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McDermott Will & Emery LLP provides ‘exceptional service’ and is ‘very knowledgeable and efficient’. It is renowned in the healthcare industry for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory strategy matters and False Claims Act litigation, in addition to which the practice has a broad geographic footprint. Chicago-based John Callahan, who is head of the firm’s international health M&A practice, worked alongside Miami-based global transactions practice head Harris Siskind to advise Universal Health Services on a joint transaction with the Pritzker family to buy the equity interests of Foundations Recovery Network for $350m. In other work, Miami-based Jerry Sokol is assisting with Surgery Partners’ acquisition strategy, including the buyout of an autism care services (ASC) practice and pain practice. Other clients include Trinity Health, Steward Healthcare System and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The Boston-based practice head Stephen Bernstein has expertise in HIPAA matters and private equity transactions; the team also includes Los Angeles-based Emily Cook who is ‘bright, thorough and very efficient’. The loss of David Klatsky and Anne Vance to in-house counsel positions was mitigated by James Owens joining the Los Angeles office from Paul Hastings LLP and the hire of Washington DC-based Vernessa Pollard from Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

Showing ‘complete dedication, legal intelligence and depth of practice’, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. is adept at handling government inquiries and investigations, M&A and unfair competition litigation. Washington DC-based George Breen successfully represented RestorixHealth in a False Claims Act matter concerning the alleged submission of false oxygen therapy service claims and New York-based David Weiss assisted the same client with its acquisition of Wound Care Specialists, a business with 200 centers across 30 states. Other clients include Prospect Medical Holdings and Einstein Health Network. Newark-based Gary Herschman has ‘great depth of legal knowledge and is “all in” for his clients’, and Jack Wenik is ‘exceptional for his intuitive insight’; Princeton-based Anthony Argiropoulos and Thomas Kane are ‘creative, tireless and detail-oriented’. The firm made several notable hires, with Washington DC-based Joseph Lynch and David Florin joining from King & Spalding LLP and Yale University, respectively, as well as Melissa Jampol arriving from the New Jersey US Attorney’s office to add white-collar crime and fraud expertise to the practice in New York. Bethany Hills moved to Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. and Douglas Hastings retired.

Foley & Lardner LLP is a major player in the healthcare space, with fraud and abuse compliance matters and False Claims Act mandates being mainstays of the healthcare litigation practice. Recent transactional work includes advising New England Physical Therapy Plus on its sale to Motion PT Group and South Shore Hospital’s $100m acquisition of South Shore Medical Center. In another highlight, Boston-based Michael Blau advised Morgan Stanley and other private equity investors on strategic buyouts of healthcare companies, with deal values up to $1bn. Hanger and the New England Baptist Hospital are also clients. Boston-based Lawrence Vernaglia leads the practice, which also includes Detroit-based Jennifer Belveal, who recently joined from an in-house counsel position. Jan Murray left to become chief legal officer at Saint Luke’s Health System.

King & Spalding LLP has a fine reputation in the healthcare industry, undertaking a full range of work for hospitals and managed care systems. San Francisco-based Marcia Augsburger is representing Prime Healthcare Services in arbitration proceedings pertaining to the amount owed to the client for services provided to Kaiser Permanente members. It is also advising the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center on its joint venture with UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources to form a jointly operated hospital and clinically integrated physicians network. Government investigations and white-collar crime cases are other areas of expertise. Jon Harris and James Boswell are the Atlanta-based practice heads. Joseph Lynch left the firm to join Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. but the departure was mitigated by Washington DC-based Christopher Kenny’s elevation to the partnership and four new hires: Phillip Street joined the Atlanta office from Paul Hastings LLP, while Gary Messplay, Sheldon Bradshaw and Kyle Sampson arrived in the Washington DC office from Hunton & Williams LLP.

Ropes & Gray LLP is ‘a sophisticated, high-quality practice’ that focuses on convergent healthcare transactions and data privacy issues. The highly regarded John Chelsey in San Francisco advised on the rebrand and reorganization to create Verity Health System out of the Daughters of Charity Health System through a $250m investment from private equity firm BlueMountain Capital. Boston-based Deborah Gardner has been representing Northwell Health in an investigation by the US Department of Justice into alleged False Claims Act violations by the client when cardioverter defibrillators were inserted into six patients at its hospitals. OhioHealth and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan are also clients. Boston-based Mark Barnes is recommended for FDA mandates and Washington DC-based Thomas Bulleitexplains complex matters in a clear language’. New York-based Brett Friedman is now a partner.

