Nashville, Tenn., (November 18, 2013) – Bass, Berry & Sims is pleased to announce that 45 of its attorneys were named to Super Lawyers 2013 listed among 19 different practice areas. In addition, 14 attorneys were recognized in the Rising Stars category.

2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers in Knoxville

Rising Stars 

  • Russell E. Stair: Business Litigation

2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers in Memphis

  • John S. Golwen: Business Litigation
  • J. Brook Lathram: Business Litigation
  • Stephen W. Ragland: Bankruptcy
  • John C. Speer: Business Litigation
  • Richard R. Spore, III: Real Estate
  • John A. Stemmler: Real Estate
  • Shepherd D. Tate: Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • David A. Thornton: Employee Benefits/ERISA

Rising Stars 

  • Ryan R. Baker: Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Annie Christoff: Business Litigation
  • Phillip Lewis: Tax
  • Robert P. McDaniel, Jr.: Real Estate
  • Sehrish Siddiqui: Securities and Corporate Finance

2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers in Nashville

  • H. Lee Barfield, II: Business Litigation
  • Coburn Dewees Berry, IV: Real Estate
  • James H. Cheek, III: Securities & Corporate Finance
  • Michael L. Dagley: Business Litigation
  • J. Page Davidson: Business/Corporate
  • Wallace W. Dietz: Business Litigation
  • R. Todd Ervin: Tax
  • David R. Esquivel: Business Litigation
  • Samuel Lanier Felker: Personal Injury Defense: Products
  • Tim K. Garrett: Employment & Labor
  • J. Andrew Goddard: Environmental
  • James C. Gooch: Estate & Probate
  • B. Riney Green: Mergers & Acquisitions
  • R. Dale Grimes: Antitrust Litigation
  • L. Wearen Hughes: Construction Litigation
  • Paul G. Jennings: Bankruptcy
  • David A. King: Health Care
  • Howard H. Lamar, III: Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Anthony J. McFarland: Business Litigation
  • Bryan W. Metcalf: Tax
  • Claire F. Miley: Health Care
  • William N. Ozier: Employment & Labor
  • Michael S. Peek: Real Estate
  • W. Brantley Phillips, Jr.: Business Litigation
  • J. Bradbury Reed: Securities & Corporate Finance
  • Cynthia Y. Reisz: Health Care
  • Fritz Richter, III: Employee Benefits/ERISA
  • D. Mark Sheets: Real Estate
  • Michael D. Sontag: Tax
  • James S. Tate, Jr.: Business/Corporate
  • G. Scott Thomas: Environmental
  • Bob F. Thompson: Securities & Corporate Finance
  • Overton Thompson, III: Securities Litigation
  • F. Mitchell Walker, Jr.: Securities & Corporate Finance
  • Leigh Walton: Health Care
  • Jessalyn H. Zeigler: Personal Injury Defense/Products

Rising Stars 

  • Robert L. Brewer: Intellectual Property
  • Leslie Ford: Securities and Corporate Finance
  • D. Scott Holley: Securities and Corporate Finance
  • J. Daniel Huffines: Securities and Corporate Finance
  • Tatjana Paterno: Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Brian D. Roark: Health Care
  • Ryan D. Thomas: Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Jeffrey P. Yarbro: Business Litigation

2013 Super Lawyers in Washington, D.C.

  • John Kelly: White Collar Defense

Mid-South Super Lawyers also released Top Lists for those attorneys who received the highest point totals in the Tennessee nomination, research and blue ribbon review process. Listed below are the Bass, Berry & Sims’ attorneys that received these honors.


Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyers 2013

  • J. Brook Lathram
  • William N. Ozier
  • Stephen W. Ragland
  • Michael D. Sontag
  • Bob F. Thompson

Top 50 Memphis Super Lawyers 2013

  • J. Brook Lathram
  • Stephen W. Ragland

Top 50 Nashville Super Lawyers 2013

  • H. Lee Barfield, II
  • William N. Ozier
  • Michael D. Sontag
  • Bob F. Thompson
  • Leigh Walton

Top 50 Women Mid-South Super Lawyers 2013

  • Leigh Walton

About Mid-South Super Lawyers 
Mid-South Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. More information can be found at

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