William "Wes" E. Shofner

Individual and institutional investors work with Wes Shofner to identify and acquire distressed properties through receiverships, bankruptcies, workouts, and other transactional strategies. Wes applies more than a legal perspective when bringing investment opportunities to clients. To target speculative properties as potential investments, he closely monitors the economic factors that influence local, regional, and national real estate markets.

Wes also represents corporate bond trustees in bankruptcy and foreclosure proceedings. He has assisted companies in the healthcare, manufacturing, and retail sectors in assembling and acquiring real property for strategic expansion of operations.

His recent successes include:

  • Assisting real estate developers in establishing retail centers
  • Representing an international automaker in the acquisition of more than 1,000 acres for the development of a manufacturing facility
  • Locating and assisting investors in the purchase of distressed properties
  • Representing healthcare companies in the acquisition and disposition of hospitals, outpatient facilities, and senior living facilities

Wes is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from fraudulent conveyances in commercial loans to real estate foreclosures. In addition to his legal practice, he serves on the boards of directors of two finance companies with combined assets of more than $50 million.


  • Member, Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
  • Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, and Business Law sections of the American Bar Association


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1976
  • M.B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1987
  • B.A., cum laude, Harvard University, 1973

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee

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Wes is the founder of the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society, an organization that has preserved numerous historic civil war sites. He has been recognized by the Tennessee Historical Commission for his efforts in this area.