Health Law Leadership

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Mark Cunningham
Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel P.C.
605 Chestnut Street, Suite 1700
Chattanooga, TN 37450

Mark Cunningham, Shareholder with Chambliss Bahner & Stophel,chairs the firm's Health Care Section and serves as counsel for leading healthcare participants on a regional and national level, including medical practice management companies, billing companies, physician practices, outpatient diagnostic centers, ambulatory surgical centers, hospital-based providers, dentists

Monica Wharton
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
1211 Union Ave Ste 700
Memphis, TN 38104

Monica Wharton, a native of New Jersey, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampton University, where she graduated with Honors and a Juris Doctor degree from William & Mary School of Law. While in Law School, Ms. Wharton was selected for the honorary membership of the Order of Barristers where she was also awarded the Dean’s Certificate for her outstanding service to the

Immediate Past Chair
Brian Roark
Bass Berry & Sims PLC
150 3rd Ave S #2800
Nashville, TN 37201

Brian Roark is head of the Healthcare Fraud Task Force at Bass, Berry & Sims and concentrates his practice on representing healthcare clients facing governmental investigations and related litigation, with a particular focus on matters brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services and other regulators, concerning

East TN Delegate
Christie Burbank
1008 Executive Dr, Ste 104
Hixson, TN 37343

Christie Kizer Burbank concentrates her legal practice exclusively in health care regulatory and transactional law matters for a broad range of health care providers. Specifically, Christie has extensive experience in health care contract drafting and negotiations, fraud and abuse analyses, physician self referral issues, HIPAA and privacy issues, subpoenas and other requests for patient

East TN Delegate
Amanda Busby
Anderson Busby PLLC
PO Box 2588
Knoxville, TN 37901-2588

Amanda M. Busby is a Member of the law firm of Anderson Busby PLLC. Her primary areas of practice include health care, corporate law, and business transactions and litigation.

Ms. Busby counsels physicians, physician groups, pharmacies, and other health care providers on operational, licensing and regulatory matters, including, but not limited to, corporate formation

East TN Delegate
Ian Hennessey
London & Amburn, P.C.
LinkedIn: ihennessey/
607 Market Street Suite 900
Knoxville, TN 37902

Mr. Hennessey was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated Vanderbilt University in 2004 and the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2007. He is admitted to the Tennessee Bar, as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and the Knoxville Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers

Middle TN Delegate
Yarnell Beatty
Tennessee Medical Association
701 Bradford Avenue
Nashville, TN 37204

A. Yarnell Beatty
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Tennessee Medical Association
2301 21st Avenue, South
Nashville, Tennessee 37212-0909

Yarnell Beatty joined the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) in January 2001 as general counsel to the largest medical

Middle TN Delegate
Mark Ison
Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison
150 3rd Ave S #1100
Nashville, TN 372012011

A member of Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison’s health care and corporate law groups, Mr. Ison advises physicians, allied health professionals and various other individuals and entities on a wide variety of federal and state health care regulatory, reimbursement and compliance issues.  He also works with clients in both health care and non-health care areas with respect to operational and

Middle TN Delegate
Kim Looney
Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP
PO Box 198966
Nashville, TN 37219

Kim Harvey Looney is a partner at Waller Lansden. Ms. Looney provides counsel to hospitals, physician groups and outpatient services providers on day-to-day operational issues related to recruitment and employment and maintaining ongoing compliance with Stark and anti-kickback regulations. She also assists hospitals and physicians with medical staff issues. Ms. Looney works

Middle TN Delegate
Jesse Neil
511 Union St. Ste 2700
Nashville, TN 37219

Jesse Neil most recently was Vice President & Associate General Counsel at Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation (“CHS”), a hospital management company located in Franklin, Tennessee. He joined the company in 2009 as Corporate Counsel. Jesse provides operational guidance to CHS corporate departments and to affiliated hospitals, clinics, and ancillary service providers

