Leigh Walton joined Bass, Berry & Sims PLC in May of 1979, and was named a Member of the firm in 1984. Leigh is a former co-chair of the firm's Healthcare Practice Group and is also active in corporate and securities law matters. Her work with public companies includes securities, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters. For healthcare clients, she assists in the acquisition of hospital systems, devises business collaborations among providers, coordinates financing transactions and develops innovative responses to the rapidly evolving healthcare regulatory landscape. She led the firm's healthcare regulatory team when Bass, Berry & Sims PLC represented HCA Inc. in its 2006 sale to a consortium of private equity buyers, and in HCA’s public offering completed in March 2011.
Leigh is active in the American, Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations; she is immediate past chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee, Business Law Section of the ABA, which has more than 4,000 members in 40 countries on five continents. She lectures annually at the ABA's Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Institute, at the Northwestern University School of Law's Securities Regulation Institute, and at New York City Bar Association’s Annual Institute on Corporate, Securities and Related Aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions. She also participates regularly in other seminars and programs on healthcare, corporate and securities law matters. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University Law School teaching a class on M&A Deal Dynamics. She is a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation and is a former co-chair of the Transactions Affinity Group of the American Health Lawyers Association Business Law and Governance Practice Group. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.
Leigh is listed in The International Who's Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers, The International Who's Who of Merger & Acquisition Lawyers, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Who's Who in American Law, Mid-South Super Lawyers 2006-13, Best Lawyers® (Nashville Securities Lawyer of the Year for 2010), Lawdragon 500, Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon 500 Dealmakers and Chambers USA. She has also been listed in the Nashville Business Journal's "Healthcare 100" and "Best of the Bar," as well as Nashville Post’s "Nashville’s 101 Top Lawyers" and "In Charge." Leigh received a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia, and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was a member of Order of the Coif and the National Moot Court Team.