Leigh Walton is a member of Bass, Berry & Sims and a former co-chair of the firm's Healthcare Practice Group. Her work with public companies has included securities, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters. She has assisted healthcare clients in the acquisition of hospital systems, provider business collaborations, financial transactions and in responding to the rapidly evolving healthcare regulatory landscape. She led the firm's healthcare regulatory team when Bass Berry & Sims represented HCA Inc. in its 2006 sale to a consortium of private equity buyers, and in HCA’s public offering completed in March 2011. Professor Walton is active in the American, Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations. She is immediate past chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee, Business Law Section of the ABA and lectures annually at the ABA's Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Institute, at the Northwestern University School of Law's Securities Regulation Institute, and at New York City Bar Association’s Annual Institute on Corporate, Securities and Related Aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions. She also participates regularly in other seminars and programs on healthcare, corporate and securities law matters. She previously taught at Vanderbilt Law School from 1980-87. She is a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation and is a former co-chair of the Transactions Affinity Group of the American Health Lawyers Association Business Law and Governance Practice Group.