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Overview

Stephen’s deep curiosity about healthcare law translates into due diligence for client transactional and compliance matters.

Stephen guides healthcare clients through a wide range of transactional issues, from day-to-day preventative compliance to mergers among solo-practice physicians and large hospitals. Individuals, physician groups, companies, statewide alliances, corporations and major hospitals are among the healthcare clients relying on his counsel regarding governance, formation and regulation with internal, local, state and federal agencies.

Working closely with clients to assure comprehensive business goals are met, Stephen understands that well-structured contracts on the front end prevent legal headaches at a later date, allowing providers to focus on patient care. Clients appreciate Stephen’s deep curiosity and insight into healthcare law across the industry. Throughout his academic career he held numerous legal internships, most notably at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB); Employee/Labor Relations Unit of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Executive Office of Immigration Review, Office of the General Counsel; and Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).


Service

Education

  • J.D., George Mason University Antonin Scalia School of Law
    • Journal of International Commercial Law, Managing Editor
  • B.A., Iowa State University
    • Political Science and Criminal Justice

Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • Iowa

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Iowa State Bar Association
Experience
  • Guided physician group client in formation of post-Affordable Care Act (ACA) statewide Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organization (ACO). The ACO client achieved 4 percent saving in opening year, with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reporting that only 31 percent of all ACOs achieved savings in that fiscal period.
  • Navigated numerous mergers and acquisitions between large hospitals and small physician groups, representing parties of all sizes.
  • Drafted and negotiated numerous employment agreements for healthcare groups and individual providers.
Outside the Office

Stephen met his fiancée, Colleen, a Milwaukee public defender, in law school. The couple shares their home with Zoe, a Lhasa Apso, and Bei Bei, a mini Australian shepherd named after the giant panda living at Washington, DC’s National Zoo. Stephen and Colleen also enjoy running, frequently entering half-marathons, 5Ks and 8Ks.

Community Leadership
  • Mentor Iowa, Board Member, 2019
  • Everybody Wins! Iowa, Volunteer Mentor, August 2017-2019