Health Care

The Health Care Practice Group has represented the health care industry for more than 90 years, and we currently maintain one of the largest national practices in the representation of health care organizations. Our Health Care Practice Group was awarded the prestigious #1 ranking among the nation's premier health care practices by Chambers USA in 2005 (the last year health care was ranked nationally), calling us "one of the grand old firms of healthcare law."

Our practice serves clients nationwide and our health care lawyers have in-depth knowledge of this complex, highly regulated industry and the rapidly changing issues that impact the various sectors of the health care industry (including providers, health care vendors, health professional associations, provider-sponsored managed care organizations, group purchasing organizations and pharmaceutical manufacturers).  Our group's knowledge comes from years of hands-on experience representing diverse health care clients.

Like the health care industry that we serve, our Health Care Practice is fluid and dynamic; we are committed to staying ahead of the industry and to the challenge of anticipating any developments.

Our teams of business and finance health care lawyers encompass the practice concentrations of:

  • Antitrust
  • Business Transactions
  • Financing
  • Human Resources
  • Joint Ventures
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Outsourcing, Procurement & Information Technology
  • Restructurings

Our health care lawyers are highly experienced in the complex intricacies of today's technological health care regulatory environment , including:

  • Compliance Counseling & Defense
  • Licensure & Regulation
  • Medicare & Medicaid Reimbursement
  • Privacy, HIPAA & Security
  • Taxation and Tax-Exempt Organizations

And in the many critical aspects of provider operations:

  • Clinical Research
  • E-Health & Telemedicine
  • Life Sciences
  • Long Term Care
  • Managed Care
  • Medical Staff Relations
  • Patient Care

Lawyers in our Health Care Practice Group have been named among the nation's Outstanding Hospital Lawyers, Outstanding Fraud & Compliance Lawyers, Outstanding Young Healthcare Lawyers, Outstanding Healthcare Litigators, Outstanding Healthcare Transaction Lawyers and Outstanding Physician Practice Lawyers by Nightingale's Healthcare News, and Leaders in the Law by the Wisconsin Law Journal .

We also help clients build and develop industry consortia in order to facilitate a consensus-building process, and we assist companies in efficiently devising and executing their common initiatives in the United States, the European Union and elsewhere.  We have an impressive network of contacts with health and environmental regulatory officials in major markets around the world, and, along with our Government Relations lawyers, we offer bipartisan government relations experience and services to help clients navigate the public policy process at the federal and state levels.  Outside the United States, we are particularly well-versed in European drug laws and have developed constructive relationships with policymakers in the EMEA, the European Commission and Member State regulatory agencies.  Our Health Care Practice Group integrates our strengths in these areas and in the fields of regulated industries, administrative law, trust law and litigation.

Our clients include a wide variety of health care companies and individuals ranging from solo practice physicians to large faculty practice plans - from small community hospitals and startup medical device manufacturers to large multi-state tax-exempt hospital systems and international pharmaceutical companies.  We represent clients who finance health care services, including insurance companies, HMOs, physicians, medical groups and faculty practice plans, provider-sponsored networks, health care venture capital funds and health care REITs.  We also provide services to companies that manufacture health care products, such as drug and pharmaceutical companies, medical supply companies and medical device manufacturers.  In addition, we serve as general counsel and secretary to several industry associations in the pharmaceutical area and related fields.

Closely Related Services and Practices with Significant Health Care Capabilities

As part of our commitment to the health care industry, we formed Innovative Health Strategies LLC , a wholly owned subsidiary that delivers strategic advisory services to hospitals, health systems and academic medical centers, with a focus on procurement and outsourcing strategies.

Our HR Law practice lawyers are highly experienced in the health care industry, including labor and employment counseling and litigation as well as employee benefits and executive compensation.

Our firm is recognized as having one of the premier Health Care Litigation practices in the nation.

The Health Care Practice Group and the Government Relations practice have extensive experience advancing client interests before the legislative and executive branches of government at the federal, state, and municipal levels.

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Diversity

Our commitment to diversity at Drinker Biddle reflects our belief that by more accurately reflecting our clients and our communities, we are more effectively positioned to understand their needs and objectives, in all their many facets.

