Chairman, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP

Matthew Burnstein became Chairman of the Waller Board of Directors in 2014 and leads the firm’s Diversity Committee. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Nashville Capital Network and is a guest lecturer at Vanderbilt University. Matt is also on a quest to complete a marathon in every U.S. state—so far, he has run in 33.

As part of LCLD's Leaders at the Front initiative, Matthew created a Leader's Pledge detailing his personal and organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read Matthew's pledge here

Waller was one of the first law firms in middle Tennessee to elect female and African-American partners, and was the first to provide scholarships for minority law students. Waller has a Diversity Mentoring Program that pairs minority associates with successful partners at the firm and provides opportunities to network with firm leadership. The firm also does significant outreach to the LGBT business community in Tennessee. 

Joined LCLD 2009

Highlights of LCLD Participation

Fellows Program
Hosted Leadership Lunch (2013)
2022: Nora Katz; 2021: Joshua Wood; 2020: Casey Duhart; 2019: Jimar Sanders; 2018: David Garcia; 2016: Aron Karabel; 2015: Al Bright; 2014: David E. Green; 2013: Heather J. Hubbard; 2012: Vinh Duong; 2011: John Park

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted: 
2022: Ashlen Payton, Zachary Khan, Mehmet Ugur, Jay Bekal; 2021: Yung-Hsin Yuan; 2020: Yuna Pyun, Lauren Caverly, Alisha Patel, Nuraldeen Brifkani, Hannah Ketring Brown, Charlotte Watters; 2019:John Nix; 2018: Kenya Freeman, Joseph Robert North; 2017: Brittany Foster, Alexa Sengupta, Sarah Staples

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2021, 2019, 2017, 2013, 2012

Annual Meeting (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014) 

Member: Matthew Burnstein

Diversity Professional: Michelle Parsons, Ron Snitker

Communications: Kathy Phelps, Morgan Ribeiro