Shumaker has maintained an extensive health law practice for almost half a century. Our lawyers are familiar with all aspects of the industry and work as a team, enabling us to not just advise on matters as they arise, but proactively help our clients identify opportunities and avoid problems.

Our clients count on us for legal advice that reflects the practical realities that healthcare systems, physician groups and other providers face in the marketplace. Many of our major clients are leading institutions in their communities that have trusted us for decades to serve them in a principled, cost-effective way. We are dedicated to honoring that trust.

Our Clients

  • Hospitals and health systems
  • Physicians and physician groups
  • Academic medical centers and research hospitals
  • Ambulatory surgery centers
  • Medical transportation companies
  • Imaging and other diagnostic facilities
  • Dialysis and radiation therapy facilities
  • Nursing and assisted living facilities
  • Pharmacies and medical equipment suppliers
  • Tissue banks and cancer treatment centers

What Makes Us Different

We are keenly aware of the strategic interdependence of health care providers, practitioners and payers. Our representation of many different types of clients helps us understand and anticipate their strategic concerns. Our clients expect us to be on top of the constantly changing regulatory and business environment—and identify any opportunities they present.

Just as important is our ability to give clients tools to ensure that their day-to-day operations comply with legal and regulatory requirements without constant lawyer involvement. We have designed compliance programs for national provider chains, multi-hospital networks, physician groups and billing companies.

Our clients rely on us not only because of our knowledge and experience, but also because of our responsiveness – we honor our clients’ timetables.  We also work with the client’s personnel, including in house counsel, to minimize the need for our services.

Core Services

  • Strategic advice and counsel
  • Service as outside general counsel
  • Governance advice
  • Tax exemption issues, including maintenance of 501(c)(3) status and tax-exempt financing
  • Fraud and abuse, self-referral and false claims issues
  • Licensure, accreditation, certification and certificate of need issues
  • Medical staff matters
  • Employment law
  • Compliance programs
  • Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures
  • Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement
  • Payer contracting and provider network design
  • Operational issues, including quality assurance and risk management

News Releases

02.05.2018Ben Hanan Elected to All Faiths Food Bank Board of Directors
01.02.2018Kelly Leahy Elected to Society for Ohio Health Care Attorneys Board
07.26.2017Christian Staples Named Honoree for the 2017 North Carolina Leaders in the Law Awards
07.06.2017Karen Stiles and Beth Stanfield Named to Positions With North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
06.21.2017Jim Culbreth Presents at Co-Sponsored Benefit Plan Fiduciaries Panel Discussion
05.31.2017Unoccupied Nanna’s Coffee Shop on Freedom Drive to Become Charlotte’s First Drive-Thru-Only Coffee Shop
04.18.2017Scott Stevenson Inducted Into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
04.04.2017Beth A. Stanfield Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
03.09.2017Raydal Hospitality Announces Newest Sabor Latin Street Grill Location
01.09.2017Shumaker Attorneys Named Business North Carolina's 2017 "Legal Elite"
11.16.2016Shumaker Earns National and Regional Rankings from U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2017
09.22.2016Jessica S. West Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
08.04.2016Daniel R. Strader Presented "New Overtime Pay Rule - What You Need to Know" at Chamber Lunch and Learn
06.22.2016Jenifer A. Belt Recipient of Ohio LGBT Ally Award
03.02.2016Erin Smith Aebel Hosts Tea Time for Fellow International Awardees
02.18.2016Erin Smith Aebel Earns International Client Service Accolade
01.14.2016Kelly Leahy Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP's Healthcare Practice
11.12.2015Shumaker Earns “Best Law Firm” Rankings from U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2016
05.18.2015Memorial Dinner Celebrates Community Leader’s Life While Raising Money for Diabetes Education
04.07.2015Christaldi Honored with Board of Trustees Award for his Service
09.02.2014Shumaker Launches Law Blog to Highlight Social Media Developments
08.25.2014Erin Smith Aebel Wins 2014 Businesswoman of the Year Award in Legal Services Category
06.05.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Serves as Counsel in $1.0 Billion Common Stock Offering
05.15.2014Video - Ron Christaldi Featured in Tampa Bay Business Journal Executive Files
04.21.2014Erin Smith Aebel Reappointed to Florida Bar Health Law Certification Committee
03.25.2014Tampa Law Firm Wins Precedent-Setting Judgment in Patent Infringement Case
02.26.2014Erin Smith Aebel Spoke at Tampa General
11.06.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Receives Metropolitan First-Tier Rankings in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for 2014
05.28.2013Erin Smith Aebel Named Co-Chair of Shumaker's Health Law Department
06.21.2012Malinda R. Lugo Presents to Hillsborough County Bar Association and USF College of Medicine
04.03.2012Erin Smith Aebel Participates in Panel Discussion
04.02.2012Erin Smith Aebel Presents Webinar
01.27.2012Shumaker Attorneys Named to Corporate Counsel’s “2012 Top Rated Lawyers Guide to Healthcare”
02.17.2011Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Speak to University of South Florida Medical Residents
09.27.2010Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Receives First Tier Rankings in U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers 2010 “Best Law Firms” Inaugural List
06.04.2010Edwin G. Emerson Joins Columbus Office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
06.02.2010Erin Smith Aebel Speaks to University Community Hospital


