Lisa Hawke is a partner in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office and a member of the firm's Public Policy & Regulation Group, where her practice focuses on federal relations and policy in healthcare, emergency medical services and transportation issues. She provides strategic planning, advocacy and legal assistance to clients on a broad range of legislative and regulatory matters. A member of the firm's Healthcare & Life Sciences Team, which is one of the largest and most sophisticated in the U.S., she has extensive experience representing state and national healthcare organizations, individual hospital and health systems, and prior to joining the firm, served in several in-house hospital senior government relations and legal positions. Earlier in her career, Ms. Hawke spent several years handling health and income security issues in the United States Senate.

On health policy matters, Ms. Hawke represents a number of healthcare organizations, including the areas of trauma centers and systems, air medical transport, the 340B Drug Discount Program, hospitals and health systems, and clinical laboratories. Ms. Hawke is an experienced advocate on numerous other healthcare issues and programs, including graduate medical education, biomedical research, transplantation, health resources issues, as well as public records and open meetings laws. Ms. Hawke works with clients on policy development, devising legislative and regulatory strategies, and intervening as necessary to draft and secure legislative or regulatory changes that advance client interests. Ms. Hawke works regularly with key congressional healthcare committees and has a strong record of delivering results for clients.

Ms. Hawke also has considerable background in obtaining improved federal funding for healthcare programs, capital projects and large cities, as well as enhanced reimbursement for healthcare entities. She possesses an in-depth knowledge of the Medicaid and Medicare programs and is accomplished in securing improved reimbursement through these programs and in developing innovative opportunities to enhance state and federal funding for healthcare providers.

In addition to her healthcare experience, Ms. Hawke provides counsel and federal representation on transportation issues, including regulation over air medical providers, as well as highway and transit funding. She represents a large city on appropriations and transit work, including negotiating a full funding grant agreement with the Federal Transit Administration.

As a hospital attorney, Ms. Hawke has provided legal counsel on a range of issues, including the 340B Drug Discount Program, Fraud & Abuse, Stark I & II, EMTALA, tax exemption, corporate practice of medicine, guardianship, power of attorney and patient confidentiality. She has negotiated healthcare contracts and drafted hospital policies.

Ms. Hawke spent several years on Capitol Hill as a healthcare legislative assistant to Senator John H. Chafee (R-RI) and served on the staff of the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Labor Management.


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D.
  • The University of Vermont, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Women In Government Relations


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