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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Michael D. Brent

Michael D. Brent



  • Healthcare
  • Certificate of Need
  • Healthcare Mergers, Acquisitions, and Joint Ventures

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Mike Brent's practice focuses primarily on business law, where he represents clients in a wide range of transactional, regulatory and operational matters. Although his practice includes clients in a variety of industries, he places an emphasis on the representation of healthcare providers (both for-profit and not-for-profit) and investors, especially those involved in the long term care and senior housing industries, as well as lenders to the healthcare community. He has represented numerous clients in complex acquisitions, mergers and financing transactions, including tax-exempt bond and REIT financings.

Mike serves as the chair of two teams within Bradley’s Healthcare Practice Group – Post-Acute and Long Term Care and Certificate of Need. He is active in a number of professional and civic organizations, including the American Health Law Association, Tennessee Health Care Association and LeadingAge-Tennessee, and he is very active with LeadingAge at the national level, where he serves as the Tennessee representative to the Legal Committee. Mike is also a frequent speaker at seminars sponsored by the American Health Law Association, LeadingAge and numerous Tennessee groups, as well as a contributor to various legal and professional publications.

Mike is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and Mid-South Super Lawyers for healthcare law, as well as in the Expert Guide to the "Leading US Healthcare Lawyers."

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1978
  • Tennessee, 1978


  • University of Florida College of Law, LL.M. (Taxation), 1979
  • Memphis State University, J.D., 1977
  • Memphis State University, B.B.A., 1975
Areas of Practice

Certificate of Need | Healthcare | Healthcare Mergers, Acquisitions, and Joint Ventures | Healthcare Restructuring | Home Health and Hospice | Nonprofit and Tax-exempt Issues | Post-Acute and Long Term Care | Regulatory Compliance | Rehabilitation Services and Hospitals

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Mike has represented clients in a wide range of transactional matters across the country, from the State of Washington to the southern reaches of Florida, from New England to Southern California. While the majority of those transactions have involved long term care and senior housing facilities, Mike has also handled transactions in the hospitality and manufacturing industries. As to operational and regulatory matters, Mike’s practice has similar geographic and industry breadth. In his Certificate of Need practice, Mike has successfully assisted various types of providers in pursuing all types of CONs before the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency, including new hospitals and other healthcare facilities, additional beds for existing operations, new healthcare services and/or equipment, relocations and replacements of healthcare facilities and services (partial and “whole campus”), and major renovations of existing buildings.

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