A number of local law firms — some headquartered in Nashville, others with prominent offices here — are featured on BTI Consulting Group's recently published BTI Brand Elite ranking of top firms as seen by in-house counsel at many of the world's largest companies. Making the list are locally based firms Bass Berry & Sims and Waller. Ranked firms headquartered elsewhere but with a solid presence here include Adams and Reese, Baker Donelson, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Burr & Forman, Butler Snow, Frost Brown Todd, Nelson Mullins, Ogletree Deakins, Pillsbury Winthrop and Stites & Harbison.
The consultants' list — check out an executive summary here — features more than 200 firms that score well on recommendations, value delivered and innovation. Of note: The BTI team, which interviewed more than 500 in-house attorneys, did not prompt the lawyers with firm names. All mentions were unsolicited.
Mississippi-headquartered law firm Butler Snow O'Mara Stevens & Cannada made a heck of a statement last summer when it won the race to land dozens of attorneys looking to leave Miller & Martin. But by the looks of new Pinnacle at Symphony Place offices those attorneys have moved into, there are more statements to come. Butler Snow's space in the Pinnacle covers 46,000 square feet on the 15th and 16th floors and includes a conference center with more than 13,000 square feet of meeting space.
But it's the number of offices on those two floors that caught our eye. The firm is home to fewer than 50 local attorneys, but the Pinnacle footprint comprises 70 offices and can be expanded to about 110. Should Butler Snow grow to triple digits, it would be about the same size as Bradley Arant Boult Cummings and break into the region's top three.