Matthew "Matt" R. Burnstein

Matt Burnstein is the Chairman of Waller’s Board of Directors, having assumed that position in 2014.

In representing large healthcare companies growing through acquisitions or emerging companies seeking venture capital funding, Matt focuses on facilitating the deal. Clients benefit from Matt's instincts and experience and his understanding of their priorities and strategic objectives. Matt has deep experience with transactions that have transformed small companies and helped large companies maintain and expand their operational footprints and competitive advantages.

Representative clients include:

  • Private equity funds and venture capital funds
  • Early-stage and emerging businesses
  • Ambulatory surgery and other outpatient providers
  • Behavioral healthcare providers
  • Hospital companies
  • Financial technology and payments companies
  • National research university

Responsive and sensitive to client business needs, Matt works effectively with opposing counsel to keep transactions on track. He has helped companies of all sizes and types build strategic relationships and get deals done. Early-stage companies and sophisticated investors alike have benefited from Matt’s counsel.

Chambers USA recognizes Matt as a leader in Corporate/M&A work, and Best Lawyers lists him in the category of Corporate Law.  Matt received an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.


  • In 2013, has represented three of the five largest ambulatory surgery center companies in acquiring, merging and disposing of surgical facilities
  • Since 2002, has represented a leading ambulatory surgery center company in dozens of acquisitions, developments and syndications of LLCs and limited partnerships in joint ventures with physicians and/or hospitals
  • Since 2003, has represented two publicly traded behavioral healthcare services companies in all aspects of their mergers and acquisitions programs, including, recently, a $250 million acquisition, a $145 million acquisition, the $70 million disposition of a non-core business and multiple single-facility acquisitions
  • Advised an acute care hospital company in the acquisition of large physician practices and independent physicians associations and the formation of multiple joint ventures with technology providers and ancillary service line providers including urgent care and hospital-based physician services
  • Represented a payment processing company from inception to its sale for $55 million
  • Completed the formation of venture capital funds targeting early-stage investments and currently representing them in portfolio management
  • Handled more than 100 private placements on behalf of investors and issuers
  • Represented a private investor in the acquisition of a minor league baseball team
  • Represented a California county's public employee retirement system as investment counsel
  • Represented a manufacturer in a private equity-sponsored recapitalization
  • Since 1999, has represented a major research university in its technology transfer and enterprise development efforts


  • Member, Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations along with the ABA Section of Business Law, ABA Section on Health Law
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Guest lecturer on Venture Capital and Emerging Businesses, Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management
  • Board of Directors, Nashville Capital Network

Prior Affiliations

  • Law Clerk to Chief U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III, Western District of Kentucky, 1996-97


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1996
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 1993
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee

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Matt has run full marathons in 35 states – most recently in Billings, Mont. and Yuma, Ariz. – in his quest to complete a marathon in every U.S. state.