Jesse Neil is a veteran healthcare attorney whose background helps clients bridge two complex worlds - healthcare operations and public policy. He advises senior management and healthcare company boards regarding policy, governance and regulatory matters, and he serves as strategic counsel to healthcare providers throughout the United States.

Governmental, non-profit, and for-profit hospital boards rely on Mr. Neil to find solutions to their unique challenges. He has deep knowledge of guiding hospital systems through the merger, acquisition, and restructuring process to adapt governance and operations to today’s operating environment. He has unique experience managing the competing operational, financial, regulatory, and political issues that arise in these transactions. Mr. Neil also helps healthcare companies, investors, and lenders to avoid and address compliance issues related to the Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, False Claims Act, HIPAA, licensure requirements, and other state and federal healthcare laws.

Previously, Mr. Neil spent nearly a decade as a member of the in-house legal team at one of the largest publicly-traded hospital companies in the United States. As lead counsel for one of the company's three operating divisions, he provided day-to-day guidance to corporate departments, hospitals, clinics and ancillary service providers throughout the country. He also managed the company's public policy advocacy strategy. In this role, he monitored federal and state policy developments, advised the company on operational risks, and implemented strategies to position the company for success.

Mr. Neil has served as chair of the Tennessee Bar Association's Health Law Section. He was also previously appointed Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General. He led investigations into healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies with respect to regulatory compliance.

Representative Experience

  • Represented Erlanger Health System in its evaluation of future options and the passage of a new state law authorizing the hospital to change from a governmental entity to a private, not-for-profit hospital system
  • Represented Lincoln Health System in Tennessee in a partnership agreement with Huntsville Hospital system
  • Serve as Special Regulatory Counsel to a group of physician investors participating in a novel joint venture to design, develop, build and operate a state-of-the-art orthopedic hospital complex

  • Represented a specialty healthcare lender in negotiating, documenting and closing the credit facilities for a nationwide nursing home, including negotiating complex intercreditor arrangements
  • Represented Lorient Capital in its partnership with a Missouri-based, regional provider of long-term care, assisted living and geriatric services
  • Represented Physical Rehabilitation Network in its equity interest sale by Silver Oak Services Partners to Gryphon Investors
  • Represented Physical Rehabilitation Network (PRN) in its joint venture with MemorialCare on a network of nearly 20 full-service physical therapy centers

  • Represented Audax in its acquisition of South Florida ENT Associates
  • Assisted Capitol Pain Institute with selling a network of integrated pain management centers
  • Served as transaction and healthcare regulatory counsel to Desert Radiology in its acquisition by Radiology Partners
  • Represented Direct Radiology in the sale of its teleradiology platform to Royal Philips


  • University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Mississippi
  • Tennessee
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association Health Law Section, Past Chair
  • American Health Law Association
  • Davidson County Election Commission, Commissioner, 2016-2021
  • Montgomery Bell Academy, Alumni Board Member, 2012-present