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Academic Medicine

Comprehensive, strategic legal advice for navigating complex academic medicine issues.

Hospitals, colleges, universities, and researchers engaged in academic medicine face unique legal challenges and operational imperatives regulated by complex—and often overlapping—sets of rules. Our Academic Medicine legal team has decades of combined experience helping them meet healthcare, education, and research-focused missions. Drawing on the resources of a full-service law firm with nationally recognized healthcare and higher education practice groups, our integrated team is capable of addressing legal challenges arising in academic medical programs, including operational, transactional, compliance, and litigation-related matters, as well as training and government relations.

Husch Blackwell maintains one of the largest and most active healthcare law practices in the U.S., providing transactional, regulatory, and compliance guidance for hospitals, physicians, and other types of healthcare providers covering the entire spectrum of care. Our attorneys routinely assist clients with:

  • M&A and strategic affiliations
  • 340B programs
  • Stark Law and anti-kickback
  • Telemedicine
  • Specialty pharmacy
  • Reimbursement strategies

Husch Blackwell’s depth of experience counseling business organizations and research institutions provides a key point of differentiation with other law firms involved in the healthcare industry. Our experienced healthcare, education, and intellectual property lawyers apply knowledge of research protocols and processes to provide counsel to clients about:  

  • Clinical trials
  • Grant compliance
  • Technology transfers
  • Patent portfolio management
  • Research misconduct allegations
  • Licensing

Even outside traditional college and university settings, academic medical centers, and others involved with clinical education are subject to legal requirements specific to educational settings. They must balance the demands of healthcare laws with those of education and research funding, as well as managing unique faculty, resident and student populations. Our higher education attorneys help clients navigate challenges in connection with:

  • Compliance, policy, and procedure
  • Campus safety and Clery Act compliance
  • Healthcare educations programs
  • Graduate medical education
  • Student/learner funding
  • Nondiscrimination and civil rights
  • Governance

Academic medicine administrators face daily challenges—both routine and extraordinary—that threaten the smooth operation of their institutions. Our integrated team brings together substantial legal experience and skill in areas outside of our clients’ core areas of competence, including: 

  • Data security and privacy
  • Immigration
  • Real estate and construction
  • Labor and employment
  • Government relations
  • Employee benefits
  • Charitable giving
  • Finance

Even exceptionally well-run institutions require dispute resolution and litigation skills to help defend or assert their rights. Husch Blackwell has range of deep, talented litigation teams that specialize in areas of law most pertinent to our academic medical center clients, including:

  • Whistleblower and False Claims Act
  • Government investigations
  • Payment disputes
  • Administrative actions
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Complex commercial litigation
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Former Univ. of Missouri System General Counsel Joins Husch Blackwell

Husch Blackwell is pleased to announce that Steve Owens has joined the firm’s Kansas City office as senior counsel in its Higher Education practice group after serving as the general counsel of the University of Missouri System for the past 14 years.

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