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Winston & Strawn has developed an industry-wide practice in the health care and life sciences field that encompasses virtually all aspects of health care law and integrates nearly every legal practice area. Our attorneys are seasoned practitioners with experience serving as general, litigation, and special counsel to a wide variety of health care organizations and entities. We have a solid understanding of the health care sector and proven success in representing our clients in a broad spectrum of issues.
A principal focus of our health care and life sciences practice is fraud and abuse regulation, including federal and state-related antikickback statutes, physician self-referral law, fee-splitting law, and the False Claims Act. Our health care attorneys counsel clients on a wide range of regulatory issues and have extensive knowledge with U.S. federal, state, and local health care law and policy.
Attorneys in this practice provide transactional assistance to a variety of providers and represent all types of entities in the purchase and sale of a broad spectrum of health care providers. We are an active participant in financing of health care entities, representing investment banks and large lending institutions in equity and debt offerings.
Our antitrust team has become one of the country’s most sought-after advisors to health care clients looking to overcome the increasingly high hurdles presented by both federal and state courts and regulatory agencies. Our attorneys are highly experienced in not only antitrust litigation, but also merger reviews and challenges brought by the DOJ and FTC, as well as commercial litigation involving complex elements of unfair competition, labor and employment, and contract law.
Our health care lawyers have broad experience representing hospitals and health systems – as well as businesses operating in the health care sector – in connection with labor and employment matters. We also have substantial experience in all aspects of employee benefits.
Attorneys in our privacy and data security practice are well versed in the sector, assisting clients with consumer and communications privacy, data breaches and security, employee and workplace privacy, financial privacy, and cross-border data transfers. Our health care attorneys are also backed by the firm’s nearly 500 litigators and well equipped to provide litigation and investigative services, as well as antitrust and consumer protection.
In addition, we represent health care providers and health plans and their business associates in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) by drafting HIPAA policies and procedures and training providers’ workforce.