Donald "Don" R. Moody

Dental and healthcare companies and private equity investors rely on Don Moody to advise them on their complex M&A, private equity and other corporate and healthcare transactions.  Don has served as lead or regulatory counsel in hundreds of healthcare and other DSO formations, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, venture capital financings, and securities offerings, in a variety of healthcare sectors -- including DSOs and dental groups, vision, dermatology, urology, women’s health, GI, urgent care, surgery centers, revenue cycle management, healthcare IT, prison health and surgical assistants.

Don is known as an advocate for clients and has served as outside general counsel for several companies. Clients and colleagues appreciate his creative problem-solving and work ethic.

Honors and Recognitions
Don was recently named one of “The 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry," by Incisal Edge magazine.  He has represented DSOs for almost 25 years and is active in and frequent speaker for the Association of Dental Support Organizations.  Don leads Waller’s DSO practice.

Both Chambers USA and Best Lawyers recognize Don as a leader in Corporate/M&A work.   

Don also represented Huron Capital Partners LLC in its private equity investment in Dynamic Dental Partners, which was recognized as the 2013 M&A Deal of the Year ($25mm to $50mm) at the Annual M&A Advisor Awards.  As a thought leader, Don is a sought-after speaker at national conferences and seminars. 



  • Company counsel to Lone Peak Management, LLC in its 2017 acquisition by Tailwind Capital, LLC
  • Company counsel to OrthoSynetics, Inc., a leading nationwide provider of non-clinical administrative services to orthodontic and pediatric dental practices, in its September 2016 acquisition by a private investment firm
  • Counsel to a private equity fund in its acquisition of a large DSO based in the Northeast
  • Counsel to Symbion Holdings Corporation in its $792 million acquisition by Surgery Center Holdings Inc., a portfolio company of H.I.G. Capital, LLC, in June 2014
  • Lead counsel to publicly traded healthcare company in its acquisition of a privately held company that provides software applications for physicians
  • Represented private equity fund in leveraged buyout and subsequent sale of dental management company
  • Represented privately held hospital company in its merger with the private equity-backed owner/operator of three acute care hospitals
  • Represented subsidiary of a publicly traded healthcare company in its acquisition of one of the country’s largest revenue cycle management companies
  • Represented healthcare company in sale of majority interest to a private equity fund
  • Represented consumer products company in various acquisitions in the United States and abroad


  • Member, Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member, Association of Dental Support Organizations
  • Member, ABA Merger and Acquisitions Committee
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association TBCA Revision Committee


  • J.D., summa cum laude, The University of Alabama School of Law, 1993
    • Order of the Coif
    • Alabama Law Review
  • M.B.A., Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Business, 1990
  • B.S., magna cum laude, University of North Alabama, 1985
  • Freed-Hardeman University

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  • Tennessee