Creativity, innovation, cooperation and mutual respect are the natural result of an environment in which individual contributions are valued, where biases based on race, gender and other factors are absent, and legal knowledge combines with unique world views. Drinker Biddle has always had a commitment to civility and respect for all, and this is reflected in our core values and business strategy. We embrace an evolving and tolerant firm culture, one that is eager to engage and include colleagues from a wide range of backgrounds.

Diversity Committee

Our Firmwide Diversity Committee is charged with ensuring our firm reflects the rich diversity of the communities and clients we serve. As such, one of the committee’s primary objectives is to proactively recruit, retain, promote to partner and foster the professional development of talented minority lawyers. The committee is co-chaired by one of our most senior partners, Neil Haimm, and Jesse Ruiz, one of the country’s most energetic and talented Latino lawyers. More broadly, the committee is charged with implementing various programs and processes in the Diversity Strategic Plan, including (but not limited to) recruiting, retention, assignment management and overall associate development.

We also have established Regional Diversity Committees that can concentrate on our diversity goals at the local level. Most have established working groups that concentrate on the areas of hiring, retention and development, marketing and client development, and staff alignment and initiatives.

Recruiting

The firm’s commitment to diversity is demonstrated by its many efforts to recruit minority law school graduates and experienced lawyers. We regularly help coordinate and participate in a number of minority attorney recruitment programs. Members of our hiring committee and recruitment staff travel to law schools around the country, meeting with first-year minority students to increase interest in the firm’s Summer Associate program and conducting interviews with graduating students for our associate positions.

Further, the firm regularly offers time, money and other resources to help support and encourage minority students as they pursue their educational and professional goals. We work with student groups at various law schools to provide mentoring and financial assistance. We sponsor scholarships given annually to deserving minority law students by the Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois and the Cook County Bar Association, and we sponsor scholarships and paid internships for deserving minority students at the newly formed Drexel University School of Law in Philadelphia.

In addition, resources are dedicated to ensure that our diversity commitment is reflected in our hiring practices. A few of our efforts include participating in minority job fairs nationally (Vault/MCCA Job Fair, Cook County Minority Job Fair, Philadelphia Area Minority Job Fair, etc.), committing to hire at least one summer associate through a minority-focused organization (Philadelphia Diversity Law Group), ensuring that our firm’s core interviewer group has a diverse constituency, insisting upon diverse representation in interview schedules, financially supporting minority law student organizations nationally (Black Lawyers Student Association, Latin American Student Association, ALIANZA), placing job postings on websites targeted to a diverse lawyer audience (MCCA, Hot Jobs.com, etc.) and holding outreach activities to meet minority candidates and foster minority hiring practices in various cities in which we maintain offices.

Sponsorship and Organization of Major Events

Drinker Biddle sponsors, organizes and participates in a variety of major events addressing issues important to women and minorities both in the legal profession and in the wider business communities that we serve. The following list is a sampling of recent events; you can also click here to see the events that the Diversity Committee has hosted:

  • American Conference on Diversity Humanitarian Dinner
  • Barrister’s Association of Philadelphia Annual Barrister’s Ball
  • California Minority Counsel Program 19th Annual Business Meeting
  • The Enterprise Center’s “Passing the Torch” Awards
  • Garden State Bar Association’s 33rd Anniversary Scholarship & Awards Gala
  • Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois Annual Awards
  • Hispanic National Bar Association National Convention 
  • Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund Annual Gala
  • National Association of Women Lawyers Annual Meeting
  • NBA/WLD “Celebration of Firsts” Awards
  • NBA Healthcare Law Symposium 2008
  • National South Asian Bar Association 5th Annual Convention
  • MCCA Midwest Region Diversity Dinner
  • MCCA Northeast Region Diversity Dinner
  • Philadelphia POWER Seminars and Dinner
  • Spanish Coalition for Jobs, Inc. Annual Awards
  • Villanova University School of Law 3rd Annual Diversity Symposium

 

Professional Development

Once a lawyer has joined our firm, our work is far from complete. A stable, supportive environment is critical to encouraging the exploration of professional interests and the ongoing development of legal skills.

The firm has established varied mentoring programs: a peer integration mentor is assigned for every new associate’s first year at the firm, a Diversity Committee Watch Program has been put into place (minority associates are tracked to ensure that they are given ample opportunity to work on our most significant matters and clients) and a voluntary “opt-in” mentor program in which associates select their own mentors among partners has been initiated.