Dewees Berry, a retired member, has more than 35 years of experience advising clients on all aspects of commercial real estate law. For more than 30 years he served as editor and author of the Tennessee Real Estate Law Letter, dedicated to providing practical real estate law advice to its subscribers. In addition, throughout his career, Dewees has been a frequent seminar speaker on real estate law topics.
Working with individuals, realtors, developers and commercial real estate companies, Dewees has handled real estate transactions, planning and zoning matters, and real estate disputes.
From 2006–2015, Dewees served as General Counsel for Bass, Berry & Sims and advised firm management and individuals on legal ethics, professional responsibility and conflicts of interest.
Nashville Bar Association — President (2003)
Nashville Bar Foundation — Fellow
Tennessee Bar Foundation — Fellow
Chambers USA — Real Estate, Senior Statesman (2014-2016); Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, Senior Statesman (2014-2016); Real Estate (2003-2013); Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (2012-2013)
American College of Real Estate Lawyers — Fellow
Best Lawyers in America® — Nashville Litigation: Land Use and Zoning “Lawyer of the Year” (2015); Nashville Litigation: Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year” (2013); Nashville Land Use and Zoning “Lawyer of the Year” (2010)
Best Lawyers in America® — Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Litigation: Land Use and Zoning; Litigation: Real Estate; Real Estate Law (2003-2016)
Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2015)
Nashville School of Law — Instructor
Editor, Tennessee Real Estate Law Letter (1983-2015)
Bass, Berry & Sims — Executive Committee (6 Years)
Law Clerk to Chief Judge Frank Gray, Jr., U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee (1976-1977)
Vanderbilt Law Review — Associate Editor (1975-1976)