For more than 40 years, Venable's healthcare lawyers have served every sector of this highly regulated industry. Positioned at the intersection of healthcare, law, and business, we help clients understand emerging policy, manage compliance, and anticipate trends, empowering them to realize their potential.

Our healthcare legal team has significant knowledge of and experience with U.S. federal, state, and local healthcare law and policy and a thorough understanding of the ever-changing regulatory environment. We represent our clients before the executive, legislative, and regulatory branches of government, including independent agents of regulatory agencies.

Navigating healthcare transactions requires an experienced team of regulatory, legislative, corporate, finance, intellectual property, real estate, environmental, and employment professionals. We take an integrated approach, incorporating specialists, depending on the needs of the client and the transaction, to facilitate each client's interests through deal origination, corporate and regulatory diligence, document drafting and negotiation, closing, and post-transaction issues. Partnering with our clients, we assess and mitigate risk, maximize value, and position them to meet their transaction goals. Our team also guides them through complex mergers and acquisitions, financing, bankruptcy, and restructuring and provides experienced counsel on employee benefits.

Should it be necessary, we also serve as skilled advocates for our clients, handling many types of administrative disputes and litigation, including commercial litigation, fraud and abuse, billing and claims, and white-collar matters, with focus and efficiency.

With years of experience as outside advisors, as in-house counsel, and in government, our attorneys have access to a significant network of industry experts, including accounting and auditing firms, and healthcare policy, operations, licensure, and reimbursement consultants. Combined with Venable's Legislative and Government Affairs practice, and other nationwide capabilities, our healthcare team is positioned to provide our clients with the kind of full-service counsel that helps to turn their business aspirations into achievements.

Our counseling includes all major areas of healthcare regulation, such as:

  • State and local provider licensure and certificate of need
  • Federal Medicare and Medicaid conditions and requirements for participation
  • Federal and state Medicare, Medicaid, and private health plan reimbursement
  • Federal and state civil and criminal fraud and abuse
  • Corporate practice of medicine and fee-splitting
  • State professional licensure
  • Data privacy, data security, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Antitrust
  • Not-for-profit and tax-exempt organizations

Our healthcare lawyers assist clients in the above areas generally with experienced regulatory analysis and advice, and specifically as they relate to:

  • Acquisition and divestiture transactions and structuring
  • Debt and equity financing transactions
  • Regulatory due diligence
  • Bankruptcy and reorganizations
  • Criminal and civil investigations, litigation, and enforcement
  • Administrative proceedings
  • Health Government Relations
  • Licensure, certification, and accreditation
  • Compliance program development, implementation, and effectiveness
  • Fraud and abuse (anti-kickback and self-referral) analysis and advice
  • Third-party payer disputes

Our clients consist of healthcare providers and suppliers, including local, regional, and national for-profit entities and tax-exempt nonprofits in a wide variety of healthcare sub-sectors, as well as private equity, family office, and venture capital investors, lenders, and other stakeholders in the industry, including:

  • Ambulatory surgery centers
  • Behavioral health, substance abuse, and disability services
  • Clinical laboratory services
  • Commercial lenders and direct debt and equity providers
  • Digital health companies
  • Durable medical equipment suppliers and distributors
  • Health plans
  • Home Care and Hospice
  • Hospitals and Health Systems
  • Investors, private equity funds, family offices, and venture capital
  • Long-Term and Post-Acute Care
  • Outpatient Clinics and Providers
  • Pharmaceutical and medical device companies
  • Physician and healthcare professional groups
  • Professional practice management companies
  • Radiology and radiation services providers
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Retail, specialty, and institutional pharmacy
  • Senior housing and services

Representative Clients

  • Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Express Scripts
  • GE Healthcare
  • The Johns Hopkins Health System and Johns Hopkins University
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • MedStar Health
  • Peninsula Regional Health System


  • Chambers USA
    • Healthcare, Maryland, 2016 – 2021
    • Healthcare, New York, 2021 – 2022 (Venable attorney selected for inclusion)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2012 – 2022 (Venable attorneys selected for inclusion)
  • Nightingale's, Outstanding Healthcare Antitrust Lawyers, 2010