M. Leanna Degenhart

Leanna Degenhart is a transactional attorney with extensive experience assisting in the structuring and closing of complex mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, recapitalizations and divestitures in the healthcare industry.  Healthcare information technology companies, tax-exempt and investor-owned health systems, and physician groups benefit from her insight and acumen in both buy- and sell-side transactions. Additionally, her transactional experience includes extensive corporate and healthcare regulatory due diligence and incorporating healthcare-specific representations and warranties in purchase agreements.

Prior to joining Waller, Leanna gained extensive transactional and healthcare regulatory experience as an associate in the Atlanta office of Morris Manning & Martin. Leanna is licensed in Georgia and is practicing in Tennessee subject to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 7, Article V, Section 5.01(g) pending admission to practice in Tennessee.


  • Associate counsel representing a leading provider of healthcare products in multiple transactional matters, including:
    • The $145 million acquisition of a distributor of specialty pharmaceuticals
    • The $30 million acquisition of a healthcare revenue cycle management company
    • The $28 million acquisition of a leading provider of hospital pharmacy cost containment and revenue cycle management services
    • The $5 million asset sale of a healthcare information technology company focused on ambulatory healthcare services
  • Associate counsel representing a health system in its $200 million joint venture with an owner/operator of ambulatory surgery centers in partnership with local physicians and an physician-owned acute care hospital
  • Associate counsel representing a tax-exempt health system in its $200 million divestiture
  • Associate counsel representing a leading provider of outsourced anesthesia management and physician recruitment services in its $30 million recapitalization by a private equity fund
  • Represented a company specializing in the design and development of recruitment, selection, hiring and retention software in its $10 million merger with a provider of talent management software solutions
  • Associate counsel representing an oil and gas pipeline company in its $8 million stock purchase by a leading provider of automation, commercial and residential solutions
  • Associate counsel representing a company specializing in revenue security for digital television services in its $3.5 million asset purchase of a multi-screen video analytics company


  • Member, State Bar of Georgia
    • Young Lawyers Division
    • Health Lawyers Division
  • Member, Georgia Hospital Association
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association

Prior Affiliations

  • Associate, Morris Manning & Martin, LLP, Atlanta, Ga., 2013-2018
  • Contract Specialist, Procurement and Grants Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga., 2012-2013
  • Private Client Associate, Bernstein Global Wealth Management, New York, N.Y., 2006-2009


  • J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, 2012
    • Board Member, Health Law Society, 2011-2012
    • Member, Health Law Society, 2010-2012
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Georgia, Economics, 2005
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001-2003
    • National Society of Collegiate Scholars - UNC Chapter

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  • Georgia