Healthcare - Illinois
THE FIRM McDermott Will & Emery remains at the vanguard of healthcare matters in Illinois, with a deep bench of attorneys that covers the gamut of matters. The firm has a strong international presence and continues to represent US clients abroad. The team has been particularly active on M&A matters and advised Underwood Memorial Health System on its auction and merger with South Jersey Health System. The group also includes the Alzheimer's Association, Provena Health, Waud Capital Partners and Central DuPage Health among its impressive client roster.
Sources say: "Obviously excellent." "Healthcare has long been a focus for them."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "phenomenal" Bernadette Broccolo handles compliance work for academic medical institutions and is at the forefront of IT matters affecting the healthcare sector. She wins widespread praise from market sources for her depth of knowledge and experience and her ability to communicate effectively.
Michael Peregrine is noted for his work with corporations and nonprofit organizations on governance matters and fiduciary duty issues. Sources single him out for praise for his wealth of experience and excellent judgment on matters.
Kerrin Slattery undertakes work involving the representation of healthcare providers and investors in healthcare transactions. Observers comment that she is "very knowledgeable, reasonable, and always a fair person to deal with."
The highly regarded Ralph DeJong handles the full spectrum of work involving executive compensation and benefits for tax-exempt healthcare providers.
Daniel Melvin centers his practice around fraud and abuse in healthcare and is also renowned for his strengths in structuring hospital-physician alignment transactions. He elicits particular praise from sources for his expertise on Stark law.
The "terrific" John Callahan handles M&A within the life sciences and health services industries and also comes recommended for his knowledge of healthcare regulatory matters.
Senior counsel Michael Anthony maintains a fine reputation in the market and has deep experience in handling all healthcare matters, including policy formation.
Rising star Sandra DiVarco is described as a "very hard-working" and "well-rounded" lawyer by sources. She undertakes healthcare transactions and restructurings and represents hospitals and health systems.
The "very knowledgeable" Clare Ranalli recently joined the team from Holland & Knight. Ranalli undertakes corporate and regulatory work for dialysis and ambulatory surgery centers, as well as public and private health organizations. She is "resourceful and very responsive to our needs," reports one happy client.
THE FIRM This healthcare boutique undertakes the full spectrum of work and has considerable depth of experience upon which to draw. Its work in clinical integration wins widespread praise from market observers and the team has been particularly active in work involving accountable care organizations of late. The team is also noted for its expertise in fraud and antitrust matters concerning the healthcare sector.
Sources say: "A tradition of excellence and availability."
KEY INDIVIDUALS John Marren has over three decades' experience and a particular specialty in hospital and physician alignment schemes. Sources reserve praise for his "practical and straightforward" approach to matters and single him out as "a very intelligent attorney who has the ability to simplify the process and explain it in easy terms."
Thomas Babbo maintains a fine track record acting for healthcare professionals on matters related to alignment and integration. He is "particularly excellent in terms of making himself available to his clients," and is "insightful and sees the big picture," note impressed sources.
The well-regarded Carol Hogan concentrates on regulatory issues and is particularly strong in nonprofit legal matters.
THE FIRM This practice advises an impressive and diverse client base on all aspects of healthcare law. Recent work has seen the team act for Walgreens on an appeal against the State of Illinois' effort to access confidential information. Other key representative clients include Lahey Clinic, Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the University HealthSystem Consortium. The team also notably works in tandem with the firm's white-collar litigation group and frequently assists clients under investigation at a local and national level.
Sources say: "Very high-caliber."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Callahan undertakes a wide range of healthcare work and is particularly experienced in matters related to medical staff and integrated delivery systems. He is "knowledgeable and works hard to meet needs in a timely way," note sources. He was lead partner on the Walgreens matter.
National healthcare practice chair Laura Keidan Martin attracts widespread praise from the market. Interviewees single her out as "very knowledgeable and a very good advocate for her client." Her practice covers the full healthcare spectrum and she is particularly recommended for corporate integrity and compliance matters.
Kenneth Davis predominantly concentrates on transaction and compliance matters in corporate healthcare, with an emphasis on the integration of healthcare providers. He elicits praise from sources for his expertise in physician-focused matters.
