Gerry Griffith practices in the areas of health care transactions, tax-exempt organizations, and regulatory compliance. He also has served as borrower's counsel on several hospital and long-term care bond issues. Gerry's transactional practice focuses on significant transactions, with an emphasis on joint ventures and acquisitions. His tax-exempt organizations practice concentrates on defending major IRS audits, obtaining rulings in complex cases, and community benefit matters.
Gerry has represented multiple health systems in major IRS audits. He also is experienced in structuring complex affiliations, including hospital joint operating agreements and other shared control joint ventures. He has obtained several unique private letter rulings from the IRS, including the first ever ruling approving a nonprofit hospital joint operating agreement (PLR 9609012), the first hybrid JOA/merger ruling (PLR 199944046), and the first ruling on disqualified person status of physicians (PLR 201336020).
Gerry also has considerable experience in structuring physician relationships with hospitals, nonprofit governance, executive compensation, academic medical center relationships, voluntary disclosures, and fraud and abuse and Stark Law compliance. He has represented hospital systems, academic medical centers, physician organizations, health maintenance organizations, and colleges and universities.
Gerry is a member of the board of directors of the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys and past president of the American Health Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the advisory board for BNA's Health Law Reporter, and he served as chair of the Health Care Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.
Major academic medical center forms Medicare accountable care organization
Henry Ford Health System and Health Alliance Plan of Michigan sell Medicaid business in multiple Michigan counties
Faith-based health system modifies governing documents and procedures to comply with supporting organization requirements
Honors & Distinctions
Named to Best Lawyers in America for health care (since 1999) and nonprofit/charities law (since 2007)
Listed by Chambers USA as a leading health care attorney since 2008
Named to Illinois Super Lawyers in 2009 for health care
Selected for Nightingale's Healthcare News 2003 List of Outstanding Hospital Lawyers