Healthcare: service providers in United States

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP is a market leader in this space, having expanded on existing strengths in corporate transactions and False Claims Act and other government litigation. It has also branched out, creating a Covid-19 task force in 2020 and winning several new digital and non-traditional healthcare provider clients. Most notably, lead partner Mark Polston, alongside Dan Hettich, has pushed further into the field of Medicaid/Medicare reimbursement, including creating a working group within that team to manage the logistical challenges of new rules on price transparency. With nine offices across the US, it maintains a major presence in several regions across the country. Jon (Jay) Harris in Atlanta has a focus on transactions; Stephen Goff in California further developed the firm’s government and corporate practice on the West Coast; Adam Robison and recently promoted partner Kristin Roshelli in Texas have gained major healthcare providers as new clients for the firm.

Practice head(s):

Jim Boswell; Mark Polston

Other key lawyers:

Jon (Jay) Harris; Stephen Goff; Adam Robison; Kristin Roshelli


‘Extraordinary experience and knowledge regarding Medicare and CMS-Specific hospital healthcare appeals issues.’

‘Chris Kenny has always been a HUGE asset and a help to clients with his knowledge and background. ’

‘King & Spalding has the preeminent healthcare practice in the country and they are a must-have firm in your roster of outside counsel if you are a healthcare provider of any kind from hospital to medical group to surgery center. The breadth of their team at all levels and in all jurisdictions is unparalleled, as is their ability to work cohesively to always leverage the right expert for the right issue for the right matter. They can be relied upon for the largest transaction, largest litigation matter, or largest regulatory issue.’

‘Each of the King & Spalding subject matter experts are leaders in their field from Steve Goff and John Barnes on managed care contracting, to Daron Tooch and Jim Boswell on managed care litigation, to Mike Paulhus and Stephanie Johnson on False Claims Act litigation and compliance, to Peter Strotz on trials, too Mark Polston on anything related to Medicare. They go the extra mile to understand our business and what we need, when we need it.’

Key clients

Atrium Health

American Clinical Laboratory Association

Atlantic Health System

BronxCare Health System

California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS)

California Hospital Association

Capital One/Healthcare Financial Services

Catholic Health Services of Long Island

Cedars-Sinai Healthcare System

Charleston Area Medical Center

Christ Hospital and Health System


Citizens Medical Center

Community Health Systems, Inc.

Cox Health

DaVita Healthcare Partners

Empire Health Foundation

Exact Sciences Corporation

Florida Hospital Association

H and H Drug Stores

Hackensack Medical Center

HCA, Inc.

Hospice of the West

Lee Health

LifeLinc Corporation

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport

Montefiore Medical Center

Northbay Healthcare

Northwell Health

North Carolina Hospital Association

Ochsner Health System

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Piedmont Healthcare, Inc.

Prime Healthcare Services, Inc.

Signify Health

Sanford Health

Work highlights

  • Led CalPERS through a significant transformation of the process by which it negotiates health premium rates and contract terms for California state employees and retirees.
  • Represented clients in DC Circuit court regarding a challenge to Medicare’s payment calculation methodology to hospitals.
  • Developed a strategy for academic medical centers to greatly increase their annual reimbursement from the Medicare program.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

A 'one-stop shop for outstanding legal advisory work', McDermott Will & Emery LLP provides a complete suite of services to its clients, with experience in transactions, litigation, enforcement and regulatory compliance. It also has integrated research and lobbying wings to further support client needs. The firm has expanded its work with telehealth providers, having recently acted for clients including Regroup Therapy, Babylon Health, MDLive and WorkIT, in their responses to regulatory demands created by the Covid-19 pandemic. Chicago-based Sandra DiVarco, who has noted expertise in restructuring, has led much of the Covid-19-related regulatory work. On the transactional side, Bernadette Broccolo in Chicago focuses on relationship formation and realignment; Miami-based Gary Davis is a name to note for managed care organizations' Kerrin Slattery has experience in large-scale transactions and joint venture advisory work; and Christopher Jedrey concentrates on non-profit and for-profit healthcare M&A. Gregory Fosheim is also recommended both for transactional and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Eric Zimmerman

Other key lawyers:

Bernadette Broccolo; Gary Davis; Kerrin Slattery; Christopher Jedrey; Sandra DiVarco; Gregory Fosheim


‘The bench strength is amazing and the responsiveness to short timelines quite impressive.’

‘Chris Jedrey is a remarkable counsel and a better teacher. He is a reliable voice in dealing with thorny issues. Charlie Buck is an outstanding lawyer, an excellent teacher, and a significant resource with respect to health care transactions, physician arrangements, and regulatory matters.’

‘One-stop shop for outstanding legal advisory work. I was extremely impressed with the quality of work, responsiveness, depth and breadth both with the healthcare team as well as the specialists across the firm that were looped in as-needed.’

‘Real human beings that were easy to connect beyond working on the transaction. I found myself eager to get on the phone with the MWE team as I knew we would have a lot of fun working through issues. Can’t say I’ve ever mentioned having fun on calls with my lawyers.’

‘MWE is responsive, creative, timely, and provides solid advice.’

‘Jennifer Vecchio is an amazing attorney with sound advice, real-world experience, timely work results and always willing to think of solutions to today’s complex healthcare M&A issues.’

‘The privacy team is able to give high-level feedback real-time based upon the breadth and depth of their knowledge of not just the law, but the application of the law. Their advice is practical.’

‘Daniel Gottlieb has such a broad and deep understanding of the application of the HIPAA rules as well as the multitude of tiny details in the preamble and OCR commentary that he can very quickly and efficiently answer most questions on a telephone call or email.’

‘McDermott has an exceptional healthcare transactional team that is our go-to and only call for the most complex transactions and finance matters. McDermott has the deepest bench for healthcare financing, M&A, or related regulatory work. They have been a trusted partner for over a decade and help both with day-to-day issues, as well as enormous special projects such as bond financings, credit lines, and major acquisitions.’

‘Gary Gertler is incredibly responsive and client-focused. He knows exactly what we need and delivers a practice-ready work product that does not require any filter before going to management. He is extremely flexible and understands what the situation requires and will deliver every time. His depth of knowledge on healthcare transaction issues is unparalleled and he leverages the entire firm to get an answer on any topic within minutes, even if he doesn’t know it offhand.’

‘MWE’s expertise in the healthcare field is unparalleled. I’ve worked with a number of firms in this area, but none have been able to match their responsiveness or depth of expertise.’

