Donald R. Auten focuses his practice on healthcare, with particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, hospital-physician relationships and joint ventures, provider contracting networks, academic medical centers, community hospitals, faculty practice plans, physician group practices, Medicare/Medicaid fraud and abuse and Stark laws.
Mr. Auten is a past chair of the Committee on Affiliated and Related Corporations of the American Bar Association's Taxation Section, a member of the Tax Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and past chair and a council director of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Tax Section. He was recognized by Nightingale's Healthcare News as an Outstanding Healthcare Transaction Lawyer for 2003 and was named as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by the Pennsylvania Business Journal for 2004-2012.
A past member of the board of governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association, he also belongs to the Healthcare Subcommittee of the Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association.
Mr. Auten is also a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the Pennsylvania Society of Healthcare Attorneys, a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and a past trustee and secretary of the Philadelphia Bar Education Center.
A former judicial clerk to the Honorable Thomas A. Masterson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, he is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
Mr. Auten is a 1971 cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
•Duane Morris LLP
- Co-chair, Health Law Practice Group, 1999-2008
- Member, Partners Board
- Chair, Tax Department, 1994-1999
- Partner, 1978-present
- Associate, 1972-1977
•United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- Judicial Clerk, Honorable Thomas A. Masterson, 1971-1972
Honors & Awards
•Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2015
•Recognized by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for 2004-2013
•Recognized by Nightingale's Healthcare News as an Outstanding Healthcare Transaction Lawyer for 2003
• AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Civic and Charitable Activities
•Past Director, Nether Providence - Swarthmore Alliance of Civic Associations
•Past Director, Chester-Ridley-Crum Creek Watersheds Association
•Past Director, Parklands Foundation
•Past Director, Delaware County Intermediate Unit
•Past Member, Environmental Advisory Council, Nether Providence Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania
•Past Director and President, George Crothers Memorial School
•Past Director and President, Cerebral Palsy of Delaware County
•Past Member, Zoning Hearing Board, Nether Providence Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania
•Past Director and Past President, Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board, Delaware County, Pennsylvania
Selected Speaking Engagements
•Speaker, Successful Strategies for Mergers, Acquisitions, Divestitures and Restructurings, The Sixth Annual Conference on Healthcare Transactions, Chicago, April 2005
•Speaker, Non-Profit Hospital Conversions, 9th Annual Health Law Institute, Philadelphia, March 2003
•Speaker, 2001 Stark II Final Rule: Issues for Hospitals, Health Systems and Physicians, Duane Morris/The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania/HFMA/ZA Consulting seminar, King of Prussia, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and State College, Pennsylvania, April/May 2001
•Speaker, Physician Joint Ventures with Hospitals - Legal Issues, Physician Agreements and Ventures Conference, Chicago, Illinois, November 2004
•Speaker, Past, Present and Future: A Look at Hospital-Physician Relationships, Duane Morris/Delaware Valley Hospital Council/ZA Consulting, LLP, Philadelphia, PA, September 22, 1999
•Speaker, Practice Plans - Strategies for Integrating and Meeting the PPMC Challenge, Legal Issues Affecting Academic Medical Centers and Other Teaching Institutions, the American Association of Medical Colleges and the American Health Lawyers Association, Pentagon City, Virginia, October 15, 1998
•Speaker, Significant Stark II Changes and Examples: Group Practice, Physician Compensation and In-Office Ancillary Services, Case Studies: How Six Existing Entities Will Fare Under Stark II, 1998 Stark II Proposed Rules: Issues for Health Care Systems and Physicians, March 1998; April 1998; May 1998
•Speaker, PHO/HMO Joint Ventures, Health Law Institute, The Pennsylvania Bar Institute, March 1995
•Moderator, Hot' Tax Issues Facing the Healthcare Industry, Duane Morris/ Coopers & Lybrand Client Seminar, September 1994
•Moderator, Current Issues Involving the Use of Losses in Consolidated Returns, Philadelphia Bar Association Tax Section Workshop, May 1991
•Program Chairman, Valuation Issues Focusing on Closely-Held Businesses: Covenants Not to Compete; Section 1060 Allocation; Estate and Gift Tax, Fifth Annual University of Pennsylvania Law School Mid-Atlantic Tax Conference, 1991
•Co-author, The Recession is Real: Ten Steps a Hospital CEO Should Consider Taking Now, Modern Healthcare, April 2008