Marlee Mitchell is a corporate and finance attorney in Holland & Knight's Nashville office. Financial service providers and institutional investors value Ms. Mitchell's counsel in critical matters involving capital markets and regulatory compliance. Since the early days of her legal career at the Securities Division of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, she has focused on the financial services sector. Today, financial institutions rely on her insight into the ever-changing regulatory framework within which they operate.

Ms. Mitchell strives to help clients solve difficult problems that are unique to the financial services industry, while never losing sight of her personal motto, "work hard and be kind." Clients rely on her experience, commitment and personal approach to address both day-to-day issues and long-term strategic objectives.

Ms. Mitchell's corporate and securities practice experience includes:

  • underwritten public securities offerings of equity and debt
  • real estate securities offerings with an emphasis on public real estate investment trusts (REITs) and private real estate limited partnerships
  • private placements
  • mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
  • joint ventures
  • going-private transactions
  • investment fund formation

Previously, Ms. Mitchell served as an adjunct professor teaching securities regulation at the University of Tennessee College of Law. She also served as the American Bar Association Liaison to the North American Securities Administrators Association Corporate Finance Section as well as the Tennessee liaison to the State Regulation of Securities Committee.


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Rhodes College, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Tennessee
Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Committees on Federal Regulation of Securities and State Regulation of Securities
  • First Farmers and Merchants Corporation, Board Member
  • First Farmers and Merchants Bank, Board Member
  • Women Corporate Directors
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Corporation and Business Law Section
  • American Bankers Association, Service Member
  • Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society
  • Nashville Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Tennessee State Parks Conservancy, Board of Directors, Chair
  • Pet Community Center, Board of Directors, Chair
  • Historic Rugby, Inc., Executive Committee; Former Board Chair
  • Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, Inc., Board of Directors; Former Executive Committee Member and Corporate Secretary; 2020 National Council Delegate
  • Leadership Nashville, Class of 2018; Leadership/Logistics Committee for the 2019 Class; 2020 Strategic Planning Committee
  • YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter Pet Kennel Committee
  • Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue, Inc., Volunteer


Honors & Awards
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide, Banking & Finance: Regulatory (Tennessee), 2003-2009, 2017-2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Corporate Law, 2006-2024; Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2010-2024; Securities / Capital Markets Law, 2011-2024
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine, Securities and Corporate Finance, 2006-2023; Mergers & Acquisitions, 2022, 2023
  • Cable ATHENA Award Nominee, 2017