Dawn practices within Butler Snow's Health Law Group. She focuses her practice on healthcare regulatory, operational, and transactional matters, including federal Stark and Anti-kickback laws and HIPAA privacy and security. With more than a decade of experience in health care at one of the largest health systems in the southeast region, Dawn regularly counsels hospitals and health systems, single- and multi-specialty physician practices and ambulatory surgery centers on compliance with fraud and abuse, Stark and Anti-kickback laws, self-disclosure and reporting, reimbursement, corporate practice of medicine issues and compliance with HIPAA privacy and security.

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In addition to counseling clients on fraud and abuse and operational matters, Dawn regularly advises clients on HIPAA compliance programs and policies, breach and ransomware responses and other HIPAA risk assessments as well as compliance with and implementation of the federal No Surprises Act.

Prior to joining Butler Snow, Dawn clerked for the Honorable Bernice B. Donald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She is an Associate of the Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court and is active in the Memphis Bar Association (Board of Directors, 2020-2023, and Chair of Bench Bar Sponsorship Committee, 2022) and the American Bar Association (Vice Chair, Health Care Facilities Operations Interest Group, 2021-present), among other professional organizations. She is also active in community organizations including H.T. Lockard Foundation, Inc. (Board of Directors, 2018-Present) and REACH Memphis (Vice Chair, Board of Directors, 2021-present).

Dawn earned her J.D., cum laude, from The University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She is admitted to the Tennessee State Bar, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee and the Sixth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.


Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2017
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Tennessee: Western
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 6th Circuit

Civic Involvement

  • REACH Memphis, Vice Chair, Board of Directors, 2022
  • H.T. Lockard Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors, 2018-Present


  • Associate, Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inns of Court
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2022

Education & Honors

  • The University of Memphis, Cecil. C. Humphreys School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2017
    • University of Memphis Law Review
    • University of Memphis Moot Court Board
    • Dean’s Distinguished Service Award
  • University of Memphis, B.A., Business, magna cum laude, 2013
  • Clerkship, ​Honorable Bernice B. Donald, ​U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2018-2019

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Presenter, "No Surprises Act: How to Keep Your Practice Compliant," Midsouth Medical Group Management Association, February 3, 2022.
  • Presenter, “Professional Decorum: Why your Professional Reputation Begins in Law School, “University of Memphis, Tennessee Institute for Pre-law, 2019.
  • Author, “Unity in Diversity: A Stride in the Direction of Change,” Memphis Lawyer Magazine, Vol. 34, at 24-25, March 20, 2017.
  • Author, “Dialer Beware: How the FCC ‘Hung up’ on Chevron in Expanding the TCPA,” University of Memphis Law Review, 2017.