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Brian R. Browder

Partner, Immediate Past Chair, Healthcare Department
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Brian Browder has earned a reputation within the healthcare industry for making difficult deals happen. Clients praise his understanding of their businesses and management philosophies, and they highlight his instrumental role in helping them achieve their objectives. Over the past 15 years, Brian has served as lead counsel in complex healthcare mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and private equity investments with an aggregate value of more than $3.5 billion. 

Brian’s experience ranges from the acquisition or sale of individual hospitals and facilities to high-profile transformative transactions. Recently, he served as special healthcare, real estate and diligence counsel to Ventas Inc. in connection with its purchase and lease back of the real property associated with the operations of Ardent Healthcare. Previously, Brian served as lead counsel to LifePoint Health in the formation of a joint venture with Duke University Health System to assemble a dynamic network of hospitals and healthcare providers. Since 2011, the Duke LifePoint joint venture has grown into a system of 12 regional hospitals across North Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Throughout his career, Brian has been integral in the creation of joint ventures involving investor-owned healthcare providers and tax-exempt health systems and academic medical centers. With experience representing for-profit entities as well as non-profit organizations in strategic joint ventures, Brian has successfully navigated the challenges involved in merging different cultures to build successful long-term collaborations.

Brian is recognized for his healthcare experience in numerous professional and industry publications. Chambers USA underscored his “financial acumen” and noted that he is “commended for the expert counsel he provides to corporate healthcare clients regarding acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures.” Best Lawyers recognizes Brian in the category of healthcare law, and the Nashville Business Journal celebrated him as one of its Health Care Heroes. Additionally, and he is listed in Nashville Medical News' 2015 InCharge Healthcare, "a compilation of key decision-makers and thought leaders across Middle Tennessee's expansive healthcare industry." In 2009, Brian was recognized in the Nightingale's Healthcare News list of Outstanding Young Healthcare Lawyers. 

Brian is the former chair of Waller's Healthcare Department, a multi-disciplinary team of more than 100 attorneys, and he has spoken extensively at a wide range of healthcare industry conferences on transactional issues such as:

  • Joint ventures
  • Buy-sell agreements
  • Asset purchase agreements
  • Stock purchase agreements
  • Due diligence issues

 

 

Education
  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1994
  • B.S.B.A., Georgetown University, Accounting, 1991
Bar Admissions
  • Tennessee

 

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