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W. Kenneth Marlow

W. Kenneth Marlow



  • Corporate
  • Corporate Governance
  • Finance & Restructuring
  • Healthcare

WSG Practice Industries


Tennessee, U.S.A.

Healthcare companies growing strategically through acquisitions and joint ventures place their trust in Ken Marlow because he gets deals done. Ken has guided clients through more than 50 acute care hospital transactions with an aggregate value of more than $8 billion. Healthcare providers across the country have engaged Ken to form numerous joint ventures among hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers. Ken also provides counsel to a publicly traded Fortune 500 healthcare company in strategic acquisitions across the post-acute care spectrum including skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice care providers. Two recent transactions of note include the representation of a tax-exempt health system in its 2017 merger with another 501(c)(3) healthcare organization in a transaction that created one of the country’s largest not-for-profit health systems, and the representation of a financially troubled county-owned hospital in Pennsylvania in its acquisition by a privately held hospital management company based in Florida.

Additionally, Ken advises boards of directors and boards of trustees on corporate governance matters, including their fiduciary obligations and roles as trustees of charitable assets. He has also represented accountable care organizations approved by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services under its Medicare shared savings program. In addition, he has served as counsel in more than 100 syndications of ambulatory surgery centers, dialysis centers and other outpatient facilities. Ken regularly speaks on a range of healthcare topics at national conferences, including The Governance Institute, Home Care 100 and the National Association for Home Care and Hospice.

Bar Admissions



J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law, 1996
B.A., cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 1992
Areas of Practice

Corporate | Corporate Governance | Finance & Restructuring | Healthcare | Healthcare Mergers & Acquisitions | Healthcare Securities | Mergers & Acquisitions | Securities

Professional Career

Professional Associations

Member, Board of Directors, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP
Former Member, Board of Directors, Leadership Health Care
Member, Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
Member, Business Law and Health Law Sections of the American Bar Association
Member, American Health Lawyers Association

Professional Activities and Experience

Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Bailey Brown, Senior Judge United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1996-1997

For Hospitals, COVID-19 Forces a Look into the Future
Waller, May 2020

Hospitals and health systems are on the frontlines fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. But, behind the scenes, they are grappling to sustain operations and finances significantly impacted by the state of the economy. In the latest version of our PointbyPoint podcast, Waller’s Ken Marlow and Eb LeMaster, managing director at Ponder, discuss the various factors impacting hospitals and health systems today...

The Healthcare Industry: A Look Back. A Look Ahead.
Waller, January 2019

While buzzwords like consolidation and price transparency continue to dominate headlines, major players throughout the healthcare ecosystem are working tirelessly behind the scenes to deploy creative and complex service methods that leverage a smarter, more holistic approach to care. The goal? Control escalating costs and deliver tangible value to patients – all while maintaining a healthy balance sheet...

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