Stephen W. Bernstein specializes in e-health, “big data,” deployment of electronic health record systems and health-related matters affected by the internet and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), as well as private equity investments, mergers, acquisitions, affiliations and joint ventures involving technology, hospitals and physicians. Stephen is co-chair of the Firm’s Life Sciences Practice and served as global head of the Health Practice from 2009-2018. He also co-leads the Firm’s Digital Health affinity group, which brings together McDermott lawyers from within and outside the Health Industry Advisory Practice Group to develop thought leadership, share information and collaborate on best practices.

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  • Advises the American Society of Clinical Oncology on its development and ongoing implementation of CancerLinQ, a national initiative aimed at assembling a vast database of useable, searchable, real-world cancer information designed to improve the quality of cancer care for patients
  • Advised Northstar Realty Finance, a real estate investment trust on health care regulatory matters surrounding: (i) its $1.05 billion acquisition of 80 senior living facilities in 15 states, (ii) a follow-on acquisition of more than 160 health care-related properties, and (iii) an additional acquisition of a diversified portfolio of 295 health care properties in 31 states and the United Kingdom
  • Serves as outside counsel to major companies, including Cardinal Health, Emdeon and Modernizing Medicine concerning privacy, security, HIPAA and other data-related matters, in the merger and acquisition, regulatory and compliance contexts

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  • The Best Lawyers in America 2007 to 2019, Health Care Law
  • The Legal 500 United States, 2015 to 2019
  • Chambers USA 2015 to 2019

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  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Jewish Family & Children’s Services, member of the Board of Directors and the Disabilities Committee


Boston College Law School, JD, cum laude, 1988
Duke University, AB, magna cum laude, 1985

District of Columbia

Stephen W. Bernstein

Insights & Events / Media

San Francisco, California / McDermott Event / January 7-9, 2019

Shanghai, China / McDermott Event / December 5, 2018

Boston, Massachusetts / McDermott Event / October 25, 2018

Video / October 17, 2018

London, United Kingdom / McDermott Event / October 4, 2018

Chicago, Illinois / McDermott Event / September 27, 2018

Healthcare Enforcement Quarterly Roundup / Q2 | July 2018

San Francisco, California / McDermott Event / January 9, 2018

Nashville, Tennessee / McDermott Event / November 9-10, 2017

Chicago, Illinois / McDermott Event / October 25, 2017

New York, New York / McDermott Event / October 13, 2017

Menlo Park, California / Speaking Engagements / July 24, 2017

San Francisco, California / McDermott Event / June 27, 2017

Special Report / January 19, 2017

San Francisco, California / McDermott Event / January 10, 2017

Special Report / May 12, 2014