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Gerald M. Griffith (Gerry)
Partner

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Education

  • The University of Toledo (J.D. magna cum laude 1985; Order of the Coif; Valedictorian; Editor, Law Review); University of Michigan (B.A. magna cum laude 1982)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois and Michigan

Gerry Griffith represents clients in health care transactions and tax controversies, focusing on cutting-edge affiliation structures and high-stakes IRS audits for more than 30 years.

Gerry's transactional practice focuses on complex transactions, with an emphasis on joint operating agreements (JOAs), other joint ventures (domestic and international), and acquisitions. He has defended leading hospitals, health systems, and managed care organizations in more than two dozen IRS audits and voluntary disclosures, including walk-in closing agreements and bond compliance checks. He also has obtained several distinctive, favorable private letter rulings from the IRS, including the first ruling approving a nonprofit hospital joint operating agreement (PLR 9609012), the first hybrid JOA/merger ruling (PLR 199944046), and the first and only ruling on excess benefit transactions with physicians (PLR 201336020). In addition, he has considerable experience in nonprofit governance, structuring academic medical center relationships with faculty practice plans, restructuring hospital-physician transactions for compliance with the Stark Law and excess benefit transaction rules, and serving as borrower's counsel for multiple health systems. He represents some of the premier health care systems in the country, including Henry Ford Health System, Trinity Health, and Dignity Health.

Gerry is president of the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys and a former chair of the Great Lakes Area Tax-Exempt/Government Entities Practitioners Council. He is a past president of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), and he previously served as chair of the Health Care Law Section (HCLS) of the State Bar of Michigan. He is a Fellow of both AHLA and HCLS.


Honors & Distinctions

  • Named to Best Lawyers in America for health care (since 1999) and nonprofit/charities law (since 2007)

    Listed by Chambers USA as a leading health care attorney since 2008

    Recommended lawyer in The Legal 500 for health insurers (2017)

    Named to Illinois Super Lawyers in 2009 for health care

    Selected for Nightingale's Healthcare News 2003 "Outstanding Hospital Lawyers"
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