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Bass, Berry & Sims PLC


5 ranked lawyersBand 1TennesseeUSA 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Top-notch firm with an outstanding reputation for its wide-ranging civil litigation expertise. Well equipped to handle disputes in highly regulated industries, with notable strengths in financial services and healthcare cases. Demonstrates wider strengths in corporate disputes, including securities class and derivative actions, IP claims and privacy disputes. Also active in bankruptcy-related litigation.


One commentator states: "The advice is always timely and just what we need to achieve our goals."

Another source lauds that "they do good work and they're well respected in what they do."

Clients describe the team as "well versed in their subject matter and timely with their advice and summaries."

Work highlights

Defended Santek Environmental against allegations it violated the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act and Tennessee landfill statutes.

Represented Trinity Health in False Claims Act proceedings concerning an alleged violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute.

Notable practitioners

Britt Latham is recognized by market commentators for his expertise in securities and shareholder litigation. He comes highly recommended for his representation of clients facing big-ticket class actions and SEC enforcement proceedings.

Jeff Gibson frequently acts on healthcare and financial services lawsuits such as FCA matters and SEC investigations.
"He does an excellent job in developing the investigation plan and documenting it properly so all relevant information is captured." "Of all my outside counsel, Jeff Gibson is among the best at case management and administrative details."

Overton Thompson has an excellent track record in the commercial litigation space, offering additional strength in securities disputes and contentious IP matters.
"For many years Overton's been recognized as a very good lawyer." "He always does a good job."

Wallace Dietz focuses on assisting clients with matters involving bodies such as the DOJ and FTC, and also regularly handles securities litigation. He divides his time between Nashville and Washington, DC.
"He's sharp and fair and a really strong litigator; he's tough to shake - you see him on the other side and know the case is going to be a hard one." "He understands the legal and business issues, is very easy to deal with and has a very solid team behind him."

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Litigation Practice Summary

The Bass, Berry & Sims litigation practice is recognized for its deep bench, game-changing victories, value-based fee arrangements and high-quality service. With three locations in Tennessee that collaborate closely with the firm's Washington, D.C., office, our attorneys advance clients' business objectives, both in and out of the courtrooms across the country. 

Go-To Firm for Healthcare Disputes

Building on the firm's reputation in healthcare, the litigation practice handles complex disputes and investigations across sectors of the industry. The Bass, Berry & Sims Healthcare Fraud Task Force includes former members of the U.S. Department of Justice and a number of former Assistant U.S. Attorneys with significant experience handling healthcare fraud matters across the country. In addition, the firm battles on behalf of hospitals and other providers in their dealings with managed care companies and other payors.

Key Practice Areas

Our government investigations, intellectual property, securities litigation and other disputes practices also serve clients nationwide in complex and high-stakes cases. Practice areas include:

  • Antitrust.
  • Bankruptcy.
  • Broker-dealer and financial services.
  • Business disputes.
  • Compliance and government investigations.
  • Construction.
  • Environmental.
  • Government contracts.
  • Healthcare fraud and abuse.
  • Intellectual property.
  • Managed care.
  • Products liability and torts.
  • Privacy and cybersecurity.
  • Securities litigation.
  • Tax.
  • Trade controls.


Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD)

CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

Envision Healthcare Corp. (NYSE: EVHC) (formerly AmSurg)

Genesco Inc. (NYSE: GCO)

HCA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HCA)


Aerospace & defense



Financial services


Hospitality & leisure

Life sciences


Media & entertainment






Bass, Berry & Sims PLC


150 Third Avenue South

Suite 2800




TN 37201

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.


Litigation: General Commercial

Britt K Latham
Band 2
Overton Thompson III
Band 2
Wallace W Dietz
Band 3

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations

Jeff H. Gibson
Up and Coming
Wallace W Dietz
Band 1