‘Jenn Geetter is an outstanding lawyer focusing on HIPAA. She’s able to give practical, informed, and nuanced advice on data privacy, regardless of the context. Tony Maida is also excellent when it comes to healthcare regulatory issues. He’s been a strong partner to our company for years, and is one of the most trusted external counsels that we have.’

Key clients

Advent Health

Lexington Medical Center

Tidelands Health

Medical University of South Carolina

Randolph Hospital, Incorporated, d/b/a Randolph Health

Wayne Memorial Hospital, Inc., d/b/a Wayne UNC Health Care

Physicians Regional Healthcare System


GastroCare, LLP

Village Dermatology

Summit Health Partners, LLC

Maric Healthcare, LLC

American Society of Hematologists

Beacon Health Options


Encompass Health

Work highlights

  • Represented Quorum Health Corporation and its affiliates as debtors’ counsel in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases in the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
  • Serves as primary outside legal counsel to Walmart Inc. on the development of its Walmart Health initiative, which includes the development of multi-specialty healthcare clinics.
  • Represents dozens of telehealth companies, healthcare providers and health plans on the legal and compliance considerations relevant to  telehealth in the pandemic.

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP maintains its leading healthcare practice with a breadth of expertise across transactions, regulatory compliance, reimbursement, antitrust, government investigations and enforcement actions. Of recent note, New York attorney Stephen Warnke assisted with the establishment of Covid-19 legal protections for the Greater New York Hospitals Association, leading to the creation of a state immunity shield law. A highlight in the transactions space included Boston-based co-head Timothy McCrystal advising on a combination agreement between Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and Tufts Associated Health Maintenance Organization. Other key figures in the team include DC-based attorney Thomas Bulleit, an expert in regulatory compliance, and Chicago-based practice co-head Debbie Gersh, whose experience in value-based care and digital health was integral to the creation of the firm's pandemic resource center. The firm has significantly expanded, with multiple partner-level promotions and arrivals. Of particular note, Stephanie Webster, who focuses on litigation and reimbursement regulation matters, joined the Washington DC office from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Debbie Gersh; Tim McCrystal

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Warnke; Thomas Bulleit; Stephanie Webster

Key clients

Stanford University

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

1Life Healthcare

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Advocate Aurora Health, Inc.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Greater New York Hospital Association

Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Flatiron Health Inc.

Work highlights

  • Guided the Greater New York Hospital Association in devising legal protections for hospitals, physicians and other healthcare professionals at the front lines of New York Covid-19 response, leading to a state immunity shield law.
  • Finalizing the merger between Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan.
  • Represented Allina Health services in Azar v. Allina Health Services in front of the Supreme Court.

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP's Washington-DC based healthcare practice is driven by expertise in health transactions and system restructuring. The firm represents numerous large-scale clients across the US, with particular emphasis on university medical centers. Highlights over the review period saw Clifford Stromberg and Leigh Oliver taking leading roles in the merger of Einstein Healthcare and Jefferson Healthcare, and also in the combination of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Atrium Health. The team has further expertise in antitrust work, coverage and reimbursement, government price reporting and digital health. Jonathan Diesenhaus leads the team's healthcare fraud and regulatory litigation work, having previously held a position with the DOJ. Practice head Sheree Kanner representation in Medicaid and Medicare litigation has also led to positive client feedback.

Practice head(s):

Sheree Kanner

Other key lawyers:

Clifford Stromberg; Leigh Oliver; Robert Liebenluft; Jonathan Diesenhaus

Key clients

Columbia University Medical Center

The State University of New York (SUNY) (all four medical campuses)

Henry Ford Health System

Atrium Health

Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation

Penn State Health

Beaumont Health

Medical College of South Carolina

University of Minnesota (UM)

Ohio State University

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

West Virginia University – Health System

Work highlights

  • Served as general counsel for its merger with Jefferson Health, including corporate, antitrust, health regulatory, and other matters.
  • Advised Atrium Health and Wake Forest Baptist Health on their combination—creating a 42-hospital system with more than 1,500 care sites, 70,000 employees, and an annual net revenue of approximately $11.5bn.
  • Representing Penn State health in its acquisition of Holy Spirt Health System in Pennsylvania from Geisinger Health System.

Jones Day

Jones Day's practice features litigators with experience in healthcare fraud, with particular emphasis on False Claims Act cases and internal investigations. It also has experience of M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions, digital health, payment reform, and both IRS audits and state tax disputes. Practice co-heads James Dutro, Stephen Sozio and Kenneth Field lead the national team from San Francisco, Cleveland and Washington DC, respectively. Its collaborative, multi-office approach to work was demonstrated in its advice to GM on its partnership with Ventec Life Systems to produce medical ventilators. Field is also noted for his experience of antitrust matters relating to healthcare transactions. Washington DC-based Alexis Gilroy also comes recommended for her experience in the developing digital health, telehealth and telemedicine sectors.

Practice head(s):

James Dutro; Stephen Sozio; Kenneth Field

Other key lawyers:

Alexis Gilroy

Key clients

General Motors

City of Hope

Community Medical Centers

Work highlights

  • Represented GM in the “Project V” partnership with Ventec Life Systems to provide ventilators in fighting Covid-19.
  • Representing 14 organ transplant programs and four individual patients in a lawsuit against the US Department of Health and Human Services, challenging a revised policy for allocating donated livers to waitlisted transplant patients across the country.
  • Advising City of Hope on a series of complex supply chain arrangements with leading distributors, group purchasing organizations and super GPOs.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP offers advisory services to clients on M&A and antitrust matters, and also provides a host of litigation and regulatory services. The firm recently led on a pair of significant cross-border transactions: Siemens Healthcare's $16bn acquisition of Varian Health Systems, and GenesisCare's $1.1 bn acquisition of 21st Century Oncology. Washington DC-based Stuart Kurlander, Eric Greig and Nicole Liffrig Molife led on those transactions. Major litigation work includes defending UnitedHealthcare in a challenge to Centers for Medicare Services' payment of companies participating in Medicare Advantage. Daniel Meron has significant experience in white-collar work, specializing in fraud litigation and agency challenges. San Diego-based litigator Katherine Lauer is also recommended for anti-kickback and Stark Law defense work.

Practice head(s):

John Manthei; Judith Hasko; Brian Cuneo; Michael Morin; Terra Reynolds

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Meron; Stuart Kurlander; Eric Grieg; Katherine Lauer; Ali Lakhani


‘Our experience with the Latham Healthcare Reimbursement team has been fantastic. They clearly know the people, issues and opportunities to navigate CMS and Washington. They are very grounded and look to be problem solvers.’

