Faculty Profile: W. Phillips Jr.

W. Phillips Jr.Bass Berry & Sims PLC
Previous Courses Taught (2)
  • The Ethical Campaign: Compliance with Election Law
  • The Ethical Campaign

Brant Phillips, Jr is a Member of Bass, Berry & Sims. Brant Phillips has nearly 20 years of experience representing clients in complex business litigation and healthcare matters. As co-chair of the firm's Securities & Shareholder Litigation Practice Group, Brant has served as lead counsel to public and private companies and their directors in high-stakes securities and shareholder class actions, derivative actions and business fraud cases. Drawing on his background in public policy, Brant also routinely assists clients in proceedings before government boards and commissions, with a special focus on obtaining certificates of need and regulatory approvals for the establishment and operation of healthcare facilities and services.

Brant's practice involves: Certificate of Need & CON Hearings – Representing a wide array of healthcare providers – including ambulatory surgery centers, nonprofit hospitals, imaging centers, outpatient diagnostic centers, physician practice groups, rehabilitation centers and others – in connection with the regulatory approvals needed to proceed with new service lines or major capital projects. Recent projects include the approval of two $100 million proton beam therapy facilities being developed in Tennessee. Regulatory & Administrative Proceedings – In addition to CON proceedings, representing business interests in regulatory and administrative matters before state and federal agencies, including the Tennessee Ethics Commission, the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the Tennessee Department of Revenue, the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General and the federal Rural Utilities Service, among others. Securities & Shareholder Litigation – Representing public and private companies in securities and shareholder class actions, derivative actions and merger and acquisition litigation involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty and breach of securities laws.Business Disputes – Representing plaintiffs and defendants in a range of business disputes including business fraud, breach of contract, corporate and partnership dissolutions, as well as insurance disputes. Brant is the author of the chapter on Tennessee law found in Lobbying, PACs and Campaign Finance: 50 State Handbook (Thomson/West Publishing). He previously served as chief legal counsel to the Tennessee Democratic Party. Brant currently serves on the firm's seven-member Executive Committee. He also is involved with the firm's pro bono initiative and recently assisted in filing a successful petition for executive clemency on behalf of a Tennessee death row inmate.