W. Wells Beckett III

Wells Beckett assists privately held and publicly traded companies across a variety of industries with corporate and business matters, such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and securities offerings.  With an emphasis in the healthcare industry, Wells has the extensive knowledge and experience critical to structuring and negotiating transactions involving healthcare companies.  For example, Wells has recently represented healthcare industry clients in:

  • Hospital acquisitions and dispositions
  • Healthcare IT company mergers
  • Health system joint ventures and mergers (including investor-owned, academic and not-for-profit systems)
  • Home health, hospice and skilled nursing facility acquisitions and dispositions
  • Acute care and psychiatric hospital development and construction projects
  • Debt and equity securities offerings
  • Private equity and venture capital investments
  • SEC compliance and reporting matters

Additionally, startups and early-stage companies rely on Wells for guidance in accessing growth capital, while venture capital and private equity funds rely on Wells for guidance in structuring their investments in new and emerging companies.  Clients value the practical advice that Wells provides to help them accomplish their goals efficiently while minimizing risks and maximizing business opportunities. 



Representative matters include:

  • Associate counsel representing a tax-exempt health system in its 2017 merger with another 501(c)(3) healthcare organization in a transaction that created one of the country’s largest not-for-profit health systems
  • Associate counsel representing a manufacturer of consumer goods in a $230 million private equity investment 
  • Associate counsel representing a publicly traded hospital company in the formation of a joint venture with an academic health system in Florida to develop a new acute care hospital
  • Associate counsel representing a publicly traded healthcare company in the formation of a national home health and hospice joint venture
  • Associate counsel representing a healthcare company in the acquisition of the assets of a distressed medical device company through a Section 363 bankruptcy sale process
  • Associate counsel representing a leading revenue cycle management company, Passport Health Communications, Inc., in its $850 million sale to UK-based Experian plc
  • Associate counsel to a healthcare information technology company in its $135 million merger with one of the largest healthcare technology and revenue cycle management companies in the United States
  • Associate counsel representing a joint venture between a publicly traded hospital company and a university health system in its $500 million acquisition of west central Pennsylvania’s largest health system, which included three hospitals, outpatient facilities, multiple joint ventures and physician group practices
  • Associate counsel representing a Fortune 500 healthcare services company it its $95 million strategic acquisition of a home healthcare company
  • Associate counsel representing a publicly traded health system in its $265 million divestiture of multiple hospitals
  • Associate counsel representing a publicly traded health system in its joint venture with a not-for-profit hospital
  • Associate counsel representing a leading behavioral healthcare company in its $300 million public stock offering and $150 million debt exchange offer
  • Associate counsel representing two publicly traded healthcare companies providing guidance with periodic SEC filings and corporate governance
  • Associate counsel representing a private equity fund investing in a medical device manufacturer
  • Associate counsel representing a leading manufacturer and retailer of consumer goods in negotiations of IT license and service agreements
  • Associate counsel representing a private equity fund investing in an emerging fast-causal restaurant chain


  • Member, Nashville and Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Tennessee College of Law, 2013
    • Certificate of Concentration in Business Transactions
    • Student Materials Editor, Tennessee Law Review
    • Chairman, Sports and Entertainment Law Society
    • Founding Chairman, Metamorphosis CLE Conference
  • B.B.A., cum laude, Belmont University, 2010
    • Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society

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  • Tennessee

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Growing up along the Tennessee River, Wells is an avid fisherman and spends much of his spare time exploring the streams and lakes of Tennessee and Alabama. Wells enjoys road biking, kayaking and jogging with his family. Both Wells and his wife are musicians, so one of their favorite weekend activities is playing music with their friends.