Thomas Coons - Health Lawyer at Ober|Kaler (Baltimore, MD)

Thomas W. Coons

443.263.7589 fax

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1972)
    • Law Fellow
    • Journal of Law & Policy in International Business, Editor
  • University of Tennessee (B.S., 1969)

Thomas W. Coons


Thomas W. Coons is a principal in Ober|Kaler's Health Law Group. His practice concentrates on health care issues involving Medicare payment, coverage and compliance. Tom provides legal counsel and litigates on behalf of academic medical centers, community hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, physicians, home health agencies, laboratories, independent diagnostic testing facilities, dialysis facilities and other health care providers and their associations. He also advises manufacturers and suppliers of health care products regarding coverage, payment and compliance laws.

Tom is widely recognized for his expertise in health care matters. He is a former member of the board of directors of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), is the past chair of that organization’s Medicare and Medicare Payment Institute, and is a fellow of the organization. Tom is also a member of the reimbursement advisory board of Wolters Kluwer (formerly Commerce Clearing House) and has been named a Maryland “Super Lawyer” in the area of health law. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on Medicare payment and compliance issues.

Before joining Ober|Kaler, Tom served as senior attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Department of Health and Human Services where he handled major controversies involving reimbursement and coverage under the Medicare program. Prior to that, Tom spent several years in private practice, where he focused on civil and white collar criminal litigation, including the representation of a Watergate figure.

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)
    • Fellow, 2010-present
    • Board of Directors, 2004-2009
    • Life Members
      • Chair, 2015-2016
    • AHLA Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment Issues
      • Co-chair, Program Planning Committee, 1998-2003
      • Mentoring Program
    • Public Interest Contributor
  • Wolters Kluwer Advisory Board, Member
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
    • Section on Health Law
      • Chair, 1999-2000


Professional Background

  • Office of the General Counsel, Health Care Financing Division, Department of Health and Human Services, Attorney
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Alexander Harvey, II, United States District Court for the District of Maryland
Publications & Presentations
  • Frequent speaker at AHLA, ABA and HFMA conferences on Medicare payment and compliance issues
  • Editor-in-Chief, Medicare Law (3rd Edition), American Health Lawyers Association