Jeffrey "Jeff" A. Calk

Hospital systems value Jeff Calk's advice and counsel in keeping their business compliant during complex real estate transactions. His focus is on commercial and healthcare real estate, including acute care and behavioral hospitals, senior housing facilities, medical office buildings, and physician practices.

Healthcare regulatory laws and compliance are integral to real estate transactions between healthcare providers and referral sources; in the face of these complexities, Jeff works to make matters as simple as possible for the client, especially when navigating Stark Law and Anti-Kickback statute issues. An effective communicator, Jeff is solutions-oriented when advising clients on conducting their business.

Similarly, investors in healthcare real estate (whether medical office developers, healthcare REITS or physicians) seek Jeff's counsel in negotiating transactions with hospital systems.

On a day-to-day basis, Jeff handles a variety of matters, including:

  • Acquisition and development of medical office buildings
  • Transactions to monetize healthcare real estate assets
  • Needs of REITs in acquisitions, development projects, divestitures, financing transactions, and leasing transactions involving a wide range of healthcare facilities

Evidencing his depth of experience and knowledge in the healthcare real estate sector, Jeff serves as national leasing counsel for a publicly traded healthcare Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). Furthermore, Jeff has been recognized by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in the category of Real Estate Law. Jeff holds several leadership positions within the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association. With nearly 10,000 members from all segments of the healthcare industry across the United States, the Health Law Section is the voice of the national health law bar within the ABA.  


  • Represented hospital in the sale of portion of hospital campus in Missouri to third-party developer for senior housing community
  • Represented a North Carolina state hospital authority in the sale of land for development of on-campus medical office building by third-party developer
  • Represented hospital company in the sale of a closed hospital campus in California for a price of $24,000,000
  • Represented a publicly traded healthcare REIT in its acquisition of 15 medical office buildings in South Carolina and North Carolina for a price in excess of $160,000,000
  • Represented a publicly traded healthcare REIT in its acquisition of 4 medical office buildings in Texas for a price in excess of $69,500,000
  • Represented medical office building portfolio company in the purchase of four imaging centers in Tennessee, Alabama and North Carolina
  • Represented hospital in acquisition of land for replacement hospital in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
  • Represented hospital in acquisition of land for replacement hospital in Knox County, Tennessee
  • Represented hospital in purchase of medical office building in Kentucky


  • Member, Nashville, Tennessee, Georgia and American Bar Associations
  • Member, Health Law Section of the American Bar Association
    • Chair, Sponsorship Committee, 2018-2019
    • Vice Chair, Sponsorship Committee, 2017-2018
    • Vice Chair, Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law Conference Planning Committee, 2018-2019
    • Co-Chair, Membership Committee, 2014-2015
    • Vice Chair, Healthcare Facility Operations Interest Group, 2012-2015
    • Vice Chair, Revenue Committee, 2014-2015
    • Liaison, Section Officers Conference Membership Committee, 2014-2015
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association


  • J.D., with high honors, University of Tennessee, 1991
    • Order of the Coif
    • Articles Editor - Tennessee Law Review
  • B.S., magna cum laude, Belmont University, 1985
    • Kenneth B. Sidwell Award for the Best All-Around Student
    • Alpha Chi Honor Society

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Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • Georgia

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Jeff is a Nashville native and is married with two children. His hobbies include fishing and family. If he weren't practicing law, he would want to be a high school history teacher.