Donald McKenzie

Donald's Profile

Donald is a Shareholder in Maynard Cooper’s Corporate Section with more than 35 years of experience representing publicly traded and privately held companies in all aspects of transactional and financing matters. His clients span the industry spectrum and have included bank holding companies, business service providers, healthcare companies, and insurance companies. He has extensive experience handling mergers, acquisitions, securities matters, corporate governance issues, and equity and employment arrangements for executives. Donald’s financing expertise involves venture capital, mezzanine, and capital raises.

Born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe, Donald worked at the Office of the Attorney General and in private practice in Salisbury, Rhodesia prior to migrating to the United States in 1975. He served as an officer in the Rhodesian Army. His prior practice includes working with global firms in New York and Chicago before moving to Nashville.  He co-founded McKenzie Laird Ottinger Leach, PLLC, which merged with Maynard Cooper in 2019.

Donald's Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities Law (1993 – present)
  • Nashville Post, “Best Lawyers in Nashville 2003” for Securities Law
  • Nashville Business Journal, “Best of the Bar” (2003 – 2009)
  • Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, (2004, 2005)

Donald's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section (Mergers & Acquisitions Committee, Federal Regulation of Securities Committee)
  • The Family Center (Board Member, 2017 – present)
  • Former Board Member at Cheekwood (2011-2015)
  • Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville (2005-2010, President 2008-2010)
  • Economic Club of Nashville (ECON) (Founder, 2012)
  • Previous Member of the Downtown Exchange Club (President, 2010-2011)
  • Legal Aid Society, Annual Campaign Chair (1994)
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Linda Miller
State Bar:New York, Tennessee
U.S. District Court:New York (Eastern, Southern), Tennessee (Middle)
U.S. Court of Appeals:Second Circuit, Third Circuit, Fourth Circuit, Sixth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Advocate of the High Court of Rhodesia

University of Rhodesia (Harare, Zimbabwe, LL.B. (Hons), 1968)

Cambridge University (England, LL.M. and diploma in comparative legal studies, 1974)

August 20, 2020
168 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021
Birmingham, AL. (August 20, 2020) Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 168 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a peer-review guide...
October 15, 2019
Maynard Cooper & Gale Expands Footprint to Nashville
National law firm opens tenth office with the addition of Nashville-based McKenzie Laird Ottinger + Leach Maynard Cooper & Gale (Maynard Cooper) has expanded its national footprint to Tennessee wi...