Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business released its 2021 edition on May 20 and Bass, Berry & Sims was recognized in 12 practice categories and had 46 attorneys ranked. For the sixth year in a row, the firm received a Nationwide ranking in the Healthcare: The Elite category, earning a Band 4 national recognition. In addition, the Healthcare Practice was ranked in Tennessee (Band 1) and the District of Columbia (Band 5).

Chambers USA 2021 ranked Bass, Berry & Sims in the following 12 practice categories:

  • Banking & Finance – Tennessee: Band 1
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring – Tennessee: Band 1
  • Corporate/M&A – Tennessee: Band 1
  • Environment – Tennessee: Band 1
  • Government Contracts: Highly Regarded – Nationwide: Band 1
  • Healthcare – Tennessee: Band 1
  • Healthcare – District of Columbia: Band 5
  • Healthcare: The Elite – Nationwide: Band 4
  • Intellectual Property – Tennessee: Band 1
  • Labor & Employment – Tennessee: Band 2
  • Litigation: General Commercial – Tennessee: Band 1
  • Real Estate – Tennessee: Band 1
Chambers 2021 Ranked Attorneys

Of the 46 total attorneys ranked, 43 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 following 43 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 Statesperson)
  • Matthew M. Curley – Healthcare: Government Investigations & Fraud
  • 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 Statesperson)
  • 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 Statesperson)
  • 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 Statesperson)
  • 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
  • Elizabeth Warren – Healthcare: Regulatory
  • Jessalyn H. Zeigler – Environment

The following attorney was ranked in the District of Columbia:

  • John E. Kelly – Healthcare

The following attorneys were ranked in the USA: Nationwide:

  • Thaddeus R. McBride – International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions
  • Todd Overman – Government Contracts

These five attorneys received an additional recognition:

Senior Statesperson – A Senior Statesperson 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 Statesperson” in Corporate/M&A.
  • Craig V. Gabbert, Jr. was named a “Senior Statesperson” in Litigation: Bankruptcy.
  • Mark Manner was named a “Senior Statesperson” in Corporate/M&A.
  • John A. Stemmler was named a “Senior Statesperson” 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.

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