Veteran Bass partner shifts to Hill squad

Attorney has been part of Frist, Haslam campaigns

Veteran lawyer Lee Barfield has joined Bass Berry & Sims' government advocacy team.

Barfield, a Bass partner since 1978, has been active in Tennessee Republican politics for three decades and has worked on campaigns of his brother-in-law, former U.S. Senate majority leader Bill Frist. He also helped raise money for Gov.-elect Bill Haslam and was on the state finance team for Fred Thompson's 2008 presidential run.

At Bass, Barfield represents a range of health care businesses and has been focused on insurance and managed care law. This year, he also has represented Chevron in a Nashville-based case involving the oil giant’s Ecuadoran operations.

In announcing Barfield’s move, Bass officials said he also is chairman of Tennesseans for Fair and Impartial Courts, a newly formed organization that supports retention elections for Tennessee's appellate court judges.

“Throughout his career, Lee has been keenly interested in tort reform, economic development and strategic privatization opportunities,” the firm said.

Barfield's move brings to six the number of attorneys in its government advocacy group, which is led by Dick Lodge and Erica Bell Vick.