Tonya Grindon
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Tonya Grindon
Shareholder, Chair of Business Department
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
What led you to a career in the deal-making industry?
I love the win-win aspect of closing a transaction or completing an IPO and helping my business clients achieve their strategic priorities.
How does diversity add value in the deal-making process?
Women tend to be more consensus builders than men, so research shows that having a woman negotiate your transaction will more likely lead to the deal getting done.
The most memorable deal I worked on....
In negotiating a hostile takeover, there was a physical altercation between my client and the other side. I had to step between them to diffuse the situation.
Advice for achieving success in the industry....
Don’t take perceived slights personally. Your job is to represent your client and to do it well.


Tonya concentrates her practice in securities and corporate finance, corporate governance and business transactions. She has experience in the area of business transactions includes the representation of foreign and U.S. companies in asset sales and purchases, mergers and securities purchases and sales. She has been interviewed on securities and corporate finance topics by numerous publications, including Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. Tonya is on the firm’s board of directors and recently stepped down as chair of the firm’s audit and finance committee. She is past chair of the Firm's Corporate Finance & Securities Group.

Location: Baker Donelson, Nashville, Tennessee, United States.

Education: J.D., George Washington University; M.A in International Affairs, George Washington University, B.A, Vanderbilt University, cum laude.