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Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

About Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

Founded on client service in 1922; centered to deliver today.

In the early days, our founders developed a reputation for excellence; F.M. Bass, Frank Berry and Cecil Sims were fastidious, intellectually curious and highly sought after. They pioneered our now robust mergers and acquisitions practice by participating in notable transactions such as the Cheek-Neal Coffee Company, known for Maxwell House Coffee, in its sale to Postum in 1928 for $20 million and by representing Fourth and First National Bank in its merger with American National Bank in 1930. A few years later, Cecil Sims initiated one of the firm's first alternative fee arrangements, which lasted from 1934 until the late 1960's, with Vanderbilt University's Chancellor Kirkland.

Ninety years after its inception, Bass, Berry & Sims continues to lead clients through increasingly complex legal challenges. Our highly skilled attorney teams aim to provide a profound understanding of our clients' businesses and perspective, sound judgment, efficiency and responsiveness to every matter. Recently, we represented a Nashville-based, leading provider of healthcare services in its leveraged buyout (LBO), which was, at the time, the largest LBO in history; we were engaged as the New York Stock Exchange's Regulatory Auditor; and we successfully tried the largest case in Tennessee involving the breach of a $1.4 billion merger agreement. We advance opportunities and deliver results.

Additional info
Year of establishment 1922 Number of Partners 110
Number of offices 3 Partner:associate ratio 1.10
Biggest office Nashville Percentage of women attorneys 21.00
Number of attorneys 219 Percentage of minority attorneys 5.90
Number of associates 96 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 2.70
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Area of practice

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust & Trade Practices
  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring
  • Banks & Financial Institutions
  • Broker-Dealer & Financial Products
  • Business Disputes
  • Capital Markets
  • Certificate Of Need & Con Hearings
  • Compliance & Government Investigations
  • Construction Contracts & Litigation
  • Consumer Financial Services
  • Corporate & Business
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Tax
  • Cross-Border Transactions
  • Data Security & Privacy
  • Debt Financing Transactions
  • Economic Development & Corporate Relocation
  • Electronic Data & Technology
  • Employee Benefits
  • Environmental
  • Executive Compensation
  • Financial Services
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Government Advocacy & Public Policy
  • Government Contractor Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Government Contracts
  • Health It Software Vendor Disputes
  • Healthcare
  • Healthcare Compliance & Administrative Proceedings
  • Healthcare Contracting Regulatory & Operational
  • Healthcare Disputes
  • Healthcare Finance
  • Healthcare Fraud & Abuse
  • Healthcare Information Technology
  • Healthcare Joint Ventures & Syndications
  • Healthcare Mergers Acquisitions & Dispositions
  • Healthcare Real Estate
  • Insurance & Managed Care
  • Intellectual Property & Technology
  • Intellectual Property & Technology Transactions
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International
  • International Trade
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Managed Care Strategy & Disputes
  • Media Advertising & Marketing
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Monitorships
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Partnership Tax
  • Patents
  • Private Equity
  • Procurement Fraud
  • Products Liability & Torts
  • Public Company Advisory
  • Public Finance
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Regulatory & Administrative Proceedings
  • Securities & Shareholder Litigation
  • Shareholder Activism
  • Specialty Pharmacy
  • State & Local Tax
  • Tax
  • Trademarks
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Utilities - Telecom Energy & Water
  • Venture Capital
Awards and recognitions

GovCon Blog: Successful GAO Bid Protest of VA Award
Chris Lazarini Provides Insight on Claim Preclusion Following an Award in Arbitration
Bass, Berry & Sims Defends Award in GAO Bid Protest of $143 Million Task Order
Bass, Berry & Sims Wins M&A Deal of the Year Award from M&A Advisor
Robert Echols Receives Rutherford Award from Nashville Bar Foundation
Bass, Berry & Sims Expands Internal Investigations and Government Enforcement Practice with New Member Eli J. Richardson
Bass, Berry & Sims Hosts Fourth Annual Salute to African-American Executives & Emerging Leaders
Bass, Berry & Sims PLC Announces Five New Members


Diversity is essential to our firm's continued success. It enables us to better understand and appreciate the complexity of our clients' experiences and points of view. We believe that diverse legal teams bring broader perspectives to problem-solving, resulting in better solutions for our clients.

Everyone at Bass, Berry & Sims shares the responsibility of building a workplace rich in diversity, reflecting our clients and the communities we serve. To lead this effort, we have established a Diversity Committee comprised of attorneys, including our managing partner and our hiring partners, with the authority and position to implement our diversity plan.

Summer associate program

As a law student, you are faced with many choices when deciding what path your career may take. You need to consider the type of practice that interests you as well as the culture and atmosphere of the organization where you want to work.

Law students who demonstrate high academic achievement, participate in law school and extra-curricular activities and show an interest in the community are given the opportunity to experience a well-rounded summer at Bass, Berry & Sims. Our program is designed to provide law students with a realistic picture of life as an associate and to assess a candidate's ability to contribute to our firm. The relationships you build and the challenging opportunities you discover over the summer will continue when you begin a legal career with us.

As one of the leading firms in the Southeast, it is important that we create and maintain a talented and diverse body of attorneys within our offices. To this end, we have devoted substantial recruitment efforts to attracting and retaining those attorneys who can bring to our team approach a wide variety of backgrounds and life experiences.

We have now completed the hiring of second-year students for the summer of 2016. Thank you for your interest.

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Bass, Berry & Sims PLC LOCATIONS


Bass, Berry & Sims PLC Headquarters

150 Third Avenue South ,
Suite 2800
Nashville, TN


Bass, Berry & Sims PLC Office

1700 Riverview Tower ,
900 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN

865-521-6200 phone
865-521-6234 fax


Bass, Berry & Sims PLC Office

The Tower at Peabody Place ,
100 Peabody Place Suite 900
Memphis, TN

901-543-5900 phone
901-543-5999 fax


Bass, Berry & Sims PLC Office

1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW ,
Suite 300
Washington, DC

202-827-2950 phone
202-478-0400 fax

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