Eric Scalzo is a healthcare attorney in Holland & Knight's Nashville office. Mr. Scalzo focuses his practice on physician practice management companies, with a particular focus on dental support organizations (DSOs), representing large practice groups and DSOs.

Mr. Scalzo represents private equity clients, portfolio companies and founder physicians and dentists in the formation, acquisition, growth and sale of physician group practices and portfolio companies in the practice management space.

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Scalzo presents regularly around the country on legal and regulatory issues affecting DSOs.

Previously, Mr. Scalzo served as deputy general counsel and director of compliance and administration at a leading dental support organization, providing support and administrative services to nearly 50 affiliated practices across eight states. In this role, he managed day-to-day legal, corporate and compliance issues, including ensuring enterprise-wide compliance with corporate practice laws, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules, Medicaid requirements and other state reporting requirements.

In addition, Mr. Scalzo reviewed employee and independent contractor compensation structures to ensure compliance with state anti-kickback and fee-splitting laws and negotiated administrative service agreement compliance with affiliated dental practice owners. He also assisted in screening potential acquisitions and other growth opportunities for practice owners and advised practice owners with regard to state regulatory and licensing board investigations on behalf of dental practices.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Scalzo gained valuable experience as an associate with a multinational law firm, where he advised clients on various healthcare regulatory issues.

Representative Experience

  • Served as lead counsel to an Arkansas-based dental support organization (DSO) in its sale to a DSO that supports numerous pediatric dental and orthodontic practices
  • Advised Light Wave Dental regarding its long-term management arrangement with Triangle Family Dentistry, which created one of the Mid-Atlantic’s fastest growing dental groups
  • Advised Light Wave Dental in its partnership with CarolinasDentist, a dental group in North Carolina
  • Represented MACC Academy in the formation of Branin Dental Group
  • Represented Marquee Dental Partners in its affiliation with two practices – Shabo Smile Dental Studio in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Dr. Jeffrey Weissman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in the Birmingham, Alabama, suburb of Mountain Brook
  • Represented Mid-Atlantic Dental Partners in its acquisition of DentalOne Partners and assisted with regulatory compliance and corporate matters related to the transaction
  • Represented Pedia LLC in its sale to Redwood Dental
  • Served as lead company counsel to a pediatric dental company based in California in its sale to one of the nation's largest dental providers
  • Represented Phelps Gate Partners in its affiliation with Nevada-based Champagne Family Dentistry Platform
  • Served as lead counsel to Riccobene Central Services, a North Carolina DSO and dental group, in its recapitalization with The Beekman Group, a New York City‐based private equity firm

  • Advised a private equity-backed practice management company in its acquisition of an urgent care company that operates seven facilities in upstate New York
  • Represented engineering firm Stone & Howorth in its sale to Alfred Benesch, a leading professional services firm based in Nashville, Tennessee


  • William & Mary Law School, J.D.
  • Siena College, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New York
  • Tennessee
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Health Care Law, 2022-2024
  • Rising Star, Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine, 2020-2021


Speaking Engagements