‘Stuart Kurlander – strong presence in any room, humble, personable, kind Eric Greig – a bit more serious but clearly experienced and respected Ali Lakhani – Very collaborative, great lawyer, very high potential for a future partner role at Latham.’

‘Latham and Watkins fraud and abuse team is one of the best. Kathy Lauer in particular is very experienced and represents clients nationally in this space. Obviously, she is well versed in the law, but also has decades of experience handling probably thousands of matters involving the various fraud and abuse laws. She is a practically oriented attorney and understands health care operations. Accordingly, Kathy does not just tell a client what the client cannot do – she helps us find lawful, business solutions and assists in creating mitigating controls.’

Key clients


Siemens Healthcare

Tenet Healthcare Corporation

Sutter Health

Oklahoma Center for Orthopaedic & Multispecialty Surgery

United Surgical Partners

Abbott Diabetes Care

Philips Respironics

Merck, Amgen, and Eli Lilly

Adventist Health



Crossover Health


United Healthcare

Independent Health Association

Work highlights

  • Advising on GenesisCare’s acquisition of 21st Century Oncology.
  • Resolved a multi-pronged litigation for Tenet Healthcare and others alleging violation of Stark Law and federal Anti-Kickback Statute.
  • Advising on Siemens Healthineers’ acquisition of Varian Medical Systems

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP provides clients with transactional and regulatory advice, and also has experience of litigation in the sector. Key work this year focused on Covid-19 responses, including assisting with the formation of the NYC Rapid Response Coalition and developing a commercial framework for Mount Sinai Health System's antibody testing. As for transactions, Chicago-based Keith Anderson represented Wyoming Medical Center in its $360m strategic affiliation with Banner Health. Specialist areas within the firm include payment and delivery transformation, Medicaid redesign and innovation, privacy and security, health reform implementation and digital strategy. Michael Kolber is noted for his expertise in Affordable Care Act issues and has prior experience working with the Department of Health and Human Services. Yarmela Pavlovic joined the San Francisco team from Hogan Lovells US LLP in November 2019, and Los Angeles-based Paul Carr-Rollitt joined from McDermott Will & Emery LLP in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

William Bernstein

Other key lawyers:

Robert Belfort; Randi Siegel; Keith Anderson; Michael Kolber; Paul Carr-Rollitt; Yarmela Pavlovic


‘Manatt is my go-to firm because the attorneys are top-notch and leverage their expertise to help clients understand both legal and policy implications. The attorneys at Manatt are efficient in their work and provide thoughtful, client-centered feedback. I believe Manatt stands out from other firms because of their understanding of the health care industry as a whole and not just one sliver of it.’

Key clients

NYC COVID-19 Rapid Response Coalition

CVS Health

New York Care Information Gateway

Mount Sinai Health System

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Medicaid Health Plans of America

New York City Health + Hospitals


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

American Hospital Association

Yale New Haven Health System

State of New Jersey

State of Rhode Island

University of Iowa Health System

HCR ManorCare

Canopy Health

Blue Shield of California

Caption Health

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

Dignity Health

Teachers Health Trust (THT Health) and Teachers Emergency Assistance & Community Health, Inc. (TEACH)

Eko Devices

St. Mary Medical Center


Association of California Life and Health Insurance Companies

Astiva Health

Brandman Health Plan

Work highlights

  • Co-founded the NYC Covid-19 Rapid Response Coalition, providing strategic, sustainability planning and project management support to help medically vulnerable New Yorkers during the Covid-19 crisis.
  • Represented Dignity Health in a Supreme Court case concerning First Amendment freedom of religion and transgender issues for faith-based medical practices.
  • Advised Wyoming Medical Center, the largest hospital in the state, on its complex strategic affiliation transaction with Banner Health.


Dentons' healthcare group is recognized in particular for its strength in litigation, with a number of attorneys focused on fraud and abuse matters. The team has expertise in False Claims Act cases and reimbursement suits. Washington DC-based attorney Holley Thames Lutz acts as lead fraud and regulatory counsel for multiple long-time clients of the firm, which has seen her advising on a huge variety of matters relating to Covid-19. The group also handles non-contentious work including corporate and financing transactions, restructuring and privacy matters. In this regard, Gadi Weinreich in DC advised the University of California Health System on a pathology joint venture in mainland China. Kimberly Kerry leads the practice group from San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

Kimberly Kerry

Other key lawyers:

Holley Thames Lutz; Gadi Weinreich

Key clients

HCA Holdings, Inc.

SCL Health, Inc. (formerly Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System and Exempla Health, Inc.)

The University of California Health System

CommonSpirit Health

Virginia Hospital Center Arlington Health System

Verity Health Systems

Astria Health

Parkland Health and Hospital System

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and its affiliates

Work highlights

  • Advised CommonSpirit on a $2bn corporate and municipal debt financing.
  • Serving as HCA’s go-to firm for advice on how federal Covid-19 legislation, funding opportunities, and ever-changing regulations could impact virtually every aspect of the Company.
  • Advising UC Health System on numerous ongoing regulatory matters and on the development and implementation of an advanced pathology UCLA joint venture in mainland China.

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US) provides a strong mix of regulatory and transactional services to healthcare providers, private equity firms and physician groups. Of recent note, the team has been advising on regulatory matters relating to Covid-19, and has developed a strong understanding of CARES Act funding and legislation. Additional expertise includes digital health and enforcement defenses. The practice group is led from Miami by Joshua Kaye, who focuses on M&A and private equity transactions. Washington DC-based Kristi Kung also comes recommended for her expertise in digital health.

Practice head(s):

Joshua Kaye

Other key lawyers:

Kristi Kung

Key clients

MEDNAX Services, Inc

Precision Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Urology Care Alliance

Retina Group of Florida

Infusion Associates Management, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented MEDNAX Services, Inc. in its sale of American Anesthesiology, Inc. and affiliated practices to North American Partners in Anesthesia.
  • Represented Premier Urology Associates, LLC d/b/a Urology Care Alliance in its acquisition by New Jersey Urology and Urology Management Associates.
  • Represented Retina Group of Florida in its acquisition by Webster Equity Partners.

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. acts for a variety of large-scale service providers, including health systems, hospitals, telehealth companies, and non-profit health groups. A key figure in the team is New York-based attorney Arthur Fried, who has provided general counsel to clients including Bronx Health System, a large health provider which includes teaching facilities, and TwentyEight Health, a rapidly expanding telemedicine company. David Matyas and practice co-head George Breen focus on healthcare fraud and other litigation in the sector. Amy Lerman also comes recommended for regulatory and transactional work, with particular experience in counseling telemedicine companies.