Middle TN Delegate
Scott Richardson
LifePoint Health, Inc.
330 Seven Springs Way
Brentwood, TN 37027

Scott Richardson is Vice President and Associate General Counsel for LifePoint Hospitals, overseeing legal services for the company’s Central Group hospitals. Scott counsels hospitals on operational, compliance, and regulatory matters, and also supports the company’s quality and medical staff governance initiatives. Prior to his current position, Scott was a partner with a Nashville firm

Middle TN Delegate
Gabe Roberts
Healthcare Finance & Administration
310 Great Circle Rd
Nashville, TN 37243
Middle TN Delegate
David Steed
Cornelius & Collins LLP
PO Box 190695
Nashville, TN 37219

David has had a special interest in the representation of health care providers for more than three decades, beginning even before his graduation from Vanderbilt Law School in 1980. He has practiced with Cornelius & Collins for almost his entire legal career, starting with the firm in 1984. David is Of Counsel with the firm, with a busy health care practice.

The focus of David’s

Middle TN Delegate
Judd Taback
Tennessee Division of Health Care Finance & Administration
310 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37243
Middle TN Delegate
John-David Thomas
Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP
511 Union Street, Suite 2700
Nashville, TN 37219

John-David (J.D.) Thomas is an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee. He is a member of that office’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement Group where he focuses on investigating and prosecuting health care fraud. He has extensive experience in a wide range of health care and government contracting fraud

Middle TN Delegate
Bill Young
Chancery Court, Part II
415 Church Street Unit 2312
Nashville, TN 37219
West TN Delegate
William Bomar
Glankler Brown, PLLC
6000 Poplar Avenue, Suite 400
Memphis, TN 38119

Professional Experience

William L. Bomar concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, health care, medical malpractice, construction litigation and insurance litigation.

Vanderbilt University, B.A. degree, 1983
Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis, J.D. degree, 1986

Admitted to Practice
Tennessee, All

West TN Delegate
Denise Burke
Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP
1715 Aaron Brenner Dr Ste 300
Memphis, TN 38120

Denise Burke is a Partner with Waller. Hospitals, Academic Medical Centers, physicians, medical device companies and other healthcare clients trust Denise for practical and innovative solutions to a wide range of compliance and operations issues. As a former Compliance Officer, Quality Management Professional and a key member of a Deferred Prosecution Federal Monitor Team for

West TN Delegate
Amy Campbell
Cecil C Humphreys School of Law
1 N. Front Street
Memphis, TN 38103

Amy T. Campbell, JD, MBE is Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Health Law & Policy at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where she is responsible for creating and leading a new health law program.  She also serves as Adjunct Faculty in the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership of the Union Graduate College-

West TN Delegate
Robyn Diaz
St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place, MS 280
Memphis, TN 38105

Robyn Whipple Diaz is Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she advises clients on health care regulatory matters, biomedical ethics, medical staff affairs, employment law and general operational, regulatory and transactional issues. Robyn currently serves as Chair of the American Bar Association Health eSource editorial board, Chair of

West TN Delegate
Walt Schuler
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
LinkedIn: walt-schuler-842b064
66 N. Pauline Street, Suite 428
Memphis, TN 38105

Walt Schuler graduated magna cum laude from The University of Memphis in 1993 with a B.B.A. in International Business. He received his law degree, cum laude, with a Certificate in Health Law with Honors from Saint Louis University in 1996, where he served on the Law Journal Editorial Board, receiving the award for best student article and other honors. Walt has represented individuals and

Staff Coordinator
Jarod Word
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

Jarod Word is a Sections and Committees Coordinator at the Tennessee Bar Association. In that position, works with a number of the TBA's 32 sections and 16 committees, facilitating meetings, assisting with newsletters and ensuring they operate smoothly.

Prior to joining TBA, Jarod served as Project Coordinator for Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. While at LAS he