Louis Glaser "is a one-stop shop for transactions because he is able to assess the regulatory and reimbursement issues involved in a deal," reports one very impressed client.
THE FIRM McGuireWoods handles matters on both a state and nationwide platform and is particularly noted for its strong private equity healthcare practice. It also has an active practice within health systems and frequently undertakes regulatory consulting. In recent work, it has represented Rush University Medical Center in the establishment of a CyberKnife joint venture. The group also acted for Water Street Healthcare on the acquisition of Medical Specialties Distributors.
Sources say: "High quality and very responsive to our needs."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "very bright" Scott Becker concentrates on regulatory and transactional matters, and is particularly strong in all concerns relating to ambulatory surgery centers.
Healthcare chair James Riley is much in demand for his "prudent advice," note sources. He is well versed in corporate healthcare and is recognized for his adept handling of sophisticated transactions, including third-party financing. His practice also includes advising clients on regulatory issues within healthcare.
THE FIRM Ungaretti & Harris is consolidating its presence in Illinois and is seen as particularly strong in matters involving nonprofit providers. Other noted areas of expertise include clinical integration and healthcare finance work. In a recent highlight, the team acted for US Renal Care on its expansion into Illinois and the establishment of three new dialysis centers. The group also counts Clare Oaks, IHC Health System, Alexian Brothers Health System and Presence Health among its impressive roster of clients.
Sources say: "They are very thorough, aware of the latest legislation and case law, and have a diverse team that has expertise in many areas."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas Fahey chairs the healthcare and public finance groups. He is an expert in all areas of corporate healthcare, and is equally adept on both the regulatory and transactional side. He "is well respected and knowledgeable – he does a really nice job," reports one enthusiastic interviewee.
John Durso comes particularly recommended for his work concerning long-term care and nonprofit providers. He attracts particular praise for his dynamism and work in matters related to senior living. As one satisfied client avers, "he has come to understand the perspective of the client as though he was in-house."
According to sources, Lynn Gordon is "very innovative and really keeps up to date on the law." She handles corporate and regulatory healthcare work, principally for healthcare providers.
THE FIRM This group undertakes a wide range of matters principally for healthcare providers and has developed a niche in the formation and funding of cooperatives under the PPACA. Recently, the team acted for the American Cancer Society, producing the appropriate screening documentation for healthcare centers in Illinois to help establish a grant program to reduce colorectal cancer. It also includes Metrodocs, Oak Mill Medical Associates and HealthyCT among its fine client portfolio.
Sources say: "Very good – responses to questions are always timely."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Chair of the firm's national healthcare department Mark Rust is an expert in regulatory and transactional matters, and has nearly three decades' experience in the healthcare arena.
THE FIRM The group is well placed to deal with all aspects of healthcare matters and is able to draw on the expertise of other teams when necessary. The team is particularly recognized for its expertise in alignment and partnership matters. In addition, its members are noted for their strengths in healthcare finance, representing healthcare providers and also financial institutions acting as credit providers to nonprofits.
Sources say: "The quality of service I have experienced has been excellent across the board in terms of high legal acumen in every area, prompt response and follow-through."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Guenthner is an expert in transactional healthcare, fraud and abuse matters. He "shows a deep knowledge of the rules of the law but is also able to understand our needs," reports one happy client.
THE FIRM The group handles all aspects of healthcare work and comes particularly recommended for its work in hospital affiliation and integration. Recently, the team advised Springfield Clinic on the formation of a subsidiary, Jardogs. The group's impressive client roster also includes GE Healthcare, John Hopkins Health System, Kewanee Hospital and Ottawa Regional Medical Center.
Sources say: "They give us excellent advice and get good results - very good to work with." "They work collaboratively with us to find solutions."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Douglas Swill is noted for his strengths representing healthcare providers and nonprofit organizations on corporate matters. He also advises on physician integration and compensation. "He has consistently demonstrated his ability to solve problems by offering his clients options that best fit the situation," asserts one impressed market commentator.
THE FIRM Sophisticated regulatory and transactional matters are at the core of Holland & Knight's healthcare practice. The group also specializes in advising academic medical centers and other providers on health reform. In a recent highlight it represented the Union Associated Physicians Clinic in its restructuring of a new healthcare system designed to service West Central Indiana.
