Al Bright, Jr.
Al Bright, Jr. counsels public and private companies in a diverse range of corporate law matters, serving as a trusted business advisor and outside general counsel to support his clients’ legal and business objectives.
Al works closely with clients to navigate strategic corporate transactions, including navigating mergers and acquisitions ranging from $5 million to $1.2 billion. He also advises clients through securities offerings and capital raising activities, as well as cross-border transactions. Al leads teams in complex negotiations related to licensing and development collaborations as well as supply, distribution and sales agreements. His clients include biotechnology, pharmaceutical, life sciences and medical device companies, as well as manufacturers, distributors and other emerging companies.
With significant experience handling transactional and corporate law matters, he provides clients with a holistic perspective and practical solutions to efficiently resolve challenges for clients ranging from start-ups to well-established corporations. His practice includes:
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Capital markets
- Corporate governance
- Commercial transactions
Al is a Fellow with New Memphis Institute (formerly Memphis Leadership Academy) and an alumnus of Leadership Memphis’ Executive Class. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Al was in-house counsel for medical technology company Medtronic Inc., and most recently, he was a partner in the Memphis office of Waller, Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP.
Memphis Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association
American Bar Association — Health Law Section
American Health Law Association (AHLA)
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity — Fellow (2015)
New Memphis Institute (formerly Memphis Leadership Academy) — Fellow (2004)
Leadership Memphis — Executive Class (2014)
Evolve Bank & Trust — Board of Directors (2015-present)
Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County (EDGE) — Chairman (2012-present), Board of Directors (2012-present)
Seeding Success — Board of Directors (2018-present)
Mid-South Regional Blood Center (d/b/a “Lifeblood”) — former member, Board of Directors (2010-2014)
Memphis and Shelby County Community Redevelopment Agency — former member, Board of Directors (2008-2011)
Media Mentions & Firm News
Memphis Business Journal “Power 100” (2019, 2021-2023)
Memphis Business Journal “Best of the Bar” (2021)
The Best Lawyers in America© — Commercial Transactions/UCC Law (2013-2024)
Mid-South Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2010-2012, 2014-2017)
Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law — Executive Editor