Clifford D. Stromberg

Clifford D. Stromberg

Partner, Washington, D.C.


Phone +1 202 637 5699

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupRegulatory

"Interviewees describe Cliff Stromberg as an extraordinary, almost unique resource in terms of his ability to help... think things through and get things done. He frequently advises on high-value transactions."

Chambers USA 2017

Cliff Stromberg is widely recognized as a national leader in negotiating complex transactions for academic medical centers, hospitals, managed care organizations, and other healthcare clients. He is a trusted advisor to boards and management in conceptualizing deal options and assessing the pros and cons of different moves in the market. He finds creative solutions and knows how to both negotiate hard and "get to yes."

He and his team have closed billions of dollars of healthcare deals in recent years. They have advised more than half of the leading academic medical centers in the nation and more than a dozen state and local governments on major strategic transactions. Cliff and his team can offer clients insights into best practices and emerging trends. They serve as an efficient "SWAT team," bringing together legal experience and knowledge across all the operational areas embedded in a complex deal. They help clients realistically assess what works and what doesn't, and how best to secure their goals.

Cliff also knows the expanding world of managed care, population health, accountable care organizations, and clinically integrated networks. His prior experience in government and his roles in creating, selling, combining, and restructuring managed care plans enable him to help clients stay ahead of the curve in this arena.

The Financial Times, in naming Hogan Lovells as one of the "most innovative" law firms, cited as one example Cliff's ability at "managing complexity and scale" in a large hospital transaction.

Awards and recognitions


Acritas Star: Healthcare, M&A
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers


Healthcare (District of Columbia)
Chambers USA


Healthcare: Service Providers, Leading Lawyer
Legal 500 US

Education and admissions


J.D., Board of Editors, Harvard Law Review, Harvard Law School

B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, National Merit Scholarship, Yale University


Former Chair, Working Group on Health care Reform, ABA 

Former Governing Board Member, Forum Committee on Health Law, ABA 

Former Advisory Committee Member, Governmental Affairs, ABA 

Former Chair, Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section, ABA

Former State Membership Chairman, District of Columbia, ABA 

Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Member, American Bar Association (ABA)

Member, American Health Lawyers Association

Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

Related industries

Life Sciences and Health Care

Related practices

Health Law

Related areas of focus

Hospitals and Health Care Providers

Representative experience

Counsel to Vanderbilt University in spinoff of the entire Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Counsel to Carolinas HealthCare System in several transactions.

Counsel to University of California on several hospital transactions.

Counsel to Penn State Hershey in an innovative joint venture with Highmark.

Counsel to University of Colorado Health in creating joint operating agreement with PVHS, and in acquiring (by lease) Memorial Hospital.

Counsel to Saint Louis University in purchasing its hospital back from Tenet and merging it with the SSM Health System.

Counsel to Georgetown University in its merger into MedStar Health.

Sale of Holy Spirit Health System to Geisinger Health Services.

Sale of Hamot Medical Center and Altoona Regional Healthcare to UPMC.

Restructuring of the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati.

Counsel to Emory Healthcare on a variety of transactions.

Purchase of three hospitals by the State University of New York (SUNY) system.

Creation of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center by joint operating agreement.

Restructuring of the Nebraska Medical Center.

Advising a large health system on creating clinically integrated networks in a number of states.

Latest thinking and events

Media Mention

Cash-Strapped Hospitals Seek M&A Cure

Sponsorships and Speaking Engagements

National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)

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