Practice head(s):

Mark Lutes; George Breen

Other key lawyers:

David Matyas; Arthur Fried; Amy Lerman


Deep experience spanning multiple healthcare domains.

Work highlights

  • Provides legal services on a broad range of issues to BronxCare, which, to date, have included advice on Covid-19 response, managed care litigation and contract negotiation, vendor contracts, and compliance matters.
  • Provides strategic and regulatory advice as TwentyEight Health expands from its initial footprint in two states to nationwide coverage, adding Medicaid coverage.

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP's nationwide healthcare practice offers a strong mix of transactional and litigation services to its clients, with particular focus on bankruptcy, employment, antitrust and data security law. Lawyers in the firm's Chicago office are active in private equity transactions, but also have strength in litigation, while team members in its Charlotte office are also adept at transactions in the sector. Contacts in the Chicago office include Amber McGraw Walsh, who heads up the practice group; James Riley, who focuses on complex transactional matters for hospitals and outpatient providers; and Scott Becker, who has a specialty practice working with ambulatory surgery centers.

Practice head(s):

Amber McGraw Walsh

Other key lawyers:

James Riley; Scott Becker; Bart Walker; Holly Buckley

Key clients

Smile Doctors LLC

Surgical Care Affiliates

Sheridan Capital Partners

Audax Group

Women’s Health USA

Chicago Pacific Founders Fund, L.P.

Revelstoke Capital Partners

Novant Health

Silver Oak Services Partners


Work highlights

  • Represented Women’s Health USA, a national healthcare and management services organization, in a variety of transactional matters.
  • Represented Novant Health in its acquisition of New Hanover Regional Medical Center from New Hanover County.
  • Represented Charlotte Radiology, one of the largest privately-owned radiology practices in the US, in a recapitalization and affiliation with Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe to form US Radiology Specialists.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. runs a balanced practice focusing on regulatory and transactional issues, with additional expertise in enforcement and litigation, including False Claims Act cases. The team has a particular niche representing diagnostic centers and laboratories, but also acts for private equity investors in the sector. The practice is led by Susan Berson and Karen Lovitch from Washington DC, both of whom assisted TPG Capital with a significant investment in LifeStance Health, a major behavioral health outpatient provider. Also recommended are Stephen Curley and Rachel Yount, who recently advised China-based Blue City Holdings on its US IPO.

Practice head(s):

Karen Lovitch; Susan Berson

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Curley; Rachel Yount

Key clients

Sanford Health

Northwell Health

Roche Diagnostics Corporation

Mass General Brigham

Healthpoint Capital, LLC

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated

Inform Diagnostics, Inc.

US Family Health Plan

TPG Capital

Kindred Healthcare, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Provided pro bono legal counsel to a global health nonprofit on a groundbreaking initiative to slow the spread of Covid-19 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Advised Northwell Health, the largest hospital system and private employer in the State of New York, on its participation and investment in data aggregator Truveta.
  • Acted as special counsel for the initial public offering of Blue City Holdings, the parent company of Blued, China’s largest LGBT dating application and surrogacy facilitator.

Polsinelli PC

Polsinelli PC is adept at advising hospitals and health systems, providing a range of transactional, regulatory and litigation services. In addition, the team has expertise in representing healthcare technology companies, and post-acute care and dialysis providers, and has regular work flows covering fraud and abuse, health privacy, and strategic transactions. Matt Murer leads the practice from Chicago and focuses on senior housing and assisted living. Also recommended is Washington DC-based Iliana Peters, whose practice focuses on data privacy, and Mary Clare Bonaccorsi, who leads the firm's cross-department litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Matt Murer

Other key lawyers:

Mary Clare Bonaccorsi; Iliana Peters; Dan Reinberg

Key clients

Oakbend Medical Center

Northwest Community Healthcare

Pinnacle Treatment Centers

Work highlights

  • Served as co-counsel on Pinnacle Treatment Centers’ acquisition of Aegis Treatment Centers, a group of 35 outpatient substance abuse treatment programs.

Reed Smith LLP

The ‘superb and experienced litigators‘ at Reed Smith LLP are rated for their expertise in privacy matters and fraud and abuse. Specifically, the group routinely represents clients in civil and criminal government investigations. The firm also provides regulatory and compliance advice on large-scale transactions in the sector. Scot Hasselman heads the practice from Washington DC, and focuses on matters involving long-term and post-acute care facilities. Austin-based attorney Jeff Layne is an experienced litigator and counselor for healthcare providers, and Washington DC-based Carol Loepere is a name to note for compliance work. Gail Daubert left to set up a consulting firm in June 2020, and Elizabeth Carder-Thompson retired.

Practice head(s):

Scott Hasselman

Other key lawyers:

Jeff Layne; Nicole Aiken-Shaban; Karl Thallner; Frederick Robinson


‘The team at Reed Smith constantly innovate for clients – whether through AFAs, training, workshops, technology offerings or other tools. Gravity Stack and the Heretik Tool is something which particularly sets them apart, as this is available to clients on a pay per use basis (whereas other providers require an annual licence for similar tools).’

‘The high level of knowledge in health care regulations in many states and the quick response to our questions is very impressive. Each member of the firm is willing to step in where needed and actually assist with the heavy lifting when it comes to meeting filing or regulatory deadlines. The responses I have received are understandable and I feel like I’m working with someone who sees me as an equal partner.’

‘Nicole Aiken-Shaban has been my go-to for answers to difficult state and federal regulatory questions. She has been so prompt in getting back to me with a response to questions and replies immediately to emails. Her knowledge of CMS, state and federal regulations seems never-ending and she is able to explain processes so they are easy to understand. I have never felt that Nicole puts herself on a level above me as her client. She has stepped into situations that required a higher level of expertise with various government agencies and has brought them to resolution each time.’

‘Superb and experienced litigators respecting health care compliance laws including Stark and Anti-Kickback Statute. Efficient and they do not overbill.’

