Peter Pavarini is a senior partner in the Corporate Practice Group and a member of the Healthcare Industry Group. He focuses his practice on the representation of hospitals and other healthcare providers in a wide range of strategic, regulatory and transactional matters, particularly physician alignment models and the development of clinically integrated provider organizations. Peter has devoted his entire legal career to addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by healthcare regulatory reforms and marketplace trends. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for healthcare since 1991 and has been recognized by his peers in numerous other surveys and directories. Peter is the immediate past president of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), the nation's largest organization dedicated to health law issues.

    Peter is a frequent speaker and author on the transformation of the US healthcare system. He serves as an executive editor and author of AHLA’s The ACO Handbook: A Guide to Accountable Care Organizations. He has been instrumental in launching the Squire Patton Boggs Triage Health Law Blog. Peter is frequently quoted in national publications covering the healthcare industry, and contributed the legal chapter of the seminal text, Essentials of Health Care Finance by William O. Cleverly.

    Throughout his career, Peter has contributed his time and creativity to numerous boards and commissions advancing the public’s interest in achieving equitable access to healthcare, including the Affordable and Sustainable Health Care Project, the Ohio Senate’s Certificate of Need Advisory Commission and Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation’s Charitable Organization Project. In 2006, Peter and his spouse founded the Grace Clinic of Delaware County, a free medical ministry that has served thousands of patients who lack access to basic health services. He was recently recognized for this accomplishment by the Columbus Bar Association and was named to the inaugural class of AHLA’s Pro Bono Champions. He has also served on the boards of numerous charities, including Goodwill Columbus, the Friends of the Homeless and Three Strands, which is developing surgical facilities in Africa.

    Peter has taught at the collegiate and post-graduate levels since 1979, including at The Ohio State University Fisher School of Business, Capital University Law School and Park College. He also serves as a member of the faculty of the American College of Healthcare Executives and regularly lectures on healthcare collaboration. He was the editor in chief of United States Health Care Laws and Rules from 1995 to 2006, the legal editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine since 2006 and the editor in chief of the Health Law Journal of Ohio from 1989 to 1994.

    Before entering private law practice in 1981, Peter served as an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of General Counsel of the US Department of Health & Human Services in Washington DC.

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    • Designing and developing a highly successful physician integration model for a multihospital system which now employs more than 500 physicians, resulting in a dramatic increase in financial performance and quality of care.
    • Advising multihospital systems in the development of specialty clinical institutes for the co-management of cardiovascular, orthopedic, oncology and other service lines.
    • Providing counsel in the syndication of more than 20 ambulatory surgical centers including several that have been converted to a specialty surgical hospital.
    • Advising an internationally recognized integrated health system on restructuring its relationship with a provider-sponsored health plan.
    • Developing the legal structure which allowed more than 40 primary care groups to consolidate into one of the largest independent medical practices in the United States.
    • Serving as an adviser to a technology company that provided the infrastructure for one of the first statewide health information exchanges.
    • Providing counsel in the development of more than 150 primary care networks in 20 states.
    • Advising the boards of directors for numerous multihospital systems, including academic medical centers, on the transformation of their organizations to ones that can manage bundled payments and other alternatives to fee-for-service.
    • Planning for the conversion of existing hospital-physician relationships such as employment models into accountable care organizations under the Patient Protection and Accountable Care Act of 2010.


    • Boston College, J.D., 1977
    • State University of New York, Albany, B.A., summa cum laude, 1973


    • Ohio, 1981
    • District of Columbia, 1979
    • North Carolina, 2008
    • Recognized in Chambers USA 2018 in: Ohio - Healthcare
    • Recognized in Chambers USA 2017 Edition for: Ohio - Healthcare
    • Recommended in Chambers USA 2016 Edition for Healthcare in Ohio
    • Martindale-Hubbell ® featured 5.0 Peer Review Rated Lawyer, 2016
    • Listed in Ohio Super Lawyers, a distinction honoring the top lawyers in the state

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