July 20, 2009

Baker & Daniels' Mary Beth Claus to Become Senior Counsel at Cleveland Clinic

Mary Beth Claus, a partner at Baker & Daniels LLP, will become Senior Counsel at the Cleveland Clinic. In her new position, she will be responsible for the medical center's health care regulatory matters.

"It is with mixed emotions that I'm making a change in my legal career," Claus said. "I am looking forward to this exciting new challenge, but I thoroughly enjoyed working with outstanding colleagues and friends at Baker & Daniels.

"Had it not been for the experience I gained at Baker & Daniels, I realize I would not have been approached for the position at Cleveland Clinic," Claus continued. "That is a true credit to the firm. I will greatly miss the people at Baker & Daniels but hope to have the opportunity to continue working together for many years."

Claus was a member of Baker & Daniels' health and life sciences team. She represented clients on federal and state regulatory issues, fraud and abuse matters, compliance and risk management strategies, and contractual and joint venture transactions. Claus counseled institutional and corporate organizations, including public and private hospitals, academic medical centers, ambulatory surgical centers, nonprofit health care grant agencies, provider-owned HMOs, Medicaid MCOs and provider networks.

"Mary Beth has been a tremendous partner at Baker & Daniels," said Tom Froehle, the firm's chair and chief executive partner. "Although we will miss her greatly at the firm, this is a terrific opportunity, and I am confident that she will serve the Cleveland Clinic well."

Claus has been named to The Best Lawyers in America and Indiana Super Lawyers, including distinction as one of Indiana's top 25 female lawyers. She also has been active in the community, currently serving on the board of directors for the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, MDWise Inc. and the Wishard Memorial Foundation. Claus is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.

Claus, who joined Baker & Daniels in 2001, served as Executive Assistant for Health & Human Services for Indiana Governor Evan Bayh from 1991-93. She graduated summa cum laude from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis after receiving her bachelor's degree magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati.


Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit, multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation, Cleveland Clinic has become one of the largest and most respected hospitals in the country. Cleveland Clinic facilities can be found throughout Northeast Ohio, as well as around the country and world, including Cleveland Clinic in Florida, Cleveland Clinic Canada and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Cleveland Clinic health system comprises eight community hospitals, a children's hospital for rehabilitation and one affiliate hospital and is accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation's largest accreditor of health care organizations.

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