Bass, Berry & Sims PLC Expands; Adds Seven Members, 10 Associates

Jan 26, 2010, 14:28 ET from Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

NASHVILLE, Tenn. and MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, a corporate law firm based in Tennessee, announced today its election of seven members as well as the addition of 10 associate attorneys.

The firm's expansion underscores its persistently strong performance despite the ongoing challenges facing the legal marketplace.

"We are delighted to celebrate the addition to the firm of such a talented, experienced group of new partners and diverse and impressive group of associates," said Keith Simmons, managing partner.  "Our most important job is to add value to our clients' businesses.  We do it by hiring, training, and promoting highly talented and motivated people.  This group is extraordinary."  

The attorneys promoted to member are:

Scott W. Bell (Nashville) focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance, and other domestic and international financial and commercial matters.  Bell previously practiced at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in Washington, D.C.  He earned a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in Economics and English from Vanderbilt University.  

Christopher Y. Chi (Nashville) focuses on mergers and acquisitions, financings and corporate governance. Chi previously practiced at O'Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles. He earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. in history and literature from Harvard University. Chi is a board member of the Tennessee Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Mary Beth Fortugno (Nashville) concentrates on the acquisition and disposition of hospitals, hospices and surgery centers and other complex healthcare matters. She previously served as operations counsel for IASIS Healthcare where she provided regulatory advice to hospitals and oversaw healthcare litigation matters. She graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School, earned a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and an M.S. from Florida State University.

John S. Seehorn (Nashville) focuses on commercial lending, secured transactions, real estate and general commercial law. Seehorn graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law and received a B.S. in engineering management from the United States Military Academy. He previously served with the 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Stanley, Korea, the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, and the 3rd Infantry Division at Hunter Army Airfield.

T. Gaillard (Gil) Uhlhorn, V (Memphis) concentrates his practice on real estate and financial transactions. He earned a J.D. from the University of Tennessee and a B.A. from Washington & Lee University.

Kathryn Hannen Walker (Nashville) focuses on complex commercial litigation, data management and e-discovery issues. Prior to attending law school, she was an art historian and art curator. She earned a J.D. and a M.A. from Vanderbilt University, and a B.A. from Augustana College.

Kristen Collier Wright (Memphis) focuses on complex commercial and bankruptcy litigation, emphasizing banking, intellectual property, business restructuring and bankruptcy. She is licensed to practice law in both Tennessee and Arkansas and serves on the firm's Law School Recruiting and the Professional Development Committees. She earned a J.D. and a B.A. from the University of Arkansas. Wright is the mother of 4-year-old twins.

The firm's 10 new associates are Sarah Bogni, J. Taylor Chenery, Meredith L. Edwards, Lauren M. Gaffney, Stephen D. Hargraves, Charles G. Jarboe, Gabrielle A. Lewis, Emoke K. Pulay, Justin Thomas Starling and Aryn C. Subhawong.

About Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

With more than 200 attorneys representing numerous publicly-traded companies and Fortune 500 businesses, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has been involved in some of the largest and most significant business transactions and litigation matters in the country.  For more information, visit

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