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Morgan Lewis Adds Group of Veteran Healthcare Partners in Houston with National Focus on Hospitals and Health Systems

November 13, 2017

HOUSTON, November 13, 2017: Morgan Lewis today welcomes to its Houston office two veteran healthcare lawyers who represent hospitals, health systems, and other medical providers on a wide array of regulatory, transactional, litigation, and government investigations matters across the United States. The partners—Susan Feigin Harris and Donna S. Clark—are highly respected healthcare lawyers in Houston, a city known for its world-class, cutting-edge hospitals and medical research facilities. Ms. Harris and Ms. Clark joined Morgan Lewis today, with additional partners and several of counsel, associates, and other team members expected to join Ms. Harris and Ms. Clark later this month.

This addition in Houston expands Morgan Lewis’s core group of healthcare lawyers in Washington, DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, all of whom work together to provide regulatory, corporate, compliance, and litigation advice and counseling to many of the largest healthcare systems and physicians’ groups in the United States.

“Our new partners’ foundational health system and hospital-based practices further strengthen our premier healthcare practice,” said Firm Chair Jami McKeon. “Our clients across the United States will benefit greatly from their more than 20 years of practical experience in, among other things, crafting and implementing solutions to the legal questions presented by the federal and state laws affecting an evolving healthcare industry and its care delivery systems.”

Ms. Harris routinely counsels healthcare clients in reimbursement issues and disputes involving government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid and commercial payors. She is particularly knowledgeable on the Affordable Care Act and delivery reform initiatives at both state and federal levels, such as the creation of patient-centered medical homes and care coordination entities. She also serves as a trusted advisor to numerous children’s hospitals across the United States.

Ms. Clark represents healthcare providers on issues concerning federal laws governing the relationships between physicians and other healthcare providers and the entities to which they refer patients. She advises clients on structuring joint ventures and contractual relationships in compliance with laws, including federal and state anti-kickback statutes and self-referral laws.

“With Susan, Donna, and the larger team that will join us shortly in Houston, all of our healthcare clients will greatly benefit from their deep knowledge of and experience with government regulation, litigation, and transactions involving the healthcare sector,” said Howard J. Young, who leads the Morgan Lewis healthcare practice. “Together our team delivers solutions to healthcare institutions navigating the complexities posed by continually evolving legal and regulatory structures.”

Morgan Lewis has been ranked as the #1 largest healthcare law firm in the United States for the last two years, according to Modern Healthcare. In the four consecutive prior years (2012–2015), the magazine ranked Morgan Lewis among the top five largest healthcare law firms.

Morgan Lewis provides sophisticated, integrated, and cost-effective counsel to businesses and organizations across the full spectrum of the healthcare industry. Our healthcare provider clients include hospitals and health systems; long-term care, home health, and hospice providers; retail and specialty pharmacies; behavioral health providers; suppliers; distributors; physician practices; medical societies; and private equity and venture capital investors, as well as the vendors that support the healthcare industry.