Paul F. Lawrence advises for-profit and nonprofit companies in the health care services industry on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, affiliations, dispositions and complex business transactions.

Paul has developed particular, in-depth knowledge in the representation of for-profit and nonprofit hospitals and health systems, pharmacy companies, dialysis companies, private equity firms and governmental and quasi-governmental bodies in the acquisition and divestiture of health care services-related businesses and business lines. These include asset transfers, and stock, merger, joint venture, lease and other affiliation transactions.

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  • Represented a client in connection with the successful acquisition of two acute care hospitals (located on three different campuses) from a nonprofit hospital system that had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection; the client was designated the “stalking horse” purchaser and participated in the debtor’s Bankruptcy Section 363 sale process
  • Represented a client in connection with the divestiture of a two-campus acute care hospital in the client’s Bankruptcy Section 363 sale process
  • Represented a client in connection with the acquisition of a two-campus nonprofit academic medical center, which transaction included the concurrent structuring of a long-term academic affiliation agreement between the client and a University

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  • The Best Lawyers in America 2010 to 2022, Health Care Law, including 2020 “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Chambers USA 2010 to 2020
  • Nightingale’s Healthcare News 2004, 2008
  • BTI Client Service All-Stars 2012


Harvard Law School, JD, 1991
University of California – Los Angeles, BA, summa cum laude, 1988


Los Angeles, California / Speaking Engagements / October 4, 2018