George W. Bishop III

George Bishop has been representing healthcare and other clients in a variety of matters for over forty years. In the course of his career at Waller, he has extensive experience in:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures and syndications
  • Antitrust matters
  • Healthcare regulatory issues
  • Securities offerings
  • Venture capital financings

The depth of George's experience within the healthcare industry, along with his ability to fashion innovative solutions for difficult situations, is recognized well beyond his client base.

George has served as lead counsel on several hundred transactions involving a wide range of investor-owned and nonprofit healthcare providers. His transactional practice is national in scope. George has also traveled abroad on several healthcare trade missions, and advised the United Kingdom's Department of Health regarding possible revisions to the National Health Service.

George is a former Chairman of Waller and has also served as the head of both its corporate and healthcare practice groups.

George was involved in founding the Health Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association of which he served as the initial Chair. He was also the initial Chair of the Health Law Committee of the Nashville Bar Association and has served multiple terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the Nashville Health Care Council.

Honored by Best Lawyers and Chambers USA, George was also named one of the "101 Best Lawyers in Tennessee" by Business Tennessee. The Nashville Business Journal recognized his experience in its "Best of the Bar" and "Healthcare 100" listings, as well as by selecting him to be one of the first attorneys to be named a “Health Care Hero”. He is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.


  • Senior counsel on many acquisitions and divestitures of hospitals and health systems
  • Senior counsel on securities offerings and the formation of joint ventures involving a broad base of healthcare facilities and providers
  • Senior counsel for antitrust laws and other regulatory issues for multiple healthcare clients


  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America (Woodward White Inc.) for more than ten years
  • Currently listed in America's Leading Business Lawyers (Chambers & Partners)
  • Currently listed in "101 Best Lawyers in Tennessee" by Business Tennessee
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association, for which he served as the initial Chairman of the Health Law Section in 1989 and 1990
  • Member, Nashville Bar Association, for which he served as the initial Chairman of the Health Law Committee in 1989
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee
  • Named a “Health Care Hero” by the Nashville Business Journal in 2007
  • Former Member, Antitrust Section Task Force on Hospital Mergers of the American Bar Association
  • Former Member, National Membership Committee of the National Health Lawyers Association
  • Participant on several international healthcare trade missions to Europe and South America sponsored by the Nashville Health Care Council and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce


  • J.D., with highest honors, University of Tennessee, 1975
    • Order of the Coif
    • Outstanding Graduate of the Year
    • National Moot Court Team
    • Assistant Editor - Tennessee Law Review
    • Phi Kappa Phi
  • M.A., University of Oxford, Theology, 1973
  • B.A., cum laude, University of the South, 1970
    • Omicron Delta Kappa
    • Blue Key and Red Ribbon honor societies

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Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee

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When George is not practicing law, he enjoys writing poetry, playing golf, traveling and music. George has a special interest in 1960 folk songs and has written and performed a one-man show at a local Nashville venue. George spends family time with his wife and three daughters. He also enjoys attending University of Tennessee football games with his son.