Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Chambers USA has ranked Bass, Berry & Sims as one of the top litigation law firms in Tennessee for the past 15 years. In its most recent edition, Chambers recognizes the firm as a “Top-notch firm with an outstanding reputation for its wide-ranging civil litigation expertise” and quotes clients as saying “I am very impressed with the team. They are very thorough, legally astute, very cordial, professional, good writers and good strategists. They are excellent.” and “They are very reputable and hard-working.”(from Chambers USA 2019) In earlier Chambers editions, clients said “They are very responsive, communicative, analytical and very strategically-minded.” (from Chambers USA 2018) and “The lawyers at Bass, Berry & Sims are excellent to work with, sharp, prepared and client-focused.” (from Chambers USA 2017)

Our team of more than 90 litigators is ready to serve our clients’ best interests and has a long track record of not only winning, but also understanding clients’ business objectives.

We approach disputes by addressing not only the matter at hand, but also by analyzing litigation trends facing the client and suggesting creative solutions to minimize risk over the long term. Our focus is to serve each of our clients’ best interests as efficiently and effectively as possible. We establish a course of action, propose alternative fee arrangements and evaluate early settlement possibilities or opportunities for an early dismissal to avoid expense and protracted litigation. That said, we are prepared to serve as resolution negotiator or staunch advocate; whichever is necessary. We utilize the latest advances in technology to improve communication, discovery and trial preparation, all leading to sound victories.

Our Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group is built on great reputations in corporate and securities, government investigations, healthcare, financial services and commercial litigation. From that foundation, we are especially focused on significant and growing areas of litigation that affect our clients, and align with our unique strengths.

In the past year, our litigators received individual recognition by Chambers USA, Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America®. In addition, Benchmark Litigation named Bass, Berry & Sims the “Tennessee Law Firm of the Year” for Litigation in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015 and 2012.

The Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group addresses all of the following types of disputes, among others:

  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Antitrust and trade practices
  • Business disputes
  • Compliance and government investigations including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and monitorships
  • Environmental
  • Government advocacy and public policy
  • Government contracts
  • Financial services including banks, financial institutions, broker-dealer, financial products, restructuring, bankruptcy, and consumer financial services
  • Healthcare disputes including healthcare liability, managed care disputes and medical staff disputes
  • Healthcare fraud and abuse
  • Intellectual property and technology including patents; trademarks; data security, privacy and cyberliability; e-discovery, data counseling and trial technology
  • Products liability and torts
  • Real estate and construction litigation
  • Regulatory and administrative proceedings
  • Securities and shareholder litigation
  • Tax
  • Trusts and estates
  • Utilities, including telecommunications, energy and water law
Allison Wiseman Acker
Associate
Samar S. Ali
International Counsel
Elaina S. Al-Nimri
Associate
Audrey J. Anderson
Counsel
Richard W. Arnholt
Member
Ryan R. Baker
Member
Russell S. Baldwin
Counsel
James O. Bass, Jr.
Member (retired)
Angela L. Bergman
Associate
Brian D. Bewley
Member
Michael A. Brady
Member
Garrah Carter-Mason
Associate
J. Taylor Chenery
Member
Terry L. Clark
Member
E. Steele Clayton, IV
Member
Christopher J. Climo
Associate
Shayne R. Clinton
Member
Michael Cottone
Associate
Joseph B. Crace, Jr.
Member
Matthew M. Curley
Member
Michael Dagley
Member
Michael G. Dashefsky
Member
John W. Dawson IV
Member
Nicholas A. Deuschle
Associate
Wallace W. Dietz
Member
Brian M. Dobbs
Member
Margaret Dodson
Associate
Kaitlyn L. Dunn
Associate
John C. Eason
Associate
David R. Esquivel
Pro Bono Member
Lindsey Brown Fetzer
Member
Craig V. Gabbert, Jr.
Counsel
Scott D. Gallisdorfer
Associate
Jeff H. Gibson
Member
Matt Gibson
Director of Litigation Technology
J. Andrew Goddard
Member
Nicholas Goldin
Associate
John S. Golwen
Member
R. Dale Grimes
Member
Anna M. Grizzle
Member
Brooke Howlett
Associate
L. Wearen Hughes
Member
Gene L. Humphreys
Counsel
Courtney A. Hunter
Associate
Kate Hunter-Salas
Associate
Danielle Dudding Irvine
Associate
Brian Irving
Associate
Brian R. Iverson
Member
Stephen J. Jasper
Member
Paul G. Jennings
Member
Michael P. Kapellas
Associate
Ashleigh Karnell
Associate
John E. Kelly
Member
Michael L. Kiklis
Member
Britt K. Latham
Member
Christopher G. Lazarini
Member
Ryan A. Lee
Counsel
Wesley S. Love
Associate
Thaddeus R. McBride
Member
Timothy B. McConnell
Member
Anthony J. McFarland
Member
Sarah B. Miller
Associate
Paige Waldrop Mills
Member
Sara K. Morgan
Associate
Sheaniva H. Murray
Associate
Jonathan E. Nelson
Member
Todd R. Overman
Member
R. Gregory Parker
Member
W. Brantley Phillips, Jr.
Member
Lisa S. Rivera
Member
Michael J.  Rivera
Member
Brian D. Roark
Member
Glenn B. Rose
Member
Molly K. Ruberg
Associate
Taylor M. Sample
Associate
Olivia Seraphim
Associate
Wilson Sims
Member (retired)
Matthew J. Sinback
Senior Litigation Attorney
Lucas Ross Smith
Member
Russell E. Stair
Member
Caroline Stephens
Associate
Michael C. Tackeff
Associate
Roee Talmor
Associate
Shepherd D. Tate
Member
Meredith Mallard Thompson
Counsel
Overton Thompson III
Member
Erica Bell Vick
Member
Janelle D. Waack
Member
Kathryn Hannen Walker
Member
Hannah E. Webber
Associate
Jeffrey P. Yarbro
Counsel
Virginia Maynard Yetter
Associate
Jessalyn H. Zeigler
Member

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