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McDermott Will & Emery LLP
CHICAGO, IL 60606-0029
United States
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Partner Sandra (Sandy) M. DiVarco focuses her practice on the representation of hospitals and health systems. She has counseled health care facility and system clients regarding all aspects of health law transactions and health system restructurings.

In addition to maintaining an active transactional practice, Sandy has a deep knowledge of regulatory, licensing and accreditation issues of particular concern to health care providers in today’s heightened enforcement climate. Sandy regularly advises clients on the legal aspects of clinical regulatory issues and policy/procedure and operational matters. A significant component of her practice involves assisting health care provider clients across the United States with regulatory, licensure and accreditation issues, including state-level and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) survey responses, formulation of successful plans of correction, Joint Commission complaint responses and Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA)/regulatory investigations. Drawing on her experience as a registered nurse, and holding a current license in the state of Illinois, Sandy brings a pragmatic perspective and first-hand knowledge of health care operations to these complex and mission-critical matters.

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Prior to practicing law, Sandy worked in an intensive care unit as a registered nurse and as a risk manager at a large academic medical center in Chicago. While in law school, she was a member of the Loyola Law Journal and served as a student articles editor.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Healthcare > Service providers

(Next Generation Partners)

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The team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP displays ‘exceptional depth‘ as it advises a host of tech companies, private equity funds, hospitals, and ambulatory and surgical care clients, handling partnerships between service providers and digital tech companies, intellectual property, and governance issues. Jerry Sokol leads the team from Miami as the global head of the healthcare group, while Gary Scott Davis advises major health insurance companies on healthcare joint ventures and reimbursement transactions. In the Chicago office, Bernadette Broccolo has longstanding expertise in issues surrounding healthcare IT and compliance programs for academic medical centers, while Kerrin Slattery is adept at advising health systems and hospitals on transactional matters. Also based in Chicago, Sandra DiVarco is particularly adept at representing clients in restructurings and the legal aspects of clinical issues, and Monica Wallace exhibits both regulatory and transactional expertise when advising on Medicare and Medicaid enrolment, fraud and abuse matters. Charles Buck leads the Boston practice, and primarily handles healthcare transactions, while associate Gregory Fosheim supports the team from Illinois, contributing his expertise in outbreak responses, investment initiatives in clinical research and pharmaceutical procurement.