Assistant U.S. attorney returns to Bass

Health care specialist oversaw nine government lawyers

Former Bass Berry & Sims partner Matt Curley has returned to the firm from a stint in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Curley had served as an assistant U.S. attorney and chief of the local office’s civil division for about a year. He supervised and coordinated the U.S. Attorney’s civil enforcement efforts, which focused on health care fraud cases brought under the False Claims Act.

At Bass, he will again be a partner in the firm’s compliance and government investigations practice group, which has in the past two years also added Eli Richardson, the former criminal chief for the local U.S. Attorney’s Office, and John Kelly, a former assistant chief for health care fraud in the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Kelly is based in Washington, D.C., and is managing partner of Bass’ office there.

After graduating from Vanderbilt University School of Law, Curley was a law clerk for Judge Michael S. Kanne of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He also is an adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt.