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W. Kenneth "Ken" Marlow

Partner, Board of Directors, Healthcare Department Chair
Carla Shewmaker
615.850.8881 direct

Healthcare companies growing strategically through acquisitions and joint ventures place their trust in Ken Marlow because he gets deals done. Ken has guided clients through more than 50 acute care hospital transactions with an aggregate value of more than $8 billion.  Healthcare providers across the country have engaged Ken to form numerous joint ventures among hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers.  Ken also provides counsel to a publicly traded Fortune 500 healthcare company in strategic acquisitions across the post-acute care spectrum including skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice care providers. Two recent transactions of note include the representation of a tax-exempt health system in its 2017 merger with another 501(c)(3) healthcare organization in a transaction that created one of the country’s largest not-for-profit health systems, and the representation of a financially troubled county-owned hospital in Pennsylvania in its acquisition by a privately held hospital management company based in Florida.

Additionally, Ken advises boards of directors and boards of trustees on corporate governance matters, including their fiduciary obligations and roles as trustees of charitable assets. He has also represented accountable care organizations approved by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services under its Medicare shared savings program. In addition, he has served as counsel in more than 100 syndications of ambulatory surgery centers, dialysis centers and other outpatient facilities. Ken regularly speaks on a range of healthcare topics at national conferences, including The Governance Institute, Home Care 100 and the National Association for Home Care and Hospice.

Honors and Leadership

Ken is the Chair of Waller’s Healthcare Department which comprises more than 180 attorneys who focus their practices on various aspects of healthcare law and has been recognized nationally by Chambers USA. Ken is also recognized for his individual healthcare experience by Chambers USA, and his reputation within the healthcare industry led to his appointment to the Board of Directors of Leadership Health Care. Additionally, Ken was named a Health Care Hero by the Nashville Business Journal, and he has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal regarding hospital transactions. He is known for his ability to bring people and businesses together to structure, document and execute deals, and clients value his cooperative nature and team approach to overcoming complex issues. Ken currently serves on Waller's Board of Directors.

  • J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law, 1996
    • Recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award of Excellence in the studies of Appellate Advocacy and Contract Drafting
    • Research Editor - Tennessee Law Review; American Judicature Society
  • B.A., cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 1992
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