DLA Piper LLP (US) has strengths in reimbursement litigation, M&A and regulatory audits for clients. Miami-based managing partner Joshua Kaye recently advised Gastro Health on its recapitalization agreement with Audax Private Equity in a platform acquisition transaction and assisted Meridian Behavioral Health during its sale to Audax Capital. IntegraMed Fertility and DentaQuest are also clients. Austin-based Karen Nelson is ‘extremely knowledgeable, helpful and practical’. Jacqueline Hodes moved to Jones Day and Frank Sheeder joined Alston & Bird LLP but the departures were offset by the arrival of Ryan O’Quinn, who joined the Miami office from Stumphauzer & Sloman PL, and New York-based Dennis Williams’ elevation to the partnership.

Dentons covers a full range of healthcare deals, including M&A, joint operating agreements and joint ventures. The practice also extends to representing clients in litigation, including fraud and abuse cases, as well as handling Medicare issues and Medicaid mandates. It is advising the State University of New York (SUNY) on a proposed Medicaid waiver for its healthcare entities and is acting as bankruptcy counsel to Gardens Regional Hospital and Medical Center. Other clients include Dignity Health, Fresenius Medical Care and Northern Trust. Chicago-based Kathryn Ashton heads the 18-partner practice, which includes recent hire Ed Laborde, who joined the Houston office from an in-house counsel position at Foundation HealthCare, offsetting Catherine Hess’ departure to the Children’s National Medical Center.

With key offices in Washington DC and New York, Hogan Lovells US LLP’s practice frequently advises on healthcare data privacy matters and joint ventures. Washington DC-based Cliff Stromberg and Los Angeles-based Torrey McClary advised Vanderbilt University on a $2bn restructuring that separated the client from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). Contentious work included defending Advocate Health Care Network against a preliminary injunction sought by the Federal Trade Commission to block the Advocate and NorthShore University HealthSystem merger. Pathnostics and the American College of Radiology are also clients. Washington DC-based Sheree Kanner heads the practice, which also includes the recommended Jeffrey Schneider in New York, plus recent arrivals in the form of Minneapolis-based Thomas Beimers, who joined from Faegre Baker Daniels, and Washington DC-based Gejaa Gobena, who joined from the Department of Justice.

Jones Day is adept at handling regulatory matters and False Claims Act litigation. It is currently advising ProMedica Health System on the creation of the ProMedica Health Network, including assisting with its application to become an accountable care organization (ACO). Recent transactional experience for the practice includes advising Aetna on the abortive $37bn acquisition of Humana and assisting Atlantic Health System with its acquisition of Hackettstown Community Hospital’s membership interests. San Francisco-based James Dutro and Cleveland-based Stephen Sozio lead the practice, which includes Washington DC-based Catherine Livingston and San Francisco-based Curt Kirschner, who are ‘knowledgeable, practical and great communicators’; Washington DC-based Alexis Gilroy is a rising star of the practice. Jacqueline Hodes joined the Miami office from DLA Piper LLP (US) and Daniel Cody was welcomed to the San Francisco office from Reed Smith LLP.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s practice handles the full remit of contentious and non-contentious healthcare matters, including government investigations and securities matters. The team represented HCA in a False Claims Act case concerning allegedly unnecessary cardiac procedures being performed at the client’s hospitals; other highlights included acting for Tenet Healthcare in a criminal investigation instigated by the Department of Justice involving an alleged conspiracy to violate the federal Anti-Kickback Statute. Express Scripts and LivaNova are also clients. San Diego-based Katherine Lauer, Los Angeles-based Daniel Settelmayer and Washington DC-based John Manthei and Daniel Meron are all key contacts in the practice, which saw Roger Goldman retire.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP has a great standing in the healthcare field; the 31-partner team excels in insurance-related matters to complement its service provider work. Los Angeles-based James Schwartz advised Providence Health & Services and St Joseph Health System on a transaction that made the clients affiliation companies, including getting regulatory approval from the California Attorney General. Los Angeles-based Greg Pimstone represented Blue Shield of California in a civil suit concerning whether the client should pay the annual gross premiums tax that is enforced with Californian insurance companies. AmeriHealth Caritas Health Plans and Kindred Healthcare are also clients. The highly respected William Bernstein heads the practice from New York and Los Angeles-based Barry Landsberg is another key contact. Linda Tiano left the firm for in-house counsel position at Healthfirst.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. has an extensive regulatory healthcare practice, which includes HIPAA privacy and security advice and assistance with FDA inspection reports. On the transactional front, recent highlights include advising Oxford Immunotec on the regulatory aspects of its $22m acquisition of Imugen’s assets, including filing notices to multiple state departments. The firm also acts for various private equity companies in their investments, such as HealthpointCapital. Washington DC-based Karen Lovitch heads the practice overall, while new head of the firm’s FDA practice Bethany Hills joined the New York office from Epstein Becker & Green, P.C..

