Walter Neilsen is a real estate attorney in Holland & Knight's Nashville office. Mr. Neilsen advises healthcare real estate investment trusts (REITs), hospital systems and other healthcare providers in real estate transactions. From the C-suites of publicly traded companies, to local property managers and leasing officers, his professionalism and his personal approach are appreciated across all levels of the organizations with which he works. Clients benefit from his extensive experience and his ability to close deals.

Mr. Neilsen also provides effective insight into the intersection between healthcare real estate transactions and the federal Stark law, anti-kickback statutes and other regulatory hurdles. He serves as national leasing counsel for a publicly traded healthcare REIT, and assists healthcare providers with the development of medical office buildings (MOBs), including the negotiation of long-term leases with third-party developers and the preparation of agreements governing the future use and operation of these properties.

Mr. Neilsen is past chair of the regulatory compliance section for the annual Builders Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Medical Office Building and Healthcare Facilities Conference. He has been a frequent speaker at this conference, and has also been a speaker at other healthcare real estate conferences. Mr. Neilsen is the past chair of the Real Estate Affinity Group for the American Health Law Association (AHLA).

Most recently, Mr. Neilsen addressed the impact on healthcare reform with respect to Stark compliance. He has been published in Medical Office Today on the impact of use restrictions in MOB leases.


  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.S., Economics
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Tennessee
  • Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA)
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)
  • National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT)
  • American Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Real Estate Law, 2020-2024