Bass, Berry & Sims Earns Recognition for 9 Practices and 45 Attorneys in Chambers USA 2020; Healthcare Practice Ranked Nationally for Fifth Straight Year

April 24, 2020
Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business released its 2020 rankings of firms and attorneys – providing insight and analysis on the country’s legal profession. In this year’s guide, Bass, Berry & Sims received eight Band 1 rankings in Tennessee – the most of any firm based in the state. And, for the fifth year in a row, the Bass, Berry & Sims Healthcare Practice Group received a Nationwide ranking, earning a Band 4 national recognition. Additionally, 45 firm attorneys were recognized in this year’s edition. 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.

The firm received a top-ranked Band 1 listing from Chambers USA 2020 in Tennessee among the following eight practice areas:

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

Bankruptcy/Restructuring was a newly added standalone category for the 2020 edition. Additionally, the firm’s Labor & Employment practice was ranked in Band 2 in Tennessee.

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

  • Robert L. Brewer – Intellectual Property
  • James H. Cheek III – Corporate/M&A (Senior Statesman)
  • Matthew M. Curley – Healthcare: Government Investigations & Fraud
  • Michael L. Dagley – Litigation: General Commercial
  • J. Page Davidson – Corporate/M&A
  • John Dawson – Environment
  • Wallace W. Dietz – Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations; Litigation: General Commercial
  • Felix R. Dowsley III – Banking & Finance
  • Craig V. Gabbert, Jr. – Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Senior Statesman)
  • Tim K. Garrett – Labor & Employment
  • Jeff H. Gibson – Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Up and Coming)
  • 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 – Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • 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)
  • 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 – Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • 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

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

  • John E. Kelly – Healthcare

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

  • 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.

Recognition in Chambers is 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.

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