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLPachieves excellent results’, according to clients, and frequently undertakes Stark Law litigation, private equity healthcare investments and Medicare mandates; the team also represents healthcare clients in bankruptcy litigation and criminal proceedings. Austin-based Jerry Bell acted for Christus Health in its acquisition of Trinity Mother Frances and St Louis-based James Wiehl advised BJC HealthCare on its joint venture with Memorial Group to form Memorial Regional Health Services. New Century Hospice and Tenet Healthcare are also clients. The practice co-heads are Austin-based Yvonne Puig and Washington DC-based Frederick Robinson, who ‘stands apart for his strong litigation skills’.

Proskauer Rose LLP is ‘always dependable, efficient and thorough’. The team has notable expertise in technology-related healthcare matters, having advised on telemedicine issues and data privacy and security regulations; it also has experience in regulatory matters and healthcare litigation. Healthcare chair Richard Zall is ‘a brilliant attorney’ and ‘a tough negotiator’, whose recent work includes advising MEP Health on its merger with US Acute Care Solutions and assisting Medical Home Network with its fraud and abuse restrictions in payment arrangements for accountable care organizations. New York-based senior counsel Roger Cohen is ‘a fantastic all-round, multi-faceted healthcare lawyer’; Edward Kornreich is also highly regarded and David Manko recently joined the practice from Rivkin Radler. All lawyers mentioned are based in New York. In May 2017, Roger Cohen joined Goodwin.

Clients recommend Reed Smith LLP for its regulatory, legislative healthcare and transactional expertise. With a solid reputation in the healthcare industry, it has experience in handling joint ventures, network service agreement negotiations and data privacy breaches for hospitals, private equity investors and managed care health plans, among other areas. The ‘fantastic’ Carol Colborn Loepere is acting for HCR ManorCare in a False Claims Act case alleging the client’s fraudulent billing practices for its facilities’ therapy programs. It also assisted Epic Health Services with its acquisition of Option 1 Nutrition Holdings and Medco. Scot Hasselman leads the practice from the Washington DC office. Daniel Cody moved to Jones Day.

Arent Fox LLP is ‘excellent on all counts’. It represented Broward Health in a government investigation into alleged violations of the Stark Law and False Claims Act. It also advised Fresenius Medical Care on healthcare public policy matters, managed care litigation and reimbursement disputes in 2016. Kaiser Permanente and Bon Secours Health System are other clients. Los Angeles-based Thomas Jeffry and healthcare practice head Lowell Brown are recommended. Recent hires include Washington DC-based Douglas Grimm joining from Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, along with San Francisco-based counsels Steven Schnier and Lanhee Chen arriving from Hanson Bridgett LLP and Stanford University, respectively.

Baker Donelson merged with the now-defunct Ober Kaler, bringing professionals from Falls Church, Baltimore and Washington DC into the practice. Its strength lies in fraud and abuse claims, including Medicare and Medicaid litigation and medical negligence litigation. The team is also adept at advising on antitrust mandates, merger compliance and M&A within the healthcare sector for hospital chains, managed care systems and physician practice management companies, among others. The well-regarded Sanford Teplitzky’s healthcare work intersects with fraud and abuse claims; Julie Kass and Catherine Martin are also key names.

Greenberg Traurig LLP is highly rated by clients for its regulatory expertise; the team also advises on healthcare M&A and Medicaid program disputes. It advised Vizient on its $2.7bn buyout of MedAssets’ spend and clinical resource management division from Pamplona Capital Management. Nancy Taylor and Michael Cherniga jointly head the practice from the Washington DC and Tallahassee offices, respectively. Sean McKenna, who is ‘always available and helps clients wade through the dark waters of the industry’, joined the Dallas office from Haynes and Boone, L.L.P., and Liz Dudek joined the Tallahassee practice as director of healthcare affairs after previously being secretary of Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration.

Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, PC has a national practice that covers government reform matters, Medicare and Medicaid litigation, and white-collar crime cases. The highly regarded managing partner of the San Francisco office Mark Reagan advised the American Health Care Association on preparing a contracting guide for the client’s post-acute provider members whose operations are covered by the Medicare Surgical Hip and Femur Fracture Treatment models. Washington DC-based Robert Roth represented the Yale New Haven Health System in litigation challenging the client’s disproportionate share hospital payments. ABC Medical and the California Hospital Association are also clients. Washington DC-based James Segroves is recommended.

McGuireWoods LLP regularly advises on HIPAA procedures, regulatory and compliance issues and the negotiation of government contracts; it has notable experience in assisting private equity firms with healthcare investments. Recent transactional highlights include Charlotte-based Bart Walker advising MTS Health Investors on its equity investment in Trust HCS and Walker’s assisting Balance Point Capital with its acquisition of ProHealth Partners. Chicago-based Amber McGraw Walsh leads the practice, in which saw Holly Carnell and Charlotte-based LauraLee Lawley were elevated to the partnership. Tyson-based Kate Hardey joined the practice from a senior counsel position at GE Capital. Thomas Brown retired.

