Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

Private Wealth Law Department

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Bass, Berry & Sims has "an excellent reputation in the market" and the firm comes "highly recommended" for trusts and estates matters. One source reports: "They handle complicated matters very well - I would go there for a really complicated matter."

One interviewee comments on the firm's client service, stating: "They care about clients to a level that I have not seen at other firms in Tennessee." Another says that they have "worked with them for a long time and continue to do so," explaining: "We trust them and we are confident in the work that they do."

Notable practitioners

Blaine Smith assists high net worth clients on a range of private wealth matters, including estate planning. He also considered as "very strong" for probate and fiduciary litigation. Interviewees describe Smith as "very good at problem solving,""responsive," and "very knowledgeable." One source comments that he has a "great demeanour with clients," and another says: "He has a way of explaining things in layman's terms, he can approach technical and complex estate planning matters but make it very understandable and relatable to the client."

James Gooch has an excellent reputation in Tennessee for his private client work. One source describes him as the "dean of estate planning,""a true delight" and "the man who created the practice." Another adds that he is "an exceptional estate planner" and "one of a kind." A third interviewee reports that "James is very wise, and he has been doing estate planning for a long time. He is very personable and works well with clients. He is also very creative with planning, he definitely wants to make sure that we come up with the best solution for the client."

Nashville lawyer Michael Sontag is regarded as "one of the best tax attorneys in the city." A source notes that "his knowledge of sophisticated estate planning tools is very helpful for ultra high net worth clients." Another praises Sontag's client skills, stating: "Problem solving and communication are his top skills - many cannot explain plans to the client but this is where Michael is different. He follows up and helps execute the strategy." One interviewee describes Sontag as "great, a workhouse, an expert in the field," adding that "clients love him."