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has maintained its activity in healthcare transactions, with recent work including joint venture projects, often involving private equity investors and large physician groups. Its additional work areas include advice on risk and value-based reimbursement systems, health plan licensing, fraud and abuse, payor and provider contracting, and other payment plan structuring advice. Though the group's core practice is based in California, where Century City-based practice head Eric Klein is a key contact, it has expanded its New York office with two partner promotions. Also recommended is Washington DC-based Michael Paddock, who has garnered strong client feedback for his work on federal healthcare regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):

Eric Klein

Other key lawyers:

Jay Gerzog; Aytan Dahukey; Eric Newsom; Michael Paddock


‘I think Sheppard Mullin’s Health Practice is extremely helpful in terms of resolving complicated regulatory and fraud and abuse questions.’

‘I would highlight Mike Paddock, who has been an outside counsel partner to me for years. I very much value his insight and ability to handle complex analyses. He makes himself available whenever needed, and does a great job of supervising other attorneys who work for him (so everything goes through him). What I like most about Mike’s counsel is that he has a great ability to hone down on the specific issue at hand and not get lost in the weeds. I have had counsel provide me with analysis in the past that analyzed both sides of an issue but was hesitant to come to a specific conclusion or recommendation. That will not happen with Mike’s counsel.’

Key clients

Blue Shield of California

Orthopedic Care Partners Holdings, LLC

Summit Medical Group

Pediatric Associates

The Polyclinic


Amulet Capital Partners, LP

BlueMountain Capital Management LLC


agilon health

Aligned Telehealth

Alignment Healthcare


Evolent Health

Excellere Capital Partners

Iora Health

Kadiant Holdings, L.P.

Landmark Health


Work highlights

  • Advised Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe on a $600m joint venture with Humana to develop a new Medicare Advantage model for senior primary care centers.
  • Represented Blue Shield of California’s new healthcare services and physician practice platform Altais, in its strategic affiliation with Brown & Toland Physicians.
  • Represented AccentCare Inc. in a joint venture transaction with Minnesota-based health system Fairview Health Services.

ArentFox Schiff

Arent Fox LLP stands out for its focus on healthcare fraud and abuse, and related government investigations, though the team is also rated for its experience in matters relating to long-term care. Based in the Los Angeles office, Debra Albin-Riley and practice co-chair Lowell Brown are currently representing Providence St. Joseph Health System before the California Supreme Court in anti-SLAPP measures related to peer reviews. The firm also has expertise in drug pricing work, an area where Washington DC-based attorney Stephanie Trunk is a key contact. Also recommended in Washington DC is Jacques Smith, who has extensive experience in False Claims Act cases.

Practice head(s):

Lowell Brown; Douglas Grimm

Other key lawyers:

Debra Albin-Riley; Jacques Smith; Stephanie Trunk; Sarah Benator; Diane Roldan


‘This firm has broad and deep expertise in healthcare law, which is the primary reason I utilize their services, but it also has expertise in other areas that is available if needed. What makes the firm unique is its extraordinary responsiveness to client needs both in terms of a quick turnaround when necessary and providing an appropriate and useful work product.’

‘Lowell Brown, Sarah Benator, and Diane Roldan are all extremely knowledgeable in their respective areas of expertise and produce the highest quality work product. They are always responsive and keep me apprised of developments. Finally, I appreciate that they work with me as colleagues.’

Key clients

Providence St. Joseph Health

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Fundamental Long Term Care

Community Memorial Health System

Cardinal Health

Maxim Healthcare Services

Aurinia Pharmaceuticals

California Hospital Association

MGA Homecare

Work highlights

  • Representing St. Joseph Health System before the California Supreme Court in an important matter involving anti-SLAPP motions in medical staff peer review cases.
  • Advising Fundamental Long Term Care on several important transactional matters.
  • Serves as CHA’s preferred amicus curiae counsel in medical staff peer review cases.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's healthcare team has experience of transactions, litigation and regulatory matters, with particular strengths in M&A, mass torts and class actions, capital markets and IP law. In this regard, the team acts for a variety of service providers, life sciences companies and private equity investors. Contacts in the team include litigator Maura Monaghan and Kevin Rinker, who has advised major companies on healthcare transactions. Monaghan and Rinker co-lead the service group alongside New York-based Andrew Bab and Mark Goodman, and Paul Rubin in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Bab; Mark Goodman; Maura Monaghan; Kevin Rinker; Paul Rubin

Other key lawyers:

Kristin Kiehn


‘Outstanding individual attorneys’

‘Mark Goodman is an outstanding litigator and advisor. He is very responsive and extremely dedicated to his clients. He is an excellent communicator and gives very practical advice.’

‘Kristin Kiehn is also excellent. She is very bright and an outstanding lawyer. She is also very responsive.’

Key clients

The Blackstone Group

Centerbridge Partners

Certain former directors and shareholders of Purdue Pharma, Inc.

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC

EmblemHealth / Group Health Incorporated, Inc.

Guggenheim Securities


Hospital Corporation of America and subsidiaries

JAB Holdings

J.P. Morgan Securities

Kindred Healthcare

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Morgan Stanley

Prudential Financial

TPG Capital

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP‘s healthcare and FDA team provides regulatory advice to a variety of healthcare providers, and also provides transactional advice to private equity houses and other investor groups. It also has a strong focus on insurance regulation as it relates to the healthcare sector. The practice group is jointly led by Washington DC-based Nancy Taylor and David Peck in the Ft. Lauderdale office. Taylor focuses on ACA reimbursements and FDA regulation, while Peck is a name to note for growth companies and private equity investors in the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Taylor; David Peck

Other key lawyers:

Michael Cherniga; Tricia Asaro; Michael Malone; Joseph Coniglio

Key clients

Valir Health

New Mainstream Capital

Inform Diagnostics

Main Street Anaesthesia Consulting, Inc.

Vizient, Inc.

True Health Diagnostics, LLC

Anne Arundel Dermatology Management

Omni Ophthalmic Management Consultants

Bow River Capital

U.S. Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, PC

Boutique firm Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, PC specializes in acting for healthcare providers and suppliers. In this regard, it covers transactional, regulatory and litigation matters, with additional services in government relations. Katrina Pagonis chairs the regulatory practice, which focuses on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and regularly handles work for the California Association of Health facilities. Charles Oppenheim and Amy Joseph are recommended for large-scale corporate and commercial transactions in this space, and Scott Kiepen and Devin Senelick take the lead on litigation. Pagonis and Kiepen are based in San Francisco, Oppenheim and Senelick are based in Los Angeles, and Joseph is in the Boston office.

Practice head(s):

Katrina Pagonis; Scott Kiepen; Devin Senelick; Charles Oppenheim; Amy Joseph

Other key lawyers:

Mark Reagan; Lloyd Bookman; Mark Johnson


‘The depth and experience of the staff is the most important ingredient to the firm’s success.’

