Barnes & Thornburg opening Nashville, Tennessee, office

Indianapolis-based Barnes & Thornburg LLP announced Monday it is opening a new office in Nashville, Tennessee.

According to a news release, the office will be anchored by the arrival of five partners in significant areas for the firm, including capital markets partners Jay Knight and Taylor Wirth, health care partners J.D. Thomas and Elisa Harris, and white collar litigation partner Joy Boyd Longnecker.

Knight and Wirth join the Securities and Capital Markets Practice Group in the firm’s corporate department, with a focus on securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, real estate capital markets, and general representation of public companies and underwriters.

Knight, who previously was with the Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Corporation Finance in Washington, D.C., will co-chair that practice group.

“Barnes & Thornburg has a proven track record of successfully launching and growing new offices in strategic markets across the country,” Knight, who will also serve as partner-in-charge of the Nashville office, said in the release. “My colleagues and I are excited to build an office in Nashville and attract top talent to the collaborative, collegial, client-focused culture that Barnes & Thornburg is known for.”

The Nashville office is a key component of the growth of Barnes’ national Healthcare Industry Practice and Corporate Practice, according to the firm. The Healthcare Industry Practice has more than 90 attorneys providing legal services to companies across the health care and life sciences industries.

Thomas and Harris advise health care clients on a range of matters, including regulatory compliance, fraud and abuse, government investigations, operations, managed care contracting, payor audits and policy. Also, Longnecker and Thomas both bring prosecutorial backgrounds and defense work within the health care industry.

Barnes & Thornburg’s Nashville office will temporarily reside at the Moore Building, 827 19th Ave., Suite 930, with plans to move into a permanent space next year.

The opening of the Nashville office follows the opening of the firm’s New Jersey, Philadelphia and Boston offices, as well as significant growth in its Washington, D.C., Dallas and Delaware offices, in the past two years.

The firm also opened its New York office in 2020, which has since grown to more than 30 lawyers, and life sciences-focused locations in Raleigh, North Carolina, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Salt Lake City in 2019.

“Nashville has long been a strategic priority for us given our existing clients in the area, the prominence of healthcare in the market and the growing number of Fortune 500 companies putting down roots in the city,” Andrew Detherage, Barnes & Thornburg’s managing partner, said in the news release. “We are thrilled with the team of partners joining the firm, and we look forward to growing the office with top lawyers who value our culture and national platform.”

Current Barnes & Thornburg associates Megan Krivoshey and Molly Sigler will round out the Nashville group, while Chief Client Officer Eleanor Smith and Lauren Parkhurst, senior client growth manager-health care, also will be based in the new office.

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