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By combining modern efficiency with exceptional service . . .
we're built differently

13 years


is the minimum length of time our 6 senior attorneys have practiced law.  We don't have an army of associates, just 1.  This means clients receive personal attention with a level of efficiency that can only result from experience.

we work differently  we think differently

5 out of 7

of our senior attorneys have experienced a client's perspective by owning a business or being general counsel of a healthcare, banking, manufacturing, or nonprofit enterprise. These experiences drive our ambition to be the preeminent client-focused firm.




Can't afford a general counsel?

Think again.

Our Innovative Business Law Program is designed to offer clients proactive, day-to-day legal advice at a fixed, budget-friendly cost.  We created this program because we truly understand the need - a majority of our attorneys have experienced "the other side" of the attorney-client relationship by serving as a company's general counsel or by running a business.


And it's not just a retainer.  The "innovation" is our providing a true general counsel without any cap on hours or other surprises, and at monthly rates starting as low as $1,000.  It enables clients to integrate an attorney into their teams without hiring a full-time general counsel.  The experience of our attorneys and our focus on maximizing firm efficiency makes McKenzie Laird uniquely structured to provide this service.

What Our Clients Say

"Being a small family business, we dealt with issues as they would arise.  Choosing to go with McKenzie Laird’s Innovative Business Law solution has been a great decision and real peace of mind to be able to address issues before they become a real problem."


"The Innovative Business Law program has allowed our nonprofit organization to accurately budget our resources and to call McKenzie & Laird when we have a need without worrying about an hourly rate.  With various governance policies and organizational documents needed, the IBL program is a reasonable, affordable and productive option for us."


Donald McKenzie


Donald has maintained a general corporate, securities, venture capital financing and mergers and acquisition practice in Nashville since 1982.


He has represented public and private companies engaged in a range of industries, including bank holding companies, insurance companies, business services providers and health care companies, in a variety of financings and corporate transactions. His clients have also included underwriters, investment banks, venture capital and private equity firms, and mezzanine lenders, as well as individual investors, directors and special board committees.

Rob Laird


Rob represents private and public business clients and investors in corporate transactions, corporate governance, issuances of securities, mergers and acquisitions, information technology and venture capital investments. He has substantial experience in structuring and negotiating mergers and acquisitions, advising companies on capital formation and securities offerings, and advising boards of directors of private and public companies.


Because of his experience as in-house counsel, he understands the need for clients to have ready access to quality legal advice on a day-to-day basis. He therefore offers clients the option of retaining him for an hourly rate, a project basis, or to easily budget his services under a monthly retainer through the firm’s Innovative Business Law program.






Todd McKee


Todd advises businesses, executives, nonprofits and educational institutions on a spectrum of issues, including employment agreements, executive incentive agreements, employment discrimination law, human resource best practices, contracts, corporate formation, corporate governance, crisis management, and conflict resolution.


As a former general counsel, he often serves an "outside in-house counsel" role, which allows him to tailor unique risk reduction strategies for each client and to consult as an ongoing advisor to the management team.  His experience as general counsel also enables him to understand a client's challenge in budgeting for legal services.  He therefore offers clients the flexibility of retaining him at an hourly rate, on a project basis, or under a monthly retainer through the firm’s Innovative Business Law Program.


Todd authors the firm's To the Point Employment Law Blog and Nonprofit Law Blog.






Talbott Ottinger


Talbott represents individuals and companies with a focus on commercial real estate and business transactions.  He has experience in the following areas:


• Entity Formation and Organizational Document preparation and review

• Real Estate Development, Finance, Sale, Purchase and Leasing (retail, office, multifamily and residential)

• Representation of franchisees in negotiation of franchise agreements, entity formation, financing and leasing of commercial space

• Restaurant startup and fundraising

• Asset Purchases and Sales

• Commercial Lending and Secured Transactions


Mary Neil Price


Mary Neil’s professional experience is highlighted by over 25 years of corporate law in highly competitive and regulated industries.  Her practice encompasses corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, banking, and investor and community relations. She has an established ability to manage and to work within an organization to provide legal, compliance, and risk management services.  Specific areas include Bank Secrecy Act, HMDA and Fair Lending, Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd Frank compliance and whistle-blower complaints.  Her experience also includes private equity and debt financing, licensing transactions, and trademark matters.






Justin W. Leach


Justin represents institutional owners and users of real estate in a variety of product types, including office, retail, healthcare, logistics, manufacturing and hospitality.  He also advises individual real estate investors on transactional matters and day-to-day operational issues.  He provides acquisition, disposition, leasing, management and development advice in a reliable, practical and results-oriented fashion.





Whitney Haley


Whitney represents individuals and companies in a variety of business transactions, with a focus on corporate matters and commercial real estate.  As a result of her experience as a litigator, she understands the desire for clients to avoid issues and potential delays at the inception of a project.  Her practice concentrates on general corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments and financing, entity formation and organizational document preparation and review, real estate development, commercial lending and secured transactions.





Brandi Maiorino


Brandi represents individuals and companies with a focus on commercial real estate development acquisition, financing, leasing, construction, and disposition.  Brandi has experience in entity formation, purchase and sales agreements, construction contracts, leases, use restriction agreements, easements, asset purchases and sales, and commercial lending.  As a result of her 7 years of experience as in-house counsel for a local developer, she understands all phases of developing a project from start to finish and the desire to ensure projects come under budget within the projected timeframes.


Niel Alden


Niel represents the firm’s clients in business matters ranging from corporate entity formation to commercial real estate transactions.  He began his legal career as a litigator in bankruptcy proceedings and commercial dispute resolution and counseled clients in deal work involving distressed assets before refocusing his practice on asset based lending and other secured transactions.  Having seen both the front and back ends of numerous deals, Niel brings a valuable knowledge base and breadth of experience to serve and counsel the firm’s clients.