honors + affiliations
Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2005–2014)
Selected as an "Outstanding Healthcare Information Technology Lawyer" by Nightingale's (2009)
Member, American Health Lawyers Association
Member, Health Law Section, American Bar Association
Member, California Society for Healthcare Attorneys
Member, Healthcare Financial Management Association
Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
Member, Society of Professionals in Healthcare
Member, Advisory Group, California Office of Privacy Protection
- San Francisco
One Market, Spear Street Tower
San Francisco, CA 94105-1596
W. Reece Hirsch is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Healthcare Practice and a co-head of the firm’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice. Mr. Hirsch focuses his practice on healthcare law regulatory and transactional matters. He counsels and represents hospitals, health plans and insurers, physician organizations, healthcare information technology companies, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and other healthcare organizations on transactional and regulatory matters, including privacy, fraud and abuse, and self-referral issues. Chambers USA calls Mr. Hirsch “a terrific healthcare attorney.”
Mr. Hirsch has specific knowledge in data privacy and security issues that apply to the healthcare industry, including compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. He has advised clients from virtually all sectors of the healthcare industry on privacy and security compliance matters, including assisting them in developing policies and procedures, structuring healthcare information technology ventures, Big Data issues, and responding to security breaches. Mr. Hirsch also assists clients in the development and implementation of fraud, abuse, and corporate compliance programs. He counsels healthcare companies on conforming their operations, including recruitment, marketing, and data transmissions, to state and federal healthcare regulatory requirements.
Mr. Hirsch has served as lead transaction counsel on sales and acquisitions of hospitals, medical groups, clinics, and a variety of other healthcare organizations, and he has advised clients on the regulatory implications of joint venture arrangements. He advises clients on corporate matters relating to the formation and ongoing representation of independent practice associations, medical groups, management services organizations, integrated delivery systems, and healthcare technology companies.
Mr. Hirsch advises a wide range of companies outside of the healthcare industry on general privacy and security matters, including online privacy, financial privacy, and mobile app issues. He has been designated as a Certified Information Privacy Professional by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Mr. Hirsch was appointed to an advisory group to the California Department of Justice that developed a 2013 policy guide on the detection, prevention, and response to medical identity theft for providers implementing electronic health records systems. He previously served on a similar advisory group to the California Office of Privacy Protection that developed security breach response recommended practices.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. Hirsch was a partner at an international law firm, focusing on the healthcare industry.
Mr. Hirsch serves on the editorial advisory boards of the BNA's Health Law Reporter, Healthcare Informatics, and Briefings on HIPAA publications.
In addition to his memberships in legal associations, Mr. Hirsch serves on the board of directors of 826 National, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 in the development of their creative and expository writing skills. He also serves on the board of directors of the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, which is dedicated to rebuilding the village of Marial Bai in southern Sudan.
Mr. Hirsch received his J.D. from the University of Southern California Law School in 1990, where he served on the Southern California Law Review. He received his B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University in 1982.
Mr. Hirsch is admitted to practice in California.
- University of Southern California Law School, 1990, J.D.
- Northwestern University, 1982, B.S.