James Sasser
Frost Brown Todd LLC
150 3rd Ave So Ste 1900
Nashville, TN 37201
Work Phone: (615)251-5564
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Gray Sasser serves as a member at Frost Brown Todd's Nashville office in the Business Combinations & Securities Group. His focus is in International Services, advising foreign companies growing the regional economy through direct investment in the U.S., while assisting American enterprises expand their global footprint. As former Senior Vice President for Congressional Affairs of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Sasser brings significant international and federal government experience offering strategic advice on navigating federal export and trade issues. Sasser currently teaches a course on Asia’s emerging economies as an adjunct at Belmont University. He previously served as chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party and has practiced law in Nashville, Houston and Beijing with Miller & Martin PLLC and Vinson & Elkins LLP. Representative matters have included: provided strategic and legal advice to regional and national companies entering or expanding operations in the People's Republic of China, including development of effective governmental affairs strategy, entity-selection and site-location, as well as evaluation of potential PRC partners; advised prominent national business organization advocating for United States trade and diplomatic engagement; advised Maryland medical equipment company in connection with obtaining federal government support for exports to Africa; assisted Tennessee-based high-tech equipment manufacturer in connection with federal export licensing issues; delivered presentation on doing business in China to Nashville bar organization; represented Kentucky and Tennessee telephone cooperatives in amendment of applicable Tennessee statues and related series of merger transactions; assisted major metropolitan hospital in obtaining Tennessee Attorney General's consent to non-profit merger; lead attorney in drafting and negotiating detailed transitional services agreements, coordinating two overseas signing ceremonies and supervising the work of European attorneys in connection with multi-jurisdictional sale of petrochemical assets for a leading international oil company; represented regional company specializing in counseling and treatment of troubled teens in sale of substantially all of its assets to a publicly-traded Texas healthcare company. Sasser is a board member of the Martha O'Bryan Center, and has also served as a Commissioner of the Tennesssee Historical Commission from 2005-2010 (appointed by Gov. Phil Bredesen).

Additional Information

TBA Membership Status: Member : 2014 - 2015
Legal Education: Vanderbilt Law School
Year Licensed: 1998
Year Licensed in Tennessee: 2001
Other Licenses: TX 98
Section Membership(s): Leadership Law Alumni, Business Law Section, Leadership Law Class of 2006, TBA Members, Special Committee on Law Practice by Foreign Lawyers
Practice Areas/Areas of Interest: Business Law, Government, International Law