Regulatory Attorney Julie Watson Lampley and Compliance Pro Machelle Dunavant Shields Expand Firm’s Capabilities

Nashville, TN (July 22, 2019) – Epstein Becker Green (EBG) is pleased to announce that seasoned health care regulatory attorney Julie Watson Lampley and senior executive health care policy and compliance professional Machelle Dunavant Shields have joined the firm’s Nashville office.

Ms. Lampley and Ms. Shields join EBG from Butler Snow, where Ms. Lampley developed and led the firmwide Healthcare Industry Team and previously served as the Healthcare Regulatory and Transactions Practice Group Leader, and where Ms. Shields, who is located in Memphis, served as the President of the Butler Snow affiliate focused on regulatory, clinical, quality, privacy, compliance, and reimbursement initiatives for medical device, biologics, and tissue manufacturers. Ms. Lampley joins as a Member of the Firm, and Ms. Shields will be a Strategic Advisor with the firm’s affiliate consultancy EBG Advisors.

Ms. Lampley has more than 30 years of experience in the representation of pharmaceutical and medical device companies, academic medical centers and other research organizations, hospital systems, physician practice acquisition and management companies, dialysis providers, and other institutional health care providers. Ms. Shields has more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of compliance and ethics, privacy (HIPAA), and reimbursement support and strategy. She previously served as an executive for one of the world’s top medical device companies. Ms. Shields serves clients across the health care spectrum in all aspects of privacy, compliance, reimbursement, and operational initiatives.

“As we have grown in Nashville, we have been fortunate to attract very talented attorneys and professionals with diverse experience who add tremendously to EBG’s platform,” said Mark Lutes, Chair of EBG’s Board of Directors. “Julie and Machelle are well known for providing creative solutions and effective advocacy to life science and health care providers located throughout the country. We are confident that their long-standing clients, as well as EBG’s existing clients, will benefit from their joining EBG.”

“Julie and Machelle’s understanding of the significant regulatory, reimbursement, privacy, and compliance hurdles that our clients face will help further build our practice’s reputation in this area,” said George B. Breen, Chair of EBG’s National Health Care and Life Sciences Practice Steering Committee.  “Julie and Machelle are recognized leaders in the health care and legal community, and we are pleased that they are helping to grow the firm’s presence in Tennessee.”

“The opportunity to join a firm with so many professionals dedicated to the health industry, to which Machelle and I have both devoted our careers, is exciting, and we very much look forward to collaborating with our new colleagues,” said Ms. Lampley. “More than ever, clients appreciate the opportunity to tap into a network of professionals who understand their specific business needs, and we are eager to offer added services to our clients via the knowledgeable team at EBG and EBG Advisors.”

Ms. Lampley has been featured in the Best Lawyers in America in the Health Care Law category from 2013 to 2019 and received the “Best of the Bar” distinction from Nashville Business Journal in 2012. Ms. Lampley was accepted to the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows Program in 2015 and served as a Board Member from 2015-2016. She currently serves on the board of BioFlorida, a network that includes 6,200 establishments and research organizations in the biopharmaceuticals, medical technology, healthIT, and bioagriculture sectors.

Ms. Shields speaks frequently on topics related to reimbursement and compliance and has served on a number of influential industry boards. She is currently President-Elect of the Southeastern Medical Device Association and serves on the executive committee of MedTech Women.  She previously served on the Auditing and Monitoring Tools Editorial Board of the Healthcare Compliance Association.  Ms. Shields is presently a mentor for Zeroto510K and Life Science Tennessee.

About Epstein Becker Green

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., is a national law firm with a primary focus on health care and life sciences; employment, labor, and workforce management; and litigation and business disputes. Founded in 1973 as an industry-focused firm, Epstein Becker Green has decades of experience serving clients in health care, financial services, retail, hospitality, and technology, among other industries, representing entities from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Operating in locations throughout the United States and supporting domestic and multinational clients, the firm’s attorneys are committed to uncompromising client service and legal excellence.  For more information, visit

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