Sources say: "I have never been disappointed with the quality of the work completed or dissatisfied with the cost."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Elias Matsakis heads the Chicago Healthcare and Life Sciences team.
THE FIRM Jones Day is well versed in all areas of transactional, compliance and investigation work. The team also has expertise in healthcare financing, with a particular specialty in tax bond finance work, and has recently worked with Presence Health on its system consolidation. Other recent work has included acting for Loyola University of Chicago on the sale of its affiliates. It also counts Premier Health Partners, The Cleveland Clinic and Regional Health among its key clients.
Sources say: "Very fine lawyers."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Gerald Griffith is an expert in regulatory compliance and M&A and joint ventures. He also maintains a strong practice in matters involving tax-exempt organizations.
THE FIRM The team at Polsinelli Shughart handles a broad spectrum of healthcare matters, including physician relationships, regulatory compliance and related litigation, and operational issues. Clients include academic medical centers, long-term care facilities, specialty medical groups and hospice providers.
Sources say: "They deliver high-quality legal support in a very cost-effective manner."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jane McCahill attracts praise from sources for her regulatory and reimbursement work, and is also recognized for her expertise acting on behalf of healthcare providers and institutions in corporate transactions.
THE FIRM Proskauer Rose focuses on representing service providers, particularly on high-end M&A, in addition to acting for nonprofit entities on compliance and governance issues. The team's expertise has recently seen it represent the Colorado Health Foundation in the sale of its equity share in HCA-HealthONE. Other key clients include Sherman Health Systems, Sumner Regional Health Care and the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Sources say: "Very approachable, excellent results, well respected and they find a way to bring people to a consensus."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "very thorough and very knowledgeable" Elizabeth Mills is particularly highly regarded for her tax exemption work pertaining to nonprofit organizations, with one highly impressed interviewee commenting: "She is one of the best healthcare/tax exemption lawyers that I know."
Monte Dube is a well-established figure with over 25 years' experience in the healthcare arena. He provides expert advice to hospitals and private equity firms in all healthcare matters. Sources appreciate that he is "easy to work with and always available."
THE FIRM This 21-strong Chicago team handles work across the board and has particular expertise in pharmaceutical and medical device work. The team's expertise has seen it recently represent GlaxoSmithKline in a DOJ investigation concerning a filed False Claims Act qui tam action. Allergan, Novo Nordisk, Henkel and Sunovion are among the group's other key clients.
Sources say: "One of our preferred providers – excellent, excellent lawyers." "They're fantastic: we've had a long relationship with them and they've been great."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "highly skilled and extremely responsive" Richard Raskin is head of the Chicago healthcare team. He specializes in antitrust, fraud and abuse, and managed care matters and also maintains a fine track record for his work in federal and state investigations.
The "terrific" Honey Skinner undertakes work involving the representation of healthcare providers before government agencies. She also has a well-established reputation for her expertise in certificate of need matters.
THE FIRM This boutique firm maintains its position as a solid player in the healthcare space. The group primarily focuses on advising service providers and business associates on a variety of healthcare matters, including affiliations and alliances and government healthcare programs. Data security, privacy and federal law are other notable areas of expertise.
Sources say: "They are extremely adept and knowledgeable."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jack Rovner has a well-established reputation among peers and has a broad practice that includes handling healthcare reform work, IT initiatives and joint ventures. He is also noted for his expertise in antitrust and fraud and abuse matters. Clients particularly single out his thorough and detail-oriented approach and also reserve praise for his responsiveness.
Kathryn Roe has a wealth of experience handling matters concerning healthcare insurance, information exchange and government health programs, among others. Sources single her out as a "tireless attorney" whose "knowledge and diligence make her a pleasure to work with."
The highly regarded Nicholas Lynn of Duane Morris LLP comes recommended for his expertise in pharmaceutical law and long-term care issues. He also advises on healthcare litigation and regulation matters.
Jeffrey Kraft of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP is singled out by market observers for his experience and skill in healthcare matters, and is adept in all areas of corporate, transactional and regulatory work.
The "very effective" Patrick Coffey recently joined Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. from Locke Lord. He undertakes healthcare-oriented litigation and is well versed in a wide range of matters including antitrust, Stark law investigation and reimbursement.