Nixon Peabody LLP is ‘responsive, exceedingly knowledgeable and professional’. Its well-regarded life sciences practice supports the team, which frequently handles physician-based practice acquisitions, digital health product matters and data privacy breaches. It advised joint operating company Amita Health on its establishment, including assisting with the merger between Ascension Health and Adventist Health, regulatory concerns and antitrust matters. Other clients include Alexian Brothers Health System and NYU Langone Medical Center. The team in Long Island includes practice head Michael Taubin, the ‘especially impressive’ Peter Egan and recently promoted partner Rebecca Simone. Los Angeles-based Jill Gordon is also recommended.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has ‘a deep bench of experience and knowledge’. The practice adeptly handles antitrust cases, Medicare and Medicaid litigation, as well as non-contentious matters such as private equity investments in the healthcare industry. The team advised Clayton Dubilier & Rice on its involvement with the formation of agilon health, a physician-based health management company, including providing assistance with three acquisitions and joint ventures. Dignity Health and Molina Healthcare are also clients. The well-regarded Eric Klein heads the practice and is based in San Francisco. Century City-based Aytan Dahukey is also recommended. Notable recent hires include Michael Paddock and Robert Rhoad joining the Washington DC office from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Crowell & Moring LLP, respectively.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP has a strong healthcare and life sciences proposition, with notable expertise in regulatory matters. Kirk Ogrosky is representing the largest shareholder of a multi-physician cardiology practice in a healthcare fraud investigation; other key areas of the practice include Medicare and Medicaid matters, M&A work and healthcare contract disputes. Horizon Health Care and TeamHealth are clients. Daniel Kracov and Allison Shuren are co-heads of the life sciences and healthcare regulation practice, which includes recently promoted partner Mahnu Davar. All lawyers mentioned are based in Washington DC. Vernessa Pollard joined McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

The ‘very professional and responsive’ team at Duane Morris LLP is recommended by clients for regulatory issues and legislative advice. Philadelphia-based practice chair David Loder represented a group of 20 hospitals in Philadelphia alleged to have passed their federal upper payment limits on the Medicaid program. The practice is also experienced in handling administrative reviews and medical liability cases. Other clients include Medina Nursing Center and MedicAlert Foundation. Chicago-based Nicholas Lynn and Neville Bilimoria are highly regarded.

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP undertakes a broad spectrum of healthcare matters, including handling internal investigations for healthcare companies, compliance mandates and transactional matters. It advised MyCare Chicago on its transfer of accountable care entity participation rights in the Illinois Medicaid program to Molina Healthcare. Novant Health, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Adventist Health System are also clients. Chicago-based Laura Keidan Martin heads the practice, which notably also includes New York-based Joseph Willey, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable and exceptionally thoughtful’; the highly recommended Louis Glaser in Chicago; and Christopher Locke in Washington DC, who joined from Epstein Becker & Green, P.C..

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a proven track record in regulatory healthcare matters and government investigations, including FDA investigations and antitrust litigation. Recent transactional experience includes Washington DC-based Joyce Cowan advising EyeCare Service Partners on its investments in Milauskas Eye Institute and the affiliated Eye Surgery Center of the Desert. Howard Young heads the practice in the Washington DC office, with support from deputy practice head Brian Jazaeri in Los Angeles. Recent hire Zane David Memeger joined the Philadelphia office, having previously been US Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Polsinelli PC provides a ‘fantastic service’ with ‘great experience and knowledge of the industry’. The firm successfully represented Pacific Pulmonary Services in an appeal for an audit bill of $14.9m to be reduced to $371,000. The team is also experienced in handling healthcare litigation and data privacy cases. St Joseph Health System, Exempla Healthcare and the University of Kansas Hospital Authority are also clients. Chicago-based Matthew Murer is head of the practice, which made several hires in 2016: healthcare innovation practice chairs Sidney Welch and Lynn Scott joined the Atlanta office from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, along with Brian McEvoy from Chilivis, Cochran, Larkins & Bever LLP; in Chicago, Lisa Acevedo joined from Coppersmith Brockelman PLC; and Dallas-based William Mateja was recruited from Fish & Richardson P.C..

Seyfarth Shaw LLP is ‘excellent in every respect’. Compliance reviews and M&A matters are frequent features of the practice for clients including hospitals, managed care systems and ancillary service providers. The firm’s strong intellectual property practice also supports the team’s work. Houston-based Sheryl Dasco advised Providence Hospital of North Houston on restructuring its medical practice to allow it to obtain accountable care organization status. Century City-based practice head Douglas Mancino is recommended along with Dean Fanelli and the ‘very prudent, intelligent and pragmatic’ Thomas Haag in Washington DC; Fanelli and Haag joined from legacy firm Fanelli Haag PLLC.

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