Dawn R. Helak - McDermott Will & Emery


Dawn R. Helak provides counseling and advice to hospitals and health systems, academic medical centers (AMCs), private equity firms and their portfolio companies, post/sub-acute providers, trade associations and coalitions, physician practices, and other public and private health care companies in a variety of complex transactions and health regulatory compliance matters. Dawn has experience in all aspects of health care transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic affiliations. Dawn focuses her regulatory practice on advising clients with respect to federal and state health care fraud and abuse compliance, reimbursement issues, and licensure and operational matters.

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  • Served as transaction and health regulatory counsel to a leading seven-hospital health system in its strategic affiliation with another regional health system
  • Represented several private equity-backed anesthesia practice management companies in the acquisitions of anesthesia practices

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  • American Health Lawyers Association Pro Bono Champion, 2013 and 2014


  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American College of Healthcare Executives


Boston University School of Law, JD, Health Law Concentration with Honors, 2009
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BSPH, 2006

District of Columbia