Bass, Berry & Sims attorney John Golwen was named to the Best of the Bar 2022 list issued by the Memphis Business Journal. Since 2016, Memphis Business Journal has honored the area’s legal professionals — attorneys and associates in private practice, in-house counsel, judges, and advocates of all kinds — through the Best of the Bar awards program.

John focuses his practice on business litigation and advises a wide variety of businesses including healthcare, hospitality, financial, retail, service, and manufacturing companies. During his 30-year career, John has represented clients in all types of contractual and transactional disputes, including business divorces among owners of all types of business entities; commercial torts such as procurement of breach of contract, tortious interference with business relations, interference with contracts, misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of restrictive covenants. John is also is a certified Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator and regularly serves as a mediator in commercial litigation cases. He has tried numerous arbitrations in various forums, including the AAA, JAMS and FINRA.

As part of the 2022 Best of the Bar program, the Memphis Business Journal published a profile on each winner. When asked about an important moment from his career that shaped him as a lawyer, John said:

I had the opportunity from the first year of my practice 32 years ago to try cases in state, federal, and arbitration forums, and that entire collective experience has shaped my career. I have learned greatly from trying cases adverse to some very talented lawyers and alongside some very fine colleagues. I have tried to adopt and incorporate skills I was able to learn from them.

However, 12 years ago I mediated my first case as the mediator and helped the parties and their counsel resolve a very contentious lawsuit. Since then, I have tried to draw on my litigation experience to help others resolve their disputes as a mediator, and that service has become a most fulfilling aspect of my work.

John’s full profile for his Best of the Bar recognition was published in the Memphis Business Journal on October 20 and is available here (subscription required).