Susan R. Sheffler


  • JD, Harvard Law School, 2013
  • MA (Museum Studies), New York University, 2010
  • BA (Comparative Literature), summa cum laude, Barnard College, 2008


  • California, 2013
  • American Bar Association

Susan R. Sheffler


Susan joined Ropes & Gray in 2014 as an associate in the firm’s health care practice group.  

Susan advises nonprofit and for-profit health care providers and investors on mergers and acquisitions involving various players in the health care and life science industries, including hospitals and health care systems, physician practices, management services organizations, pharmacies, and medical device companies.  

Prior to joining the firm, Susan was a legal fellow at the Community Organizations Representation Project (CORP), a project of the Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco. 

During law school, Susan worked in the Exempt Organizations Division of the Internal Revenue Service and in the General Counsel’s office of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. 


  • Transactions. Representing health systems and academic medical centers in sales and acquisitions of hospitals and other health facilities, including advising nonprofit boards on fiduciary duties, drafting and negotiating purchase agreements, managing large-scale regulatory filings and approvals and handling post-closing regulatory notices. Representing private equity companies in the acquisition of health care targets, including physician practices, pharmacies and health technology companies. 
  • Contracting and Operations. Representing hospitals and other health care companies in the negotiation of contracts with physicians and vendors, in compliance with health care fraud and abuse laws.
  • Corporate Governance. Serving as board counsel to nonprofit hospital boards on corporate governance matters, including conflicts of interest, fiduciary duties and compliance with both federal 501(c)(3) tax exemption requirements and California Nonprofit Corporations Law.
  • Regulatory. Advising health care providers on Medicare and Medicaid billing requirements, federal and state anti-kickback statutes, and self-referral laws. 
  • Pro Bono. Represent nonprofit organizations in formation and successful application for federal and state tax exemption, including counseling on entity selection and subsidiary structuring, preparation of governance documents, filing of Form 1023 and advising on recurring filing obligations and post-incorporation nonprofit compliance.


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