Ober|Kaler is a pioneer in health care law. The origins of our Health Law Group date back nearly 40 years, to the beginnings of Health Law as a recognized practice area. We are leaders in providing premier legal services to academic and community hospitals, health systems, long-term care facilities, clinical laboratories, institutional pharmacies, physicians and physician organizations. Our growing and evolving practice now includes representation of ancillary service providers, pharmacy and biotechnology companies, health care management and billing companies, and health care trade organizations.
Ober|Kaler’s Health Law Group is particularly effective because many of our attorneys bring the perspective gained from working in the federal government, at associations, in hospitals and private practice, and with health care organizations in the public and private sector. Among our group, currently numbering more than 35 attorneys working full time on behalf of our health care clients, are:
- More than 15 attorneys who worked for federal government agencies, including:
- The HHS Office of Inspector General
- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
- The Department of Justice
- The Internal Revenue Service
- Four former state assistant attorneys general
- A former president of the American Hospital Association
- A former hospital administrator
- Two former in-house counsel to hospital networks
- A former general counsel to a national, publicly traded, long term care company
- A licensed physical therapist
- A CPA
These talented attorneys allow us to develop creative and innovative legal solutions that reflect our “real world” knowledge of the industry.
We are one of only a small number of firms in the country to have two attorneys elected to serve as presidents of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), a 7,000-plus member professional association dedicated to the health care industry. Today, one attorney serves as program chair for the annual AHLA/HCCA Fraud and Abuse Conference while two additional attorneys serve as Vice Chairs of AHLA Practice Groups, one as Vice Chair of the AHLA Fraud and Abuse Practice Group and the other as Vice Chair of the AHLA Physician Practice Group. Another of our attorneys formerly served on the AHLA board of directors. In recognition of their commitment to the health care industry, the AHLA has named two of our attorneys among its inaugural Class of Fellows and has presented two of our attorneys with the David J. Greenburg Service Award, an award given annually to those lawyers who have made significant contributions to the AHLA over the course of their careers.
In addition to being leaders in the field and providing top-quality services to our health care clients, our dedicated attorneys provide aggressive representation that is sensitive to client costs. We work hand-in-hand with in-house, local and national counsel to create a unified team that approaches each case with one common goal: to achieve successful results for our clients.
Our Health Law Group is recognized as one of the leading health care practices in the US by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, Legal 500 and Best of the Best, particularly in Medicare and Medicaid regulatory issues and fraud and abuse matters.
For the past four years, Ober|Kaler’s Health Law Group has been nominated by Chambers USA for its USA Award in Excellence for Healthcare Law.
"Acclaimed for its deep-rooted regulatory strength, [Ober|Kaler’s Health Law Group] possesses deep expertise in issues such as accountable care organization formation, antitrust litigation and Medicare payment matters. [They] Attract clients from across the healthcare spectrum, including clinical laboratories and long-term care entities. They have a phenomenal reputation in healthcare." — Chambers USA 2014
"Excellent healthcare firm: they have some really fabulous people there.” — Chambers USA 2013
Ober|Kaler has an enviable pedigree in the service provider arena, with a 35-year history in the space, and several former in-house state agency counsel among its partners’ ranks. — The Legal 500 2014
“A fabulous firm with great people... Ober Kaler attracts significant praise from peers for its regulatory expertise with its healthcare experts based in Baltimore and Washington DC. The group contains significant antitrust capability… and has two separate practice groups dedicated to ACO reform and the Electronic Health Records Incentive Program, respectively, as well as its own Health Care General Counsel Institute to advise in-house legal departments.” — The Legal 500 2013