John D. Claybrook

Healthcare clients rely on John Claybrook for his guidance regarding compliance issues related to their real estate transactions. The unique regulatory environment in which John practices has a significant impact on healthcare real estate transactions, and clients value John's significant depth and breadth of experience in a wide array of real estate transactions. John strives to exceed his clients expectations and works to ensure that their matters are handled professionally and efficiently.

John  represents various investor-owned and tax-exempt healthcare service providers, including:

  • Cancer treatment centers
  • Dialysis, diagnostic imaging
  • In-patient hospice facilities
  • Outpatient surgery centers
  • Owner/operators of acute-care and specialty hospitals

John's career as a litigator in Washington, D.C. and his work prior to law school as an aide to former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker had a significant impact on his current practice. These prior experiences taught John how complex and time-consuming the legal process can be, but also taught him the value of bringing parties together to a compromise, a skill that he applies to his real estate transaction matters today.

John's dedication to his practice has earned him recognition from Best Lawyers in the category of Real Estate Law.


  • Senior Counsel for national investor-owned healthcare provider dealing with a wide range of healthcare transactional matters
  • Senior Counsel for multiple investor-owned healthcare providers in Stark, Anti-Kickback and HIPAA matters
  • Representing local, regional and national healthcare service providers on development, acquisitions, divestitures, leasing and financing



  • Member, Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
  • Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law sections of the American Bar Association
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association

Prior Affiliations

  • Aide to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Howard H. Baker, Jr., 1982-85
  • Attorney, Howrey & Simon, Washington, D.C., 1988-90


  • J.D., University of Virginia, 1988
    • Editorial Board of the Virginia Journal of International Law
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1982

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • Virginia

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When he is not practicing law, John enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife and three daughters. John also plays golf and tennis, and is an avid University of Virginia sports fan.