Tonya Mitchem Grindon


Baker Donelson
Baker Donelson Center
211 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37201

Tel: 615.726.5607


Tonya Mitchem Grindon is a member of Baker Donelson’s Board of Directors and serves as chair of the Business Department and the Firm’s Audit and Finance Committee.

Ms. Grindon concentrates her practice in securities and corporate finance, corporate governance and business transactions. She has been interviewed on securities and corporate finance topics by numerous publications, including Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

Corporate Finance and Securities/Corporate Governance: Ms. Grindon’s experience in corporate finance and securities work includes representation of companies in public offerings (IPOs and secondary offerings) and private placements of both debt and equity securities. She has assisted companies and acquirers in both the defense of and the instigation of public tender offers and hostile takeovers, exchange offers, and in Exchange Act compliance, including proxy statements and annual, quarterly and current reports. Ms. Grindon also has advised public and private boards of directors on numerous fiduciary duties and corporate governance issues, and has served as counsel to special committees of boards of directors.

Private Equity: Ms. Grindon has significant experience in the representation of private funds (offshore and domestic, including hedge funds and private equity funds), including planning and structuring strategies for funds and in their day-to-day operations, including negotiation of investments in portfolio companies. Ms. Grindon represents numerous private funds in connection with securities compliance with public companies in their portfolios (e.g., Section 16 filings and Williams Act filings). She also represents institutional investors, including employee pension plans, in connection with investments in funds.

Business Transactions: Ms. Grindon’s experience in the area of business transactions includes the representation of foreign and U.S. companies in asset sales and purchases, mergers and securities purchases and sales.

Baker Donelson’s business attorneys offer practical advice to clients across a wide span of practice areas and have deep experience in numerous and diverse industry sectors. With more than 300 attorneys, our business team represents public, private and emerging companies, in areas including public and private offerings, capital markets and lending transactions, executive compensation issues, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, strategic business planning, entity formation, and domestic and global commercial transactions.

Our team members provide advice on tax planning considerations for our clients’ businesses at every stage of the lifecycle, including executive compensation, recapitalization, benefit plans and state and local taxes. We also offer our business clients advice on transitioning their businesses to the next generation of owners and managers. We are knowledgeable in both domestic and foreign tax issues, from individual tax and estate planning to international tax treaties.

Additionally, we help our clients protect and promote their brand’s trademarks, inventions and other forms of intellectual property in the U.S. and throughout the world. We also assist our clients in managing real estate investments in a wide spectrum of real estate transactions including developments, single asset and portfolio sales and acquisitions, leasing and financing.

Our focus on industry-specific service teams means our attorneys understand the business climate and unique challenges under which our clients are operating. These teams include Gaming; Manufacturing; REITs; Drug, Device and Life Sciences; Hospitality, Franchising and Distribution; Automotive; Energy; Telecommunications; Retail; Health Care; and Construction.

We draw upon our extensive knowledge and experience to work as a strategic partner and advisor to our clients, serving their immediate goals as well as their longer-term objectives. We tailor our services and approach to meet the unique needs of our clients by providing timely, thoughtful and effective solutions, whether their businesses are public or private, domestic or foreign.

For 130 years, Baker Donelson has built a reputation for achieving results for our clients, both nationally and internationally, on a wide range of legal matters. While providing legal services is our focus, it is how we deliver them that sets us apart. Our goal is to provide clients with more than what they have come to expect from a law firm.

Baker Donelson commits to a deep understanding of a client’s business, to enable us to anticipate clients’ needs and assist in their decision-making processes. Because we offer consistent, knowledgeable guidance based on their specific goals and objectives, clients view us as a valued business partner. This allows them to focus on the growth and success of their businesses, confident their legal issues will be handled by an attentive, responsive team.

Our unique approach to providing legal and policy services is enabled by our extensive support structure. As the 64th largest law firm in the U.S., Baker Donelson gives clients access to a team of more than 700 attorneys and public policy advisors representing more than 30 practice areas, all seamlessly connected across 21 offices to serve virtually any legal and policy need. We provide to our clients a global network of local counsel and other professionals, and have helped our clients take advantage of global opportunities in more than 90 countries spanning six continents. Clients receive informed guidance from experienced, multi-disciplined industry and client service teams. Our federal and state public policy groups provide sound policy advice and comprehensive tracking services, keeping clients up-to-date on critical legislative and regulatory developments. Our diversity and women’s initiatives ensure a welcoming and inclusive environment for our people, perspectives and experiences. Technology helps us operate more effectively and efficiently by providing instant access to client-specific information and other key resources.

“Tonya Mitchem Grindon has noteworthy expertise in M&A and securities matters. Market sources say she is “very well respected and very good at what she does.” She represents private equity funds and a host of private and public companies in high-value transactions.”
Chambers & Partners