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The healthcare and life sciences industry is simultaneously a new frontier and the backdrop for the daily lives and well-being of millions of people. Industry players deal with an ever-evolving slate of issues as they work toward the ultimate goal to improve peoples' lives, such as:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the industry in a number of ways, including establishing new collaborations with providers, suppliers and non-healthcare companies to make sure that organizations have the resources, equipment, infrastructure, capacity and data to meet the needs of patients and employees. Healthcare companies who can build on this spirit of cooperation and innovation to solve problems, create new supply chain models, improve patient consumerization and personalization, and continue to broaden telemedicine and digital care offerings will have the advantage.
  • As consumers demand cutting-edge technology that makes their care options more comprehensive, efficient and easier to understand, many healthcare companies are making it a priority to deliver ever-improving digital health choices that provide seamless collaboration between patients and their providers while making the necessary investments in data and IT infrastructure. Also key will be creative business strategies that increase collaboration with academic and research counterparts.
  • Fast-developing artificial intelligence, data analytics and other technological breakthroughs are being used to accelerate the drug development and manufacturing processes, streamline supply chains, improve the quality and efficiency of radiology, and widen the scope of predictive medicine.
  • The healthcare and life sciences industry overall is seeing an increase in private investment capital and a resurgence in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity and consolidation, but expect government regulators to more closely scrutinize such deals and combinations, on both horizontal and vertical levels, as larger health systems continue to emerge. The M&A, joint venture and partnership trend should continue as companies look for new revenue streams.

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With nearly 100 years of combined experience in the industry, members of our Healthcare & Life Sciences Team are on the leading edge of industry developments, and we can help you adapt your business strategy to effectively seize opportunities while avoiding risks. We represent the full range of healthcare-related businesses, including all providers along the care continuum, managed care organizations, health plans, third party administrators, provider networks, integrated delivery systems, management services organizations, managed care companies, manufacturers, healthcare technology companies, distributors, suppliers, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, biotechnology firms, venture capital firms and private equity firms, in all aspects of their regulatory issues and business operations, including:

  • Corporate Services: Our team has extensive experience handling healthcare transactions and can assist you with business planning and structuring, contracts and agreements, mergers and acquisitions and tax planning, all with an aim toward helping you operate more effectively and efficiently.
  • Data Privacy and Security: It is critical for healthcare and life science companies to effectively manage data privacy and security matters and comply with the growing number of related regulations, best practices and regulatory guidance. We can provide you with highly experienced technical and legal counsel on a wide array of issues, from de-identifying clinical trial data sets and patient information, managing mobile and Bring Your Own devices, working with mobile apps and network-aware medical devices, and complying with HIPAA and HITECH, to handling website data collection, use and sharing. We can also help prevent or deal with data and security breaches, assist you in responding to government investigations and provide guidance on international data transfer compliance.
  • Financial Services: Healthcare and life sciences operations require significant financial capital and our team can help you secure the necessary funding to achieve your business objectives, whether you are just getting started or are expanding your business.
  • Insurance: With the prevalence of liability issues confronting the healthcare and life sciences industry, we can help you anticipate risks and protect your interests through effective insurance planning.
  • Intellectual Property: In the highly competitive world of life sciences, protecting your intellectual property is critical to your success. Members of our team can help you safeguard your innovations by prosecuting patents; maintaining your portfolio; registering, protecting and litigating your patents and negotiating licensing agreements.
  • International: Our team can help you capitalize on the expanding global market by helping you address international trade compliance issues related to your medical devices and products.
  • Labor, Employment and Benefits: We can assist you in managing your company's most valuable asset - your human capital - by guiding you through common employment issues such as policies, training and benefits as well as issues that are critical to the healthcare and life sciences industry such as the safeguarding of trade secrets and enforcement of non-competes.
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution: Disputes are a common occurrence within the healthcare and life sciences industry and, when a dispute arises, our team will quickly respond to defend your interests and seek the most desirable outcome possible so you can get back to business.
  • Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations: If you are a healthcare provider or research organization that is structured as a nonprofit entity, we can help you safely navigate the evolving rules and regulations that govern tax-exempt organizations.
  • Public Policy & Regulation: While public policy related to healthcare and life sciences is often contentious and always evolving, our team has a thorough understanding of legislative and regulatory proceedings and can help you advance your interests. In addition, we can provide you with regulatory counseling, including early guidance and advice, so you can achieve and maintain compliance with healthcare regulations such as HIPAA, HITECH and the Affordable Care Act.
  • Real Estate: We can assist you with the unique issues that accompany the acquisition, development, structuring, leasing, financing and disposition of properties that are used in connection with healthcare and biotechnology operations.
  • White Collar Defense and Investigations: Participants in the healthcare industry face increased risk and potentially devastating consequences arising from allegations of fraud and abuse. We can help you protect your interests by advising you on compliance with federal fraud and abuse statutes – including the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback statute, the Stark Self-Referral Rules and safe harbors. In the event of an allegation, we can defend your interests in enforcement actions as well as investigations by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Guidance You Can Trust