‘Mark Reagan is the best general counsel and health lawyer I have ever met.  Mark Johnson is an excellent attorney also. They both understand health care policy from more than a legal standpoint which is very helpful.’

Key clients

Rockport Administrative Services

California Association of Health Facilities

Massachusetts Senior Care Association

American Health Care Association


Providence Health & Services Inc.

University of Chicago Medical Center

Consumer Technology Association

Dr. Gregory Colburn and Amy Colburn

Sharp Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Worked with leadership from the California Association of Health Facilities to successfully develop a Medicaid reimbursement strategy that produced a 10% increase for Covid-19 Medi-Cal rates.
  • Obtained a favorable decision from the United States District Court for the Central District of California for Agendia, Inc., a California-based diagnostic laboratory that provides breast cancer testing services.

K&L Gates

K&L Gates' healthcare team provides regulatory and strategic counsel to a variety of healthcare providers, academic medical centres, private equity investors and smaller businesses. It also handles litigation and transactions in the sector. The team is co-headed by North Carolina-based Mary Beth Johnston, who has experience in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement as well as state regulatory compliance, and Richard Church, whose regulatory practice focuses on healthcare transactions and compliance matters. Limo Cherian is recommended in the Chicago office.

Practice head(s):

Mary Beth Johnston; Richard Church

Other key lawyers:

Limo Cherian; Carla DewBerry; Joshua Skora; Gary Qualls


‘The team is very knowledgeable and practical when it comes to bankruptcy advice. They understand when it’s worthwhile to take action or file. They are very experienced and are able to explain issues clearly to non-bankruptcy attorneys as well as business people.’

‘David Neu is very bright and capable. Is quick to respond to emails and phone calls. He’s very results-oriented.’

‘Mike Gearin brings strategic thinking to the mix. He’s very good at explaining the nuances and describing options.’

Key clients

Parkview Health

Atrium Health


Franciscan Missionaries of our Lady Health System



Texas Children’s Hospital


Bridges Health Partners

Vidant Health

Cottage Health

Palmetto Infusion Services

North Carolina Specialty Hospital and Southpoint Surgery Center

The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation

ProMedica Toledo Hospital

Lower Cape Fear LifeCare


Work highlights

  • Acting for AdaptHealth, provided regulatory counsel and advice regarding federal and state regulations.
  • Represented Lower Cape Fear LifeCare in its acquisition of Onslow Home Health & Hospice, providing assistance with the public bidding process, transaction document preparation and regulatory diligence.
  • Representing Parkview Health in healthcare regulatory matters and transactions.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The sizeable team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has strengths in litigation and regulatory matters, with recent highlights covering compliance, false claims and abuse cases, and privacy and data security. The firm also provides transactional and public policy support. An area of focus for the team is working with children's hospitals, and Susan Feigin Harris is a contact in this space. Washington DC-based litigator Howard Young and Los Angeles-based Brian Jazaeri jointly lead the practice group. Also recommended in DC are Albert Shay, who focuses on Stark Act and reimbursement issues, and Jacob Harper, a name to note for telehealth-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Howard Young; Brian Jazaeri

Other key lawyers:

Jacob Harper; Albert Shay; Susan Feign Harris; Scott McBride

Key clients

Joerns Healthcare, LLC and Durable Medical Supply LLC (Joerns)

Compassus (fka Hospice Compassus)

Houston Methodist

Texas Children’s Hospital

Ready Responders

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Work highlights

  • Representing Joerns in a civil False Claims Act litigation in the US District Court for the Eastern District of California.
  • Received a significant victory for Texas Children’s Hospital when the US government granted a $70m+ allocation from a $1.4bn Provider Relief Fund distribution targeted to children’s hospitals across the US.
  • Worked with Ready Responders to create immediate Covid-19 testing and telehealth capacity to accommodate the Covid-19 surge in New York.

Nixon Peabody LLP

Nixon Peabody LLP is recognized in this space for its experience in managing corporate partnerships and its familiarity with government programs and emerging payment programs. New York-based practice head Peter Egan leads the team’s transactional work, with particular experience of private equity deals and the sale of licensed facilities. Chicago-based Thomas Fahey also comes recommended for his work on strategic transactions. The team is active across a variety of market segments, including digital health, behavioral health, long-term care and clinical research.

Practice head(s):

Peter Egan

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Fahey; Jill Gordon; Michele Masucci; Valerie Montague

Key clients

Providence St. Joseph Health

University of California Board of Regents

University of Southern California

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

Torrance Health Association

Gold Coast Health Plan

Emanate Health

Chinese Hospital

Pacific Dental Services

AMITA Health

Cook County Health and Hospitals System

OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center.

Erie Family Health Center

Oroville Hospital, Inc.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Swedish Covenant Health

Children’s Surgical Foundation, Inc.

Presence Health

Trinity Health

Work highlights

  • Represented Swedish Covenant Health in its agreement to join NorthShore University HealthSystem, with combined assets post-merger of over $4bn.
  • Served as counsel to South Side Health Consortium, a newly created entity combining the operations of the four sponsoring organizations.
  • Advised Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers on its merger with integrated health care network OSF HealthCare, with combined assets post-merger of over $4bn.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright handles complex M&A involving academic and other large-scale medical centers, as well as a variety of other transactions presenting unique regulatory issues. On the regulatory side, the team focuses on fraud and abuse litigation, and also has familiarity with third-party reimbursement rules. Key figures in the healthcare service group include Debbi Johnstone, who heads the life sciences and healthcare group from Houston, and Stacey Murphy, who leads the US healthcare practice in the St. Louis office. Andrew Roth and the New York team have a niche focus on medical school accreditation.

Practice head(s):

Debbi Johnstone; Stacey Murphy

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Roth; Jerry Bell; Thomas Dowdell; Yvonne Puig

Key clients

Memorial Hermann Health System

Fairview Health System

Texas Health Resources

Universal Health Services

Baylor College of Medicine


Intermountain Healthcare

United Surgical Partners International (USPI)

Texas Children’s Hospital

Mayo Clinic

Work highlights

  • Acting as antitrust counsel for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in its strategic acquisition of two hospitals from Tenet Healthcare Corporation.
  • Represented The Araz Group, Inc. in its sale to private equity firm Abry Partners.
  • Represented Concerned Dental Care, a conglomerate of dental practices located throughout New York, in the acquisition of all of the practices and related entities by Affinity Dental Management.

