Health Care


For more than 50 years, Richards Layton has counseled Delaware’s leading health care organizations in an ever-evolving legal landscape. Our health care team has represented entities in every major sector of the health care industry, including providers of health care services (such as academic health centers, hospitals, hospices, skilled nursing facilities, and ambulatory surgery centers), groups of health care professionals, insurance companies, investment companies, and manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and biotechnology products. The breadth of our practice enables our health care team to bring multiple perspectives to the analysis and resolution of our clients’ needs, whether addressing regulatory approvals and compliance, business transactions, tax issues, employee benefits and counseling, or state and federal litigation, including discrimination claims, medical staff disputes, appeals from administrative decisions, and contractual disputes. This range of experience and comprehensive understanding of the health care delivery system makes us unique in our ability to effectively serve our clients.

For more than 50 years, attorneys at Richards, Layton & Finger have provided legal services to Delaware’s leading health care organizations. Our attorneys have worked with virtually every type of entity operating in or related to the health care industry, including academic medical centers, ambulatory surgical centers, biotechnology companies, device manufacturers, home health agencies, hospitals, hospices, insurance companies, investment companies, pharmaceutical companies, physician groups, rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities and specialty hospitals.

Regulatory and Operational Know-How
With the state’s largest hospital system among our clients, we have deep experience in advising health care facilities regarding a myriad of operational issues, such as peer review, medical staff relations, physician recruiting, retention and release of medical records, informed consent, guardianships, right-to-die and withdrawal of life support.

Our experience in providing advice on regulatory issues is solid as well—and as the health care industry faces new challenges, our regulatory know-how becomes vital. We are knowledgeable in licensing, Certificates of Public Necessity, tax, and other state and federal regulatory issues. In addition, we assist our health care clients with legislation before the Delaware General Assembly.

A Multi-Practice Approach
We draw upon the knowledge and skills of lawyers throughout the firm to address the health care issues our clients face. Ready to respond to the current uncertainty and complexity within the health care industry, we offer expertise from a range of practice areas, including administrative, business, tax, real estate, and labor and employment law and litigation.

We represent health care clients in all types of state and federal litigation, including discrimination claims, medical staff disputes, appeals from administrative decisions and contractual disputes. We advise health care clients on such employment law matters as development of employee handbooks and personnel policies, employment contracts, equal employment opportunity matters, employee benefits and counseling, and compliance with state and federal employment laws.

Our attorneys also handle all types of corporate and transactional matters for our health care clients. We provide counseling and assistance related to corporate and other entity formation, restructuring, mergers, affiliations, physician contracting and financing. We also provide advice in tax matters, including those relating to the structure and operation of nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations.


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