Areas of Practice

Richard Harris joined Ropes & Gray’s corporate department in 2018. He works extensively with health care clients confronting a broad variety of complex transactional, regulatory, and compliance issues including mergers and acquisitions, federal and state fraud and abuse laws, and government enforcement defense.

During law school, Richard was enrolled in the Yale School of Management as part of Yale’s accelerated JD-MBA program. He was also vice president and co-academic development chair of the Yale Black Law Students Association, a board member of the Yale Law Christian Fellowship, and a writer/editor for The Yale Journal of International Law. As a legal intern at the Yale Ludwig Center for Community & Economic Development, he drafted and reviewed agreements for urban redevelopment projects. Richard was also a member of the Yale Ethics Bureau, where he assisted individuals wrongly convicted as a result of prosecutorial misconduct.

Before law school, Richard interned at an international law firm in England, where he assembled and analyzed evidence for individual plaintiffs in cases involving sex discrimination, Title IX, child sexual abuse, and commercial contracts. He also interned at a real estate firm and an oil & energy consulting firm.


  • Private Equity and Strategic Transactions. Provided corporate, transactional, and regulatory compliance support to clients on the acquisition, joint venture, merger, reorganization, and sale of emerging and established health care businesses, including ambulatory surgery centers, assisted living facilities, behavioral health providers, hospitals, long-term care facilities, managed care organizations, medical device companies, pharmaceutical companies. physician practices, and practice management companies.
  • Government Audits and Investigations. Advised health care organizations subjected to audits, investigations and surveys by federal and state government entities, including the New York State Attorney General, the New York State Department of Health, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • Privacy and Security Compliance. Counseled clients on a range of health information privacy and security issues, including those governed by HIPAA, 42 C.F.R. Part 2, state privacy laws, and applicable international laws such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  • Value-Based Care Arrangements. Advised clients on structural and regulatory considerations associated with value-based care arrangements, including government and private value-based purchasing programs.
  • Health Care Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure. Assisted clients on various health care-related accreditation, certification, and licensure issues, including the application of state health care facility licensure laws, state certificate of need laws (CON), insurance laws, and health care professional licensure laws to their activities.
  • Health Care Reimbursement. Advised clients on government and private insurance coverage and payment issues, including medical necessity, billing and coding, physician supervision, incident-to, bundled payment models, and the implications of regulatory changes.
  • General Compliance Program Counseling. Advised clients on the development, implementation, review, and revision of compliance programs.

Areas of Practice