E. Marlee Mitchell

Community banks, bank holding companies, institutional investors, REITs, investment advisors, and broker-dealers value Marlee Mitchell's counsel in critical matters involving regulatory compliance and capital-raising. Since the early days of her legal career at the Securities Division of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, Marlee has focused on the financial services sector. Today, financial institutions rely on her insight into the ever-changing regulatory framework within which they operate.

Marlee 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." Facing the unprecedented challenges of the global financial crisis, clients rely on Marlee's experience, commitment, and personal approach to address both day-to-day issues and long-term strategic objectives.

Marlee's capital-raising and corporate law experience includes:

  • Going-private transactions
  • Investment fund formation
  • Joint ventures
  • Mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
  • Private placements
  • Real estate securities offerings with an emphasis on public REITs and private real estate limited partnerships
  • TARP/CPP financings
  • Underwriting public securities offerings of equity and debt

Honors, Recognitions and Leadership

Marlee is ranked in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the category of Banking & Finance: Regulatory. She is also recognized by Best Lawyers in the categories of Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Corporate Law, and Securities/Capital Markets Law. Additionally, the Nashville Business Journal named Marlee in its 2017 "Best of the Bar" listing and she has recently been named a "2017 Mid-South Super Lawyer." Marlee serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy and as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Pet Community Center. She previously served as an Executive Committee Member of the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, Inc. and as Chair of the Board of Directors of Historic Rugby, Inc.


Malibu Boats, Inc. Announces Initial Public Offering

Malibu Boats, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBUU) successfully closed its initial public offering in early February 2014.  The company’s revenue exceeds $175 million, and 8.2 million shares were sold at $14 each.

Based in Loudon, Tennessee, Malibu Boats designs, manufactures, and sells performance sports boats, achieving the #1 market share position in the United States since 2010. Malibu’s boats are used for water sports, including water skiing, wakeboarding and wake surfing, as well as general recreational boating.

Read more and meet the Waller Team supporting the IPO >


  • Member, Committees on Federal Regulation of Securities and State Regulation of Securities, Business Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Former American Bar Association Liaison to the North American Securities Administrators Association Corporate Finance Section; Tennessee liaison to the State Regulation of Securities Committee
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association's Corporation and Business Law Section
  • Service Member, American Bankers Association
  • Member, Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society
  • Former Adjunct Professor teaching securities regulation, University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Ranked in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers  
  • Recognized in Tennessee’s Best 150 Lawyers (Business Tennessee), Nashville Best Lawyers
  • Recognized in the Nashville Business Journal's Best of the Bar Awards

Prior Affiliations

  • Staff Attorney, Securities Division, Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, 1986-1989


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Tennessee College of Law, 1983
  • B.A., Rhodes College, 1980

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee

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Marlee is a fancier of dogs of all shapes and sizes. Marlee cheers loudly for the Nashville Predators, and she enjoys her time spent in historic Rugby, Tennessee. She is also a self-described "collector of old stuff," notably stock certificates and books.