Bass establishes pharma practice in Memphis

Ex-Accredo Health chief counsel moving over from Baker

Law firm Bass Berry & Sims is establishing a new pharmaceutical practice division at its Memphis office.

The firm, headquartered in Nashville, has tapped Michael Hess, a former chief counsel and vice president of strategic development at Accredo Health Group, to lead the new practice. Most recently, Hess led the drug, device and life sciences team at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz for more than three years.

Shannon Wiley, who is based in Bass' Memphis office, also will join the specialty pharmacy, pharma services and distribution division as well.

"As clients face the increasingly complex regulatory landscape within the pharmaceutical industry, we are excited to respond to their needs by adding Mike Hess, a true legal leader in the speciality pharmacy industry," Todd Rolapp, managing partner, said in a release. "With experience as both a specialty pharmacy executive and attorney, Mike is well versed in balancing legal and business issues to serve clients' needs and further their business objectives."

Hess' practice at Bass will focus on pharmaceutical trade and distribution for speciality pharmacies, drug manufacturers, wholesalers and group purchasing organizations. Wiley's practice focuses on the pharmaceutical supply chain and reimbursement services.

"The additions of Mike and Shannon greatly expand our firm's capabilities and advance our shared commitment to the highest quality of legal work and client service," Rolapp said.

Bass is home to more than 200 attorneys at offices in Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville and Washington, D.C.