For more than 40 years, Craig Gabbert has guided financially distressed businesses through the bankruptcy and restructuring process. Craig has represented both debtors and creditors in many of the most visible workouts and bankruptcies in Tennessee, negotiating with creditors, finding capital and facilitating settlements. Craig has been recognized in Chambers USA for his work in the bankruptcy field, interviewees say he “is ‘extremely well respected’ and describe him as ‘one of the icons’ in the area of bankruptcy litigation.” (from Chambers USA 2016)
In addition to his bankruptcy work, Craig represents clients in a wide-range of disputes, including those resulting from breach of contract, non-competes and securities offerings. His ability to negotiate deals led him to become an approved Rule 31 General Civil Mediator by the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Craig was a founding member and shareholder at Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner, P.C.
Nashville Bar Association — Director (2004-2006)
Tennessee Bar Association
American Bar Association
Nashville Bar Foundation — Fellow (1994)
Mid-South Commercial Law Institute — Director (1983-1992), President (1989-1990)
Harry Phillips American Inn of Court
We represented National Book Warehouse, a nationwide operator of retail bookstore chains, in its Chapter 11 liquidation.
This experience gained prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims PLC.
We represented trustee Timothy Finley in a case against lender and seller shareholder Citicorp North America, Inc., alleging that the leveraged buyout of Washington Industries, Inc. was fraudulent conveyance. Timothy Finley, Trustee v. Citicorp North America, Inc.
Tennessee Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution — Rule 31 Mediator
Chambers USA — Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Senior Statesperson (2020-2022); Litigation: Bankruptcy, Senior Statesperson (2018-2019); Litigation: Bankruptcy (2005-2017)
Best Lawyers® — Nashville Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights “Lawyer of the Year” (2010)
The Best Lawyers in America© — Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation: Bankruptcy; Litigation: Construction; Litigation: Mergers and Acquisitions; Litigation: Securities (1989-2023)
Martindale-Hubbell — AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
Nashville Post “In Charge” — Legal Sector (2015-2016)
Benchmark Litigation — Local Litigation Star: Tennessee (2009-2017)
Mid-South Super Lawyers (2007-2022)
Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyers (2007-2010, 2016-2018)
Top 50 Nashville Super Lawyers (2016-2018)
Nashville Business Journal “Best of the Bar” (2003-2006, 2011-2012)
Nashville Post “Top 150 Lawyers” (2011)