The combination of our thorough knowledge, our extensive experience and our sincere commitment to provide responsive service is why clients entrust our Healthcare & Life Sciences Team to handle their legal needs.

These attributes are also the reason why members of our team have been recognized among the top legal professionals in the country by leading publications, including Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Best Lawyers in America and Florida Trend Magazine – Legal Elite. These publications base their rankings and commentary on input provided by those who are best positioned to evaluate our capabilities - our clients and other attorneys in the industry.

Recent honors earned by our team include:

  • The 2024 Chambers USA guide ranked more than 20 Holland & Knight partners from Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas for Healthcare, Healthcare: Government Investigations & Fraud, and Healthcare: Regulatory law. The firm ranked in Band 3 Elite for Nationwide, Band 1 for Tennessee, Band 2 for Alabama and Florida, Band 3 for Georgia, Massachusetts and New York, and Band 4 for Texas.
  • In 2024, Modern Healthcare ranked Holland & Knight as the nation's largest healthcare law firm based on the firm's more than 400 attorneys covering virtually every segment of the healthcare industry.
  • Holland & Knight received a national first-tier ranking in the 2024 Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" guide in Health Care Law, and metropolitan first-tier rankings in the following markets: Austin, Birmingham, Jacksonville, Miami, Nashville, New York City, Orlando and Tallahassee. The firm also earned metropolitan first-tier rankings for Litigation – Health Care in Dallas and Nashville.
  • Holland & Knight was ranked fifth in the American Health Law Association (AHLA) Top Honors in 2024 based on AHLA membership.
  • Holland & Knight's representation of Newport Healthcare in its acquisition of PrairieCare was named "Americas Industry Deal of the Year – Health Care" at the 2024 Americas and Global Markets M&A Atlas Awards, hosted by the Global M&A Network. Holland & Knight's representation of Newport was led by Partners Brent Hill and Colbey Reagan.
  • In the 2023 Best Lawyers in America guide, nearly 40 Holland & Knight attorneys from offices across the country were recognized in the Health Care Law and Litigation – Health Care categories.
  • The Legal 500 United States 2023 guide ranked Holland & Knight as a Tier 4 firm for Healthcare: Service Providers and as a "Firm to Watch" in Healthcare: Health Insurers. Partners Maria Currier, Shannon Hartsfield, John Kern, Mia McKown and Brian Platton were recommended in the Healthcare: Service Providers practice category.
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences Of Counsel Jerome Hoffman was selected for Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite 2023 Hall of Fame.
  • Partner Maria Currier was named Law360 "MVP of the Year" in Health Care for 2022.
  • Holland & Knight received top recognition in the American Bar Association's Health Law Section – Annual Top 10 Law Firms in the Northeastern Region ranking.

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