Paul F. Lawrence - McDermott Will & Emery


Paul F. Lawrence advises for-profit and nonprofit companies in the healthcare services industry on national and regional mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, affiliations, dispositions and complex business transactions. Paul has developed in-depth knowledge and skill in the representation of for-profit and nonprofit hospitals and health systems, medical groups, private equity firms and their portfolio companies, and governmental and quasi-governmental bodies in the acquisition and divestiture of healthcare services businesses and business lines. Paul’s unique focus on mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare industry has given him an edge critical to the successful negotiation, documentation and closing of health industry transactions, including the ability to advise clients on current trends and developments. He regularly helps clients navigate the complex healthcare regulatory issues that arise in such transactions. Paul is a practice area lead for McDermott’s health transactions practice.


  • Represented a national physician practice management company in connection with its acquisition of non-clinical assets from multiple physician practices across the country, and the company’s provision of non-clinical business support services to such practices
  • Represented various clients in connection with transactions involving the acquisition or divestiture, affiliation and/or strategic alliance with medical groups, including the representation of a large medical group in its sale of non-clinical assets to a new platform company of a private equity firm and the medical group’s arrangements with that new platform company
  • 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

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  • Chambers USA, Band 2, 2010 to 2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America, “Lawyer of the Year” in Healthcare Law, Los Angeles, 2020 and 2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Healthcare Law, Los Angeles, 2010 to 2021 and 2023 to 2024
  • Acritas Stars, listed among independently rated lawyers, 2020

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