Bass forms government contracts group

Firm recruits D.C.-based Hogan Lovells partner to lead initiative

Bass Berry & Sims has hired a partner from a global law firm to chair a newly formed government contracts practice group.

Todd Overman is working from Bass’ Washington, D.C., office, which was set up about two years ago. He joined the firm from the D.C. outpost of Hogan Lovells, a powerhouse with more than 2,500 attorneys in 40 offices around the world. (Bass recruited several others from Hogan Lovells in the summer of 2012.) He has more than a decade of experience advising companies on doing business with the federal government, combining regulatory and compliance advice with transactional work. His work has focused on the aerospace, defense and health care industries, among others, and he has been involved in more than 40 acquisitions or sales of contractors since 2010.

Also part of the new government contracts group at Bass are five Nashville-based attorneys, including veterans Lee Barfield and Dick Lodge.

“Our strategic decision to form the group was based entirely upon client needs and requests,” said Managing Partner Todd Rolapp. “We are incredibly fortunate that Todd Overman will join us to lead this expansion of our firm’s capabilities. We know that his sincere commitment to quality legal work and client service is consistent with our standard, and we are more than pleased to welcome him to the firm.”