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Tom provides advice on Stark, Anti-Kickback and all other health care regulatory matters.  He is counsel to hospitals regarding clinically integrated networks, medical staff bylaws, physician relations, acquisition of medical groups, corporate governance, acquisitions of outpatient and ancillary facilities, strategic alliances and joint ventures, the establishment of provider-based facilities, executive employment agreements, Medicare compliance, contracting, and employment matters. Tom also represents several senior living owners and operators in mergers/acquisitions, regulatory, patient rights, and financings.

Tom is the former team leader of the firm’s Health Care Innovation team.

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Work History

Prior Work Experience

Former CEO PacifiCare of Ohio, Inc., (now part of United Healthcare), PacifiCare Senior Leadership Council, PacifiCare Health Services Council, and PacifiCare of Ohio Board of Directors, 1998 – 2001.

Former executive vice-president, chief legal officer and secretary, ChoiceCare, formerly Greater Cincinnati’s largest health maintenance organization. Member of senior executive team. Legal responsibilities included ChoiceCare’s initial public offering and $250 million merger with Humana, 1996 – 1998, and creation of the Impact for Health Foundation.

Partner in law firm of Frost Brown Todd LLC (formerly Frost & Jacobs ), of counsel as of January 1, 1996, Cincinnati, Ohio. Chair of health care practice group. Health care, corporations, partnerships, joint ventures, real estate and taxation, representing 200+ corporations, from proprietorships to SEC, 1989 – 1998

Partner in the Cincinnati office of the law firm of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff (formerly Walker, Chatfield & Doan). Entrepreneurial practice focused on taxation and small business. Committees: Corporate, Client Development, Recruiting, 1979 – 1989

Tax specialist, Ernst and Young, Cleveland, Ohio.  Ranked first on staff in overall performance. Responsible for consulting, tax planning and compliance work for corporate, partnership and individual clients, 1977 – 1979


Legal Work Highlights

Represented a tax-exempt health care system in the creation of a new $250 million health care campus and the closing of its existing campus, including the sale of over 10 medical practices, a long-term care facility, and other ancillary health care businesses associated with the old campus.

Represented a for-profit hospital in the sale of its facilities, valued over $100 million.

Represented a medical group of over 115 multi-specialty physicians with 12 offices, an ambulatory surgical center, a MRI diagnostic facility, a pharmacy and other ancillary facilities in its acquisition by a large urban health care system.

Represented a region’s largest multi-specialty medical group with 9 offices, an ambulatory surgical center, an imaging center and other ancillary facilities in its merger with a large health care system.

Represented a physician-owned hospital in its acquisition of a large outpatient surgery center and the subsequent qualification of the surgery center as a “provider-based,” hospital out- patient department, facility of the hospital.

Represented a health system in the formation of joint venture between a health system and private investors to own and operate imaging centers.

Represented major urban health system in creation of physician-hospital organization.

Represented the purchaser in acquisition of multi-state long term care chain.


Law School

Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1977

Undergraduate School

Miami University, B.S., 1974

Bar Membership

Tom is licensed to practice in the following state:

Ohio , 1977


Local & National Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America® Health Care Law, 2008-2021

The Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year 2018, Health Care Law

AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award, Health Care Attorney of the Year in Ohio, 2019

Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award, Health Care Attorney of the Year in Ohio, 2017

Top Rated Lawyers in Mergers and Acquisitions, The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel, 2012 and 2013

Chambers USA,® America’s Leading Business Lawyers 2012-2020

Featured in Top Rated Lawyers Guide to Health Care Law, Corporate Counsel Magazine

Who’s Who in America®, 1994 – present

The White House Fellowships, Regional Finalist, 1983

Who’s Who in American Law®, 1979 – present

Who’s Who in Health Care®, 1997 – present

Emerging Leaders of America, 1987 – 1999

Rising Young Americans, 1991 – 2001

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Cincinnati Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

American Bar Association

American Bar Association Health Care Section, Member, 1994 – present

Planning Committee of Emerging Issues Seminar Committee, Member, 2008 – 2013

American Bar Association Section of Taxation, Former Member

American Health Lawyers Association, Member, 1985 – present; Presenter at Annual Meetings in 1998 and 1995; Presenter at joint meeting of the American Medical Association and AHLA on buying/selling medical businesses, May 1992

The National Managed Health Care Congress, Executive Advisory Board Member, 2000 – 2003

American Association of Health Plans, Subcommittee on Performance Measures, Member, 1998 – 2004

Ohio State Bar Association, Health Care Section and Insurance Law Committee, Member; Special committee on modifications to Ohio Certificate of Need law, Member, 1994 – 1996; OSBA/Ohio Hospital Association Committee on Workers’ Compensation and insurance issues, Member, 1995 – 1997; Health Care Law Committee, Member, 1999- present

Cincinnati Bar Association, Tax Section, Chair, 1993 – 1994; Health Care Law Committee, Member

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations 

Life Enriching Communities, Finance Committee, 2013 – present; Operator of Twin Lakes and Twin Towers Senior Living Facilities

Health Collaborative, Treasurer and Chairman of Finance Committee, 2007 – present

Playhouse in the Park, Board Member, 2006 – 2013; Finance Committee Corporate Giving Committee

Association for Corporate Growth, President 2009 – 2010; President-Elect 2008-2009; Board Member, 2006 – present; Program Planning Committee, 2006 – present

Cincinnati Nature Center, Board Member; Strategic Planning Committee; Land Acquisition Committee; Involvement 2002 – present

American Heart Association, Cincinnati Chapter, Board Member; Corporate Cabinet; Golf Outing Committee; Nominating Committee; Involvement: 1996 – present

Children’s International Summer Villages, Organization devoted to fostering international peace and understanding through exchange programs. 19 U.S. Chapters, 147 Chapters in 65 nations; National Board of Trustees, 1981 ‑ 1984; National Finance Chair, 1982 – 1984; National Parliamentarian, 1984; Cincinnati Chapter President, 1982 – 1984; Chapter Fundraising Chair, 1979 – 1980, 2000 – 2001; Legal Counsel, 1979 – present; Risk Management Committee; Involvement: 1979 – present


Tom was invited to speak at the following events:

“Have the Rules Changed for Compliance for Healthcare Provider Transactions Over the Past Three Decades?” The Annual Meeting of the Health Care Compliance Association, August 18, 2020

“How do Hospitals Respond to Private Equity Physician Deals?” The Annual Meeting of the Healthcare Financial Managers Association, June 24, 2020

“Best Practices for Establishing and Running a Post-Acute Care Network” American Health Lawyers Association, Long Term Care and the Law, San Diego, California, February 23, 2017

 “T. Management Services Organizations: Best Practices and Major Obstacles” American Health Layers Association, Nashville, Tennessee, May 18, 2016


Major Publications

Contributing Author: Physician Leadership’s Affiliation Options for Physicians: Current and Future Strategies, Chapter 15 – Legal and Regulatory Considerations. August 14, 2020.

Firm Committees

Tom served on the following committees at Frost Brown Todd:

Strategic Planning Committee, former Member

Recruiting Committee, former Member

Heath Care Innovation, former Team Leader

Corporate Department, former Co-Chair