SOURCE: Waller


February 04, 2015 11:29 ET

Waller Adds 11 Attorneys, Expands Several Core Practice Groups

Law Firm Adds Depth to Real Estate, Finance and Restructuring, Labor and Employment, Healthcare Compliance and Operations, and Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practices

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwired - Feb 4, 2015) - Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP today announced the growth of several key practice groups. The firm has added 11 new attorneys to the following practices:

  • Real Estate (one partner, one counsel, two associates);
  • Finance and Restructuring (one counsel, one associate);
  • Labor and Employment (one associate);
  • Healthcare Compliance and Operations (one counsel, two associates); and
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution (one associate)

"In response to the needs of our clients, we continue to experience tremendous growth in practices that are core strengths of our firm," said Matt Burnstein, chairman of Waller. "These talented attorneys will add to the depth and breadth of our firm as we continue to expand in scope and capability. They will be an immediate asset to our clients and we are excited to welcome them to our team."


J. Bryan Echols, partner, represents commercial and residential real estate developers in complex annexation, zoning and other land use matters. He successfully obtained zoning approval for the Westhaven and Berry Farms mixed-use developments as well as Lockwood Glen, Barclay and numerous other residential development projects. Echols earned his J.D. in 1981 from Vanderbilt University Law School. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and served in the Air Force for 22 years as an Air Force Judge Advocate. Among his assignments, he served as the Department of the Air Force Office of the General Counsel representative during the 1995 Base Realignment and Closure Commission process, and as counsel to the Office of Military Cooperation in the American Embassy in Kuwait. Prior to joining Waller, Echols was a member in the Nashville offices of Dickinson Wright PLLC and Stites & Harbison PLLC.

A.J. Reed, counsel, helps real estate developers, owners and operators of commercial properties and real estate lenders to get deals closed. Reed's extensive experience includes commercial real estate development and finance, retail and healthcare leasing, government zoning issues, build-to-suit retail and commercial projects and construction contracting. He has also represented municipal governments and major private developers on urban renewal projects. He earned his J.D. in 2006 from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and received a B.S. in 2003 in accounting from Union University.

Nick Mann, associate, assists clients with leasing transactions, the acquisition of real property, title and survey matters, and the negotiation and drafting of a wide variety of commercial real estate documents. Mann also performs real estate due diligence for corporate transactions involving the acquisition and disposition of real property sites. He earned his J.D. in 2012 from the University of Dayton School of Law and received a B.S. in 2009 in Public Affairs from Indiana University-Bloomington.

M. Andrew Cornwell, associate, works with a wide range of clients with the real estate components of transactional matters. He assists a publicly traded healthcare company with hospital and health system acquisitions and with leasing arrangements involving medical office buildings and healthcare facilities throughout the United States. Cornwell provides real estate counsel to a healthcare specialty lender in commercial finance transactions, and he has assisted a Nashville-based property management company in the sale of commercial real estate assets. He earned his J.D., with honors, in 2013 from Emory University School of Law and received B.A. and B.S. degrees in Earth and Ocean Science and Economics in 2010 from Duke University.


Robert J. Welhoelter, counsel, represents companies faced with insolvency and the prospect of bankruptcy -- as well as lenders and guarantors involved with insolvent businesses. He successfully represented multiple landlords in a restaurant chain bankruptcy, with each lease having been assumed, and also represented a national restaurant franchisor in litigation regarding its claims against a bankrupt franchisee. In addition to his bankruptcy and restructuring experience, clients also engage Welhoelter in complex litigation and commercial disputes outside of the bankruptcy sphere. He earned his J.D. in 2002 from Vanderbilt University Law School and received a B.A. in 1999 in Mathematics from Yale University. Welhoelter practiced as an associate at Waller from 2005 to 2009 and maintained a solo practice from 2009 through 2014 before rejoining the firm.

Tyler N. Layne, associate, assists commercial finance firms in negotiating and structuring credit facilities with mid-market companies in healthcare and other industries. He also represents lenders in bankruptcy and restructuring engagements, including out-of-court workouts. In addition, Layne works with distressed companies that are considering filing for bankruptcy protection. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2012 from Georgetown University Law Center and received a B.A., summa cum laude, in 2009 in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before joining Waller, Layne was an associate in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.


Brittany R. Stancombe, associate, represents healthcare employers, manufacturers, transportation companies, and financial institutions in all aspects of federal and state court litigation involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful discharge. Stancombe also assists employers drafting non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and obtaining temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions against former employees who violate the contractual terms of those agreements. Additionally, Stancombe assists clients in developing employee policies and handbooks. She earned her J.D., cum laude, in 2012 from Samford University Cumberland School of Law and received a B.A., summa cum laude, in 2009 in History from Samford University.


Brandy Schnautz Mann, counsel, represents healthcare providers in administrative actions brought by governmental agencies and licensing boards and in matters related to Medicare and Medicaid coverage and reimbursement. She also advises drug and medical device developers and distributors on compliance with FDA and state regulations. Additionally, her experience includes reviewing transactions for potential violations of federal and state anti-kickback and self-referral laws and regulations, and corporate practice of medicine concerns. Mann also assists clients regarding statutory and regulatory requirements and Medicare conditions of participation governing hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and long-term care providers. She earned her J.D., with honors, in 2006 from The University of Texas School of Law and received a B.A., magna cum laude, in 1998 in History and Archaeology from The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining Waller, Mann was an associate with Jackson Walker, LLP and Vinson & Elkins, LLP in Austin, Tex.,

Blake Lauren Walsh, associate, focuses her legal practice on healthcare regulatory compliance and operations. Her experience includes assisting with change of ownership filings and license applications required in healthcare mergers and acquisitions. She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, in 2014 from the University of Maryland School of Law and received a B.A. in 2009 in History of Science and Medicine from Yale University.

Daniel C. Patten, associate, assists clients with change of ownership filings and other regulatory aspects of healthcare mergers and acquisitions. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2014 from Belmont University College of Law and received a B.A. in 2009 in Anthropology from Wake Forest University.


Taylor J. Askew, associate, assists in disputes involving trade secrets and other intellectual property assets. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2014 from the University of Tennessee College of Law and received a B.S., summa cum laude, in 2010 in Political Science from Tennessee Technological University.

About Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP

With approximately 200 attorneys in Nashville and Memphis, Tenn., Birmingham, Ala., and Austin, Tex., Waller assists clients in complex transactional, regulatory and litigation matters. The firm has built a national reputation for its work in healthcare, financial services, retail and hospitality, and this experience extends to manufacturing, real estate, technology and other industries. For more information, please visit

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