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For five decades, health care clients have trusted Ropes & Gray to craft innovative solutions and provide sophisticated and strategic advice on transactions, regulatory issues and government investigations. 


“This prominent and well-established healthcare team garners praise from peers for its impressive work on behalf of community hospitals, publicly traded companies and academic medical centers.” Chambers USA
“An excellent firm with good, talented people who have a strong work ethic when it comes to supporting their clients.” Health Care Client, Chambers USA
“The breadth of the Ropes team is very impressive and the level of client service is phenomenal. The team's commercial awareness is fantastic as they take the time to understand our organization.” Health Care Client, Chambers Massachusetts


The health care industry in the 21st century faces tremendous change driven by growing demand, new technologies, shifting business models and intense government scrutiny. Clients benefit from Ropes & Gray’s deep experience in health care law, and our intimate knowledge of our clients’ industries, which position the firm to preempt and resolve legal issues across the full range of relevant practices.

With one of the leading health care practices in the country, Ropes & Gray helps its clients navigate a broad range of complex regulatory and business demands. More than 90 professionals represent virtually every sector of the global health care industry, including academic medical centers and community hospitals, health care investors and financial institutions, medical schools, pharmaceutical companies, pharmacy benefit managers, medical device companies, managed care organizations and insurance companies, health care provider organizations, physician practice groups, health care technology companies, biomedical companies, and long-term care and nursing home providers.

Our geographic scope covers major industry hubs throughout the U.S. and in international markets, with U.S. offices in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and offices, or structured networks, in pivotal global territories including London, India, Korea, China and Japan. Our experience in, and knowledge of, the health care community positions our attorneys to analyze complicated regulatory issues, anticipate trends and new initiatives, and develop creative, strategic and felicitous business solutions.

The success of our health care practice has been recognized by numerous leading independent observers. In 2021, we were named “Law Firm of the Year, Health Care” by U.S. News–Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” We also received multiple top honors the last few years including “Corporate Legal Department of the Year, Health Care” from The American Lawyer in 2020 and 2022; “Health Care, Pharma & Biotech Law Firm of the Year” from The Deal in 2020 and 2022; “Health Care Practice Group of the Year” from Law360 in 2021, for the third year in a row; and the top award for “Enabling Business Response to COVID-19” in the Financial Times’ 2020 North American Innovative Lawyers Awards. Additionally, Chambers USA has recognized multiple firm attorneys as leaders and consistently ranks our health care practice highly, as does The Legal 500 US, ranking us highly for “Health Care: Service Providers.”


Ropes & Gray’s health care group provides a comprehensive range of services, including: 

Transactional & Capital Finance

  • Affiliations, Research Collaborations and Licensing Agreements
  • Development of Accountable Care Organizations and Clinically Integrated Delivery Systems
  • Disaffiliations and Spin-offs
  • Governance and Fiduciary Standards
  • Joint Ventures and Partnerships
  • Managed Care Contracting
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Tax-exempt Bond Financing
  • Value-based Care

Regulatory & Compliance

  • Antitrust (including HSR filings)
  • Compliance Programs
  • Corporate Integrity Agreements
  • Corporate Practice of Medicine
  • Drug Pricing and Price Reporting
  • Federal Health Care Regulatory Issues (e.g., FDA and IRB)
  • Federal State and International Privacy (e.g., HIPAA, CCPA, GDPR)
  • Security Incident Counseling
  • Fraud and Abuse (e.g., AKS, Fee-splitting
  • Human Subjects and Animal Research
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Telemedicine

Litigation & Enforcement

  • Audits and Investigations
  • Antitrust
  • Administrative Procedure Act
  • Civil Investigative Demands
  • Corporate Integrity Agreement Negotiation
  • Corrective Action Plans
  • Data Breach Investigations
  • False Claims Act
  • Incident Response
  • Reimbursement


We represent participants in virtually every sector of the health care industry, including:

  • Academic medical centers 
  • Ambulatory care centers 
  • Ancillary services providers 
  • Biotechnology companies 
  • Cancer centers 
  • Catholic hospitals and health systems 
  • Children’s hospitals 
  • Clinical laboratories 
  • Contract research organizations 
  • Disease management companies 
  • Health care lenders, investors and underwriters 
  • Health maintenance organizations and other managed care entities 
  • Health plans and other health insurers 
  • Home health providers 
  • Hospitals and health systems 
  • Insurance companies 
  • Integrated delivery systems 
  • Managed and integrated care providers 
  • Investment banks 
  • Medical schools and teaching hospitals 
  • Medical device, equipment and information technology companies 
  • Nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities 
  • Pharmacy benefit managers 
  • Pharmaceutical companies 
  • Physician practice groups/management companies 
  • Post-acute and long-term providers 
  • Private equity firms 
  • Research institutions 
  • Specialty hospitals
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