01.08.2018Health Law Alert: Justice Department Issues Memo on Marijuana Enforcement
01.04.2018So Your Firm or Client had a Data Breach? What Next?
08.22.2017Client Alert: North Carolina Court of Appeals Issues Important Opinion on Commercial Lease Guaranties
07.21.2017Client Alert: Feds Shine a Light on Medicare Advantage Plans and Physicians Related to Risk Adjustment Practices
06.07.2017Client Alert: Top Ten Urban Legends of Intellectual Property
04.11.2017Client Alert: Changes Brewing? How North Carolina's ABC Omnibus Legislation (House Bill 500) Would Affect Your Business
02.13.2017Client Alert: Florida Supreme Court Broadens Patient Access to Adverse Incident Reports
02.09.2017"Why Should I Register My Trademarks?"
01.20.2017Client Alert: New Revenue Procedure 2017-13 Provides Clarification of Safe Harbors for Management Contracts of Tax-Exempt Financed Facilities
11.02.2016Client Alert: CMS Releases Final CY 2017 Hospital Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Center Payment Rule
10.18.2016Client Alert - 2016 Update: What Health Care Providers Need to Know Regarding Medical Marijuana in Florida1
09.15.2016Client Alert: CMS to Physicians: QPP Reporting 2017 "Have it Your Way"
09.06.2016Update to August 24th Safe Harbors Client Alert - NEW TRANSITION PERIOD
08.24.2016Client Alert: New Safe Harbors for Management Contracts of Tax-Exempt Financed Facilities
08.22.2016Client Alert: OCR Blitzkrieg: Wider Investigation of Smaller Breaches
08.11.2016Client Alert: Medicare Home Health Payment Update: Florida and Other States are Required to Submit Their Home Health Claims for Pre-Claim Review
08.09.2016Client Alert: The Government Enters into Largest HIPAA Settlement to Date; What HIPAA Covered Entities and Business Associates Need to Know
07.20.2016Client Alert - The Government Makes a Business Associate Pay: What HIPAA Covered Entities and Business Associates Can Learn from this Settlement
July 2016"High Stakes Privacy Breaches – The First Business Associate Settlement Brings HIPAA Compliance Into Sharper Focus for Law Firms," The Resource, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
05.04.2016Client Alert: CMS Issues Rule Proposing New Approach to Paying Clinicians for Value and Quality
03.07.2016Client Alert: Medicare Clarifies 60 Day Overpayment Rule
01.15.2016Stark Law Update
08.06.2014Client Alert - Florida is not Colorado: Health lawyers give you 5 things to consider about medical marijuana.
07.29.2013"Client News Alert: Regarding Physician Payments Sunshine Act"
05.23.2013"HIPAA: Not Just for Health Care Providers Anymore"
08.01.2008"Health Care Industry Beware: Congress is Taking Aim to Further Protect Patient Information"
06.01.1999Best Practices Handbook in Advising Clients on Fraud and Abuse Issues, American Health Lawyers Association, co-author of Chapter 1: "The Lawyer’s Duty to Inquire About Client Intent"


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