Mark A. Ison


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Mr. Ison’s practice spans both the healthcare and general corporate areas.  As a member of the Firm’s healthcare group, Mr. Ison advises physicians and physician groups, physical therapists, chiropractors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, as well as physician joint ventures, laboratories, pharmacies, independent diagnostic testing facilities (IDTFs) and ambulatory surgery centers, on regulatory issues (including compliance with the federal Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, False Claims Act, Civil Monetary Penalties Law, HIPAA and analogous state laws governing self-referral, fee-splitting, kickbacks, the corporate practice of medicine and privacy), Medicare reimbursement and reassignment, certificates of need, facility and professional licensing, professional entity formation and qualification, prompt payment and various other matters. He also has significant experience working with healthcare providers on a broad range of operational and transactional issues, such as employment and recruitment agreements, management agreements, professional services agreements, the formation, operation, dissolution, purchase and sale of practices and joint ventures (including complex private equity-backed transactions and physician-hospital integration transactions), payor disputes, and covenants not-to-compete.

As a member of the Firm’s corporate law group, Mr. Ison represents businesses and individuals in a number of industries in connection with mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity financing, securities matters, business formation and dissolution and day-to-day operational issues, including purchase, sale, leasing and licensing transactions and employment matters.

Mr. Ison graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2004, where he was a Dean’s Scholar, served as Notes Development Editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review and was elected Order of the Coif.  He is an Adjunct Instructor in health law at the Belmont College of Law and is a frequent speaker on health law topics, notably with respect to fraud and abuse and health care mergers and acquisitions.

Education & Bar Admissions


  • Juris Doctor, Vanderbilt University, 2004, Order of the Coif
  • Master of Music in Voice, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2001
  • Bachelor of Music in Voice, University of Kentucky, 1999, summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
Recognition & Publications


  • Woodward/White: The Best Lawyers In America 2019-Present (Corporate Law; Healthcare Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law)
  • Nashville Business Journal Best of the Bar 2017-2019 (Healthcare)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (Healthcare)
  • “Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right: Medicaid, Section 1983 and the Cost of an Enforceable Right to Health Care,” 56 VAND. L. REV. 1479 (awarded Morgan Prize for the most outstanding student writing published in the Vanderbilt Law Review)
  • Having Your Cake and Eating It, Too: The Permissibility of Provider-Site Information Requests to be Used in Contractor-Site Reviews, Tennessee Medicine, February 2008, at 29 (co-author)
Professional & Civic Activities

Professional Activities

  • Adjunct Instructor in Health Law, Belmont University College of Law
  • Member of the Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations
  • Member of the Executive Council of the Health Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member of the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association
  • Member of the American Health Lawyers Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Class of 2013

Civic Activities

  • First Presbyterian Church, Nashville

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