With clients ranging from health care providers, payers and nursing homes to pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, Butzel's health care group helps our clients navigate the unique legal, operational and economic issues and relationships inherent in the health care industry.

With the industry in the midst of unprecedented challenges and dramatic changes, our attorneys have extensive experience across a broad spectrum of specialized and critical areas within the health care industry. We assist our clients with financial and corporate issues, regulatory and compliance issues, governmental investigations, criminal and civil litigation, tax matters, labor and employment advice, providing legal counsel that relates to virtually every area of a client's organization.


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  • Section 403(b) Plans (drafting plan documents and answering legal/compliance issues)
  • Analysis of affiliated service group rules under Internal Revenue Code
  • Defended national health care certifyng board in action alleging antitrust and false advertising violations; one of the leading 6th Circuit cases on false advertising law
  • Successfully concluded a multi-million arbitration for an HMO involving competing claims for damages arising out of alleged mismanagement of the HMO and claims by the manager of a health group
  • Successfully represented officer of pharmaceutical company in largest health care fraud trial to date in U.S. District Court in Boston
  • Represented healthcare company in issues regarding Bullard Plawecki Employee Right to Know Act (records access)
  • Successfully defended non profit corporation formed to employ physicians serving community hospital in Michigan against plaintiff who owned one-third of stock
  • Negotiated the purchase of a building and assumption of indebtedness for major health care organization
  • We obtained the Court of Appeals' affirmation of the trial court's dismissal of the challenge to the sale of the state hospital property to our client
  • Obtained dismissal of False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit against healthcare provider and affirmance of dismissal in appeal (Chesbrough, et al. v. VPA, P.C. (6th Cir. August 23, 2011))
  • Represented a full service non-profit community supported hospital as a debtor in possession in Chapter 11 proceedings
  • Represented a healthcare client with the environmental aspects of the sale of the company
  • Negotiated synthetic lease transactions
  • Represented CFO of a non-profit hospital for securities fraud; case settled no jail or fine, SEC restitution
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in a false advertising lawsuit involving a product claiming to be the generic equivalent of a leading brand
  • Patent infringement action
  • False advertising action
  • Defended party in business fraud action
  • Defended website owner of a health-care related site for trademark litigation against a provider of cosmetic surgery
  • Led information technology and business process outsourcing transactions for various health care companies
  • Successful defense of a hospital against multiple complex medical malpractice claims.
  • Venture capital financing for a home health care services corporation.
  • Health Care Fraud Federal Criminal Trial: Individual Defense
  • Represented Eli Lilly in Wood v. Abbott Laboratories, an indirect purchaser name brand prescription antitrust class action.
  • Tortious interference and defamation; no cause in jury trial
  • Obtained acquittal of pharmaceutical company executive in federal trial in Boston following 4 month jury trial
  • Patent and trade dress infringement, and trade secret misappropriation.
  • Represents William Beaumont Hospital, a major hospital system, in a multi-billion dollar antitrust class action claim alleging a conspiracy by area hospital systems to suppress nurse compensation.
  • Defense of major regional hospital system in an anti-trust case alleging conspiracy among hospital and physicians to exclude a cardiologist from the hospital staff
  • Represented the nation's largest house-call physician group in a multi-state, multi-case Qui Tam action brought by the Department of Justice
  • Represent national health care certifing board as General Counsel
  • Negotiated long term mortgageable ground lease on behalf of developer for construction of physicians office building adjoining surgical center
  • Defended client in contract dispute
  • Defended party in contract dispute
  • Obtained a complete declination of all proceedings, criminal and civil health care fraud, against pharmaceutical client by the US Attorney's Office in Dallas
  • SEC Enforcement Actions: individual and corporate defendants facing federal criminal prosecution and SEC investigations
  • Represented pharmaceuticals company in multiple-round preferred stock financings involving five venture capital investors
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in Qui Tam case in Boston.
  • Successful representation of pharmaceutical company in prosecuting claims against contract manufacturer relating to conduct that caused product recall
  • Represented hospital in alleged employment discrimination
  • Obtain summary judgment in Sec.1983 action
  • Obtained a summary dismissal of claims against a major hospital in a medical malpractice case.
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