Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

150 Third Avenue South
Suite 2800
Nashville, TN 37201, United States
Phone: (615) 742-6200
Fax: (615) 742-6293
Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Construction Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Health
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
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Other U.S. Locations
  • D.C.
  • Tennessee
Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

Practice/Organization Description

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.

Our Clients

"The firm's biggest strength is the quality of its attorneys - they're very knowledgeable and thorough." (from Chambers USA 2016)

"The firm's performance was outstanding. I'd put them up there with the big firms globally - some of the finest attorneys I've seen." (from Chambers USA 2015)

"They have a pristine reputation and are widely respected. They are worth their weight in gold!" (from Chambers USA 2014)

"They are very professional, strategic thinkers. Cooperative collaboration within the firm definitely enhances outcomes, and client communication is a strength." (from Chambers USA 2013)

Our Numbers

Primary outside counsel to more than 35 public companies

More than 60 practice groups

Long-term client relationships: 54% of our clients have been with the firm for 10 or more years

4 offices: Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis and Washington, D.C.

Our Awards

48 attorneys listed as leaders in Chambers USA 2016

6 practices ranked #1 for Tennessee in Chambers USA 2016

Healthcare practice ranked in Chambers USA 2016 Nationwide category, reporting the team has "deep expertise across the healthcare arena, fielding experience in areas such as enforcement actions, operational issues and corporate transactions." (from Chambers USA 2016)

"M&A Deal of the Year" award in the "Healthcare/Life Sciences Deal of the Year (Over $250MM)" category as part of the 13th Annual M&A Advisor Awards

"Tennessee Firm of the Year" for Litigation by Benchmark 2015 U.S.

100 attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

Ranked in the top 200 of The National Law Journal's NLJ 350, 2014

Included in the top 10 of American Health Lawyers Association's largest healthcare firms in the nation list, 2016

Recommended as a United States firm for "M&A – Middle-Market (sub-$500M)" by The Legal 500 United States 2016

"In this age of consolidation in the legal market and the quest to become larger, we remain committed to being as large as our clients need us to be, committed to being an extraordinary law firm that delivers value and results to our clients." Todd Rolapp, Managing Partner

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