Holley – Banking & Finance; Banking & Finance: Regulatory
  • Bob Horton – Labor & Employment
  • Angela Humphreys – Healthcare
  • J. James Jenkins Jr. – Healthcare
  • Paul G. Jennings – Litigation: Bankruptcy
  • Kris Kemp – Corporate/M&A
  • Howard H. Lamar III – Corporate/M&A
  • Britt K. Latham – Litigation: General Commercial
  • Mark Manner – Corporate/M&A (Senior Statesman); Healthcare
  • Paige W. Mills – Intellectual Property
  • J. Allen Overby – Corporate/M&A
  • Cynthia Y. Reisz – Healthcare; Healthcare: Regulatory
  • Brian D. Roark – Healthcare: Government Investigations & Fraud
  • Todd J. Rolapp – Corporate/M&A (Eminent Practitioner)
  • Glenn B. Rose – Litigation: Bankruptcy
  • Cynthia N. Sellers – Banking & Finance
  • D. Mark Sheets – Real Estate
  • Richard R. Spore III – Real Estate
  • John A. Stemmler – Real Estate (Senior Statesman)
  • James S. Tate Jr. – Banking & Finance
  • G. Scott Thomas – Environment
  • Ryan Thomas – Corporate/M&A
  • Overton Thompson III – Litigation: General Commercial
  • T. Gaillard Uhlhorn – Real Estate
  • F. Mitchell Walker Jr. – Corporate/M&A
  • Leigh Walton – Healthcare
  • Jessalyn H. Zeigler – Environment (Recognized Practitioner)

The following firm attorney was ranked in the District of Columbia:

  • John E. Kelly – Healthcare (Recognized Practitioner); Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Recognized Practitioner)

The following firm attorney was ranked in the USA: Nationwide edition:

  • Thaddeus R. McBride – International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions

Five firm attorneys received the additional recognition:

Senior Statesman – A Senior Statesman is an attorney who no longer works hands-on with the same intensity but who, by virtue of close links with major clients, remains pivotal to the firm’s success.

  • James H. Cheek III was named a “Senior Statesman” in Corporate/M&A
  • Craig V. Gabbert, Jr. was named a “Senior Statesman” in Litigation: Bankruptcy
  • Mark Manner was named a “Senior Statesman” in Corporate/M&A
  • John A. Stemmler was named a “Senior Statesman” in Real Estate

 Eminent Practitioner – Eminent Practitioners are highly influential attorneys in a particular practice area who, due to managerial or client relationship commitments, are less active in day-to-day work but remain key players in the team.

  • Todd J. Rolapp, the firm’s managing partner, was named an “Eminent Practitioner” in Corporate/M&A

About Chambers and Partners
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