MaryEllen S. Pickrell

Partner, Coordinator, Firm-wide Attorney Development, Co-Practice Group Leader, Corporate
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When acquiring hospitals, healthcare facilities or physician practices, healthcare companies and hospital systems value MaryEllen Pickrell's insight into the business side of transactional matters. With a strong corporate background, MaryEllen provides real-world, strategic advice to companies on structuring myriad complex transactions in compliance with healthcare regulatory laws.

MaryEllen advises providers on alignment strategies including the acquisition and divestiture of healthcare facilities, joint ventures with health systems, physicians and other healthcare providers, physician practice acquisitions, and regulatory issues. Her extensive experience includes:

  • Acquisitions of tax-exempt facilities subject to state attorney general review
  • Purchases of distressed facilities
  • Joint ventures of hospital systems
  • Acquisitions of facilities in competitive situations
  • Acquisitions of physician practices

Her ability to handle client transactions from both financial and legal standpoints has made her a trusted advisor to CEOs, Generals Counsel, and development officers seeking to increase market share or expand into new regions.

Best Lawyers recognizes MaryEllen for her work in corporate law.


  • Member, Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
  • Member, ABA Health Law Section
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member, Nashville Health Care Council

Prior Affiliations

  • Corporate Finance Analyst, Smith Barney, Inc., 1989-1991


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1994,

    Editor - Vanderbilt Law Review; Moot Court Board

  • B.A., Williams College, 1989

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  • Tennessee

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MaryEllen spends significant time working with her daughters’ schools.