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Bill West concentrates his practice in state regulatory issues and civil litigation, primarily related to health care.

Bill has a wide range of experience in developing innovative regulatory and litigation strategies for clients.

These experiences have included utilizing the Tennessee Open Meetings Act to restore PPO provider status for a client physician; successfully litigating a federal preemption challenge to state air ambulance regulations in Souder v. Health Partners, 997 S.W. 2d 140 (Ten. App. 1998); and serving as lead counsel in a federal class action suit seeking injunctive relief and damages tried to a successful conclusion in the U.S. District Court in Nashville and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals under the federal Fair Housing Act in Jordan, et al v. Dellway Villa of Tennessee, Ltd., et al, 661 F.2d 588 (6th Cir. 1981, cert. den. 1982). Bill also represented the Tennessee Hospital Association in the case of Tennessee Hospital Association, et al v. Azar et al,  908 F.3d 1029 (6th Cir. 2018), in which he was successful in obtaining injunctive relief from both from the U. S. District Court in Nashville and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that permanently enjoined the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services from improperly employing certain of its policies, which limited Medicaid payments to Disproportionate Share Hospitals serving a disproportionate share of Medicaid-eligible and low-income patients, without having followed the requirements of the federal Administrative Procedure Act in the issuance and promulgation of those policies.

Bill has also been involved in hundreds of Tennessee Certificate of Need matters over the course of his career.

Bill has been recognized by clients and peers as being among the top health care attorneys in Nashville, as shown by his being listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2005.

Bill has been active in leadership roles throughout his close to 40-year career in health care law, leading the Tennessee Health Facilities Commission as both former executive director and general counsel. He was the first chair of the administrative law section of the Tennessee Bar Association.


  • Vanderbilt University, M.B.A., 1986
  • University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1976
  • Yale University, B.A., 1972

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Tennessee

Areas of Practice


  • The Best Lawyers in America® since 2005, Health Care Law
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (2012-2014), Health Care Law

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Health Law Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association – Original Chair, Administrative Law Section (2007-2008)
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Health Facilities Commission – Former Executive Director (1986-1987); Former General Counsel (1985-1986)