J. Leigh Griffith

Donna Weldon
615.850.8713 direct

In his 30 years of practicing tax and business law, Leigh Griffith—the leader of Waller's Tax practice and the Global Trade, Tax, and Investment Services group—has helped clients grow their businesses from the start-up stage to multimillion-dollar corporations. Transaction-oriented businesses, healthcare companies, private equity firms, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), and partnerships rely on Leigh's experience and counsel to structure their tax matters, which can range from a few million dollars to over $100 million. Colleagues and clients regularly turn to him for his deep knowledge of tax at the state, national, and global levels.

Leigh is also a sought-after seminar leader for continuing professional education programs and has a featured column, "The Pass Through Partner," in Taxes Magazine, published monthly by CCH Tax and Accounting. His background as a certified public accountant has contributed to groundbreaking legal work, including:

  • Creation of the first LLC in Tennessee
  • Development of the Double Holdco LLC structure for the home healthcare industry
  • Being named principal draftsman of the Tennessee LLC Act
  • Participating in the first insurance annuity combination securitization, recognized by the rating agencies as a new security and a new asset class

Excited by the intellectual challenges presented by the ever-changing landscape of tax laws, Leigh provides advice that "looks around the corner" and he "looks out the windshield rather than in the rear-view mirror."  


Best Lawyers recognizes Leigh in the categories of Government Relations Practice, Litigation & Controversy–Tax, and Tax Law. Leigh is also the sole Tennessee Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.


  • LL.M., New York University, 1977
  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1976
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Virginia, 1973
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
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