James "Jay" H. Nixon III

From small companies needing big-picture advice, to publicly traded corporations involved in transformative transactions, Jay Nixon offers clients a down-to-earth, personal approach and a wealth of experience. Healthcare organizations, manufacturers and technology companies seek Jay’s assistance in areas such as:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Securities offerings and compliance
  • Corporate governance
  • Venture capital financing
  • Joint venture transactions

Boards of directors and board committees rely on Jay for strategic advice and counsel regarding corporate and securities issues, including offerings, governance, public company disclosure and periodic reporting requirements, Section 16 compliance, insider trading and strategic analysis.

Clients value Jay's ability to understand their needs and respond with timely and practical counsel. His successes include the representation of:

  • A leading publicly traded behavioral healthcare services provider in its review of strategic alternatives and eventual $3.1 billion sale to a strategic buyer
  • A publicly traded operator of ambulatory surgery centers in its $600 million acquisition by private equity funds; also represented the company in refinancing the debt incurred in the private equity transaction; and previously represented the company in its initial public offering and in various acquisition and development transactions
  • A leading healthcare services company in its acquisition of a private equity-owned competitor for total consideration of approximately $1.3 billion
  • A leading behavioral healthcare provider in financing transactions, including equity and debt offerings, raising approximately $2.0 billion used to acquire a leading independent provider of behavioral healthcare in the United Kingdom
  • A privately held producer of cost transparency and consumer engagement tools for employers and health plans in its $135 million acquisition by a private equity-owned competitor which provides revenue cycle management and health IT solutions


  • Represented a leading publicly traded alternative energy company in multiple securities, capital raising and strategic transactions, including registered offerings of equity securities as well as general corporate matters
  • Represented a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) in corporate and securities matters, including recent public equity and debt offerings and the establishment of equity sale programs. 
  • Represented a residential services provider from its formation through an initial public offering and its eventual sale to a strategic buyer
  • Advising publicly traded companies on compliance with securities laws including the Dodd-Frank Act, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, reporting obligations of publicly traded companies, responsibilities of the boards of directors and board committees, and other issues relevant to reporting companies
  • Represented healthcare companies and investors in the acquisition, development and syndication of multiple healthcare facilities including hospitals, surgery centers, senior living facilities, diagnostic imaging facilities and cancer treatment centers
  • Represented a national owner / operator of senior living facilities in the acquisition of a flagship facility in the Northeast
  • Represented a large owner and operator of rural healthcare facilities in the joint venture of several of its facilities
  • Represented a healthcare information technology company in multiple rounds of equity financing and advising the company on the sale of one of its lines of business


  • Member, Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
  • Member, Business Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member, Business Law and Health Law Sections of the American Bar Association
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association


  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Tennessee, 1995
    • Order of the Coif
    • Research Editor - Tennessee Law Review
  • B.A., cum laude, Wake Forest University, 1992

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  • Tennessee

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Jay enjoys outdoor activities including golf, tennis and camping.  He spends much of his free time trying to keep up with his three children and all of their activities.