Rod Valle advises clients across a broad range of industries in intellectual property (IP) matters and technology-based transactions, including license agreements, software and technology service transactions, strategic relationships, and mergers and acquisitions involving technology and IP assets. Rod also works with companies on a variety of trademark and franchise-related issues. In addition, Rod has significant experience representing clients with respect to enforcing their IP rights, including handling IP and licensing disputes.
Rod recently completed an eight-month secondment with Vanderbilt University’s Office of the General Counsel where he served as Special Counsel to the General Counsel. During his time at Vanderbilt, Rod worked closely with the General Counsel and the university’s administrators to provide strategic legal advice across the university and manage special projects, including advice with respect to contract and regulatory compliance issues, managing high-stakes litigation, investigating potential violations of university policies by faculty and staff, and providing guidance concerning IP matters.
Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Rod was an associate at Ropes & Gray working out of the New York and Tokyo offices. After law school, he served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Litigation Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General. Prior to law school, Rod worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Life Scientist. Rod is fluent in Spanish and French.
American Health Law Association (AHLA)
Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville — Arts Board Matching Program (Class of 2017)
Representation of LFM Capital, a private equity firm focused on lower middle-market manufacturing and industrial services businesses, in its acquisition of Diamabrush, a manufacturer of advanced abrasive technology utilized in various building, maintenance and construction applications
Representation of LogistiCare in its $80 million acquisition of National MedTrans, a single source Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) benefit management company focused on delivering services to managed care organizations and governmental entities throughout the United States, as well as the extension of its revolving credit facilities from $200 million to $225 million
Representation of Altamont Capital’s portfolio company, Sequel Youth & Family Services, in its acquisition of Pine Cone Therapies, a behavioral healthcare provider with treatment programs to assist those with Autism spectrum, speech-language, intellectual delay, neurological, and attention deficit disorders.
Representation of BRC Recovery in its recapitalization with private investment firms, Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS) and NewSpring Health Capital
Representation of Health Velocity Capital as lead investor in a $30 million Series C funding round for HealthJoy, a healthcare consumer benefits platform. In addition to Health Velocity Capital, other participating investors included U.S. Venture Partners, Chicago Ventures, and Epic Ventures
Represented Serco Inc. in its definitive Asset Purchase Agreement to acquire Alion Science & Technology Corporation’s Naval Systems Business Unit, including its Canadian business and a small number of related contract operations, for $225 million. The acquisition, subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close in the second half of 2019. Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services, will strengthen its presence in naval support with this acquisition, and will become a stronger integrated maritime solutions provider for the U.S Navy and other customers.
Represented C-III Capital Partners in its sale of California-based tech company Real Capital Markets (RCM) to LightBox
Representation of LFM Capital’s portfolio company, Eckhart Inc., in its acquisition of Gasper Engineering, a full-service industrial automation systems integrator and specialty machine builder located in Indiana
Represented Western Dental Services, a portfolio company of New Mountain Capital, in its acquisition of Guardian Life Insurance Company’s Dental Service Organization
Represented Engility Holdings in its merger with Science Applications International Corp. in which SAIC acquired Engility in an all-stock transaction valued at $2.5 billion
Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch — Intellectual Property Law (2021)
Mid-South Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2019)
Oxford International IP Moot Court — First Place