Waller announces chairman change

Firm taps Burnstein to replace Tishler

Nashville-based Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis announced today that Matthew R. Burnstein will replace John Tishler as chairman of the firm, effective Aug. 1.

Tishler (pictured at lower right) will assume the role of chairman emeritus and resume his bankruptcy and restructuring practice at Waller.

“I am honored to have my partners’ confidence and trust, and I look forward to working with them to serve the firm’s clients,” Burnstein (at left) said in a release. “Waller has grown significantly under John’s leadership, and we will be fortunate to have his continuing assistance as we implement our new five-year strategic plan.”

Burnstein has spent his entire legal career at Waller. He joined the firm in 1997 after graduating Order of the Coif from Vanderbilt University Law School and serving as law clerk to Chief U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.

Burnstein, who earned a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, in 1993 from Vanderbilt University, focuses his practice on corporate transactions, primarily in the health care industry. He also represents private equity and venture capital funds. Burnstein served on Waller’s board of directors from 2006 to 2012.

Tishler was elected Waller’s chairman in January 2008. During his tenure, Waller opened offices in Austin and Memphis.

“It has been a privilege to lead Waller over the last six years,” Tishler said. “I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished for our clients and how we’ve strengthened the firm. Matt will be a tremendous asset in his new role, and I’m excited to get back to the full-time practice of law.”

Waller also announced today that David Lemke has been named to lead the firm’s financial services industry team and Marcus Crider will oversee the firm’s retail and hospitality team. Relatedly, Ken Marlow was appointed chair of Waller’s health care department in September 2013.