Mary Neil Price is one of Tennessee’s premier attorneys in the area of mergers and acquisitions with over thirty years’ experience. Price’s industry experience includes construction, food services, banking and financial, manufacturing and health care services. She regularly assists clients with regulatory and corporate governance issues in both the private and public sectors.

A graduate of Tulane Law School and Newcomb College, Mary Neil Price has been named the Nashville Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” and “Power Leader in Finance”. She has taught Capital Studies at the LSU School of Banking and Negotiable Instruments at Belmont Law School. Mary Neil is also trained as a Rule 31 Mediator and FINRA arbitrator.

Price has broad experience in the financial and banking industry working with regulatory authorities such as the Federal Reserve, FDIC, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and state banking regulators. Her work has encompassed negotiation of core systems and loan origination software contracts, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation and regulatory issues such as Fair Lending, CRA, HMDA and the Bank Secrecy Act.

In a prior life, Price served as General Counsel to a multi-bank holding company supervising the legal counsel, compliance and Community Reinvestment Act functions. She also served in various capacities including Chairman of the Board of a financial institutions risk retention group headquartered in Vermont. As an active member of her community, Price supports the Center for Nonprofit Management, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Habitat for Humanity, Martha O’Bryan Center, Ensworth School, and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

Lectures and Presentations

  • Corporate Governance and Enterprise Risk Management
  • Mastering HMDA
  • CRA for Community Banks
  • Fair Lending under the Trump Administration
  • Elder Financial Abuse
  • Bank Director Fiduciary Duties and Insider Lending
  • Identity Theft
  • The Banking Crisis and Regulatory Restructuring
  • Maximizing Troubled Debt Workouts
  • Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF)
  • Union Avoidance
  • Preparing for Your Next Safety and Soundness Regulatory Examination
  • Bank Director Responsibilities in an Economic Downturn
  • Conflict Resolution – the Victim/Offender Reconciliation Approach
  • The Implications of Sarbanes-Oxley
  • Basic Contracts for Business Owners
  • Legal Issues for Charitable Organizations
  • The Artist/Gallery Relationship
  • Bank Secrecy Act – Policy and Compliance
  • Managing Risk- Sexual Harassment
  • Bank Holding Company Formation
  • Dysfunctional Boards
  • Legal Issues for Credit Unions
  • Executive Compensation in the Financial Institutions Industry

Publications

  • The Impact of Dodd Frank on Community Banks (Tennessee Bankers Association)
  • Bank Fraud – A Sign of the Times (Tennessee Bankers Association)
  • In God We Trust – Everyone Else We Audit (Tennessee Bankers Association)

  • Family Mediation Certification, Institute for Violence Prevention, 2007
  • Civil Mediation Certification, Pepperdine University, 2005
  • FINRA Arbitrator Certification, 2001
  • D., Tulane University School of Law, 1985
  • A., Newcomb College of Tulane University, Political Science, 1982

  • American Bar Association Banking Law Committee
  • Tennessee Bankers Association
  • Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations
  • Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  • Nashville Repertory Theater Board

Prior Affiliations

  • Consultant: Financial Institutions, 2015-2019
  • Attorney: McKenzie Laird PLLC, 2013-2018
  • Lecturer: LSU Graduate School of Banking, 2016
  • Adjunct Professor: Belmont Law School, 2012-2013
  • Attorney: Dickinson Wright, 2010-2013
  • Attorney: Miller & Martin PLLC, 2001-2010
  • Executive Vice President and General Counsel: First American Corporation, 1992-2000
  • Attorney: Dearborn & Ewing, 1985-1992