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP runs a multi-disciplinary healthcare group, which handles a variety of transactions in the sector, as well as labour and employee benefits matters, and regulatory and compliance work. The team has a particularly strong reputation for working with private equity investors. Of recent note, Ryan Blaney advised the NBA on compliance and contracts for the establishment of its Covid-19 bubble. He also advised the NFL on matters relating to its testing regime. Richard Zall left for King & Spalding LLP in 2021, and David Manko now chairs the firm’s healthcare group.

Practice head(s):

David Manko

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Blaney; Edward Kornreich


‘We have used a range of Proskauer’s attorneys in the healthcare benefits, privacy and state-specific regulation areas. I have found the firm to have a diverse background of experienced attorneys who can assist with the multitude of issues large health system face.’

‘I have valued our relationship with Ryan Blaney. He makes himself available and has done a very good job managing a large, high profile matter for our system.’

Key clients

Accuity Delivery Systems

Ascension Health

Benitec Biopharma Inc.

CarePoint Health

Clinton Health Access Initiative


Eleanor Health

Eye Center for Northern Colorado

Greater New York Health Association


Hospital for Special Surgery

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Partners

National Basketball Association

National Football League

New Mountain Capital

ProCare LTC

RIP Medical Debt

Town Hall Ventures

United Health Group, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Greater New York Hospital Association on the sale of Acurity Inc. and Nexera, Inc. to Premier Inc. for approximately $291.5m.
  • Advised Hospital for Special Surgery on matters in connection with its response to Covid-19, among others.
  • Advised The Brooklyn Hospital Center on an infusion center joint venture with OneHealth, an oncology management company.

Arnold & Porter

The healthcare group at Arnold & Porter handles a full range of antitrust work, white-collar defense, IP matters and product liability defense. Jointly led by Allison Shuren and Daniel Kracov in Washington DC, the team also has expertise in client privacy and security, and HIPAA-related work. Shuren also has additional expertise in opthamology-related matters. Also recommended is Kirk Ogrosky, a name to note for government investigations, qui tam and trial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Allison Shuren; Dan Kracov

Other key lawyers:

Kirk Ogrosky; Murad Hussain

Key clients

Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi

Johns Hopkins University

Children’s Health & CHKD

University of Vermont Health Network Inc.

The Wanaque Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Mylan Inc.

Zimmer Biomet

Salomon Melgen, M.D.

UCB, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing multiple ophthalmic cataract practices in the country in an ongoing DOJ investigation and in a similar inquiry by the OIG.
  • Defending three different pharmaceutical companies (Eli Lilly & Co., Astra Zeneca and UCB) in federal qui tam litigations alleging anti-kickback and false claim act abuses.
  • Provided Zimmer Biomet, a medical device manufacturer, with data protection advice in connection to a mobile health rehabilitation application called mymobility.

Baker & Hostetler LLP

Baker & Hostetler LLP has a wealth of experience in regulated healthcare transactions, routinely handling large-scale joint ventures and affiliations in the sector. It also has experience representing healthcare clients in commercial litigation. Non-profit hospital systems, long-term care providers, physicians and physician groups are among the team's key clients. The practice group is jointly led by Charlene McGinty in Atlanta and Lynn Sessions in Houston. Also in Atlanta, Dorothy Cornwell joined the team from Fox Rothschild LLP in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

Charlene McGinty; Lynn Sessions

Other key lawyers:

Frank Miller; Mark Hatcher; Dorothy Cornwell

Key clients

21st Century Oncology, Inc.

Access Mediquip

Allenmed, Inc.



Countryside Therapy Group

DCC Health & Beauty Solutions, a division of DCC plc

Fresenius Medical Care Rx, LLC

Harbor Healthcare System

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

HTA Limited Cooperative (d/b/a Health Transformation Alliance)

Hyland Software Inc.

Injured Workers Pharmacy

Injured Workers Pharmacy, LLC

Injury Care Solutions

Kaiser Foundation Hospitals

Legacy Community Health Services


My Egg Bank North America, LLC

Northside Hospital, Inc.

Outsourcing Facilities Association

Pediatric Orthopaedic Associates, P.C.

Pentec Health Inc.

Prime Healthcare Services

Reproductive Biology Associates LLC

Siemens Healthineers USA

Texas Children’s Hospital

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System, Inc.

Wedgewood Village Pharmacy

WITT Medical Supplies

Duane Morris LLP

Duane Morris LLP offers a full suite of transactional, regulatory and litigation services to hospitals, individual physicians, and post-acute, senior and long-term care facilities. It also has experience of telemedicine and myriad IT issues facing the industry. Philadelphia-based practice co-chair Erin Duffy is a contacts for fraud and abuse cases, while joint practice chair Gregory Brodek in Boston focuses on reimbursement and payment disputes. Also recommended is Kirk Domescik in Atlanta, who focuses on transactions in the healthcare industry.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Brodek; Erin Duffy

Other key lawyers:

Kirk Domescik; Nicholas Lynn

Key clients

Pipeline Health, LLC

Elmwood Nursing & Rehabilitation

Work highlights

  • Represented a skilled nursing facility in a case against the Illinois Department of Public Health and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services following a survey involving resident injury.
  • Represented Pipeline Health, LLC in the acquisition of three hospital campuses located in Chicago and the acquisition of 22 free-standing emergency departments in Dallas.


Katten handles a variety of corporate and commercial transactions and private equity work, but also has experience in litigation and investigations in the sector, particularly those relating to fraud and FCA claims. Among its recent highlights, the team assisted eTrue North with the HHS negotiations and contracting for hundreds of Covid-19 testing sites. Laura Keidan Martin and Lisa Atlas Genecov lead the practice from Chicago and Dallas, respectively. Also recommended in Chicago is Kenneth Davis Jr., who focuses on corporate structuring and business model development.

Practice head(s):

Laura Keidan Martin; Lisa Atlas Genecov

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Davis Jr.

Key clients


Novant Health

The Urology Group

National Partners in Healthcare, LLC

Sunrise Assisted Living

The Hospital & Health System of Pennsylvania (HAP)

The Regents of the University of California

City of New York

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation

Montefiore Medical Center

Cardiovascular Research Foundation

Capital Digestive Care (CDC)

Laredo Premier Healthcare PLLC

E3 Health Solutions d/b/a eTrue North (eTN)

Gastro One

HCA, Inc.

