Stephen W. Bernstein specializes in e-health, “big data”, data engineering, deployment of digital health tools and solutions 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, digital health companies, hospitals and physicians. Stephen leads the Firm’s Digital Health Practice, 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, and is co-chair of the Firm’s Life Sciences Practice. Stephen served as global head of the Firm’s Health Practice from 2009-2018. He is a current member of the Firm’s Management Committee and has served on the Firm’s Compensation, Executive and Finance Committees.

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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 usable, 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 healthcare 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 healthcare-related properties, and (iii) an additional acquisition of a diversified portfolio of 295 healthcare 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 2020

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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

Becker’s Hospital Review / January 22, 2019

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








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