Patsy Powers

Healthcare clients facing compliance questions – such as structuring transactions and physician relationships, internal investigations and the possible disclosure of violations of Stark and anti-kickback violations – rely on Patsy Powers to identify solutions with her typical calm demeanor and straightforward approach. As a past leader of Waller’s healthcare regulatory group, Patsy has advised hospital leaders,  their counsel and compliance departments in all manner of complicated regulatory problems. Patsy rejoined Waller after serving as Senior Associate General Counsel at Vanderbilt University.

Having served as the interim compliance officer of an investor-owned hospital system, Patsy has first-hand knowledge of the challenges they face every day. This unique perspective enables her to advise clients from a targeted and experienced point of view. While healthcare law is broad in nature, Patsy has a focused appreciation of how it affects physicians, hospitals, and patients – and how difficult it is for smaller facilities and practices to stay compliant on all fronts.

Chambers USA and Best Lawyers have recognized Patsy for her healthcare experience. She is also AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. 


  • Serving as co-team leader for Healthcare Enforcement and Compliance Initiative
  • Interim compliance officer for LifePoint Health, Inc. (January – May 2011)
  • Served as special regulatory counsel for acquisition for a publicly traded vision management company
  • Served as regulatory counsel for the merger of two publicly traded hospital companies
  • Served as regulatory counsel for the spin-off of 60 hospitals by an NYSE-listed hospital company to create two new publicly traded companies


  • Member, Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
  • Member, Health Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member, Board of Directors, Tennessee Pediatric Society Foundation
  • Member, Board of Directors, Siloam Family Health Center


  • J.D., University of Tennessee, 1991,

    Managing Editor - Tennessee Law Review; Heiskell Donelson Student Leadership Award

  • B.S., Vanderbilt University, 1984

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Patsy has several interests in her free time including her family, tennis, Vanderbilt basketball and cooking.