Amy Johnson is a valuable legal ally for health care industry clients, guiding them through transactional, regulatory, governance, compliance, clinical research, risk management and health care real estate matters. She brings a beneficial background as a former in-house heath care attorney where she managed the legal aspects of issues involving physician relationships (employed and independent), joint ventures, medical staff matters, transactions and contracts, post-acute care, accreditation, a liability and casualty insurance program (commercial and self-insured) and general legal health care compliance. Today, Amy advises on:

  • Health care transactional and regulatory matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and restructuring
  • Physician employment arrangements and payments
  • Physician joint ventures and transactional matters
  • Physician contracts
  • Guidance and counsel to Boards of Directors of healthcare entities
  • Clinical and nonclinical research
  • Health care privacy, security and cybersecurity
  • Medical staff issues related to bylaws, policies and procedures, governance, privileging, credentialing and peer review
  • Non-physician vendor agreements including major service line agreements
  • Post-acute care issues, including regulatory counseling and transactions in the senior living sector
  • Accreditation matters
  • Health care real estate

Amy analyzes and advises on legal compliance issues related to federal and state laws, regulations and entities that govern health care operations, such as the Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark), federal health care fraud and abuse laws, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Conditions of Participation and the Joint Commission standards. She provides guidance on strategic transactions and affiliations, mergers and acquisitions, health care compliance counsel and defense; drafts all types of health care contracts and policies; counsels clients on clinical and nonclinical research matters and compliance, and counsels on clinical and nonclinical risk management issues such as consent, medical records and patient rights.

She helps clients navigate the complexities of employed and independent physician relationships and contracts, which includes advice on strategy, compensation structures, fair market value and contractual disputes.

Amy also advises on professional service arrangements, leases with referral sources and general service agreements. Amy assists health care clients in buying and selling real estate and in real estate joint ventures. Additionally, she provides advice on timeshare leasing and health care lease compliance.

Previous In-House Experience

Prior to joining the firm, Amy served as Associate General Counsel and Executive Director of Insurance at Mission Health System Inc. In that role, she managed physician employment legal strategy, relationships and contracts, independent physician contracts and relationships, medical staff matters and post-acute care legal matters, provided guidance to various Boards of Directors, provided legal health care compliance advice, and managed a comprehensive liability and casualty insurance program. She also advised on issues that included complex compliance and transactional matters associated with Mission Health’s combination with HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s largest for-profit providers.


Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
North Carolina


Western Carolina University
M.B.A. (2010)

Michigan State University College of Law
J.D. cum laude, Member and Senior Notes Editor, Michigan State Law Review (2007)

University of Michigan
B.A. (2001)

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Professional Associations

  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
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