J. Allen Roberts

Baker Donelson Center
Suite 800
211 Commerce Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37201
T: 615.726.5596
F: 615.744.5596

Allen Roberts is a shareholder in the Firm's Corporate Finance & Securities Group and chair of the Firm's Manufacturing Initiative. He practices in the area of general corporate law and focuses his practice on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and public and private equity and debt offerings, including public securities offerings and private placements of convertible debt, preferred stock, common stock and warrants.

Representative Matters

  • Represented real estate investment trust in (i) its initial public offering and concurrent private placement of 7,187,500 common shares with net proceeds of $127.6 million and listing on the New York Stock Exchange and corresponding syndicated debt facility of up to $200 million and (ii) its follow-on public offering of 5,175,000 common shares with net proceeds of $86.8 million.
  • Represented publicly traded company in the hospitality industry in the $45 million divestiture of certain assets to privately held affiliate.
  • Represented management in leverage buyout of company in manufacturing industry, via creation of an ESOP and involving senior and mezzanine financing.
  • Represented privately held company in connection with contribution of substantially all of assets to joint venture with publicly traded company.
  • Regularly represents companies in behavioral health care industry, including inpatient/intensive outpatient psychiatric centers and inpatient and outpatient alcohol and drug treatment centers in corporate and regulatory issues including licensing, corporate practice of medicine, compliance with federal and state privacy obligations.
  • Represented company in behavioral health care industry in acquisitions of multiple inpatient and outpatient facilities in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Counsel to company in the behavioral health care industry in connection with $55 million venture capital investment.
  • Represented management in $40 million recapitalization of multi-facility behavioral health company with a private equity fund.
  • Local counsel for two separate hostile takeover attempts of publicly traded companies.
  • Represented publicly traded financial institution in over 20 acquisitions of other financial institutions and in a $300,000,000 sale of credit card portfolio.
  • Counsel to retail grocery chain store sold through an auction process to private equity owned strategic buyer.
  • Represented majority owner of major league professional sports franchise in dispute with municipality.
  • Assisted seller in manufacturing industry in $60 million sale of business to publicly traded company.
  • Represented restaurant franchisee in $60 million sale of over 60 restaurants to strategic buyer.
  • Assisted venture capital fund in acquisitions of companies in manufacturing and food services industries.
  • Counsel to seller in mineral industry in $60 million sale to strategic buyer.
  • Represented privately held company in connection with contribution of Canadian assets to and formation of Canadian joint venture.

Speaking Engagements

  • Mr. Roberts has lectured at numerous seminars on mergers and acquisitions and corporate issues.

Professional Honors & Activities

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Corporate Law, 2015 – 2017; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), 2017
  • Member – Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member – American Bar Association (Business Law Section and M&A Jurisprudence, M&A Trends, Negotiated Acquisitions and Private Equity M&A Subcommittees)
  • Member – The Exchange Club of Nashville
  • Member – Nashville Young Leaders Council
  • Elder – First Presbyterian Church, Nashville and Former Chair of the Personnel Committee
  • Vice Chair – Substance Use Disorders Advisory Board, American Bar Association Health Law Section
  • Member – American Health Lawyers Association (Behavioral Health Task Force)
  • Member – Nashville Bar Association


  • Tennessee, 1995


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1995
    • Research Editor – Tennessee Law Review
    • Recipient – Manier, Herod, Hollabaugh and Smith Scholarship
  • Millsaps College, B.B.A. in Business Administration, 1992
    • Member – Beta Gamma Sigma
    • Member – Omicron Delta Kappa