Greg Auzenne

Brian Swiencinski

Work highlights

  • Represents eTN in its negotiation and contracting with the US Health and Human Services for over 350 Covid-19 testing sites across the country.
  • Represented National Partners in Healthcare in its acquisition of two anesthesia physician practices, Valley Anesthesia Consultants of Las Vegas and Rocky Mountain Anesthesiology of Salt Lake City.
  • Represented Gastro One, the largest gastroenterology group in Tennessee, in the formation of a national gastroenterology practice management platform with Webster Capital.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP offers a range of transactional and regulatory advice to public health systems, physicians groups and other healthcare companies. Its recent work has included joint ventures, strategic partnerships and collaborations, False claims Act cases, and healthcare bankruptcies. The firm has a particularly strong reputation in the Southeast, with offices in Myrtle Beach, Raleigh, Nashville, Fort Lauderdale, and Boca Raton. Thomas Moran leads the practice from Myrtle Beach. Fort Lauderdale-based Lester Perling left the firm in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Moran

Other key lawyers:

Gabriel Imperanto

Key clients

Advent Health

Lexington Medical Center

Tidelands Health

Medical University of South Carolina

Randolph Hospital, Incorporated, d/b/a Randolph Health

Wayne Memorial Hospital, Inc., d/b/a Wayne UNC Health Care

Physicians Regional Healthcare System


GastroCare, LLP

Village Dermatology

Summit Health Partners, LLC

Maric Healthcare, LLC

American Society of Hematologists

Beacon Health Options


Encompass Health

Work highlights

  • Led a multidisciplinary team of consultants in the preparation for and filing of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition for Randolph Health.
  • Obtained a complete victory for Physicians Regional and three individual defendants, after 5 years of litigation against a physician who was dismissed.
  • Representing MEDNAX, Inc., a national medical practice management organization, and its professional anaesthesia practice affiliates against North Carolina’s largest hospital system, Carolinas Healthcare System.

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis has solid coverage of the Midwest, South, and Southeast via offices in Nashville, Memphis, Birmingham and Austin. It is known for its transactional services, working with hospitals, health systems, private equity funds and other investors, though team members also have experience in regulatory matters and disputes. Brent Hill leads the team from Nashville, and has particular focus on physician practice management transactions. Denise Burke is recommended for complex regulatory and compliance matters in the Memphis office.

Practice head(s):

Brent Hill; Patsy Powers

Other key lawyers:

Colin Luke; Beth Pitman; Denise Burke


‘Very helpful, with a deep bench of talent and knowledge.’

‘JD Thomas, Beth Pittman, and Denise Burke are always available and never hesitate the pick up the phone regardless of the hour of the day. I have worked with firms in the past that take days to get back to you and the Waller team is always extremely fast.’

‘Practical. Solution-focused. Every level of attorney I encounter (from early-career associate to seasoned partner) makes my life in-house easier.’

Key clients

HCA Inc.

LifePoint Health

Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc.

Axia Women’s Health

Coryell Co. Memorial Hospital

Covenant Physician Partners

Surgery Partners, Inc.

Healthcare Realty Trust

BlueCross BlueShield of TN

United Surgical Partners International, Inc. (USPI)

Gastro Health

Summit Behavioral

Promise Healthcare

North American Partners in Anesthesia

Physical Rehabilitation Network

Work highlights

  • Represented MUSC Health in its membership agreement with Tidelands Health providing legal due diligence, contract and deal negotiation to the client.
  • Serving as counsel to The University of South Alabama Health System regarding a $2m donation of land and in a joint venture with Surgery Partners for an ambulatory surgery center.
  • Serving as arbitration counsel to rural provider Coryell County Memorial Hospital regarding a $28m dispute with a contractor.

Williams & Connolly LLP

Williams & Connolly LLP is best known in the healthcare market for its expertise in government investigations, as well as in commercial and agency litigation. Highlights during the review period have included serving as lead counsel for Cardinal Health in opioid-related trials, and defending CVS in a jury trial for alleged Medicaid fraud. Based in Washington DC, the practice is jointly headed by Enu Mainigi, who focuses on healthcare fraud, False Claims Act cases and qui tam litigation; and Jennifer Wicht, who specializes in criminal defense and government investigations.

Practice head(s):

Enu Mainigi; Jennifer Wicht

Other key lawyers:

Holly Conley; Grant Geyerman

Key clients

Cardinal Health

CVS Health/Omnicare

Medtronic plc

CVS Health Corp. and Wellpartner, LLC

CVS Caremark

CVS Health Corporation/Aetna

Work highlights

  • Serving as lead and national counsel for Cardinal in all things opioids, including civil litigation, Attorney General litigation and investigations, Congressional investigations, and other matters.
  • Represents Omnicare Inc. and CVS Health in False Claims Act litigation regarding the company’s practices with respect to refilling prescriptions in long-term care facilities.
  • Represented CVS Pharmacy, Inc. and its corporate affiliate, Wellpartner, LLC, as lead trial counsel in three antitrust lawsuits regarding the federal 340B drug program.

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP handles antitrust matters and transactional work for a variety of clients. The firm's bench strength was bolstered by the arrivals from McDermott Will & Emery LLP of Amandeep Sidhu in March 2020 and senior counsel Guy Collier in November 2020. Based in Washington DC, the duo specialize in litigation, and provider affiliation work, respectively. Among recent highlights, Chicago-based practice co-head David Dahlquist advised NorthShore University HealthSystem on its acquisition of Swedish Covenant Hospital, and also defended PetIQ in an antitrust case. Also recommended is Ari Markenson, who jointly leads the team from New York.

Practice head(s):

David Dahlquist; Ari Markenson

Other key lawyers:

Amandeep Sidhu; Guy Collier; Reed Stephens


‘The team is comprised of competent, thoughtful industry leaders.’

‘T. Reed Stephens approaches every matter as a thoughtful business partner; he brings creative solutions that maximize value and efficiency.’

Key clients

Ascension Health

Delta Dental Insurance Company

Encore Rehabilitation Services, LLC

GraniteOne Health

NorthShore University HealthSystem

Pediatric Therapy Services, LLC d/b/a the Stepping Stones Group


RCP Upstream Holdings, LLC

Ready Responders, Inc.

Shore Capital Partners

St. Luke’s Hospital

The Vistria Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted NorthShore University HealthSystem with its acquisition of Swedish Covenant Hospital.
  • Acted as regulatory counsel to The Stepping Stones Group in connection with its acquisitions of Star of California and Ardor School Solutions.
  • Represented and counseled Encore Rehabilitation Services in connection with a False Claims Act investigation conducted on multiple fronts.