Chambers USA has ranked Bass, Berry & Sims as one of the top litigation law firms in Tennessee for the past 14 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 highlights comments from reporting sources, including: “‘They are very responsive, communicative, analytical and very strategically-minded.’ Another interview reports: ‘They are well connected and well respected in Tennessee. They bring a high level of professionalism and have good judgment.'” (from Chambers USA 2018) In a previous edition, Chambers reported: “‘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 2018, 2017, 2015 and 2012.
The Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group addresses all of the following types of disputes, among others:
Successful representation of Medsurant LLC in appeal to vacate $18.8 million dollar jury verdict in case alleging tortious interference
Successful defense of LPL Financial in $5.8 million FINRA arbitration claim
Successfully argued issue of first impression under the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Served as lead counsel for Morgan Keegan and related entities in Federal securities, ERISA and derivative multi-district litigation related to investment company losses in the wake of the credit crisis
Represented AmSurg Holdings, Inc. in a dispute with a group of physicians seeking to invalidate non-compete provision
Obtained a jury trial victory on six of seven counts for the former vice president of Pilot Flying J who, along with three others, was accused of seeking to defraud customers
Served as counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Vanguard Healthcare in protecting interests of unsecured creditors in all aspects of bankruptcy and achieving 100% recovery of amounts owed to unsecured creditors
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of Change Healthcare and related entities in federal court litigation in Seattle stemming from Change Healthcare’s acquisition of a start-up business in the healthcare technology industry where the stock purchase agreement had contingent earn-out provisions
Successful representation of a public company in an 18-month Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation related to accounting and disclosure issues, resulting in a decision by the SEC to terminate the investigation
Successfully represented a company in a confidential Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation arising from a former employee’s complaint about allegedly improper accounting practices